• Three Ways to Eat for Free
     Hungry? There are some things to consider before 'diving in.' https://www.jobseekerscookbook.com/?p=113
  • Prepare for a Field Hop
     Instead of settling for another crappy job, consider a favorable alternative! https://www.jobseekerscookbook.com/?p=65
  • A Grab Bag of Interview Advice
     How to gather and sort interview advice with a deck of note cards. https://www.jobseekerscookbook.com/a-grab-bag-of-interview-advice/

What’s My Exit Strategy?

{ Dear Cookbook, I was unemployed for so long that I took the first job that came along. Now, after only two weeks I’m second guessing my decision. What should I do? Thank you, Nancy }

Nancy, tell me if I’m wrong here, but I’m guessing your story went something like this? After many months of unemployment and a severe lifestyle change, you finally landed a new job! You did the customary ‘victory dance’ and gave your new-found opportunity a good shot. But after two short weeks, you are beginning to realize that the ‘suckage’ just doesn’t end at the new workplace!

In fact, you’re probably realizing just how desperate you actually were and feel like you just can’t further degrade yourself at the new workplace any longer. Odds are when that realization hit you, you thought; “This place is lame, what’s my exit strategy?” Continue reading

To shake or not to shake?

{ Dear Cookbook, In business school they taught us a good firm handshake is the way to go. But recently I read that you aren’t suppose to shake the interviewer’s hand anymore and I’m confused! It is proper or improper to shake an interviewer’s hand? Thanks, Nina }

Should you, or shouldn’t you shake the interviewer’s hand? Well, do you want the job? Because if you do, then you better not just ‘business school handshake’ an interviewer’s hand! And here’s why:

Handshaking is a sign of respect. It’s also a sign that you look up to that person. Now, this is great and all, and your ‘business school handshake’ might have even worked 40 years ago, but this is 2012! You need to show ’em you are better than they are. Anyone can hire someone sub-par with a business school handshake. But who wants to do that? You’ve got to be a superstar! And that’s why I’m sharing my three best handshake techniques with you. Continue reading

Interview Dos and Don’ts

{ Dear Cookbook, I’ve been told I interview lousy and I have an interview coming up for my dream job. Do you have any tips that could help me interview better? Thanks, Louis }

Louis, in today’s economy, it’s difficult to know what is and isn’t appropriate during an interview. My philosophy? These are desperate times, so act accordingly. What this means is that the things we were told would help us get a job no longer apply. Instead, there is a new and ever-expanding list of interview Dos and Don’ts.

Before you start wondering what you need to do if you want to land that job on your next interview, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. It’s quite simple actually, don’t repeat anything that helped you land your last job. Why? Because you are no longer at that job anymore. And if it had been the right job for you, you’d still be there. You loved that job? Well apparently, it didn’t love you back, and it was time to move on. So let’s not repeat those same patterns over and over, okay? Okay. Continue reading

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