Unusual Ways to Land an Interview

Maybe it's time to try a new approach. Check out these methods to landing an interview. Start an online campaign Have you heard of Matthew Epstein, the man behind the “Google, please hire me” online campaign? His premise was simple: to create buzz and draw attention to himself. This buzz and attention would then lead mega-giant Google to notice his efforts, therefore resulting in a job interview. Although Epstein didn’t end up at Google, he had the right idea. When you draw attention to your accomplishments in an unusual way, you stand out from the crowd and noise. One way to capture this type of attention and highlight why you deserve a job interview is through an online campaign. You can do a number of things to create an online campaign. Like Epstein, you can develop a website that houses your accomplishments, recommendations, and plans. You can also use the power of social media and your network to exponentially carry your...
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Easy steps you’re likely not doing on your LinkedIn profile

I have written about LinkedIn before but it is improving regularly and you need to take advantage of these tips and LinkedIn's improvements. Using LinkedIn is a very effective and efficient tool to get your “story of success” in front of the thousands of people in your career field who need to hire professionals just like you – or just you! First, pay attention to your LinkedIn profile. It’s been said that “one picture is worth 1,000 words” for a reason: the “non-verbal” but visual language speaks to what people think and feel about you on first impression, to hook their interest. Your best photo will have a well-lit background and present just you with a friendly, professional appearance. Second, don't paste-in your resume! List your functional (not official) title, company, and general timeline for each job listed in reverse-chronological order. Also, cluster promotions in years (“promoted 4 times in 10 years” or “promoted Years X, Y, and Z”) instead of listing all...
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Invited to Do a Phone Interview?

Many companies use phone interviews as an initial employment screening technique for a variety of reasons. Because they're generally brief, phone interviews save companies time. They also serve as a more realistic screening alternative for cases in which companies are considering out-of-town (or out-of-state and foreign) candidates. A phone interview seems so informal on the surface that it can be easy to fall into the trap of "phoning it in" -- i.e., not preparing for it as well as you would for an in-person interview. Don't get caught with your guard down. Be sure to research the company, study the job description, and practice your responses to anticipated questions, just as you would for any other interview. Where is their vulnerability? Do they admit it? Are you a solution? Why? A very important opportunity in phone interviews is when you are asked, “Do you have any questions?” Most people say “no, not right now”. Not only is this the wrong answer, but...
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