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Job Search Tip of the Week #13 (2017)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #13 (2017)

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Cultural Fit vs. Qualifications & Experience

When Hiring, Which Comes Out on Top?




While researchers Dokko, Wilk, and Rothbard were investigating how career history affects job performance, a senior human resource manager told them, “We tried to hire from our competitors and paid a premium for the experience but [those hires] were the least successful.”

How could this be? Dokko et. al determined that culture varied so vastly across companies, that some of the most experienced hires seemed to require retraining to complete previously mastered tasks. In fact, poor cultural fit appeared to completely eliminate all the good that came from having the ideal skill set. That HR manager found out the hard way that prior experience doesn’t necessarily predict future job performance.

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

Why do some tech firms prefer to hire software developers who have a history of job hopping over those who’ve been using the same technologies in the same environment for a long time? Perhaps it’s because job hopping is an indicator of social skill and cultural adaptability.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #12 (2017)

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What a Properly Formatted IT Résumé Looks Like


School’s back in session, which means that summer internship and post-graduation job searches will soon be underway! So what better way to kick off the return after spring recess than with a new résumé look?

Although the résumé template shown below is intended to be for soon-to-be or recent graduates entering the IT job market and looking for a junior or entry-level position as a Web Application Developer or Software Engineer, it can be adapted to professionals of any level or industry. Need help? Ask us how!

Links to download the following images in PDF format and an editable version of the résumé sample (sans the colorful numbers and writing tips) can be found at the bottom of this post.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #11 (2017)

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The Best Time to Look for a Job?

Is it true that “to everything there is a season”?



If you subscribe to our e-newsletter Make the Connection, you know that we asked our network “When’s the best time to conduct your job search?” We let our poll run for a month or so, and now we’ve got the results. Drum roll, please!

Interestingly, no one thought “July – September” or “October – December” were good periods for job hunting. Most responded with “All the time” (42.86%), followed by “Whenever I want a new job” (28.57%), “January – March” (14.29%), and “April – June” (14.29%). We’re happy to say that according to our IT recruitment experts, the majority of you were right!

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Job Search Tip of the Week #10 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part IV: It’s OK to Go Your Own Way

Don't Burn Bridges Giving Notice


Decided to leave your current employer to pursue a new opportunity? Follow proper resignation etiquette to avoid negatively impacting your future employment.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part III: Should You Want to Stay a Little While


After evaluating what you’re getting out of your job, you might’ve decided to stay at your current company. However, if you want to stay satisfied with the pace of your personal and professional development, you can’t rest on your laurels.

English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said, “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Some 400 years later, amidst an economy still in slow recovery from The Great Recession, his words couldn’t ring more true. Job security and career advancement requires identifying where the company can improve, and acting on that knowledge. Take these four steps:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part II: Should You Stay or Should You Go?


How can you tell if you should stay or you should go?

As we mentioned last week, it’s not unusual to see web engineers and software developers to switch jobs every few years to keep up with the rapid rate at which technology changes. For IT and technology professionals, “job hopping” at its core is the belief that exposure to new technologies, problems to solve, and work environments makes you better rounded and more valuable to employers. However, keeping up with technological advancements and staying competitive in the job market doesn’t necessarily entail constantly changing companies.

The key to maintaining your marketability is to evaluate what you’re getting out of your job, and recognize when you have a good thing going and when it’s time to move on. Does your employer…

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Job Search Tip of the Week #7 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part I: Why You Should Never Stop Thinking About (or Making) Your Next Career Move



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Job Search Tip of the Week #6 (2017)

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Defining “Why should we hire you?”



Why should we hire you?
(One of the most commonly proposed interview questions.)
Why • should • we • hire • you? [ Wī / shood / wē / hī(ə)r / yoo? ]

Known synonyms:
  • What can you do for the company?
  • What would you contribute to the company?
  • What do you have to offer the company?
  • Why should you be chosen over other candidates who may have stronger qualifications or more experience?

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Job Search Tip of the Week #5 (2017)

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How to Conduct Thorough Research

Part II: Back to the Basics



Last week, we discussed how adding social media to your research routine gives you an advantage over other applicants and interviewees by giving you insight into the company’s employees, growth, and place in its industry.

Admittedly, thoroughly investigating a company’s social presence takes some time. So what do you do if an interview opportunity unexpectedly arises? This “Back to the Basics” crash course will show you how to find the information you need (in an hour or less!) to be more than sufficiently prepared for a first-round interview and emerge as a stand-out candidate.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #4 (2017)

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How to Conduct Thorough Research

Part I: Incorporating Social Media



Want to have an advantage over all of the candidates you’re competing against? You’ll need to know more than the company’s “About Us” page. What’s the current status of the company? How is it fairing against its competitors, and in its industry? What does the company hope to achieve in the short and long term, and what does it need to attain those goals?

Overwhelmed yet? Don’t be. Social media has made it easier than ever to find extensive information. We’ll soon discuss how to leverage social media to reach potential employers, but for now, a dissection of a few of the popular social media platforms to show you how social media can teach you more about a company than its website can:

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