Monthly Archives: January 2013

50 Hottest Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers

Twitter is like a window into the soul of America. It shows us faster and more accurately what is on our collective minds than any other medium currently in use. So it was only a matter of time, in a bad economy and a worse job market, that Twitter would be flooded with both job seekers and job offerers. The way they find each other is through certain key hashtags, the best of which we have laid out for you to help you in your quest for employment.

-Samantha Gray,

If you use Twitter in your Job Search, the best way to get advice or to find out who’s hiring is by using hashtags. A hashtag is the # followed by the key word you’re looking to find. For example, do you want see every tweet that has job searching tips? Just type in #jobtips in the search box. Need to find tweets from other twitter users who went on an interview? #interview can help with that. There are thousands of other ways to get inventive with searching for tweets for good advice or jobs, but Samantha Gray has compiled a list of 50 of the best tips to help a Job Seeker. If you have twitter, why don’t you try it?


Fun Fact: Did you know that the French Academy, a group solely devoted to protecting the integrity of the French Language, had a meeting to translate the word Hashtag? Because of the common usage of the English word Hashtag in France, the Academy came up with a French word to replace it. A hashtag in French is now known as a mot-diese. Teachers and government officials are now required to disseminate the word to discourage the use of the English term. 


Resume Help: Gaps in Employment

The best way to handle this is to show the years only on her résumé.  You can see in the example below that instead of “2/2010 to 11/2010,” we simply state “2010.” It is acceptable to show years only on a résumé.

-Debra Wheatman, Resume Help: Gaps in Employment (

This short article helps job-seekers explain the gaps in employment they may have. It also helps with explaining job responsibilities in a way that makes you stand out against other job seekers. This article helps you look at your resume from a different angle; one of an employer. How would you adjust your resume or explain the gaps in your work history? Visit this website to get some good ideas!

Sample Post Interview Thank You Letter

Simply put – It just pays to follow-up the right way after an interview; it’s not optional – it is a required etiquette that might make or break your chances of getting the job offer.

The question always is “What are the appropriate follow-up steps post-interview?

Here are the three steps to an effective follow-up:

-Sample Post Interview Thank You Letter

The Thank you letter is a very important message to send post-interview that could make or break your hiring. Make sure you take a look at this article to determine what’s the best way to follow up on a job interview and make a good impression. A quick tip: at an interview, make sure to get any business cards from interviewers. Why? It’ll help you with the interviewer’s first and last name, in case you forget!

Make Your Resume Stand Out (With NUMBERS)

Numbers are a great way to get ahead in a job search by putting them in your resume. If you think of the way a resume is written, the responsibilities of a job are key to showing a potential employer what you did at your prior jobs. While this was once enough to get you hired, it’s more difficult to find a job now than it has been in a few generations. With stiff competition, listing what you did at your job will not be enough. Did you simply go through the motions, or were you one of the best employees? It’s hard to say, if you only list what you did.

This is where quantifying your resume can help you get ahead. Careerealism has an article titled “Make Your Resume Stand Out”. It explains how to effectively write job responsibilities with quantifiable information to help you get an edge in the job hunt. There are helpful rules in the article to follow when writing your resume as well as examples of descriptions. Changing the way you describe your past jobs will help in showing the employer the environment, pace, management skills and efficiency you would have as an employee. So, even though resume writing is an art form and not a science, make sure you quantify your job descriptions to stand a better chance of getting the interview.

Ask JAN – Job Accomodation Network

Do you have questions about work accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act, is the site maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor that has the answers to help you. is a free service, with expert advice and guidance provided confidentially for workforce accommodation and disability employment issues. Guidance is provided online or over the phone. There is also a page devoted to Spanish-Language resources helping Limited English Proficient Individuals.

(También hay una página dedicada a recursos en español que ayudan individuos de comprensión limitada en inglés.)

SOAR, the Searchable Online Accommodation Resource, is just one tool available at the AskJan website. Click on this link to see a Disability and its corresponding accommodation option.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1992 to “enable society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities, will allow us all to gain from their increased purchasing power and ability to use it, and will lead to fuller, more productive lives for all Americans.” (Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers)

8 Simple Steps to the Perfect Job Interview

The Perfect Job Interview in 8 Simple Steps

Jeff HadenGhostwriter, speaker, columnist for

You landed the interview. Awesome! Now don’t screw it up.

I’ve interviewed thousands of people for jobs ranging from entry-level to executive. Easily three-fourths of the candidates made basic interviewing mistakes.

Did I still hire some of them? Absolutely… but never count on your qualifications and experience to outweigh a bad interview.

