The Ideal Candidate: How to Search for Clues in the Job Description

Understanding from the employer’s perspective what the ‘ideal candidate’ looks like requires searching for the secret ‘codes’ that employers embed in job postings.  It also requires digging deep and searching for clues above and beyond the obvious and well-defined job requirements.  Finding and understanding these clues then allows you to focus your efforts to specifically target […]

Job Seeker’s Challenge: Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone Through Networking

Let’s state the obvious:  job seeking is tough. But here’s something you won’t hear often from someone who makes his living posting jobs on a job board:  Online job boards give you a false sense of hope.  What I mean is that it is easy to become too reliant on job boards as your only […]

Positivity and Confidence Goes a Long Way in Job Seeking

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong? You wake up in the morning and find out your car battery is dead. It throws the whole rhythm of your day off. After the hassle of having to re-schedule an important meeting to deal with your battery, you then are […]

Yep.  You need a cover letter.

The jobs you see on www.ahjobslist.com are real.  Companies are actively searching for professionals to fill these positions and are anxiously awaiting resumes and cover letters to find the best candidates for these jobs. Cover letters are one of the best opportunities for you to differentiate yourself and in fact, a well written cover letter […]

Before You Write Your Resume, Do These Things First

I often get calls from job seekers who have been at the job search for a while. They are frustrated because after months of sending out resume after resume, they are still not getting any traction. There are few interviews and they don’t seem any closer to landing a job. A common misconception in job […]

Working for Stock Options: What You Need to Know

I’ve had several friends who have taken jobs with privately held startup companies where they’ve agreed to lower salaries in return for stock options they can exercise in the future (when the company has hopefully increased in value.)  If you are considering taking a job where you are offered stock options as part of your […]

The Job Interview: Preparation Leads to Job Offer

To many job seekers, the interview is the most difficult part of the job-seeking process.  In fact, it is the most crucial point in deciding whether you will be offered a job and it is extremely important that a tremendous amount of thought, research, anticipation and preparation are put into your upcoming interview. Let’s face […]

Struggling with your job search? Guess what? You’re normal!

So you find THE BEST JOB for you!  It matches your skills, your background and experiences, your expertise, etc.  You spend 4 hours customizing your resume, your cover letter and maybe even your portfolio! You get former bosses and clients to sign recommendation letters to include.  You lick the stamp, you send it all in […]

Deconstructing your job search: time to consider new strategies and techniques?

Deconstructing your job search and starting over is actually a very common piece of advice I give a lot of job seekers. Think about it. We often get so set in our routines doing certain things a certain way, we never stop to ask the question, “Is what I’m doing actually the BEST way to […]

Why don’t I get a call back when I send in my resume???!!!

Andrew – It happened again.  I saw the most perfect job!  I had all the right qualifications, experience and skills and the company was exactly where I saw myself working.  I was so excited as I wrote my resume and cover letter! I waited and waited and I didn’t hear a peep!  Not an email, […]

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