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Five Things to Try on Your Next Interview

{ Dear Cookbook, do you have any job interview advice that will help me stand out from the rest of crowd? Please help! Dallas }

Dallas, you are definitely not the first person to ask this question. In fact, thousands of other job seekers are looking for answers as well. Which as you can imagine, is part of the problem. With so many people unemployed these days, it’s hard to know exactly what to say or do during an interview. This is compounded by the fact that unless you know someone at the place you are interviewing at, odds are you don’t stand a chance in hell of actually getting the job! So you really need to know your stuff; or at the very least, know some tricks that will help you answer their questions and potentially help them overlook the questions you screw up on. With that in mind, check out these five tips to try on your next interview: Continue reading

Too Cool To Work Here

{ Dear Cookbook, I’ve been unemployed for over a year now. Needless to say, I desperately need a job. How do I convey my desperation to potential employers so they hire me? Thanks, Tony }

Tony, I realize you’ve been unemployed for a while now, but appearing desperate will not help you get a new job. Especially if potential employers can hear the desperation in your voice. You may not realize this, but it’s a proven fact that if you seem to want something too much, you probably won’t get it. You may not believe me, but I am speaking from experience. Almost twenty years ago I set out to earn enough money to buy my very first car. Excited at the prospect of owning a car, I applied for countless jobs. After being rejected by all of them, I finally realized the reason I wasn’t getting hired – no one likes an eager beaver! So I scaled back my approach and haven’t had any problems since. Think back to high school, wasn’t the coolest person the one who was “too cool for school?” Continue reading

Only Suckers and Felons Volunteer

{ Dear Cookbook, I’m unemployed and can’t find a job. Should I think about doing some volunteer work in the meantime to add to my resume? Thank you, Stephen }

Honestly, Stephen? This is job seeker 101 stuff. If you don’t know the answer to this question, it’s no wonder you can’t find a job. Will volunteer work help get you a paying job? Absolutely not! If you are prepared to work for free, why would anyone pay you to work for them! They will offer you other non-paying positions but they will not offer you anything with a salary! It’s kind of like that saying, “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.” Are you picking up what I’m putting down, or do I need to be clearer?

Since the question you asked was asinine to begin with, and I’m not sure you really understand what I’m saying, ask yourself these three questions before you commit to any volunteer type positions: Continue reading

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