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Why Shouldn't They Hire You?

Here is a good question: Why shouldn’t they hire you? You are rightfully focused on developing a strong personal value proposition when you are in job search mode and have identified opportunities. If you want to strengthen your preparation, ask yourself why the company SHOULDN’T hire you.

  • What are the gaps in experience, skills or knowledge?

  • Is there a fit problem?

  • Has your presentation been weak in some way?

  • Is the competition likely strong?

Apply yourself to honestly answering these questions and…

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Are you fresh?

When it comes to job search and recruitment, there’s a secret in the hiring market. While you don’t have an expiry date, from the perspective of recruiters, there is such a thing as candidate “freshness.” By fresh I mean the degree to which the person reviewing your resume, talking to you on Zoom, or interviewing you considers you a hot commodity. That is, a candidate who is a great catch. There is an implicit bias for candidates new to the market vs. those who’ve been job searching longer.

This …

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First job offer not your first choice?

My latest Monster article First Offer Not Your First Choice deals with that all too common job search problem. If your first job offer isn't your first choice...when to take it -- and when to walk away.

When you're unemployed, unhappily employed or eager to change careers, jumping at the first offer you get -- even if it isn't quite what you want -- can be tempting. So should you?

While an offer can give you a sense of security, that feeling can quickly vanish if the position just isn't right for …

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My Mom said get your foot in the door...

You know, there isn’t a lot of room these days for the old-fashioned door-knocking job search and sales method. Or is there?

I have a client who, in his past, won his 2 jobs simply by showing up at reception and asking to speak to someone. They didn’t offer him a job then and there, obviously, but he got his foot in the door.

Currently (as I write this), he is interviewing at a company with the perfect job for him - simply because he did a bit of homework, and showed up at their office. He …

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Bad recruiter networking

Heather's "Marketing at Microsoft" Blog posted a really nice piece today on the true nature of networking...profiling the bad networking types, and what true networking really is. (In case you don't read it, the punchline is RELATIONSHIPS folks). I spoke on this subject last week at a presentation, so it was great to see such an insightful piece. Good read. Bad recruiter networking: ""

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Job Search Strategy 4/6: Market Yourself to Target Companies

This is the 4th article in the 6 Strategies for Job Search series (look for the Job Search category in the right column to see the first 3 articles/posts).

The 4th strategy is to Sell Yourself / Talk Your Way In. The classic “get your foot in the door.”

In some ways, this is the hardest of the 6 to do. However, talk about targeting your job search!

I am not recommending that you go from door-to-door in an office complex, park yourself in the lobby, and demand that someone talk to you (sounds like a…

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Job Search Tune - Up

1. WORK ON YOUR RESUME

Most people work on their resumes only when forced to. Make the time now to update first your resume data. Second, try and capture your projects and accomplishments since the last time you did this. Don’t make a huge production of it. Just get it done.

2. ASSESS YOUR SITUATION

What is the state of your industry, organization, and your position today? DO NOT automatically assume that you are immune to unpleasant or surprise changes. What can and should you do about it?

3. WRITE…

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Job Search Strategy 3/6: Getting Called

Receiving the call

If I could rank the pleasantness of the 6 job search strategies, this would rank right up there. Getting called means being sought out by a potential employer directly or via a recruiter. A very nice feeling and it gives you more control in the process. Here are three basic situations:

You’re Famous

Okay, famous may be a strong word, but let’s say that you have significant profile in your industry, market, or profession. You are a sought after property. Self-explanatory. An…

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