How to get a job interview: a guest post

So, you’ve applied to dozens of jobs and sent out hundreds of resumes, but still haven’t heard back from anyone? Here are top tips for landing a job interview that will help you to break this unsatisfying routine and grant a chance at getting the job of your dreams.

Isabel Williams

Isabel Williams

Research the market

Before setting out on your job hunt, you need to know what kind of position, company and industry you’d like to get into. Be specific. Instead of vague “I want to work in fashion”, establish your goals and formulate a precise message: “I want to be come a digital marketing director for the X brand”.

This will help you to understand better what you’re after and how others can help you to get into that X company, opening up some networking possibilities that often prove decisive for getting that first meeting.

Market yourself

Know what you’re good at and what value you bring to companies – then market those qualities to impress each and every professional contact you make during your job hunt. Most people resort to business cards, but how about something more original and suited to your prospective industry? A biographic that tells your professional story in visuals is a great way to be remembered.

Prepare a killer resume

Your resume should be adjusted to fit the context and company you’re interested to join. Resumes that get noticed are those that send a clear message and answer the question: What can I do for the company to help it grow? Recruiters will be more than happy to receive a resume which already suggests the problems you’re able to solve for the company,


Instead of relying on job boards, try your hand at networking – it’s a great strategy for landing on top of the resume file. Get in touch with people who might be willing to refer your in the recruiting process. Always use a good motive to contact someone – offer something of value.

Take initiative

This goes together with the point about networking – instead of sitting in front of the computer screen and automatically sending out your resumes, try to adopt a proactive approach and get in touch with companies and individuals yourself. As soon as you establish your goals and prepare a great resume, you’re ready to get out there and find a job, instead of waiting for it to find you.

Treat job postings as indications of a company’s interest in hiring new staff. Use the backdoor and contact department heads to get more information on the offer. Don’t be too eager – in your emails say that a colleague passed you the job posting and, given you’re not actively looking for a job, you’d like to know more details before applying for the position.

Know what you want and you’ll find a way to get it – don’t expect the overcrowded job market of today to work in your favor!

Th article was contributed by Isabel Wiliams of Isabel Wiliams is a passionate educator and an accomplished businesswoman. With a strong background in Internet Science and New Technologies combined with huge IT expertise she regularly give seminars on leveraging the potential of the World Wide Web for business success.

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Top 5 Body Language Signals to Land a Job: a guest post

In today’s shaky economy, job interviews are more stressful than ever. In order to make a good impression during a job interview, you must learn to harness your involuntary bodily responses to stress and become a calm, collected candidate whose skills and qualifications won’t get squandered by an awkward body language. Here are top 5 body language tricks that will improve your chances at landing a job.

Guest blogger Angelica Jennsen

Guest blogger Angelica Jennsen

Project Confidence

The very first seconds of your interview are already significant – if you enter the office with a shy knock, limp handshake and avoid eye contact, your body language will convey a lack of confidence. Instead, give the interviewer a firm handshake and maintain eye contact. Remember not to go overboard and dominate the room – always follow the basic rules of politeness.

Our body language doesn’t only impact the way others see us – it can also change the way we see ourselves. Check out this incredibly popular and inspiring TED talk by Amy Cuddy, where she demonstrates how assuming a confident posture (even when we don’t feel too self-assured) affects our brain chemistry and impacts our chance for success.

Maintain Eye-Contact

Eye contact simply means you’re open and honest. Relax your face muscles and make sure they match the tone of what you’re saying – when stressed, you might appear rigid or even untrustworthy.

Gazing into your interviewer’s eyes for too long is risky too – more than 7-10 seconds of intense stare would induce discomfort in anyone. Try to be as natural as possible – when rehearsing your answers to potential interview questions, train in front of the mirror to see whether your facial expressions convey an image of calm confidence.

Relax and Speak Your Mind

What you say during a job interview is just as important as how you say it. Monitor the tone of your speaking voice to make sure you’re a picture of relaxed confidence. Don’t modify your normal speaking style too much – control your pitch and volume. Avoid clearing your throat, accompanying your responses with ‘ums’ and constructing extremely long sentences that never arrive to their point.

Manage Your Gestures and Posture

Crossing your arms, fidgeting or maintaining a firm hold to your briefcase will all impede you from making a great impression. You need your hands free to be able to punctuate your words – go for natural gesticulation and avoid choppy gestures or touching your face. Keep your hands at the level between your hips and shoulders to project confidence.

