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Entries from May 2008

My Twitter Job Search Experiment

May 13th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough On May 19th, I’m going to start what I hope will be a successful Job Search Experiment. If you do nothing else, go to and signup to follow JobEachDay. That’s it. What will I be doing with JobEachDay? Read on, and I’ll tell you. I think this could be something […]

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Tags: Job Search

The Top 30 Job Boards…

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough … According to Weddles. If you don’t know Weddles, they have, for several years now, published a guide to online job search. The poll I’m going to reference is an online poll from Weddle’s readers. They seem to have a decent grasp on the realities of the modern job search: “Most […]

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Tags: Job Search · Job Sites

Curbing Your Email Obsession On The Weekend

May 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Here’s an appropriate post for a Monday. BusinessWeek has a short article about how some companies, in the name of worker and server sanity, are encouraging workers to hold off sending emails over the weekend. I think we can all relate to coming fresh into the office, only to be deluged […]

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Tags: Email/Spam Hacks · Productivity

Weekly The Office – Job Fair

May 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough “Yeah, I’m trying to lure these kids into my booth. But kids are very wary of being lured these days. Thank you, Dateline.” “All of these jobs suck. I would rather live jobless, on a beach somewhere, off the money from a large inheritance… than to have to work in any […]

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Tags: Weekly The Office

The Quickest Job Search- Find Your Next Job When You’re Not Looking For One

May 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough You’ve heard the phrase about falling in love, “It happens when you’re not looking for it.” An important thing to understand about job search networking is, you don’t just network when you need a job. A lot of you who read this blog are in the middle of the job search, […]

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Tags: Networking

What A Resume Is For- If You Don’t Understand This, You Won’t Land A Job

May 7th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough A resume is a marketing document… a personal advertisement… it’s not a “form” or list of things you’ve done. There. I’ve told you everything you need to know. You don’t need to read the rest of this post. Unless you want to. Cause here’s the thing. This is what people don’t […]

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Tags: Resumes

Excuses For Missing Work: What Works and What Doesn’t

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough According to the Divine Caroline, the simple excuse of “I’m not feeling well” is not getting as much traction as a valid missed-work excuse anymore. She thinks that the issue is that the notion of work and workplace is “becoming abstracted, allowing for the possibility of video-conferencing and telecommuting, there is […]

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Anecdotal Stories of the Economy

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Apparently, people are taking to sites like craigslist and eBay not just to find original Voltron toys from the 80s… but simply to make ends meet (h/t SavvySugar). Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet At Craigslist, which has become a kind of online flea market for the world, the […]

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Tags: Finance · Jobs

Job Search/Layoff Tip- Rainy Day Fund

May 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough There’s a series of things “they” always tell us to do: payoff your debt, never carry a credit card balance, fully fund your 401k and IRA every year… One of the things “they” also mention is a rainy day emergency fund. How many of us out there are disciplined enough to […]

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Tags: Finance · Job Search · Layoff Rumors

How To Get Hired- Offer To Solve Their Problem, Contd.

May 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough This is not an Ask Brian question, exactly, but a reader sharing his experience: I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and you have made the fair point that the best way to get hired is to find a way to solve the employer’s problems. Don’t just […]

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