23 Rules For Job Hunters

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High-level rules everyone searching for a job must follow, from my book "Land The Tech Job You Love".

For more, visit my blog at http://theworkinggeek.com/

Presented at Milwaukee JobCamp, March 26, 2009.

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23 Rules For Job Hunters

  1. 1. 23 Rules For Job Hunters Jobcamp Milwaukee, March 26th, 2009
  2. 2. Job hunting is hard work.
  3. 3. Think like the hiring manager.
  4. 4. The hiring manager wants to hire you.
  5. 5. Customize your resume for every job for which you apply.
  6. 6. Nobody cares about your objective.
  7. 7. Replace your objective with a summary.
  8. 8. Summarize yourself. • Six years software development team leader in C++ and Java. • Two years Windows/Unix system adminsitration for Fortune 500 companies. • Extensive background with payroll control systems.
  9. 9. Nobody will read your entire resume without a reason.
  10. 10. Why do you have an objective on your resume?
  11. 11. Don't do anything without a reason.
  12. 12. Lose the clichés
  13. 13. Lose the clichés • Professional • Industrious; hard worker • Good people person; Team player • Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen • Strong communication skills
  14. 14. Lose the clichés • Dedicated; determined; reliable • Customer focused • Problem solver • Can-do attitude • quot;I do whatever it takes to get things done.quot;
  15. 15. Y! are a unique & beautiful snowflakquot;
  16. 16. ... but this is my desk.
  17. 17. Job boards by the numbers
  18. 18. 11.2% of hires come from job boards. http://www.careerxroads.com /news/SourcesOfHire08.pdf
  19. 19. CareerBuilder's mission: Our mission is to be the global leader in online recruitment advertising by being an employee-driven, customer-focused organization that provides the best rate of return to our stakeholders.
  20. 20. Translation: They don't care if you get a job or not.
  21. 21. 50-70% of hires come from recommendations and networking.
  22. 22. I would rather hire someone I know
  23. 23. I would rather hire someone I know or known by someone I know.
  24. 24. There aren't 100 jobs for you.
  25. 25. Don't waste your time pursuing jobs you don't want.
  26. 26. Research the company hard.
  27. 27. Research the company • Company website and PR department • Local newspaper • Business publications • Chamber of Commerce • Postings online by employees
  28. 28. Research = better understanding of the company's needs.
  29. 29. Write a cover letter.
  30. 30. The cover letter • Tells that you are interested in the job. • Gives you room to tell more stories than the resume. • Covers any connections you have with the company.
  31. 31. Your interview is your first day at your new job.
  32. 32. Know the answer to these questions.
  33. 33. Tell me about yourself and Why should we hire you?
  34. 34. Where do you want to be in five years?
  35. 35. What's your greatest weakness?
  36. 36. Tell me about a problem you had with another team member.
  37. 37. You will get these questions, so prepare.
  38. 38. 15 ways to kill an interview
  39. 39. 15 ways to kill an interview • Show up late • Be unprepared • Chew gum or smoke, or smell like smoke • Shake hands like a fish • Have bad breath or body odor
  40. 40. 15 ways to kill an interview • Come underdressed • Speak ill of anyone, including especially past employers • Complain or discuss your problems • Bring up your needs: Money, benefits • Lie
  41. 41. 15 ways to kill an interview • Appear uninterested • Appear overenthusiastic or desperate • Fail to ask your own questions • Leave your phone on • Cut the interview short
  42. 42. Send a thank-you note. It's just polite.
  43. 43. theworkinggeek.com

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