Monday, August 09, 2010

The Job of Job Hunting

Job hunting in a poor job market is far more stressful than actually having a high-stress job. Not only does it take daily determination to spend hours digging, researching, sending resumes and dealing with rejection, but you also have the constant financial pressures eating away at you, along with a loss of self confidence. With all that working against you, how do you stay motivated to keep hunting week after week?

Set parameters and stick to them: Set aside 5-6 hours, 5 days a week for job search. Specify the hours in the day that will be spent working. Structuring your time will give you a greater sense of this being a job that requires focus and attention each and every day.

Get up, shower, and get dressed: We all dream of a job that we can do in our pajamas, but you will feel, and in turn act, more professional if you are clean and casually dressed.

Set goals: Send 3 resumes, research 2 new companies, and follow up on 2 potential jobs each day. Setting goals will give you something to strive for and give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the week. Using a resume distribution service like may help you multiply your efforts. Rather than sending a few resumes out, you can send thousands in minutes.

Mix it up: If you spent all last week job searching on the internet, plan to spend several days this week out of the house networking and meeting face-to-face with people. A change of scenery can do wonders for your attitude.

Take a break: When your 5 to 6 hours of job hunting for the day is done, then stop. Put your laptop away, take a walk, watch TV, spend time with your family, etc. Do whatever relaxes you and feel good about the hours you invested in your job search.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

You said What?

Any hiring manager who has been around for awhile could write a book about the amusing and inappropriate things said in interviews. We all know someone who frequently sticks their foot in their mouth and seems to have no internal censor. If this sounds like you, take a few moments to learn what topics you should avoid in interviews.

  • What is the pay/salary for this position? - Although the answer to this question may be a determining factor in whether or not you will want to pursue this job, pay should always be brought up first by the hiring manager. If they ask you what your salary goals are, give them a reasonable range based on the standard within the industry in that particular city.

  • Be aware of your grammar - Avoid slang and keep the conversation formal. Change “yea” to “yes”, “thanks” to “thank you”, and “hi” to “good morning/afternoon”, etc. Leave the casual out of the conversation throughout the interview process. And absolutely no profanity.

  • Avoid obvious questions about the company - Don’t waste the hiring managers time by walking into an interview without knowing anything about the company. In this age of information overload, there is no excuse for not doing your research before the first interview.

  • Speaking negatively about former bosses/employers - Any negativity you bring to an interview is a reflection on you. No matter how bad your previous job was, don’t dwell on it. Briefly state why you left and move on.

Keep personal problems, religious beliefs and medical issues out of the interview process. You may have concerns that will need to be addressed at some point, however wait until you have been offered the job, then schedule a meeting with the Human Resources Manager to discuss these personal issues.

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Do Your Research Before the Interview

Common sense should tell you that if you’re going to an interview unprepared, you might as well just stay at home. However, JobsByFax has found that a surprising number of hiring managers name their biggest pet peeve with interviewees is lack of preparation. Although it’s great to prepare a list of intelligent questions relating to the company, it’s not the hiring managers job to spend valuable interview time educating you on something as easy as what products the company sells. There are some things that you should already know.

Finding basic information about the company you are interviewing for is as easy as a visit to the company website. So what should you know about the company prior to the interview and what should you ask when you get there?

When doing your research, look for answers to the following questions:

  • How old is the company and approximate number of employees?

  • What products and/or services does the company sell and who is their primary customer?

  • Does the company have a solid reputation among it’s competitors and the public, in general?

  • Are there offices in other locations and where are they? Where is the corporate office?

  • Have there been recent employee layoffs?

So where do you go to find the answers? The company website is the most logical, but don’t limit yourself to that alone. Keep in mind, you won’t find anything negative about the company on their own website and they will likely not tell you anything unflattering during the interview. You will have to dig a little deeper to find a truly objective source of information that may enlighten you to the bad, as well as the good. Google the company name and you will likely find newspaper articles, press releases, and financial reports. For the informal and unbiased information, turn to business blogs and social networking sites.

During the interview, impress the hiring manager with intelligent questions about the company that would be difficult to find through research. Some examples include:

  • What is the management style of the person that I will be reporting to?

  • What are the growth prospects for this position?

  • Describe a typical day/week that the person you hire can expect in this position?

  • How much travel is expected and is relocation a possibility?

  • What do you like most about working for this company?

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Free resume faxing sponsored by JobsByFax

Matt Saunders, a 38-year-old Virginia Beach entrepreneur, has a solution to get the attention of potential employers without you ever leaving your desktop, and it’s not e-mail. He created as a quick and easy solution for job seekers to be able to send a resume and cover letter by fax.

This free service allows a job seeker to upload a resume and cover letter to the website, and input the fax number and recipient’s name. The job seeker can then send the fax to up to ten people at one time, and it only takes minutes to distribute utilizing the dozens of fax lines available.

“E-mails are too easy to delete, and usually the decision maker never even knows that you exist,” explains Saunders. “The problem is that you never get past the gate keeper. Our fax service gives you an advantage. Somebody at that company has to do something with that fax other than hitting the delete button on their computer, and many times the fax ends up in the hands of a senior decision maker.” utilizes top-of-the-line fax computers to provide an efficient, top quality fax to each recipient. The sender can check the status of the fax by logging into the website. Only resumes and cover letters can be faxed—no other type of material is permitted. Advertising is strictly prohibited.

“My job is to help someone looking for a job find someone who is hiring,” adds Saunders. “It’s a very competitive job market right now and you have to look at alternative ways to get attention.”Matt Mladenka, a job seeker from Dallas, TX, agrees. “I’ve been looking for a quality job for a year. After I switched my personal marketing strategy from responding to online job ads by e-mail to aggressively faxing my resume to targeted companies, I was immediately inundated with phone calls and many good opportunities.”

About is a service of, a Virginia Beach, VA-based online resume distribution provider. The company’s mission is to quickly, easily and affordably empower job hunters with the tools needed to market their employment skills directly to the decision makers at companies.

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