Mirror the Interviewer

This trick has over the years been proven to work no matter what. All you need to do is imitate the movements of the interviewer. If they lean, you lean as well – if they move their hand on the desk, you can do something similar. Remember – those are just body cues for you to follow, not replicate in detail.

In order to fully benefit from all the tips listed above, try to integrate them in your daily life. Practicing those simple steps will help you to render them more natural and easily handle all kinds of professional meetings, not only job interviews.

Angelica Jennsen is an experienced marketing specialist with vast IT experience currently employed by Seven Spots who divides her time between work and her passion for traveling and learning languages.

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Common job-hunting mistakes by the long-time unemployed, a guest post

In the unstable economy of today, it is fairly common for a number of people to be incapable of finding a job for a prolonged period of time. A sudden influx of spare time after either getting fired from a previous position or graduating from university may appear overwhelming at first, but it is in the job seeker’s best interests to use it for the best. Avoiding typical mistakes of the “chronically” unemployed may aid in landing a new, promising position sooner than expected.

Guest blogger Kelly Smith

Guest blogger Kelly Smith

The fact that you have already attended many job interviews does not mean that you shouldn’t prepare equally, for all of them. When unable to eloquently answer common job interview questions, which can easily be found online, a candidate can often portray their dependency on getting the job, as opposed to their willingness to cooperate and fully commit to work in order to add to the company’s success.

Constant rejection can also make it difficult for job seekers to believe in their abilities and skillset. However, losing hope and toning down the intensity of job searching may prove counterproductive, leading to missed work opportunities. Switching to a positive attitude could open doors to expanding networks and increased self-confidence, both of which play a significant role especially in the time of unemployment.

Also, being on a lookout for a job does not – and should not – rule out investing extra time in self-development. Broadening experience, developing the skill and perfecting the craft may result in remarkable increase of valuable offers. Any exposure to the industry, even if reduced only to unpaid volunteer activities or short-term temporary jobs, prevents from losing contact with regular professional duties and, additionally, helps freshen up knowledge. Going to workshops, enrolling in courses and getting involved in groups of shared interest is a decision well made.

Furthermore, staying away from social media is not advisable. LinkedIn and other online resources are places where not only lucky position holders, but also job seekers can set up their profile and regularly update it with the hope to get noticed by a potential employer. Leaving the “job” gap blank is also no reason to panic – it lets recruiters and company employers know who is currently in search for offers and open to collaboration.

Remaining inflexible is another job seeker sin, committed much too often. Staying too attached to one’s place of residence and refusing to relocate could, in most extreme circumstances, stop your chances of getting employed. Oftentimes it only means a dramatically diminished selection of offers to choose from and the risk of having to your lower standards, accepting a position that not necessarily fulfils your professional ambitions or needs, interests and educational background.

Avoiding anything industry-related altogether may mark a significant pause in your professional life and negatively influence your job search and ability to switch back into the work routine. Staying away from career-enhancing courses or temporary assignments could also prove little beneficial in one’s quest for the perfect job. In short, it is essential to bear in mind that stagnation is a blind alley, just like constant exposure to professional duties is, especially in the long run, a key to success.

Kelly Smith is a dedicated tutor and writer. Currently, she develops her passion at Career FAQs, one of the leading providers of career and educational resources in Australia, where she provides career advice for students and job seekers.

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Five Steps For A Successful Job Search, a guest post

Searching for a job is one of the most arduous tasks for an individual or a professional. It is important for the candidates to cover all the basics of a job search which include important steps like creating a résumé and meeting with recruiters etc. One must take special care that everything should be focused and professional in order to get the job position that you applied for. Keeping up to date with the latest career trends and developments in the organizational workflow is essential for a successful job search. Searching for jobs without a plan will not only waste precious time but will also land you with a job that doesn’t fit your skill set. Here are some quick tips for the first time job seekers for a successful job hunt.


Guest blogger Luke Peters

Guest blogger Luke Peters

  1. Research Is The Key

Finding the right job always comes down to amount of research that a job seeker does looking for appropriate positions. One must spend at least 30 hours in a week on searching for various jobs that match your skill set and experience. Searching for jobs is similar to a full time work and one must plan their actions as if being paid by someone to do the job. Most successful job seekers consider job search as real work similar to a full time job. The higher the amount of research you do, the better opportunities you get.