Here are eight practical ways to shine:

Be likable. Obvious? And critical. Making a great first impression and establishing a real connection is everything. Smile, make eye contact, be enthusiastic, sit forward in your chair, use the interviewer’s name…. Be yourself, but be the best version of yourself you possibly can. We all want to work with people we like and who like us. Use that basic fact to your advantage. Few candidates do.

Never start the interview by saying you want the job. Why? Because you don’t know yet. False commitment is, well, false. Instead…

Ask questions about what really matters to you. Focus on making sure the job is a good fit: Who you will work with, who you will report to, the scope of responsibilities, etc.  Interviews should always be two-way, and interviewers respond positively to people as eager as they are to find the right fit. Plus there’s really no other way to know you want the job. And don’t be afraid to ask several questions. As long as you don’t take completely take over, the interviewer will enjoy and remember a nice change of pace.

Set a hook.  A sad truth of interviewing is that later we often don’t remember a tremendous amount about you — especially if we’ve interviewed a number of candidates for the same position. Later we might refer to you as, “The guy with the alligator briefcase,” or, “The lady who did a Tough Mudder,” or, “The guy who grew up in Panama.”  Sometimes you may be identified by hooks, so use that to your advantage. Your hook could be clothing (within reason), or an outside interest, or an unusual fact about your upbringing or career. Hooks make you memorable and create an anchor for interviewers to remember you by — and being memorable is everything.

Know what you can offer immediately. Researching the company is a given; go a step farther and find a way you can hit the ground running or contribute to a critical area. If you have a specific technical skill, show how it can be leveraged immediately. But don’t say, for example, “I would love to be in charge of revamping your social media marketing.” One, that’s fairly presumptuous, and two, someone may already be in charge. Instead, share details regarding your skills and say you would love to work with that team. If there is no team, great — you may be put in charge. If there is a team you haven’t stepped on any toes or come across as pushy. Just think about what makes you special and show the benefits to the company. The interviewer will be smart enough to recognize how the project you bring can be used.

Don’t create negative sound bites. Interviewers will only remember a few sound bites, especially negative ones. If you’ve never been in charge of training, don’t say, “I’ve never been in charge of training.” Say, “I did not fill that specific role, but I have trained dozens of new hires and created several training guides.” Basically, never say, “I can’t,” or “I haven’t,” or “I don’t.” Share applicable experience and find the positives in what you have done. No matter what the subject, be positive: Even your worst mistake can be your best learning experience.

Ask for the job based on facts. By the end of the interview you should have a good sense of whether you want the job. If you need more information, say so. Otherwise use your sales skills and ask for the job. (Don’t worry; we like when you ask.) Focus on specific aspects of the job: Explain you work best with teams, or thrive in unsupervised roles, or get energized by frequent travel…. Ask for the job and use facts to prove you want it — and deserve it.

Reinforce a connection with your follow-up.  Email follow-ups are fine; handwritten notes are better; following up based on something you learned during the interview is best: An email including additional information you were asked to provide, or a link to a subject you discussed (whether business or personal.) The better the interview — and more closely you listened — the easier it will be to think of ways you can make following up seem natural and unforced. And make sure you say thanks — never underestimate the power of gratitude.

New Resume Black Holes: Applicant Tracking Systems

A recent study indicated that over 70% of Fortune 1000 companies are now using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) which is the software that interprets your resume, feeds it into a central repository, and ranks it according to keywords.

For example, Microsoft gets about 50,000 resumes per week, so they need a system that will automatically review these and only show those that are a good fit. HR also wants to ensure compliance with EEOC rules so they will insist that your resume goes through the ATS.

Don Goodman, New Resume Black Holes: Applicant Tracking Systems

Feeling discouraged by sending out applications and resumes, yet never getting a callback? If you’ve followed all the rules for the making your resume stand out but still haven’t gotten a call, it may be how your resume is read by an Applicant Tracking System.

What is an Applicant Tracking System? Used by large employers, an Applicant Tracking System sorts a large amount of applications and ranks keywords in your resume to determine whether you should continue to the next stage of the hiring process. Don Goodman has written an excellent article titled, “New Resume Black Holes: Applicant Tracking Systems” that help job-seekers avoid this frustrating problem. Because every Applicant Tracking System is a little different, it’s not a be-all, end-all primer on being the highest rated in an Applicant Tracking System. But it will help you think differently when you format your resume. Remember that when you apply to a large employer, the first person evaluating your resume is a computer. So make sure you follow these tips to avoid the Black Hole.