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23 Rules For Job Hunters


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

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

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Presented at Milwaukee JobCamp, March 26, 2009.

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  • 1. 23 Rules For Job Hunters Jobcamp Milwaukee, March 26th, 2009
  • 2. Job hunting is hard work.
  • 3. Think like the hiring manager.
  • 4. The hiring manager wants to hire you.
  • 5. Customize your resume for every job for which you apply.
  • 6. Nobody cares about your objective.
  • 7. Replace your objective with a summary.
  • 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. Nobody will read your entire resume without a reason.
  • 10. Why do you have an objective on your resume?
  • 11. Don't do anything without a reason.
  • 12. Lose the clichés
  • 13. Lose the clichés • Professional • Industrious; hard worker • Good people person; Team player • Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen • Strong communication skills
  • 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. Y! are a unique & beautiful snowflakquot;
  • 16. ... but this is my desk.
  • 17. Job boards by the numbers
  • 18. 11.2% of hires come from job boards. /news/SourcesOfHire08.pdf
  • 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. Translation: They don't care if you get a job or not.
  • 21. 50-70% of hires come from recommendations and networking.
  • 22. I would rather hire someone I know
  • 23. I would rather hire someone I know or known by someone I know.
  • 24. There aren't 100 jobs for you.
  • 25. Don't waste your time pursuing jobs you don't want.
  • 26. Research the company hard.
  • 27. Research the company • Company website and PR department • Local newspaper • Business publications • Chamber of Commerce • Postings online by employees
  • 28. Research = better understanding of the company's needs.
  • 29. Write a cover letter.
  • 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. Your interview is your first day at your new job.
  • 32. Know the answer to these questions.
  • 33. Tell me about yourself and Why should we hire you?
  • 34. Where do you want to be in five years?
  • 35. What's your greatest weakness?
  • 36. Tell me about a problem you had with another team member.
  • 37. You will get these questions, so prepare.
  • 38. 15 ways to kill an interview
  • 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. 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. 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. Send a thank-you note. It's just polite.
  • 43.