  1. Work With A Plan

Looking for a job without a plan or strategy will only waste your and the organization’s time and will rarely provide you with the satisfaction that you seek with your job. Review your qualification as it is important to know what kind of job matches your area or expertise. Clearly identify the job objectives and your role in an organization if you are hired. It is common for new job seekers to fill up their résumé with information that is totally non-relevant to the applied positions. So, one must make sure to include only the information that is important for the job position.

  1. Online Networking Is Essential

With the growing popularity of social media for personal and professional use, it is important for the job seekers to maintain their profiles on social media platforms like facebook, LinkedIn etc. Connecting with the other people who are already working in your field can provide you with some vital insights on the organization and the work environment. New job seekers often talk too much about their accomplishments and qualities on social media and fail to learn from the connections they have made.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Talk To The Employers Directly

More than 85% of the organizations do not list their open positions on the job seeking portals and directly hire the people who already know about the open positions. Once you have narrowed down your own goals, do not be afraid to approach the companies directly for available positions that suit your skill set. One must make a list of all the organizations that are relevant to your experience and qualifications and should not be shy to ask for an open position.

  1. Persistence Is A Must

A never give up attitude is one of the essential qualities that a job seeker should have. Job search is a complicated and time consuming process and facing failures is unavoidable. Rejections can often bulk up and lead to the feeling of depression and dejection. Having your résumé rejected by an organization can be disheartening but one must take it as a part and parcel of life and should never stop trying. Failures often are an indication of loopholes in your plan. You must properly review your strategy in order to lower the chances of rejection in the future interviews.

While job searching contains several uncertainties and risks of being rejected, it is important for job seekers to keep in mind the abovementioned tips to ease the situation. A well planned and confidant approach can limit the chances of your résumé being ignored or rejected by the interviewer.

Author Bio:

Luke Peters has written several articles on topics such as recruitment, hiring, management, finance and marketing etc. He is also the current contributor for and likes to spend most of his time reading about  about management and keeping up with the latest trends and developments in the market.

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Are We Ready for a World Without Resumes?

John N. Frank:

A world moving beyond resumes? Sounds exciting,

Originally posted on One Man's Opinion:

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Updating resumes and writing cover letters can feel like an insurmountable obstacle in the job hunting process, even when you’re desperate for a new gig. For one thing, it’s hard to see typos or inconsistencies once they’ve been introduced, making the process dull at best and frustrating at worst; for another, well, it feels weird to pitch yourself so openly. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to deal with resumes and cover letters at all?
Now, some researchers are advocating just that.

“It’s time for the resume and the cover letter to die,” writes Jesse Singal at The Science of Us. “The problem is that the resume-and-cover-letter bundle — call it ‘the packet’ from here on — is an inefficient, time-wasting way for employers to sort through a first wave of applicants. It doesn’t provide nearly as much useful information about potential employees as we’ve…

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Start a Negotiation Off the Right Way

John N. Frank:

some good advice here, could work in salary negotiations too.

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

When sitting down to a negotiation, many wait to see if the other person is going to make the first move. Instead of sitting back, lead the way. Start the conversation by establishing how you two will work together. Rather than presenting demands right out of the gate and waiting for a reaction, show that you’re eager to hear your counterpart’s position. Ask about her interests and listen. Repeat what you’ve heard so she knows you understand. Share information yourself.

Whenever you suggest an option, explain your reasoning – without giving a speech – and give her time to absorb and respond. If, on the other hand, your counterpart takes charge first, in a way that you feel is unhelpful (by tossing out a position or making a subtle threat), there’s no need to follow. Suggest a different approach that would be more beneficial.

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Oh, The Wait

John N. Frank:

Long-term unemployment is soo tough, but keep fighting the good fight. And always keep believing in yourself.

Originally posted on Serenity Amidst Frustration:


Here Waiting

Would you like to know what the average length of long-term unemployment looks like these days? Some have found a duration of about 40 weeks. As this is just an average duration, for many, however, the length is much longer.

When I think about how long it has been since I actively started looking for employment, I am shocked. Would you like to know how long it has been for me? It has been almost two years since I officially became unemployed. I cannot believe it. Uncertainty much…right? Had someone told me I would be unemployed for so long, I would have NOT believed it. I have given it my all but still failed as a job seeker. I have never been so discouraged in my life. Even though I have failed to secure a job offer so far, I keep going. Although those weeks quickly turned…

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