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.
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’…
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.
P.S. A few more things…
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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’…