5 ways your thank-you note could lose you the job

Source: MASHABLE – Let’s be honest: When it comes to applying for jobs, the “it can’t hurt” benchmark is often the deciding factor over whether or not to do something. Sending a cover letter? It can’t hurt. Finding your interviewer on LinkedIn? It can’t hurt. Sending a thank-you note? It can’t hurt. Or can it? Actually, yes, it absolutely can. Here are just a few scenarios in which sending a thank-you note might hurt your chances of landing the job. 1. It’s full of typos If you’re really serious about a job, you probably had your resume and cover letter reviewed by a couple other people before you hit submit. But even the most careful job seeker can make mistakes during the high that comes after a successful interview. Don’t blow your carefully crafted image, and double-check to make sure that your thank-you note is typo-free. 2. It’s a week late Another good impression killer is sending your note in late. Thank-you notes are the most effective when you send them ASAP or at least within 48 hours of your interview. If you want to leave the impression that you’re only mildly interested in the position, then go ahead and take your time. If not, then send it immediately. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. 3. It’s generic You might think that going through the motions and sending a generic thank-you note is better than sending nothing, but you’d be wrong. Hiring managers get excited when they find exceptional candidates who are really excited about the job. And sending a boring thank-you note that could have been...

5 tips for landing a seasonal job

Source: MASHABLE – The holidays — and all the credit card debt that accompanies them — are right around the corner, and companies are ramping up their seasonal hiring. If you’re wondering how to balance your budget during holiday spending, a part-time seasonal job may be just the solution. And while retail still dominates the seasonal job market, there’s more of a variety in seasonal and holiday jobs than ever before — the trick is knowing how to find and land the best seasonal job for you. Below are a few ways you can ensure that you find the right fit when it comes to seasonal employment. Consider all your options. Retail, retail, retail — this is the typical refrain of seasonal hiring, and with good reason: UPS announced plans to nearly double its seasonal hiring from last year, and major brands like Amazon, Macy’s and Walmart are planning increases as well.But there are quite a few other industries that hire seasonally, if you know what to look for. Consider your local community and all the holiday events being held: They require employees for every level, from recruiters and staffing coordinators who hire and manage seasonal help, to event managers and chefs for holiday events, to merchandisers who create and maintain creative seasonal displays for different products and services. Go outside the regular holiday season. In addition to seasonal holiday hiring, there are two other big “seasons” also hiring right now — ski season and tax season. If you live in an area that is partial to winter sports, you’ll find all sorts of roles available, from ski instructor to...

What’s the best way to prepare for job interviews?

SOURCE: QUORA – Disclaimer: This advice is not for technical interviews. If you’re preparing for software interviews, go read Programming Interviews Exposed. These following points are relevant for product management, investment banking, or consulting sort of interviews. Figure out your story. You should be able to give a 30-second pitch about who you are and why you’re interviewing for this job at this company. If asked to elaborate, you should be able to fill in additional supporting details for your main story line. Ideally, these supporting details will be corroborated by items on your resume, whether previous work experience or other activities. Tip: Make a checklist of particular skills or experiences of yours that you want to highlight, and think about stories that convey them. Remember this mental checklist and during the interview, make sure you’re hitting all the key points. At the very end, sometimes the interviewer will ask if there’s anything else you want to say. This is your chance to talk about anything awesome about you that you intended to convey but haven’t yet. The gist of all this is that you should be able to sell yourself. Do your homework on the company and the position. Know what the company does and what you would be doing if you got the job. At a minimum you should look at the company’s website and review the job posting, but it’s even better if you can talk to people who actually work there. Reach out to your network — check Facebook or LinkedIn to see if anyone in your immediate network works there, or if there is anyone...

What are the best ways to score a job interview using social media?

Source MASHABLE – This question originally appeared on Quora. What is the best way to network through Facebook and Linkedin to secure a job interview? Answer below by Quora user Hunter R Peress, entrepreneur. First, forget about Facebook, unless you have thousands of friends — but even then, it is not a work-oriented network. I believe that in-person networking is the most effective way. Then make sure to ‘Link-in’ with everyone you meet, as sometimes second-degree connections will be willing to further discuss potential jobs. Answer below by Kathleen Smith, CMO of ClearedJobs.Net. With the goal of securing an interview through social media, you have to know the social media of choice for the recruiter that is controlling that job interview. Each company and recruiter has different methodologies for finding candidates and securing them for an interview. For each ad, there is not necessarily a sign that says, “For this job opening, contact recruiter X through this social media platform.” It’s true that there are lots of recruiters who post job openings over LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms — but they may be just job blasting these postings through an application. Realize that if you do respond to a job posting on social media, you may or may not get a response from a recruiter. Secondly, you have to realize that in some companies, the recruiter is not the decision-maker on the interview: They just make recommendations. This is something to ask when building your relationship with recruiters, along with inquiring about the typical timeline for interview selections. The best strategy is to first find the companies that...

7 resources to help you land your dream job

Source: MASHABLE – Maybe your dream career is to become Michael Bolton’s backup singer — or perhaps it’s to rise to the C-Suite level of a Fortune 500 company or work for a startup, wearing multiple hats and becoming a Jack-of-All-Trades. Whatever your lofty aspirations, someone else’s goal is to help make them come true: A number of startups are embarking on initiatives to help job seekers find their dream careers and master the art of work/life balance. In the spirit of National Career Development Month, we’ve compiled a list of a few of these helpful businesses and resources below.   Create a visually stunning resume with VisualCV “You only have one chance to make a first impression when looking for a new job, which means your resume needs to be top notch,” says James Clift, CEO of VisualCV, an online CV and resume builder. Clift goes on to explain that despite “exaggerated” reports, the resume is still very much a crucial part of the hiring process. “Over 90% of large companies use applicant tracking systems, which require a resume to apply. It is a recruiter’s first point of reference, and a poorly designed resume will hurt your chances immensely,” says Clift. The point of VisualCV is to streamline the process of creating a resume that’s a fit for whatever type of job you’re seeking, from both a design and content perspective. Users can change the visual layout of their resumes with the click of a button, and the platform automatically formats information to adjust to each template. New designs are released each month, too, so your resume can always...

5 habits that can turn interviewers against you

Source MASHABLE – Having spent the last decade recruiting, I’ve had many a conversation with hiring managers after a candidate exits the interview. And, while I always hope for exceptional feedback, sometimes the news is not so glowing. Sometimes, the candidate has done something so annoying to the interviewer that, at best, she is now questioning her interest in keeping this person in the running. What are the things that drive interviewers the most crazy? Listen and learn. 1. You arrive super early Everybody knows that you’re an idiot if you show up late for an interview. It’s completely disrespectful of the interviewer’s time. But showing up insanely early is also going to make you look like a jerk. Why? Because, when you arrive more than five or 10 minutes before your meeting, you’re putting immediate pressure on the interviewer to drop whatever she may be wrapping up and deal with you. Or, she’s going to start the interview feeling guilty because she knows she just left you sitting in the lobby for 20 minutes. A secondary problem with showing up early is that it says, “Hi, I have absolutely nothing else going on in my life, so I’ll just park it here in your company lobby.” You don’t want that. If you arrive super early, hang in the parking lot or a nearby coffee shop until just a few minutes before your scheduled time. 2. You’re so over-rehearsed that you act like a robot Once again, we all know not to show up to an interview completely unprepared. Fewer of us, however, realize that it’s entirely possible to...