Another year has gone by – that was fast! Over the last 365 days, we published over 2,000 articles. Woof! Missed a few of them? Here’s a quick recap of our top 10 articles of 2013:
1.) 10 Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But I Will!)
I’ve put together the most common reasons why a recruiter writes a candidate off. You may not like what you read, but the good news is with a little attention and practice, all of them can be improved upon. So, ask yourself, “Am I guilty of the following?”
2.) Top 100 Most Powerful Resume Words
When a hiring manager is seeing the same old resume time and time again (which includes the cliché words and phrases such as “highly dedicated individual” or “great team player”) you are guaranteeing yourself your resume will be deleted.
Power Resume Words will make help you stand out from your competition and increase your chances of getting hired!
3.) 18 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events
I think one of the hardest things about networking events is just getting a conversation going with someone – without being awkward about it.
Approaching someone new can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.
So, what are some natural and easy ways to break the ice? Here are some tips and tricks
4.) 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed
You know the saying, “Applying to jobs is a full-time job”?
Don’t listen to it.
Applying to jobs you’re not qualified for (which 50% of job seekers reportedly do!) is counter-productive to your job search. Competition is too fierce. Even qualified applicants aren’t getting callbacks. So, stop applying to so many jobs and allocate time each week to becoming more hirable. Here’s how…
5.) 18 Good Reasons You’re Still Unemployed
“Why am I still unemployed?”
This plaintive question is one I’m asked a great deal. I’d like to give a few brief reasons you’re still unemployed.
6.) 7 Examples Of Fresh New Ways To Start Your Cover Letter
It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…”
If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line.
7.) How 4 Words Control Your Career Decisions
Did you know four little words form a simple question that, in my experience, has a serious impact on your career decisions? Let me prove it to you:
Imagine you are in a room full of strangers.
In order to strike up a conversation, besides introducing yourself and asking a person their name, what’s one of the first questions you’ll ask?
ANSWER: “What do you do?”
There it is. A simple question that is so commonly used in our society, most people ask it absent-mindedly, in the same way they ask a friend, “How are you?” However, the question “What do you do?” has a much more serious implication.
8.) The Worst LinkedIn Summary Ever
Okay folks, I’m going to give it to you straight: There are certain phrases when used in a LinkedIn summary that have the same effect as nails on a chalkboard.
In other words, it’s such a turn-off as a hiring manager, it’s hard to focus on your profile as being credible after reading them. This is the profile summary someone asked me to review. I’ve underlined the phrases that make me want to cover my ears and run from my computer screen yelling, “NOOOOO. Not again!”
9.) Don’t Take Drug Test If You Know You’ll Fail
A business owner recently vented his frustration to me around the number of job seekers who FAILED a work drug test at his company:
“As a fairly active employer when it comes to hiring, I need to share with you my recent frustration when it comes to new hires and drug testing. We have had a particularly bad run in the last quarter with over a dozen failed tests. With over half of the candidates being college grads, I was particularly surprised! It actually seems more like an IQ test, why take it if you are going to fail? People currently in a job hunt should really be more aware of how testing works, and be prepared to pass. It is both disappointing and expensive for us as employers.”
Now, you might be thinking, “I bet this it was a bunch of punk kids,” or “The job probably pays squat.” Well, you are wrong. When I contacted him to get more details around the situation, here’s what he told me…
10.) How To Answer 7 Of The Most Common Interview Questions
Interview questions are not as straightforward as they seem, and answering just one question incorrectly may put you out of the running for a job.
The moral of the story? Be ready to read between the lines.
Here are seven of the most common interview questions, what the hiring manager is really asking, and how you should respond
Happy New Year!