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Are you job hunting? or working hard?

Useful work or administrivia?

One of my managers told me, “Bryan, you don’t work hard enough. I put in 60 or 70 hours a week. Even if I’m just in here filing stuff, I’m getting more done than you.” I couldn’t answer him. I was too amazed. He took my silence for the deep pondering […]

How to motivate a recruiter to find you a job

Many recruiting offices have a button that rings a bell. You can only push the button when you make a placement. Some recruiters live only to press that button. When they do press it, they keep their finger down for a full minute. It drives everyone else nuts with envy. Recruiters are competitive people.

Placing […]

Motivating recruiters

Many recruiting offices have a button that rings a bell. You can only push the button when you make a placement. Some recruiters live only to press that button. When they do press it, they keep their finger down for a full minute. It drives everyone else nuts with envy. Recruiters are competitive people.

Placing […]

2 ways to use certifications to FIND jobs-especially if you don’t have any

Certifications can definitely get you a job interview. They can also get you laughed at. BS, MBA and PhD are all certifications. So are CPA, CISSP, MCSE, MCAD, MCST, CNE and CPC.

The most amazing certification chameleon has been MCSE-Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. At first it was a sure key to a quick job and […]

Re-use re-engineering into a job opening

Re-use re-engineering is taking something that works and figuring out 10 ways to use it that it’s creators never imagined.

Us recruiters do a lot of reverse lookups. We have paid for training in how to get information from the wrong source. We x-ray websites. Yes, that is what it is called. We use social […]

Cockroach resumes, paper resumes, and carpet bombing

An 18 inch cockroach is the best resume I’ve seen. A friend of mine was applying for a job as a programmer of railroad simulators. He knew that many programmers could do the technical part. He also knew that the artistic part was just as important. Drawing is difficult, but sculpture is even tougher. He […]

Networking, referrals, recruiters, and job boards

Even a fox can get a job guarding a henhouse if he has good enough references.

Internet job boards fill 25% of jobs, recruiters fill 16%, and referrals fill 27% of jobs according to one survey. So where do you want to concentrate your job hunting time?

But there are so many jobs on Indeed, […]

Gutsy job search networking

The most spectacular networking I have ever seen was done by an out of work international executive. It took incredible guts and an unswerving belief in his mission.

He was a multilingual Canadian who had hired and fired a lot of people in his career. He did something very simple, he started a job hunting […]

Blog job networking

There are 6 billion people. If you passionately care about something, someone else will too. Find them and you have a network.

This is either a metaphor or a call to action. You can either use the idea of blogs to create a non-computer network, or you can start your own blog.

Personal networks are […]

Where the jobs are and where the money is

It is true for every job and skill, as well as for IT.

Only about a third of the IT jobs are in the tech industry. The best paying industries are not necessarily the ones that are hiring the most IT guys. The industries hiring the most IT guys may not want the latest and […]