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Who Else Wants a Job Description That Will Attract a Millenial?

May 3, 2012

It’s no secret that most job descriptions are awful. They make the hiring company sound boring and the work tedious.

This could be a real problem for employers when they try to hire Generation Y Millennials. While some managers and recruiters are fed up with the stereotypically whiny and self-entitled “Trophy Kids”, Generation Y is predicted to comprise nearly 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025, according to a study by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. Companies will eventually be fighting for the best of them, so start using the job description to court talented millennials.

Here are six ways employers can tweak job descriptions to attract Gen Y: Read more…

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Confessions of a Covert Jobseeker: Why Stalking is Not a Bad Thing

April 26, 2012

Last time we heard from K, she was hiding from her manager on LinkedIn while she conducted her covert job search.  She promised us a tale of how to do the same on Facebook, but has since hit a low point and decided that more drastic measures had to be taken in order to find a new job.  We neither condone or recognize K’s methods, but do think of her as a badass. Read more…

5 Job Interview Disaster Stories

April 19, 2012

Everyone has work or job interview horror stories to tell.  One can prepare for an interview, but what happens when the Interviewer is the one who’s behaving badly? I recently participated in a mock interview workshop for MBA students from San Jose State University.  During this session, many students shared with me stories about their experiences of recent job interviews that had gone wrong. Here are a few that stood out: Read more…

The Inside Scoop on Successful Internship Programs

April 5, 2012

Internships can be wildly beneficial for both interns and employers because they give students experience working in a field that aligns with their studies or career goals, and they introduce employers to experienced candidates to consider for full-time hires in the future.

Jennifer King of Software Advice recently interviewed two industry experts–Andrew Maguire, CEO of InternMatch, and Larry Smith, founder and editor of SMITH Magazine–to get their tips for developing a successful internship program.

Students who complete internship may have an advantage when it does come time for the job search after graduation.  At the same token, employers recognize the advantage of an internship as shared by both Andrew and Larry.  Hopefully, these helpful tips encourage students to seek and experience an internship during this upcoming summer.  We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or suggestions.  Like us and join the conversation.

Good luck and happy job hunting!

Guest blogger is Jennifer King, HR Analyst for Software Advice, a company that compares and reviews HR and recruiting software. She writes about trends, best practices, and technologies in human resources, employee evaluation, and recruiting. 

EXCLUSIVE- Confessions of a Covert Jobseeker

March 29, 2012

Warning: The following story is based on true and unfolding events. It follows the plight of a wary, covert jobseeker. The names have been changed to protect the innocent (obviously). For discouraged jobseekers, viewer discretion is advised. 

We received an email from a young woman who had been following the myJoblinx blog.  Discouraged by her own job search, a friend of hers recommended our blog for advice. She quickly became interested and reached out to tell us about her job search. She promised full disclosure only if we promised her anonymity to protect her from her current employer. This is her story in her own words:

I’ve been job searching in halfass manner for the past couple months but it hasn’t amounted to much. Weary and restless, I opened up Facebook and Twitter to see what the world was up to. It occurred to me that although I was using social media as a distraction, I decided to use it as my ally and vehicle. I’d read on your blog the numerous techniques on how to do job searches via social media, and since I already had a LinkedIn profile, I decided to start there. I spent a lot of time updating it and connecting and following companies that were in line with my prospective career change. Read more…

3 Things You Should Never Say or Do During A Job Interview

March 22, 2012
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"see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil"

Many job seekers are nervous about participating in a job interview.  While some interview questions are easy to answer, others can make or break you.  With that said, I recently hosted a series of roundtable discussions with in-house recruiters and college program managers from various industries.  These sessions allow me to learn more about best practices as well as current issues and challenges that they are facing as they are trying to find qualified candidates.  But I also get a chance to hear some great stories about candidates from the recruiter’s point of view.  Here are three things that candidates should never say or do during a job interview. Read more…

St. Patrick’s Day: Who Else Wants Their Lucky (Interview) Charms?

March 14, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, so we here at the myJoblinx hub have been talking about some of the lucky charms we’ve used and superstitions we’ve applied when it comes to the most nail-biting experience of all – the job interview.  Our co-founder, Edward, has shamelessly confided that prior to any job interview or meeting he rocks out to “Back in Black” by AC/DC and sports his lucky necktie.   As for me, I’ve committed to memory Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” which I will furiously rap in my car (emphatic hand gestures and all) right before entering the building.

In an informal poll among my fellow colleagues and warm network has shown me that to some degree, most people are superstitious when it comes to the job interview. A former colleague of mine would center her outfit around a good pair of shoes, while for most men, it’s a lucky tie that secures confidence.  Some will either meditate or pray to calm nerves, but there are others still who don’t even give one thought to routines like this. They believe that thinking and worrying too much about the job interview would actually jinx its outcome.

In an interesting study, students at Cornell University were given a fictitious scenario to measure whether or not the participants thought it was bad luck to tempt fate. The story goes: ‘Jon’ has applied to Stanford University and in support, his mother has sent him a Stanford sweatshirt.  The participants read one of two endings to the story: Read more…

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