How do I get noticed by a Hiring Manager? (Part 1)

This month I want to experiment with a new type of blogging format or at least, new to me. I get a bunch of questions tossed at me from time to time. So, I figure, why not just post some of the questions I get and my answer in a a quick and easy short attention span kind of way? Let me know if you like it? You will? Thanks!  Okay, here we go, somebody asked me the following  question via Linkedin.

Q: How do I get noticed by a Hiring Manager? (Part 1)

A: The short answer is to get featured in the news saying something brilliant and amazing, so amazing that a hiring manager says to himself (or herself), “Wow, what a brilliant and amazing comment. I must hire that person!”

Hey, it could happen!

Of course, you may be thinking, “That’s all well and good Jim, but how do I get on the news to say something so brilliant and amazing?”

Option 1: Chase a few ambulances and find a reporter giving a breaking news story, then stand in the background with your resume on a posterboard and say… something brilliant and amazing.

Option 2: Connect with Reporters that are looking for someone (with your background) to quote in their next story. Of the two options, this is the one I recommend the most.  Here are a few resources to help you out along that wise.

Help A Reporter Out


Reporter Connection



Top 100 Skills by Job Demand (and Average Salary)

As you might imagine, I review a lot of websites. Well, the other day I found one that caught my eye because of all of the stats it gave – OdinJobs. I am still reading over the site so I don’t know a whole lot about it, but at a glance, Odinjobs seems to collect jobs from 50,000 companies and uses that data to gauge the top 100 skills by job demand (and their average salaries).

They also put their data on a map so you can see visually where your state is in comparison to others in terms of salary and job demand. Oh! They only focus on Information Technology jobs, just thought I would point that out.

If you are an IT professional and curious what the going rate is for someone in your skillset, its worth a peek. Just sayin’…

Do video resumes work?

Jim shares his favorite video resume of all time and interviews the person who produced and starred in it. Do video resumes work? Tune in to discover one that did.

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How to Find a Job on Twitter (Part 4)

Hat tip to Bill Fischer for inspiring this post.

There is a growing trend of jobboards posting their jobs to Twitter. If you know how they work, you can search Twitter to find out about jobs the moment they are posted online. (Pretty cool, huh?)

Here are a few examples to consider:

Here is another search method for finding similar jobs

And one more for the road…

When I performed these searches, there were quite a few results. Since Twitter is a real-time search engine, the number of results you find maybe more or less (or none) of what I found. If you are dissatisfied with the results, I suggest trying again later in the day or tomorrow. Just sayin’…

Happy Hunting!


Another ramble about YouTube Resumes

A few posts ago, actually quite a few posts ago, I rambled on and on about video resumes on YouTube. I thought I was done with that, but I got another burst of inspiration. So, here I go (again).

If you look at YouTube a certain way, you can see it as not only a video library, but as a place where people are submitting their resumes. With that being said, all a recruiter would have to do is search it to find someone with your skillset. Sound crazy? (Work with me, I have my recruiter thinking cap on.) Let me show you what I’m thinking. (10,900 results at this writing)

Just in case I lost you with that, in the above example, I am searching the profiles of YouTube users for those people who have identified their occupations as being a Software developer. And at this writing, there are 10,900 of them. Let’s explore more, shall we? (11,800 results) occupation.programmer (35,800 results) (116,000) occupation.executive (29,400 results) (12,100 results) (20,700 results)

Gee, there are a lot of lawyers on YouTube. (Go figure) By using the scientific method of eenie-meanie-minee-moe, I pick one.

Well, what do we see?

1. The Lawyer’s name (or rather, their YouTube alias)
2. A way to contact them.
3. A link to their website.
4. Their resume (or rather, their Bio)

Will this information be readily available for every profile you find on YouTube? No. Some people have chosen not to let you send them a message and it is not required that they fill out all of their biographical information.

Be that as it is, you never know when a recruiter might try the #2 most popular search engine in the world (YouTube) to find people for one of their jobs. If you are already on YouTube, why not make it easier for them to find you by completely filling out your profile there. Just saying…