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Making the Case for Nixing a Generic Cover Letter

IFind a Jobf you typically address a cover letter “To Whom It May Concern,” listen up. Companies don’t like being addressed as “HR Manager” or another generic term. In this day and age it’s certainly easy enough to find someone’s real name to input onto that letter.

Per a piece in today’s New York Post, HR executive in the media industry Gregory Giangrande writes:

“It doesn’t take much sleuthing to find names of executives running different departments. Try to find someone in your network who is connected to someone at the company, and see if you can get a referral.” Read more

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Arizona Woman Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview Regains Custody

job searchYou may remember a story we told you about several months ago. Shanesha Taylor went to a job interview and left her two young kids in her hot car in Arizona. Her six-month-old and two-year-old were found by police in her locked car as temperatures reached 100 degrees.

Well, according to Reuters, a few days ago she regained custody of them. And in case you’re wondering, she still hasn’t found employment. Read more

Reader Mailbag: How to Deal With Shady Recruiters

interviewWe’ve seen this all too often — the ol’ bait and switch routine. A recruiter seems legitimate, tells you about a fantastic new opportunity and when you start pursuing it, poof! Just like that it’s no longer available but let me tell you about another one that is just as wonderful…

All recruiters are not the same and as per an email we received from one of our readers, she dealt with a shady recruiter and took matters into her own hands. Read more

What Not to Do When You’re Running Late to an Interview

suitYou know how things snowball, right? You’re running late to an interview and then you spill your coffee. As you wipe it off your suit, the napkin disintegrates and makes white, visible balls of cotton on your lap. Lovely.

Well, here’s the thing. Running late is inevitable. It’s going to happen at one point or another.

As soon as you realize you’re going to be late, contact the recruiter via phone, email or text to let him or her know you’re running behind. Here in New York City, the E train is notoriously slow so it’s not uncommon for a job seeker to be late 30 minutes or more thanks to mass transit — been there, done that, seen it happen. Read more

Four Items to Remove From Long Resumes

ImproveJobProspectsIf your resume is approaching three pages, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Resumes, as you probably already know, should be one page or two pages at best. Going on three pages? That’s more like a dissertation.

Now, that’s not to disqualify your hard work, skills and experiences, we just wouldn’t want you to get passed over because it’s too lengthy. There are ways to sharpen and tighten it up and that includes removing four loquacious items, as per a piece we saw on U.S. News & World Report. Read more

How to Follow Up Post-Interview Without Being a Pest

Job-SearchWe know the drill. You’re on an interview feeling pretty darn proud of your performance and at the end, the vague question comes up: “When can I expect to hear back?”

Crickets.

The recruiter may not know. The hiring manager may not know. No matter what, you’ll probably get a vague response like, “We’re still evaluating candidates and you should hear from us soon.”

Ah, soon. What is that, really? Two days? Two weeks? Well, never fear. We’ve been on the other side (and by that, we mean the recruiting trenches) and there are a few things to keep in mind. Read more

How to Ace Behavioral & Situational Interviews

interviewThere are a few different types of interview questions, and here at MJD, our mission is to help prepare you to ace either one!

Let’s dig right in, shall we? There’s the behavioral one which is always a favorite. It dives deeper. While many interviewers prefer to stay on the surface by asking direct questions about your past work experiences, some may venture into the land of behavioral questions.

These types of inquiries focus on your past to predict future outcomes. For instance, they may ask you to describe a time when you were embroiled in internal politics on the job. What was the outcome? Tell me about your biggest setback and how you overcame it. Read more

New Study Shows Majority of Employers Catch Lies on Resume

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve been fibbing ever so slightly on your resume, a fib is still a fib no matter how big or small.

And according to a new CareerBuilder survey, it’s pretty likely you’ll get caught; 58 percent of hiring managers in the survey mentioned they have caught a lie.

As for repercussions, half of employers indicated they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie whereas 40 percent mentioned it really depends on what the candidate actually lied about. Seven percent revealed they would overlook the fib if they liked the candidate. Read more

Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

Prepared for Behavioral-Based Interview Questions? Ready, Set…Go!

interview 924You know the drill. You’re on an interview completely ready to answer questions like why there’s a gap in your resume and your biggest weakness. What you may not be prepared for are the behavioral-based situational-type questions.

Recruiters typically know that asking these questions provide tremendous insight. With the thinking that past behavior can form a picture of your future behavior, usually they’re completely on board.

And if hiring managers are with the program, too they’ll pull these questions out of their arsenal to fire away. Read more

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