This week’s Summary Sunday is about what you can do better or differently as a job seeker. If your search isn’t getting you the results you want (a job!), then the following posts about fixing your job search should help. Sunday’s are when I curate content from around the web I like and think is valuable but you can always see new articles I share (mostly written by others) on Twitter. You can follow me @careersherpa or, if you are not on Twitter, you can read articles written by people I follow in this web-based newspaper called The Job Search Guide.
5 Reasons Why You Never Hear Back After Applying for a Job
by Meghan M. Biro on Business Insider
Meghan has identified the five things you could be doing wrong. Even better than that, she has outlined five solutions to improve your search.
- Research interesting companies on social media.
- Consider starting a blog in your area of interest or expertise.
- Get professional help with your resume.
- If at all possible, don’t wait until you’re out of work to find your next job.
What’s Your Email’s Message
by Harry Urschel on CareerRocketeer
What does your email provider say about you? Huh? You’ve never thought about this? You don’t care? Maybe you should. Ask yourself the questions posed in this post and see if you are sending the right message!
And just for giggles, I shared this photo with a friend the other day when we were having a conversation about this topic!
How To Write a Letter of Interest
on About.com (Alison Doyle)
A letter of interest in very much like submitting a proposal for an opportunity that may not exist yet. Why waste your time…because every day companies hire people to fix their unadvertised problems. You might just be their solution. Not only does this article include the why but it also explains how. It lays out what you need to put in each paragraph of the letter to catch the reader’s attention.
PS: I love the idea of pitching yourself like this. Will it always work, no. Do you stand out? YES!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.