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Think your email account is ready for prime time? Think again. If you’re like many job applicants out there, your email account is greatly reducing the chances of you getting called in for an interview. Here, Auntie Evan alerts you to the main offenders, and tells you what you can do to give your online life a makeover.
SHOW DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
Email is such a large chunk of your life these days that your inbox management skills can be a big factor in getting you a promotion.
Your employer needs to know that you’re at the top of your game, and being organized and efficient with your inbox is a great way to show off your know-how.
Here are three tips to help you (smartly) manage your inbox:
- Don’t answer emails immediately. You’ll look like the guy that has nothing better to do than stare at your inbox all day, desperately waiting for contact from the outside world. Conversely, you don’t want to wait forever. So you balance these two extremes by…
- Not answering email during you peak performance time. Don’t waste your most productive hours of the day ripping your hair out trying to answer every… damn… email. Pick a few times of the day where you hunker down and hole up in your virtual trenches, like noon, 2pm and 5pm, or 11am and 3pm, or whatever. Don’t let emails hijack your precious time and distract you from important projects when you got your A-game flowing. You don’t want to eat breakfast, drink your coffee, get pumped and excited for the day and then spend the next two hours answering email, crawling out of the ordeal exasperated and frustrated at the wasted time.
- If you get a lot of email, like, a lot, we’re talking 100+, don’t even try to go back into your inbox to answer yesterday’s emails. Let’s say you get 200 emails today and you try to get back to a few people tomorrow, only to be buried under and new batch of emails. Let people know that you’re not the kind of guy who sits around your inbox all day (this ties in nicely with the first point). Inform them that if you don’t get back to them within 24 hours, they should forward you their original emails. And if you say you’re going to get back to them, make sure you actually do so.
SHOW DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
You send your resume out to dozens upon dozens of companies, to the far reaches of earth, utilizing myriad job boards and craigslist postings in the arduous process. So how the hell are you going to remember where you found a particular job when your interviewer brings up that all-too-common inquiry: “So, how’d you hear about our company?” “Um, Monster.com?”
Here’s the deal: answering this simple question can make your interviewer love you. And the great thing is, when was the last time you didn’t hear this question in an interview? (Also, unlike some dreaded, torturous questions, it’s pretty easy to answer.)
Don’t assume that the interviewer knows where you found the job. Usually, the person who sorts through incoming resumes is not the same person who does the interviews—often, it’s two completely separate processes.
Find a way to organize your job applications if you can’t recall where you found every job you applied for. Better yet, head over to our Tools page and check out JibberJobber, an excellent all-in-one job-search management tool.
You’re basically spitting in your interviewer’s face when you can’t remember where you found out about their company. They’re not going to sympathize with your intense, multitudinous job search efforts. All they’re going to be musing is, “This schmuck thinks our job isn’t important enough,” and, “If he’s way too disorganized to even have a functional job search process, he shouldn’t even be working here.”
It really stokes the interviewer’s ego when they hear you say not only where you found their listing, but how much you really liked the job description and how excited you were to apply for the job. Don’t lose their attention (and the job opportunity) by missing these crucial little details.
SHOW DATE: AUGUST 21, 2013
Coughing your lungs out and popping Halls like an addict? Even when you’re stuck sick in bed on a workday, you can still play big and be amazing. If you can lift a finger, you can check your emails every few hours. There’s no reason to be out of the loop and under stress when you come back to work. The few minutes it takes to peer at your inbox will save you the chaos of coming back clueless. And your supervisors will notice that you’re the guy/gal who checks in with the office even when you have an excuse to be “checked out.”
SHOW DATE: AUGUST 14, 2013
We like providing you with tips that give you a competitive edge on your job hunt. In fact, we enjoy it immensely. That’s why we’re going to tell you about three websites you have likely never heard of that will give you the tools to gain an advantage over all those schmucks still using their tried-and-true job boards.
Don’t get us wrong, behemoths such as Monster, Indeed and Realmatch are all great places to start searching for a job. But they’re only part of the solution. That’s why these three sites will come in handy when you focus your job search:
Think of RileyGuide.com as a dart and Monster.com as a net. While Monster catches every job your keyword may relate to, RileyGuide hones in on a specific niche and points you directly to the appropriate job board. Want to find a job board for horticulture or meteorology? RileyGuide will help you do it in seconds. With over 1,600 links to various job boards and resources, RileyGuide is a secret you should indulge in. It also has an extensive guide on how to search for a job. What’s not to love?
