Job Search Tip of the Week #44 (2018)


‘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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