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13 Ways to Stay Jobless

I’m sure you’ve already heard a few of these advice bullets at some point in your career, but missing even one could keep you from being hired.

If you’re  in “I need a job” land, here are 13 common mistakes to avoid making:
1. Have a Bad Resume – Not that simply sending a good resume will get you a job, but a bad resume will put the odds in favor of your competition.  If your resume is not standing out, it’s not standing out.  If you’re sending out a poorly written resume, you’re wasting your time.

2. Have a Bad Cover Letter – A good cover letter is a bit underrated.  Many people go generic, basic, and safe.  A good cover letter is addressed personally, not generically.  The cover letter should talk about the value you present to that unique employer.  It should have the most interesting piece mentioned first and be sure that it and references your attached resume.

3. Don’t Know What You Want to Do – If you don’t know what you want to do, you’re more likely to do nothing.  If you don’t know what you want to do, then you can’t confidently communicate to employers that you want to work for them.  As soon as you know what you want to do, you have something to say.  Knowing what you can or want to do, is a better strategy to promote yourself as a valuable member of the team.

4. Ask About Vacation/Benefits Before Meeting in Person – Don’t pick apart the position before you’d been made an offer.  Assuming anything upfront can appear as entitlement.  This is a personality trait that most hiring managers find unattractive.   If you practice classy negotiation skills, lock down the job first, then the extras.

5. Be Negative – If you’re jobless, being negative about your position will only help keep you there.  Start being positive now, make it a choice every morning.  Make it a point to only communicate with prospective employers with a positive tone, it’s difficult to do, but it will make you appear more desirable.  Positive people have more physical energy and can even think better.  Force yourself to smile during phone interviews,  really mean it,  it cans still change the tone of your voice.

6. Play the Blame Game – If you want to be interpreted as a responsible person, you must take responsibly.  When talking with your future boss, or anyone for that matter, don’t blame  your failures on others.   The last thing a hiring manager wants to hear about is how dumb your last employer was for firing you.  If it’s to be said, let them say it.  Any blame, or negative talk will work against your from a hiring manager’s emotional perspective.

7. Say the word: “Honestly,” During an Interview –  Don’t tell the employer you’re being honest about anything, it makes you look false.  It’s an undesirable phrase, and it should be avoided at all costs.  If you represent yourself professionally, and keep your lie cues to a minimum,  it will be assumed that you’re honest.

8. Be Predicable – When interviewing numbers of people, it’s amazing how many people will respond to the same questions with the exact same answers.  Interviews start to tire you out with pure boredom.  Sometimes, just being different and refreshing will increase your changes of being hired.  Before you’re hired, you’ll need to be considered.  Before your considered, you’ll need to be remembered.  The more common you present yourself, the easier it will be to forget you.  Don’t be predicable, be remarkable.

9. Give Stiff or Limp Fish Hand Shakes – The handshake plays.  It’s not a power-play, it’s not a chance to induct them hypnotically, it’s a social gesture.  Make sure you’re ready to shake hands, and you’re not too tight or weak with your grip.  Smile, eye contact, and think something positive to put emphasis on this physical communication.  I personally like to think the words, “Done Deal”.

10. Know Nothing About the Job or Company You’re Applying For – Blindly sending out your resume (if it’s well written) can sometimes land you an interview.  It’s your responsibility to research the company you’ll have an interview with as much as possible, otherwise you’re wasting your time.  If you don’t know, it will show, you’ll be asking a bunch of questions that will make you look like an idiot to a prospective employer.  Not only will they not hire you, but they’ll be likely to hold contempt for your poor manners.

11. Don’t Attend Job Fairs – Job fairs are a place where companies who are hiring will be looking for prospective candidates.  If you want to meet people, of “network”, it’s in your best interest to addend these events.  Even if you don’t want to work for a particular company, meeting people who work in the hiring field can benefit you down the road.  Treat attending a job fair like an interview.

 12. Dress Like a Slob - First impressions are made within only a few seconds.  Even the most non-judgmental of people will make a determination about you based on how you look.  If you don’t think that appearances matter, then you probably don’t understand how your subconsciousness mind works either.  Over 70% of our communication with other people is non-verbal.  Look in the mirror before you leave, what is your presence saying?

 13. Don’t Follow Up- When you meet people at the job fair, out in public, or during an interview you need to follow up.  Face it, you’re easily forgotten, just another face applying for “the job”.  Reduce the odds that you will be neglected and looked over by being present.  Every time someone recognizes your name, it’s more likely they’ll recommend it.   Keep a record of everyone you talk to, and schedule follow up calls for down the road for the best contacts.  If you’re really savvy, use a free CRM tool like, and then collect as many business cards as you can.  Leveraging the power of a CRM, you can continue to follow up with your contacts and not have to remember everything.


How to Get Started Using Social Media in your Job Search

I’m sure you’ve heard by now someone praising the power of Social Media for fun, business, and even job hunting.  The problem is, that beyond setting up an account on Facebook or Twitter most people don’t know what to do next to leverage those platforms.

Before you read on about ways to polish and tweak your social media accounts, you’ll want to know exactly why you’d even bother in the first place.

Take a look at this info-graphic from

Social Recruiting Info-graphic


As you can see above, that nearly all professional recruiters are both using social media to post positions, and to source potential candidates.  This graphic also outlines a few different sites that you can both expand and utilize your social media accounts during your search.  So where do you start if you don’t even have one social media account?

Currently, the single most important account to have if you’re looking for work is a LinkedIn account.   This is the best place to start.  Go there, sign up, and COMPLETE your profile.

The more complete your profile is, the better the chances are that prospective employers will reach out to contact you.  Think of LinkedIn as today’s resume, and treat it with the same reverence.  After you’ve done this, you can add your unique URL to your paper resume and include it when responding to web-based position postings.

Next, sync your Linkedin account with your new twitter account.  That way, you only need to post once on both platforms.   It’s important that you keep communication within professional constraints, you don’t want to mis-represent who you are to prospective employers.

Here are some additional articles that you can browse to help you learn more about each social platform individually:

After you’ve followed the advice that’s out there, it’s important to continuously maintain your social/web presence so it will grow in it’s effectiveness throughout your career.  Schedule times to make periodic updates, review your profiles, and keep the world up-to-date on what’s going on with your career.  It’s like anything, the more work you put in,…