Carmel Lobello from did an excellent job compiling four of the worst job-hunting tips of all time. We enjoyed the list so much we decided to give it our own take.

1) Send a shoe, get the boot: suggest you should get a cheap pair of shoes, take one out and put a note in the box with the remaining shoe saying: “Now that I have one shoe in the door let me introduce myself…” This is job hunting folklore, it’s common knowledge not to do this. But sometimes people just don’t get the message. A Stern Business School applicant actually tried this—he sent in his application, and then sent in the shoe. We all know how this story ends: a big fat rejection.

2) Force them to meet you at Starbucks: One of the items on a list of guerilla job hunting tips from advises you not to fall for the “trap” of sending just your résumé and salary requirements while forgoing “engaging on your terms.” What exactly are “your terms”? Sending a potential employer a $1 Starbucks giftcard, and then asking them to “meet for coffee at a nearby location. At that time bring your résumé taped to a pound of fresh-ground coffee.” So that’s two instances of petty bribery on top of the fact that you’re telling the employer where to conduct the interview. This speaks for itself

3) Interrupt a recruiter’s family time: From the very goldmine on that brought you the Starbucks tip comes another genius idea: since your recruiter calls you out of the blue on your home phone, why shouldn’t you do the same? Just do a little “sleuthing” and find the recruiter’s home number—basically stalk them online, get their personal number and interrupt the only time they can comfortably relax.

4) I’m too good for you, please hire me: A article recommends that you describe yourself as overqualified in your cover letter, since this will get an employer’s attention. We couldn’t help but laugh when we read this. This will get their attention, enough so that they will chuck your application in the trash. Nobody wants to hire some who deems themselves as overqualified for the position. This is not being proactive or aggressive—this is just being stupid.

Like we discussed in our feature article this week, we’re asking you to stop trying to go out of your way with crazy tactics just because you don’t like the way things are going.

These horrendous job tips are excellent examples of a venomous mentality—that to get noticed you need to rely on gimmicks. But all you have to do is be great. And to be great, you must be somebody your office can rely on. You don’t need to bribe an employer with ground coffee or call them on their personal time to get their attention. You just have to play big.


Uncle David has gotten every job he has ever gone for, so when he gives job-hunting advice, you better listen up. Join us every week for Uncle David’s 100% Successful Job Hunting Tip.


There’s no excuse to be generic in your job search anymore. With keywords, you can actually tailor your resume to any position you apply for, and you could do it in a way that will make you stand out to employers.

What are keywords? Let’s say the title of your last job was manager, and what you managed was inventory. You’re applying to a new job where you will again be managing inventory. Why settle for “Manager,” when you could change your last job’s title to “Inventory Manager.” It wasn’t your official title, but it was certainly what you did.

When an employer looks over a resume, first they scan the companies you worked for, how long you worked there, and then they look at your title. Your title needs to speak out to the employer. When you use tailored keywords like “Personnel Manager,” “Inventory Manager,” or “Accounting Manager,” they catch the employer’s eye far better than a vanilla keyword such as “Manager.”

If you settle for something as vague as “Manager,” the employer may never even read the bullet points for your past job. You may have a plethora of experience managing inventory, but because your keywords aren’t tailored for that particular job at that particular moment, employers may not even bother to look.




As a new adult, it’s time for you to start giving your boss regular updates on your progress.

We understand you’re busy, we get that you work your ass off. With so much on your plate, and so much more coming in, it’s more than a nuisance to take time off to send progress emails to your boss.

But all you’re doing is keeping them in the dark, leaving them to wonder, “What the hell is going on?”

Abdicating continued communication gives way to tension. Your boss thinks you don’t trust them enough to keep them in the loop. Think of the time you take out of your day to send progress emails as time spent building trust.

Shoot them a simple email saying, “We’ve handled this,” or, “We’re midway through project X.”

Trust and communication is what puts you ahead of others when being considered for a promotion. It would be shame if you miss this simple opportunity to build upon both because you can’t sacrifice a few moments of your packed day.




(At the time of this posting, Auntie Evan has finally learned how to use Dropbox)

These days it’s wise to adapt “change is good” as nothing short of dogma. But still many refuse to accept what has already been set in motion. It’s happening on a national scale with the government shutdown and it’s happening in your office. While the politicians hold the government hostage because they refuse to accept that ObamaCare is a reality, you are, whether consciously or otherwise, holding your office hostage because you can’t deal with the new decisions being made.

Politicians are huffing and puffing and slamming their feet down until they get what they want. Why should you do the same? Stop acting like a politician and start acting like an adult.

You may not think you’re acting like the government, but in many ways you are: when you don’t like the changes made in your office you start to gossip, complain, hold back internally—there are plenty of ways you shut down when things aren’t going your way.

All we’re asking you to do is to start acting like an adult. If you keep bitching and complaining, you’re going to end up looking like the bad guy and, eventually, you’re going to lose your job.

But we of all people understand how hard it is to just jump on board with change, especially when the change covers unfamiliar territory.

One and a half years ago we made the decision to implement Dropbox to better manage our plethora of files. Well, our very own Auntie Evan has since dug his heels into the ground and pronounced just how much he hates it and doesn’t want to learn it. Auntie Evan says he’s too busy to learn DropBox. But this is making it hard for everybody else in the office who’s already integrated it into their daily routine.

Once you learn to accept and implement the change, however, it’ll be like you could never live without it. Take iOS 7, for example. Right now, you can’t turn left without hearing somebody whine about the update. By the time iOS 8 rolls out, everyone’ll be bitching and complaining about how much they hate the new iOS and how they can’t live without iOS 7.

This is a classic case of “back in the day” syndrome. “Back in the day, things were great.” Back in the day they used mimeographs and typewriters. Change is inevitable, and it’s a fact. Your new boss or teammate is a fact; the new filing system is a fact; these are not things you could stave off by being stubborn.

We’re not saying don’t have an opinion. By all means, give your constructive input before the decision is made. But when the decision becomes a fact, it’s time to get on board because the train’s leaving, buddy.

We get it, you want to be right, prove that change is wrong and the old way of doing things is better. But being right will only feel good for a minute. Then what? It certainly doesn’t do anything to help the company get any bigger or better. There’s no need to hold the office hostage. If you need to get the frustration off your chest, talk with someone at home or in the office a few times and then STOP. At that point, you either get on board or get left behind.

The bottom line is start acting like an adult and play ball. If the Jets lose a game, they don’t shut down the whole NFL and say give me 25 extra points. If a political party doesn’t get a bill off the table, it doesn’t just put millions at a disadvantage just to… oh, wait.

Don’t dread change. Change is inevitable. If you have a new boss taking over, prepare yourself instead of having a mental beef with them before they even arrive. Understand that new systems will be implemented, new rules will be put into play. You’re going to be a superstar when you give in and give change a chance.

When your mentality is, “I tried it, I have my reasons as to why it shouldn’t be this way, but I am on board now 100%,” your team and your supervisor are going to feel it, they’re going to feel that you’re a killer team player, and this will earn them your trust. And you can guess what that leads to: they won’t be afraid to put you on a higher-level team and give you a promotion.

When you get on board, people want to work with you, they want to be with you. By the time the next major decision looms around and you offer your opinion, people will listen. They’ll be able to take you seriously because you acted like an adult and accepted change the first time around.