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Job Search Tip of the Week #47 (2018)

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Thinking of holding off on your job search until the New Year rings in? Before you put your efforts on pause, consider this: the upcoming winter holiday season may be the most wonderful time of year to find a new job!

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Job Search Tip of the Week #46 (2018)

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The Importance of the Post-Interview “Thank You”

Give Thanks – or Your Chance for that Job Could Be Cooked [INFOGRAPHIC]



Thanksgiving’s next week – have you taken the time yet to be thankful during your job search?

In a recent survey by online job-matching service Ladders, more than 75 percent of interviewers reported that receiving a thank you note impacts their hiring decision.

“Many job seekers believe that the interview is over once they step out of the office, but that’s simply not the case,” said Amanda Augustine, then a job search expert at Ladders. “Based on my decade-long experience in conducting interviews, I can attest first-hand that failure to follow-up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit.”

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Job Search Tip of the Week #44 (2018)

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‘Tis the season for all things tricky, but your job search shouldn’t be one of them! Take some cues from these classic Halloween characters:

Don’t turn into a clumsy zombie. Use your brain and avoid the 10 scariest job seeker mistakes!

For example, nothing screams “I’m not detail-oriented and I don’t double check my work!” as loud as typos and misspellings do, and those are things a careful proofread and edit of your résumé can catch. Keep an eye out for these top five most common typographical and grammatical errors that tech professionals make, and review, revise, and repeat!

Bewitch with an irresistible résumé. Cast a spell over hiring managers with this properly formatted résumé template, created just for web developers and software engineers!

Not enough time for a complete makeover? Give your résumé a new face by switching up the font – any of these six work like a charm. Then quickly lance these words off your résumé as if they were the boils, and toss these ones into your cauldron instead!

Don’t put up a front, or try to transform into someone you’re not. Did you know that more than half of hiring managers have caught a job candidate in a lie?

You don’t have to resort to embellishing your skill set or falsifying information on your résumé (or in an interview, for that matter) to make a great first impression. There are other ways you can stand out from the crowd, and besides – you need to show the real you to snag a job you’ll love.

No bones about it – always dress up for your interview. The science behind snap judgments says that physical appearance is a vital part of that initial first impression. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this checklist of interview attire do’s and don’ts!

Already chosen your costume, but not sure about the color? Careful – some scream the wrong message! Psychology says these are the best and worst colors to wear to an interview.

Don’t suck the life out of your interview. There are lots of things you may be doing that could end your interview before it even begins. For instance, arriving too early or late to your interview comes across as inconsiderate.

Let’s say you make it to the interview on time, but you have a cold, lifeless greeting (or any of the other nine types of bad handshakes); the body language of a corpse; or the voice of the undead. You’ll be out the door faster than it’d take you to bleed out from a vampire bite!

Don’t get so wrapped up that you do all the talking! The interview is an opportunity not only for a potential employer to get to know you and for you to sell yourself for the role, but also for you to determine whether you can see yourself on their team and working on their web app or software products.

Not sure how to get your interviewer talking? Thorough pre-interview research = intelligent end-of-interview questions! Avoid making any of these seven inquiries, which will likely slam the lid on your candidacy shut.

Don’t go ghost – or get ghosted. No one likes feeling invisible! Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager, reply to emails and return phone calls, even if it’s to say you’re not interested, took another job, or hired someone else. If a mutual contact put the two of you in touch or if you’ve had previous correspondence, this move is especially important to maintain your professional relationships.

Job seekers: avoid disappearing off the hiring radar by reaching out after applying or interviewing for a job. Not sure when to follow up, or how? Use this flow chart, and start crafting the perfect thank-you note.

Light up the (networking) night. Now’s not the time to be window dressing or a porch-flower – hiring heats up in the fall and slows after Thanksgiving and through New Year’s. So get off your doorstep and network your way into a job! Use these mnemonic devices and these five steps to conquer any event.

Afraid to go out and about alone in a strange crowd? Gather your boo crew – but make a pact not to hang out with only each other the entire time!

Don’t kill the relationship when you lose out on the job. Your candidacy could be passed over for a reason that’s beyond your control, like a headcount cap or budget reallocation. Or maybe you’re a good cultural fit, but not what the team needs right now from a functional standpoint.

