I received the following email from a reader who is concerned about the current state of her job search: "I don't know if you've heard the recent debate/theory over whether companies avoid reviewing or hiring job applicants who are or appear to be out of work for a long period of time. I've been out … Continue reading Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment
Ah, the magical cover letter. We slave over our sentence structure, we toil over getting just the right words. We stress over balancing the “what’s in it for me” with the “what’s in it for you”. We ask ourselves: “What’s another word for excited?” “Does it sound too forward to say that I’m positive I … Continue reading Opinions are Like Cover Letters – Everybody Has One, and Most of Them are Wrong
A reader wrote in with a question about her job search experience. It's an issue that many of us have probably faced, and the answer is more hopeful than you probably thought. She writes: I've just started looking for a job and have applied for just a few, but I've already heard, "Thanks for applying, … Continue reading “Thanks for Applying, But the Job is Filled.” What’s the Deal?
By far my favorite email in the HR Dave inbox right now comes from the reader who inspired my overqualified post. She writes: Hi Dave, Overqualified [name witheld] here--just wanted to give you the fantastic heads up that after following your advice and drilling in my willingness to do administrative duties beyond any level of … Continue reading Why I Do It
In the last installment of this piece I told you about all the things I had gotten wrong in my job search. As I said, it was a learning experience. Thankfully, however, I wasn't wrong about everything. There were a few things that I had right. What I knew I knew: One resume isn't enough. … Continue reading Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 2
I've spent the bulk of my career filling jobs, telling companies whom they should hire and telling job seekers what to do to get hired. Recently, however, things took a turn. I found myself in the role of job seeker rather than adviser or hiring authority, and it was an eye-opening experience to say the … Continue reading Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 1