Sometimes, as you cruise through the job hunt, certain thoughts stick in your head.
Here are a few of them:
- While I have been unemployed for roughly 11 weeks, I have been job-hunting for a while, and I find that some jobs pop up over and over again. The paper in Roswell, NM, cannot seem to hang onto a sports editor, and Nemer Ford here in Queensbury hews up and spits out customer service managers like so many pumpkin seeds. There are probably another half-dozen places that I consistently see posting the same job or very similar jobs. Berkshire Farms, a which runs youth detention houses and similar places, is always looking as are many of the ARCs and similar places like Saratoga Bridges.
- I will pull back on what I said about Indeed.com. It seems as though the issue of having dozens and dozens of telecommuting jobs from the same job services, over and over, has been fixed. I still think it’s the best web search service to use. I also continue to promote Craigslist.
- Maybe it’s me, but I just see it as a matter of course to send a cover letter with a resume. Some places ask specifically for one and say they will not review a resume without it. That seems to go without saying, as far as I am concerned, but I think some folks might feel the e-mail that the resume is attached to can be considered a cover letter. I don’t buy that, and I do not think employers do, either.
- I dislike it a lot when places ask for salary requirements. I look at it as another way to screen you out. I have seen one place that will not consider a resume without such information. Honestly, I want to work for you only if you are a fair and reasonable employer, and if you are, I believe you will offer me a fair and reasonable salary. All of the interview training I have seen says to delay that discussion as long as you can and to make sure you have current salary information for that position.