Jobs tips

Mondays suck - except for your job search.

According to a 2013 study by (currently out of circulation), Mondays are the days when the most applications advance to the next round of consideration - i.e. an interview, phone screen, etc...30% of all applications move on to the next round on Mondays. There's a sizable dip on Tuesdays - only 20% of applications advance - yet, the most applications are sent on Tuesdays, 37%.By comparison, only 5-6% of applications are sent in on Monday. So today, be on your game and send out your highest-quality applications. According to's senior data scientist, "getting your application early gives a hiring manager time to discuss it with colleagues and arrange meetings in the same week. Applications that come in later may have a higher chance of falling between the cracks or getting pushed aside."Source:

If someone is referring you for a job at their company, follow their damn instructions.

An acquaintance of mine asked me about a position at my company. I looked over his resume, told him to change a few things and then send it back to me so I could submit it directly to our HR from the corporate job applicant system. The next day he emails me and tells me he submitted his application on the website, which I explicitly told him not to do. There's nothing I can do about it at this point. When an employee refers someone, that usually means that person will at least get an interview. If they end up getting the job, we get a bonus. Not only did he seriously hurt his chances (his resume is just another number in a pile right now), but if he does end up getting hired I won't get a bonus. Lose-lose situation that could have been avoided if he had just listened.

7 questions to ask your interviewer.

These are some questions to get your Q&A session off to a good start:1. Is this a newly created role, or an existing one?2. (If new) What are the skills an ideal candidate should have for this role?3. (If existing) What traits of the previous employee made them successful or unsuccessful in this role?4. What would my typical day-to-day look like?5. What does your typical day-to-day look like?6. What is the most recent project your team completed?7. What is the most important task or achievement you’d like me to accomplish in the first 90 days?Got any other great ones?

Take a ride to your new workplace/orientation location before your first day.

After 10 months of sending out applications, I finally found a job in my degree field. Although I will be working in my hometown (what luck!), orientation will take place at the company headquarters about a half hour away. Today I drove to the headquarters. Having done this, now I know how long the drive takes on a good day, where I can go for lunch, and where the streets I need to turn onto are. Even with a GPS, sudden turns can sneak up on you and redirecting can make you late. By doing a dry run, you will eliminate some of the stress the first day can cause, which will leave you better able to focus on learning and making new friends. It will also help to determine how much time to allow for traffic.Thanks for all the good advice and thanks for reading. Good luck to those still searching!

Check Your Voicemail Message Before Applying To Jobs!.

I'm a hiring manager and cannot tell you how many candidates I call that either have an inappropriate voicemail message (a joke one where they pretend to answer, or an actually inappropriate one) OR their voicemail box is full ("This persons voicemail box is full and cannot accept new messages. Goodbye.") It's really important to make good first impressions, and the recruiter or hiring manager isn't going to spend all day trying to get you to pick up your phone. I'd say the safest bet is to 1. Check and delete old voicemails and 2. Reset your voicemail message to the phones default (i.e. An automated voice saying "The number you've reached is unavailable right now...etc.")

Learn JavaScript. 175 calls in three days when I posted my resume.

I'm not bragging, the whole process was very stressful, but when I posted my resume on monster and dice, the calls and emails absolutely poured in. Surprisingly, they were well qualified to my position as well, with maybe 10% obviously looking for a Java or PHP guy (to be fair, both are on my resume). Also, having 11 calls in the first half hour of the interview for the position I took helps a lot with negotiating.I was even able to score a corp to corp gig, at a great rate, which means I can pay more teachers at my startup school. tl;dr: If you know how to program and need a job, learn JS really well and the world will beat a path to your door.

If you suffer from sweaty hands and worry about handshakes (like me), bring a cold bottle of water to the interview that you can hold. It will make your hands cold, and also if they are damp, they will assume it is from the bottle.

I hope this is okay to post here. This has literally saved me many times at interviews. Job interviews are stressful enough, especially with anxiety, which also causes sweating. Having sweaty hands, can be one less thing to worry about.

Google for job requirements from recruiters.

If you've ever come across a posting from a recruiter (or similar middle-man) on craigslist, through email, or a LinkedIn message, but were frustrated by not knowing who the company is, here's a tip.Take the most obscure/specific requirement listed, and do a google search for it in double-quotes.Its likely that not many places have that exact same requirement, in that order, using those words. I've successfully found the same job listed on the company website, so now I got the full job listing, and had an opportunity to know and evaluate the company, to decide if I was interested.

When An Interviewer Schedules Something With You, Make a Google Calendar Event and Invite Them.

This has really impressed everyone I've done it with. It also serves the functions that a reminder normally serves.After they schedule the interview or whatever with you just say "That sounds great. By the way, I've made a Google Calendar event for the interview."For the event, make sure you get the time right. Make the subject/title appropriate. In the description put your contact number, name, and a description of the job title.Add your resume as the attachment.Don't forget to invite the interviewer!I've even gotten comments like "Wow, you're super organized!" It just comes off really well, in my experience. And an added bonus is that it sends your interviewer (and you) a reminder.

Resume tip-- focus on impact and results/outcome showing leadership, creativity, teamwork/building, etc... Avoid words like "participated, contributed, attende, etc..", but instead use, "lead/led, organized, represented, hosted, etc..." Just my 2 cents as former hiring manager..

Let me clarify. Do not lie about your resume. use these words to think and reflect on your prior experiences. during interview a hiring manager will ask you to elaborate on things like leadership, teamwork, conflict management, etc... for college graduates, this is exactly why we encourage students to volunteer for charity work, big brother program, or even boy/Girl Scout. Find an internship at local gov agencies or some political campaign... Do you goto church? Do you teach kids? There are many available opportunities to build your resume or just simply reflect on your prior accomplishments that you didn't really think about.