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In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this:
When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask:
"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?"
This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you.
Discover which job is right for you by leaning on your strengths.
Paul Graham is one of the smartest, most successful people in Silicon Valley, and recently wrote a post on "What Doesn't Seem Like Work?"
|"If something that seems like work to other people doesn't seem like work to you, that's something you're well suited for. For example, a lot of programmers I know, including me, actually like debugging. It's not something people tend to volunteer... But you may have to like debugging to like programming, considering the degree to which programming consists of it. |
The stranger your tastes seem to other people, the stronger evidence they probably are of what you should do. When I was in college I used to write papers for my friends. It was quite interesting to write a paper for a class I wasn't taking. Plus they were always so relieved.
It seemed curious that the same task could be painful to one person and pleasant to another, but I didn't realize at the time what this imbalance implied, because I wasn't looking for it. I didn't realize how hard it can be to decide what you should work on, and that you sometimes have to figure it out from subtle clues, like a detective solving a case in a mystery novel. So I bet it would help a lot of people to ask themselves about this explicitly. What seems like work to other people that doesn't seem like work to you?"
On this cold Presidents' Day, a warm note of congratulations to the best recruiters in the country from TheLadders! Each quarter, we put together the list of the best employers and recruiters in the nation. They represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.
With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present our this selection from our most recent "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" list, for Winter 2015:
How do recruiters and employers find you? Half the time they're searching, half the time they're posting jobs, and half the time they're buried under too many bad resumes for the positions that they have open.
We've added "Inside Leads" to make it easier for you to stand out.
When a recruiter or HR manager searches on TheLadders for a particular role -- a Director of Marketing, or a Lead Developer, or a Sales VP -- and our system detects that this is a role they're recruiting for, we'll share that information with you.
You'll see "Inside Lead" on the job search results page like this:
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|•||Hired as Director, Tri-State Area|
|•||Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million|
|•||Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office|
Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume.
Can you spot the error?
These resume bullet points simply describe what you did. They don't tell your future boss how good you are at doing the job.
It's obvious... If you've got a job... and you work in an office... in the year 2015...
Three things happened:
- You were hired for that job
- You had some monetary resources to manage
- You had people working for or with you
Seriously, you haven't told the employer or your future boss anything with those three bullet points.
So here are two simple tips.