VentureLoop.com focuses on companies that have recently gotten venture capital. What’s great about this is that venture-backed companies have a lot of money in their pockets and they need staff their offices, fast. And they’re mainly doing it through VentureLoop. So go ahead, feel free to abuse your newfound power and find a venture-backed company that’s right for you.
CrunchBase.com is a vast database of tech companies, and a great news source for online startups and everything tech-based. CrunchBase’s Newly Funded listings relay recently-funded startups, as well as the amount of their funding. You can bet these companies will be hiring when you come knocking on their door for a job. CrunchBase also has an adept startup locator that’s powered by Google Maps, to help you find startups within your area.
SHOW DATE: AUGUST 14, 2013
A staggering 90% of corporate recruiters and recruiting firms are now using LinkedIn as part of their recruiting method. That means updating your LinkedIn profile and listing your latest experience is more vital than ever on your job hunt.
But if you’re a college student, a recent grad, or a mom, you may not have much experience to begin with, or it’s been a while since your last job.
Don’t worry—we’ve got some excellent tips to get your LinkedIn profile up to speed.
Undergrads and recent grads: List your coursework on your profile. You put relevant coursework on your resume, so why not put it on LinkedIn as well? And if you don’t have work recommendations, you can get professors’ recommendations instead.
Moms: If you’re a mom, and you think that your time away from work has left a giant lapse on your profile, you couldn’t be more wrong. One of the most amazing team leadership skills is raising your kids. Go ahead and put being a mother on LinkedIn. The skillset you obtain from motherhood is invaluable, and it prepares you for a substantial amount of jobs. Listing it on you profile is creative, fun and a great way to make yourself stand out to recruiters.
SHOW DATE: JUNE 26, 2013
The landscape of job interviews is shifting dramatically—not only have phone interviews been introduced as a serious alternative to the vanilla in-person interview, but Skype, Google Chat, FaceTime etc., have all joined the fray and proven that video chat is as powerful and convenient a tool as any traditional interviewing method. What this means for you is that you have to stop thinking you have the art of the interview down pat and adapt to a whole new skill set—or risk getting stuck with the luddites who still believe that webcams are only useful for Chatroulette sessions. Here’s a few tips to get you on your way to the 21st Century.
First off, don’t let your nasty, unclean bedroom be in the background. Go into the kitchen or someplace clean where you don’t have your weird posters from 8th grade on the walls behind you. Sit in a quiet place that has good lighting. Once your environment looks presentable, focus on yourself. Wear a solid-colored shirt, nothing striped or weirdly pattered—you want to be easily distinguishable on video. Also, don’t wear anything less than pants (remember, this isn’t Chatroulette) in case you need to get up for something.
The first few tips come as fairly standard notions, but this next one many people neglect or just put off for reasons of laziness: do a technical run-through before the video interview. Contact a friend over video chat, make sure he can see and hear you clearly. Finally, don’t be afraid to wear a headset—a volume boost and a clearer voice will only serve to help you in your next video interview.
By Aleksandr Smechov
SHOW DATE: JUNE 5, 2013
So you’re searching for jobs on websites like Monster, Career Builder, and Indeed. That’s great! Sadly, though, it’s not 2002 anymore, so you’re going to do more than just use the Internet if you want to be competitive. You have to learn online tricks that give you an edge. And one great trick is to sign up for email alerts. With an email alert, you don’t have top find the job…the job finds you—by sending you an email when the right job is out there! Not only are alerts fully customizable, but they are offered by all the aforementioned job search sites, as well as many others. And while the increased convenience is nice, here’s the real benefit of email alerts: by being the first to know about new job offerings, your resume will be in the first stack of 20 to arrive on the hiring manager’s desk…not the last stack of 20 (what people who hire others refer to as “recycling” or “kindling,” depending on how environmentally-minded they are).
SHOW DATE: JUNE 5, 2013
I get it: You love your friends and family. So when they text or call you at work, you don’t want to ignore them—you want to respond. That’s really nice of you. But your niceness isn’t helping your career. It’s just hurting you. Even if you think you’re good at hiding your personal communications, your boss is onto you (trust me, I’m a boss—I know). And even if your boss is somehow oblivious to your busy thumbs and whispered conversations, there’s a bigger problem—you’re not being as effective as you should be at your job. And when that happens, it makes you ripe to be passed over when the next promotion comes around. The cushy corner office job will go to the guy down the hall who doesn’t text with his brother or girlfriend every 20 minutes. Point is: it’s time to put an end to all the personal communication. The occasional call or emergency text is fine. But more than that is not.