Don’t be spam: how to get the hiring manager to actually read your email

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Don't be spam with your resumeIn the immortal words of Monty Python, “Spam! Wonderful spam! Spam! Wonderful spam! Spam, spam, spam, spam…”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many job seekers emails to key decision makers looks like. The world is flooded with spam, to the point that legitimate emails – like yours – are getting caught in trash folders or screened out entirely.

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Answers to 5 Common Frustrations with HR

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Looking for a job is not easy, and unchecked frustrations only add to the anxiety levels.  By now, you have already developed some of your own pet peeves about the hiring process.  Do any of these sound familiar?

 

  1. Why won’t they send a rejection letter?  I just want to know either way…

It’s cheap to be rude.  HR is swamped with hundreds of resumes.  Rejection letters are the very bottom of their priority list.  Even an automated reply requires ...

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7 Critical Indicators to Evaluate Your Job Search

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Feedback is very minimal in job hunting.  How can you tell if your tactics are effective?  Professional recruiters know the indicators regarding a search and use them to gauge the effectiveness of their own strategies.  To see how your efforts compare, look at these common factors:

1. How long does a job search take?

  • For every $10,000 of salary, add one month to your search.

A $40,000 job takes 4 months to land, but a six-figure salary can take up to 10 months.  ...

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Fall hiring season heats up

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In case you hadn’t noticed, August 2011 showed an increase in the amount of recruiter jobs posted on conventional employment websites like Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com.  That’s good news for the rest of the job market – it means that employers are still planning to do their hiring push for the fall months of September, October and November.

Traditionally speaking, companies hire in the fall to take advantage of their remaining budget for the year.  Many departments face a “use it or lose it” ...

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5 Signs that you might not want this job

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It can be very exciting to get a job offer, especially if you’ve been looking for a while. However, taking a job that isn’t the right fit can be devastating – either you are miserable, or worse, you leave after only a couple of months.

So how can you spot these bad situations before you are in the job?

Paying careful attention to these tell-tale signs of a “loser” job can save you tons of grief:

1. Unreasonable salary expectations

If the job description ...

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