I believe you took my recommendations to heart last week but still want to see if there is something else you can do.
We have already addressed using a professional email address, but another faux pax is using your company email. Think about it. Your current company has access to that email and may know you’re looking for a job. Also, as a recruiter, you are telling me that you will do the same thing at our company. Again, go to Gmail and Yahoo and get an email address.
You have been downsized from your position and have not come to terms with it. Get it out of your system before you go on an interview. As a recruiter I have sympathy that you lost your job, but I don’t want to hear about how horrible your past employer is. Seriously, unless you worked for the Third Reich or Castro, let it go. Bad things happen in life. Stress the positive aspects of the job and company. Be the bigger person.
Be a Know-It-All
I was trying to help an acquaintance find a position, and he shot down every suggestion. Oddly, he wasn’t a recruiter or hired people. But he felt he knew everything. He told me his resume was perfect as were his interviewing skills. I wished him luck and have never seen him again. And have no desire to.
Don’t Take Job Searching Seriously
If you’re not working, you have to work on job searching everyday. Call people, check job boards, practice interviewing, etc. If you’re too casual, don’t expect success.
Next week – unemployment offices may offer help.
One of the newest podcasts on the 5by5 network is Amplified. Jim Dalrymple of the The Loop and Dan Benjamin host the show. It is about technology and music, primarily guitars. Jim is an excellent guitar player and writer and knows so many musicians that it is a joy to listen to.
Jim reminds me of a harder edge Andy Ihnatko of the Ihnatko Almanac in that he is a joy to listen to. Jim, like Andy, enjoys what he does. You learn about tech and music but it is not judgmental. The harder edge comes from Jim is a rocker. His Twitter picture is with Slash. Jim is just cool.
If you’re looking for a different angle on tech with a music bent, check out Amplified. Trust me, you will not regret it.
You’re traveling or out and want to keep your phone together with money and other important cards. The answer? iPhone Wallet.
The above picture is a wallet from Waterfield Design. They make the coolest bags, sleeves etc. for Apple and Kindle products. You can go broke with them if you’re not careful, but they are the highest quality and improve with age. I bought a bag from them, and it looks better and better every time I use it.
What is great about the wallet is there is room for the iPhone and cards, but you can access the iPhone without opening the wallet. I use it primarily for travel but may start trying it for normal use. While looking at the Waterfield site, I found another bag I like. Waterfield is like Levenger to me. I need to stay away.
You’re sending out resumes, applying for jobs, networking with contacts, but nothing. Few if any interviews, few if any phone screens. What to do next? Re-evaluate.
What job boards are you on? Start looking at more niche job boards. Monster and CareerBuilder are broad boards that have every job on them. Do a search for accounting job boards or IT (Dice is great for IT), financial, etc. Look at trade groups and organizations to see if they have job listings. Basically, narrow your search on the job boards.
Contact recruiters. Look on LinkedIn, do an Internet search and talk to friends. Recruiters are always on the look out for talent. While they represent the company and not you, they need someone to present to a company. Also they will coach and work with you for interviews. Plus they cost you nothing.
This may seem obvious but check your spam email. You may have an email from a company, but it went to spam instead. You need to check this daily.
Be open to working as a temp. Temp agencies hire all levels of employees, and it is a good way to get your foot in the door at a company and see what its like. Plus you’re getting paid. Too many people are too proud during a job search. Never be too proud to work.
Next week – some more common mistakes.
I was introduced to Getting Things Done by David Allen in 2009. I read the book but realized I needed more insight to make this a part of my life. As I normally do, I searched for podcasts and found the GTD Virtual Study Group. This GTD Virtual Study Group is unlike any podcast I’ve listened to and had the opportunity to participate in. Its not one person talking or a couple of people but rather its a group of people who are at different stages of following GTD discussing particular aspects of the process and helping each other.
The incomparable Tara Rodden Robinson hosts and facilitates the podcast and does it flawlessly. The podcasts are a call-in phone call show that anyone can call into and participate in. After listening to several calls, I decided to take the plunge and call in. It is THE most welcoming environment, and I have made friendships with the people on the call. Plus I have learned so much more about GTD and continue to learn.
I cannot recommend this podcast and more importantly this group enough. They are an inspiring group.
Okay you have your iPad smart cover, but now the back of the iPad is bare and exposed to damage. The answer? iPad Back Covers.
Unfortunately, finding a good one is not as easy as it seems. There have been back covers since the advent of the iPad, but smart covers changed how effective back covers are. You have to read the description to see if they work with a smart cover. Smart covers hook on the iPad 2 and the latest iPad but not the iPad 1. I found the one above, Cimio Cover, through Amazon. I personally don’t like the hard, plastic ones but prefer the softer, more rubbery ones.
Other companies that have back covers that work with smart covers are Boxwave, Hypershop, Kensington and Speck to name a few. Many of the back covers match the smart cover colors or you can mix and match.
You can go broke buying covers and cases for your iPad. The combination of smart cover and back cover for me allows me to have minimal protection while retaining the thinness of the iPad. Its hardly the only option but want to consider if you’re wanting a minimalist approach.
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Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Guide is a short, quick podcast on how to increase productivity in one area. Podcasts are normally no longer than five or six minutes, and host Stever Robbins is witty & entertaining.
Robbins takes productivity seriously but presents it whimsically. What I enjoy most is that he will give you at least one nugget to take from the podcast to use.
For example, his most recent podcast said to put in a contact note what is the preferred way to reach someone. Most people will respond to email or a phone call or text more quickly than any other way. So in a notes field, I would put “email best way to reach”.
Next time I try to contact someone, I take a moment to check that person’s preferences and then send an email. Its a small trick, but one that can save you time.
Take a few minutes weekly to check out Get-It-Done’s Guy’s Podcast. Great listen.
You like the thin size of the iPad but don’t like the bulk that covers provide and cases provide. But you still want protection for the front. The answer? Smart covers.
Apple introduced smart covers for the iPad 2 and have continued them for the latest iPad. They snap on the side of the iPad and then cover the front of the iPad.
What It Does
- Protect the front screen
- Provide a stand to prop the iPad up
- Clean the front of the screen (somewhat)
- Turns off the screen when the cover is off.
What it Doesn’t Do
- Provide protection for the back of the screen.
Since using a smart cover, I have been sold. I love the lack of bulk it provides. Some people have had trouble with old smart covers fitting on the new iPad, but I have had no problems. Next week I’ll give some examples of how to use a smart cover and a protective back.