Job Search Savvy - Gain the Advantage

A job search at any age is a competition. We're all competing for visibility with employers and, ultimately, for that job offer. Older workers also seem to be competing with themselves, in a sense, because their job search skills are rusty and tucked away in the recesses of their younger selves. Launching a job search after a couple of decades of reliable or different work requires a primer in resume preparation, latest job search techniques, interviewing, networking and so forth.

Those topics are at the core of any job search or career transition. But the old saying, "the devil is in the details" is the reason we created the Job Search Savvy section of our resources. Here you'll find articles and information about some of the lesser details that are rarely discussed, unless you hire a professional career coach. We'll cover some of these issues and practices to raise awareness and give our readers the edge.

Tips to gain the edge in Job Hunting

4 Ways to Protect Your Job While Job Hunting Online
In the first online recruiting workshop I taught for a major company's recruiters (in 1997 or 1998), we found the resume of one of the company's middle managers in our search for qualified applicants. Her manager was notified, immediately, and she was probably fired before the end of the workshop that same day. That reaction is common.

Smarter Voicemail Messages
You've worked up the courage to call that employer, as we've been suggesting. But, your call is diverted to voicemail. Rats!! Now what?

Employers Monitor Employee Internet & E-Mail Use
Fifty-one percent of employers have disciplined or terminated an employee for violating the employer's Internet or e-mail policy.

12 Tips for Avoiding Spam Filters
The use of software "filters" to stop junk e-mail is growing, and these filters may be damaging your ability to send your resume or a job inquiry through e-mail. Your e-mail may never reach your intended recipient if it gets caught in a filter.

Research Companies before You Accept an Official Interview
In order to be best prepared for any interview, it helps to know which companies you want to work for, or at the least, which companies have the potential to hire you. If you know those two things you can begin to prepare yourself for a truly positive interview.

Don't Blow Your Cover
Over and over, I see job seekers under-estimating the reach of every-day technology and, consequently, sabotaging their own job search. The combination of e-mail, blogs, and search engines can be very dangerous.

Killer Mistake - No Cover Letter
Even with e-mailed resumes, you need a cover "letter" to help the recruiter understand what you want. Over the past few weeks, several recruiters and employers have shared with me their frustration with job seekers who mail or e-mail their resume without a cover letter.

Tips on Telephone Interviewing
It is common these days for employers to begin with a broader selection of candidates based upon their resumes and employ the first round of interviews via telephone. Quite often the job seeker is excited to have caught the recruiter's attention but is a bit unsettled by the prospects of a telephone interview.

Be Prepared and Follow Proper Etiquette for Professional References
While preparing for a full-scale job search, one task is often overlooked until well into the actual search. That task is the identification of professional references.