More reading: a baker's dozen links ...

Odd how this week went … as previously reported, I had all my networking events stacked up in one 27 hour period this week … and, as far as came across my radar, there weren’t other events that I was missing (at least, other free or nearly free events … there always seem to be things out there which primarily exist to separate attendees from some serious coin … needless to say, I try to avoid those!).

I hadn’t had a chance to crank out resumes until today, and had quite a collection of plausible job openings stacked up in my the tab bar on my browser, nearly 40 when I got into it this morning (with a few more being added as I churned through Twitter during the day).  Out of those, I got out 20 resumes.  Had I known that I’d be looking for work for as long as I have been (it’s coming close to a year), I’d have set up a “better system” with a spreadsheet or something to track what I got out to whom when.  Unfortunately, my “system” is pretty much just printing out a copy of the job description and noting when I responded to it.  Once I got through my stacked up tabs today I decided I needed to get some of that large stack of print-outs organized, and counted up what had gone out in the new year.  It turns out that I’d sent out 160 resumes over 3 months, so I guess I’m actually averaging a couple per day … not bad, but not as massive as I’d thought (I guess I’d been mentally tracking the “possibilities” and not the actual resumes sent).  Still, that’s a lot, and the volume is getting to the point where I start wondering if I’m ever going to get a job!

Anyway, some interesting things came in over the web this week, and here are the best of what I’d read:


• 6 Job Search Mistakes

• Job Recruiting on Twitter

• Are you in control of your job search?

• Where to Find Your Job on Twitter

• Overqualified? Yes, but Happy to Have a Job

• 7 Cover Letter Mistakes You Make When Applying Via E-Mail

• Are You Wasting Your Time Networking?

• What To Do When You REALLY Can’t Get a Job…

• Know How to Answer Job Interview Questions Regarding Your Weaknesses

• Good news: Employers are ready to hire in the coming months

• Social Media Being Used to Screen Job Applicants

• Know How and Why Using Keywords to Search For Jobs Online is so Important

• Employers added most jobs in 3 years in March

I hope you’ll find those illuminating.  As usual, I’ve added the new ones into the ever-growing file of accumulated links, and the document (now 12 solid pages of links!) is available here:

TJS-LinkList-100402.doc

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