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Managing Unemployment on Your Resume

Most recruiters are pretty good at reviewing resumes carefully and looking for any yellow flags before engaging with you.  Before presenting you to their clients, they need to be sure they understand your full work history.  When there is a gap in employment on your resume, they will typically ask about it.  In most cases, it is best to have some professional activity filling that gap.  In my latest article for job-hunt.org, I discuss different possibilities to consider.  As always, feel free to comment on this blog entry with ideas of your own to share with the readers of my blog.

Article: Long-Term Unemployed? 5 Options to Fill that “Employment Gap”

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April 29, 2013 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Resume Writing, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

"Linking In" with Recruiters

A few years ago, I wrote about the important role LinkedIn plays in your job search and connecting you to recruiters and hiring managers. LinkedIn has changed its format a bit recently, but the message to you is still the same: be easily found by recruiters if you want them to connect with you on LinkedIn and share their job openings.  Take a look at this latest article I wrote for Job-Hunt.org for my thoughts on the subject.

Article: More on How to Be LinkedIn to Recruiters

February 5, 2013 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Tips for Information Technology Interviews

Recently I was interviewed by Peggy McKee, career coach and the CEO of Career Confidential, regarding the challenges of interviewing for an IT-related job.  A great deal of what we discussed applies to all interviews, but IT interviews have the opportunity to dive deep into tool knowledge and project experience.  In this audio file, you’ll hear our thoughts on technical interviews, specifically:

  • Preparing for the interview
  • Typical questions to expect
  • How to approach the interview and present the right information

Link to audio: What You Need to Know to Get an Information Technology Job

 

A while back, Peggy and I generated a video discussing proper format for resumes, too. 

Link to video: Formatting Your Resume to Be Read!

 

Peggy’s Web site dedicated to helping job seekers find and get the jobs they want.  Career Confidential coaches job seekers through every stage in the job search and interview process, from resumes to interviews to follow up.  It specializes in providing job seekers with powerful and customizable tools and techniques through blog articles, training videos, templates, and Webinars.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Audio, Guest Post, Interview with Jeff, Interviewing 101, Resume Writing, Working with Recruiters | 1 Comment

Best Job Search Blog Posts of 2012

Every year-end, one of my fellow colleagues on Twitter, Jacob Share, likes to share popular blog posts on the topic of Job Search.  Typically, the authors include many of the folks I befriended and have respected since I started tweeting in 2009.  Take a look if the topic interests you–lots of advice on many different perspectives and topics.

Link to article: 56 Best Job Search Blog Posts of 2012

December 19, 2012 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job Search, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Are You Social Enough?

USNews Cover I was recently interviewed regarding Social Media/Job Search by U.S. News and World Report for the How To Make Money Now 2013 Edition.  One observation I shared was on how differently job seekers view Social Media than non-job seekers. 

An obvious fact, I know.  But in today’s economy, do you know when you might be starting a job search?  It’s usually a good idea to manage your Social Media profile before this happens.  Certainly, you don’t have to put the effort into overdrive until necessary, but establishing a professional presence early in the game is a good strategy.  I have many other tips on this within the Social Media subject on this blog if you’re looking for more advice on the topic.

Other tips you may need to think about are also included in the U.S. News article.

 

 USNew Article

November 28, 2012 Posted by | Interview with Jeff, Job Search, Social Media | 3 Comments

Know What You Want–Want What You Know

One of the hardest type of candidates to place is the one who has so many talents they have no idea what they want to do next.  Some expect a hiring company to see all their talents and invent a position suited to their abilities.  It typically doesn’t work this way.  At least not when you’re working through recruiters.  They have specific jobs to fill today, and future positions to fill within their specialty or industry.

The key to working with recruiters is to know what you want to do.  And, to want a job that will leverage your expertise.  It is very hard to jump to new job titles where you have little experience.  Recruiters will present only the most qualified candidates.  Period.  Once you are within a company, there may be ample opportunities to cross-train or gain exposure to other talents (and then make that jump).

In my latest article for Job-Hunt.org, I offer a step-by-step approach to determining the job description you want to share with recruiters.  I hope this helps those who feel a little lost in the job search process.

Article:  Knowing What You Want So You Can Find It

November 5, 2012 Posted by | Careers, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Surprises Are Not Always Fun

Many have said how critical good communication is in the professional world.  When working with recruiters, this can be vitally important.  Considering they are representing you with their clients, any flaws in the information they present can lead to an unwanted result.  Simply put:  If you withhold or provide false information, you’re likely diminishing your chances of getting the job.  And certainly killing any chance of working with that recruiter again.

More specific examples on this topic are shared in my latest article for Job-Hunt.org.  If you want to share your own story regarding this, please do so in the comment section of this blog post.

Article: In the Recruiting Environment: Surprises Can Be Bad

September 25, 2012 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Networking Starts in Grade School

Every smart job seeker knows the value of networking to help the process along.  Not every job seeker realizes their network has a life of its own.  It can be what cinches the deal or sends you packing, too.  My latest article for job-hunt.org has a story to illustrate this, and also pointers on “cleansing your network reputation.”  As always, if you have thoughts on the subject, share them within this post.

Article:  Networking Since Grade School? Yes!

August 15, 2012 Posted by | General Musings, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Personal Branding, Social Media | Leave a comment

Tweet Your Way to a Sweet Job

Self Magazine interviewed me a little while ago for thoughts on Twitter and the Job Search.  They picked the most salient point of our discussion and included it in the August 2012 article.  My quote:

Keep your Tweets 80 percent positive, suggests Jeff Lipschultz, cofounder of recruiting firm A-List Solutions in Southlake, Texas. “You’re allowed to complain about a bad restaurant experience or the terrible weather every once in a while, but hiring managers want someone who will enhance a company’s culture,” Lipschultz says. “Complainers don’t.”

For the online version of this article, click this link.

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August 3, 2012 Posted by | General Musings, Job Search, Social Media | Leave a comment

Don’t Tweet Your Way Out of a Job

twitter picRecently, I was interviewed by SELF magazine regarding job seekers losing credibility through their behaviors on Social Media, namely  Twitter.  Although it’s been discussed by many, including me, it seems there’s still a need to counsel people on how to maintain a professional image within the Social Media world.  With this in mind, I wrote a short article on the subject for my friends at Job-Hunt.  See if you agree with my thoughts.  Either way, feel free to leave comments on this blog.

And the SELF article should be in the August publication (on the shelves and online in mid-July)–we’ll see how much of my interview makes it into the article.

Article:  The Impact of Social Media on Recruiters and Your Next Employer

June 20, 2012 Posted by | General Musings, Job-Hunt.org article, Social Media | Leave a comment