Whatever the case, it’s counterproductive to harbor hard feelings and shut the door, especially since the Boston tech community is so small. Instead, become career resilient! Break the job rejection cycle, and ask for specific feedback and how you can keep in touch.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #43 (2018)

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Are You Ready for a Test Drive?

Job Simulations, In-Box Exercises, and Other Predictive Hiring Tools



You wouldn’t buy new wheels without first taking ’em out on the road for a spin, would you? Well, employers are increasingly applying that same concept to their hiring processes – and taking job seekers for a test drive.

Sixty-six percent of American employers have made at least one hiring mistake in the past year, according to a study by employment website CareerBuilder. Another recent survey by online payroll provider SurePayroll found these regrettable hiring decisions often result from inadequate and inaccurate assessments of personality, character, and/or skill set during the candidate evaluation process.

That’s why job simulations, in-box exercises, and the like are taking over interview rooms.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #42 (2018)

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Break the Job Rejection Cycle

Got a Job Rejection Letter (or Call)? Ask for Feedback!



“After reviewing your submitted application materials, we have decided that we will not be offering you an interview at this time.”

“Unfortunately, we won’t be moving forward with you.”

“We regret to inform you that you were not selected for the position.”

No matter how you spin it, job rejection hurts — even more so if you don’t know why you were ignored or rejected. And not just emotionally, but professionally too, because knowing the reason(s) why you were passed over for a position can help you progress in your job search. Below, the 5W1H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) you need to know about asking for feedback after a job rejection:

Why you should respond to job rejection

You can’t get better if you don’t know where you’re going wrong! Job rejection provides an opportunity to learn about areas you need improvement, such as your first impression, job search strategy, technical expertise, job competency, or interviewing skills. Not to mention, rejection builds resilience. Responding to a job rejection – and how you do so – says a lot about your character. Expressing affability and understanding shows that you can maturely handle hearing the truth and want to maintain a professional relationship.

When you should ask for feedback

First and foremost, it never hurts to ask.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #41 (2018)

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6 Science-Backed Strategies to Build Your Career Resilience

Turn Your Job Search Challenges into Successes



Today’s job seekers are no strangers to the frustration and anxiety of job hunting, especially with all the merger/acquisition, downsizing, bankruptcy, and restructuring activities that have been going on in the tech industry. What you need to succeed in this economic climate of organizational transition and transformation is resilience.

Need help getting some? You may find Scientific American Mind‘s “Ready for Anything,” in which authors Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charne share some evidence-based approaches to managing job search stress, useful — particularly if you’ve been laid off recently and/or are experiencing a prolonged job search.

Check out the article in its entirety here (highly recommended if you’re interested in the neurobiological basis and mechanics of resilience), or read on below for our recap, along with some hypothetical scenarios and notes of our own to help clarify the concepts.

The roots of resilience

Resilience is the ability to adapt and grow in the face of stress and adversity. It’s only partially determined by genetics, which means that although some people are naturally better able to positively adjust to stress than others, it is a process that can be learned.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #40 (2018)

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The Middle-Aged Intern



Think internships are only for college students? Think again. Sure, new grads still make up a big percentage of interns, but now you’re likely to find middle-aged job seekers interning right beside the Millennials.

Experience at work

Although you’ve probably heard about the challenges of ageism in the workplace, a new trend has begun to emerge. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently estimated that over the next six years, workers over age 55 are likely to snag 25% of the available jobs in the U.S. The Bureau’s 2012 analysis indicated that these older workers are being hired to perform the majority of new jobs created in recent years.

As companies seek to get the most bang for their buck, older workers offer distinct advantages:
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Job Search Tip of the Week #39 (2018)

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Don’t Let Lack of Experience Hold You Back

How Can You Gain Experience if You’re Constantly Being Turned Down For Not Having Any?




You know the job you want. You know you could be great — but you also know that you lack the real-world experience to prove it. Fortunately, you can plug those gaps in your résumé and improve your chances of landing that dream job.

Steps to success

If you’re a job seeker who is just entering the workforce or is new to the IT market, consider taking these steps to help offset or remedy your lack of experience:

Get an internship. An internship can give you the practical experience you need to become a stronger candidate. Consider internships at companies you want to work for, even if the position doesn’t involve your ideal work — although, make sure that the work offers opportunities to expand your skills. Research the company, its open positions, and the application process, or find a recruiter in the industry who can help you find the best opportunities.

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