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  • by Beth Gilfeather - January 16, 2009
    With the economy in a holding pattern, the really great senior level jobs are few and far between. Many candidates will apply to a role that is below them only to find out they weren't chosen because they were overqualified. When you think about it...it's ridiculous to think that you wouldn't get hired because you have too much experience! But it happens all the time. You can fight against this by understanding what a comp...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - January 16, 2009
    The current state of the economy has driven some candidates away from the job boards and back to their current jobs. Now, of course, some level of hesitation here should be expected. However, don't let this get in the way of you finding your dream job because the opportunities are definitely still out there! Learn what is "fact" and what is just plain "fear" when it comes to looking for a new job in a tough market. Many pe...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - January 16, 2009
    You want to increase your chances of being noticed...certainly. However, flooding the market with your resume is NOT the answer. Wallpapering the Internet with your credentials will typically make you look desperate. It also creates the impression that you are open to anything and aren't clear on what exactly you want. Plus, you will also have to deal with the headache of mismatched solicitations and referral confusion that co...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - January 16, 2009
    A good friend of mine in recruiting recently told me that one of his clients hired his candidate because of the Thank You note the candidate sent. So, yes, writing the perfect Thank You letter can have a big impact on your candidacy! Remember that no matter how much job search has changed over the years, good manners and sincerity never go out of style. A well-written thank you note goes a long way to demonstrate your profess...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - January 16, 2009
    They're impersonal, inconvenient and will drive you mad! But no matter how hard you try, you can't get away from the dreaded phone screen. Understand that almost all companies will make contact with you via the phone before considering you for an interview. So know what the employer's intentions are here and how to play this brief conversation to your fullest advantage. The first thing to recognize is that if a phone screen...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - January 16, 2009
    When looking to make a move, almost all candidates understandibly focus on salary and other "surface" elements of the job (responsibilities, hours, commute, title, rank, etc..). While these are all very important, what about the other things that really matter in a job? Go through our list of "things to be thankful for" at work. If you have these things, you're lucky and I would suggest you reconsider looking for a new job. Ho...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - November 14, 2008
    A candidate advantage reader writes: "...I found the job of my dreams. But when I gave notice, my boss begged me to stay and gave me a big raise. I was dumbfounded and have to admit a bit flattered that they would go this much out of their way to keep me. I really want to take this counteroffer but have heard that this can be a bad move. What are your thoughts?" - Lara M. Dear Lara, As Johnny Mathis says well in his song,...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - November 14, 2008
    Having someone refer you into their company can be a great boost to getting "your foot in the door". But make sure to ask the right questions before doing this to prevent this well-intentioned act from hurting your chances. You don't want to be associating yourself with the wrong person. Answer these questions before deciding to let someone refer you into a company: How well do you know the referrer? The most important th...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - November 14, 2008
    A candidate advantage readers writes... "After nine years at one company, my position was just eliminated in May . The current state of the job market coupled with my guarded approach about finding a good match is the primary reason for my current unemployment status. If I'm asked about my gap during the interview, should I refer to the current employment trends, or do you think this would be perceived as a "cop-out"? -...
  • by Beth Gilfeather - November 14, 2008
    Just like with online dating...you want to put the best photo possible in your profile, right? Well resumes work the same way. Don't underestimate the importance of how you "look" (on paper) to an employer. Resumes are much more than just a mere prop. They need to quickly and clearly demonstrate why you are a match. Make sure yours passes the test! Resume Rules of Thumb: 1-Level of Detail (Be specific when you need to be...