Posts tagged "job application"
Infographic:  How to Nail a Phone Interview

Infographic: How to Nail a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the first step in what can be a lengthy job interview process.  It’s the first hurdle, and there are some good ways you can prepare yourself to do well.  This infographic shares some of them. For more on nailing phone interviews, see my posts on phone interviews.  These posts share common phone... ...Continue Reading
Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

“Cover letters are dead!” scream headlines from Forbes and Fast Company. Is that true? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Cover letters are essential parts of your application. They give you the opportunity to market yourself as THE person who can deliver the results the employer wants. Your cover letter gives you a chance to show the recruiter and... ...Continue Reading
3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

“If you’ve created something you truly believe in, then your obligation is to bring it to other people. There’s nothing seamy about it.” says Daniel Pink, author of many books including the very recent To Sell Is Human. That’s how I feel about all you job seekers.  You have talents and abilities that are needed... ...Continue Reading
10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

This guest post offers some interesting ideas for you to stand out in the crowd of job seekers.  I hope you find it to be useful.   When performing initial candidate screening, recruiters usually already have in mind the kind of candidate they think will be perfect for the offered position. Since you’re not directly... ...Continue Reading
Don't Do the Employer's Job for Them

Don’t Do the Employer’s Job for Them

“I don’t think they want someone so old.”   “I’m sure they’re looking for someone with more digital experience.” “I don’t have any major donor experience, which I’m sure they want.” “I don’t have a PMP yet so I bet they won’t consider me a serious candidate.” I could list many more reasons people have... ...Continue Reading
Why It's Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

Why It’s Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

A client saw a job description for a big job and commented: “that’s supposed to be even more dysfunctional than the place I work now! No way am I applying.” My response: “If it’s the kind of work that interests you and the kind of prestigious organization that appeals to you, see if you can... ...Continue Reading
Should You Apply For a Position if You Don't Meet One Requirement?

Should You Apply For a Position if You Don’t Meet One Requirement?

I just got an email from a client wondering if she should apply for a job that is right in her area of expertise and experience.  She doesn’t have one of the required qualification, however.  So she wondered if she should bother applying. I advised her to apply, based on my knowledge of the hiring... ...Continue Reading
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
Enthusiasm Counts: Lessons from the Recruiting Front

Enthusiasm Counts: Lessons from the Recruiting Front

I completed one recruiting engagement and am hopefully near the end of a second one.  The people I put forward were the ones with visible enthusiasm for: the mission of the non-profit the position itself the idea of working for the organization how the organization and its mission related to their own life purpose or... ...Continue Reading
Employer Opinions Wanted: How Would You Respond to Getting This? (With a Cover Letter & Resume)

Employer Opinions Wanted: How Would You Respond to Getting This? (With a Cover Letter & Resume)

We’re always looking for creative ways to showcase a job applicant’s core talents and abilities.  There are many examples of how very creative people craft a visually appealing resume.  But what about the rest of us who aren’t that creative? I have an idea for how to briefly present yourself visually to an employer –... ...Continue Reading
How to Get a Job:  The ABC's of Job Search

How to Get a Job: The ABC’s of Job Search

When I was 16, my parents told me to get a job. I had not a clue about how to do that. There was no internet then so I couldn’t look up how to get a job. I suppose I could have asked the school Guidance Counselor but it didn’t occur to me to ask... ...Continue Reading
How to Put Your Best Foot Forward with Recruiters

How to Put Your Best Foot Forward with Recruiters

I’m interviewing candidates for two positions and am so glad to be on the other side of job search so I can share my experience and insights with job seekers.  Here are a few observations from this week so far (and it’s only Monday!). Make Time for the Interview, or Show the Employer You Really... ...Continue Reading