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Jacob Share

Jacob Share

Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.
jshare on Advice on a career change -
"Good luck!" - Jacob Share
jshare on How to hack the job hunt -
"Check the article again, I think he linked to another post about finding email addresses" - Jacob Share
jshare on Advice on a career change -
"1. Find something you love or are passionate about: a hobby, a pet cause, etc. 1. Look for customer-facing jobs in that industry that are available locally and/or online i.e. jobs that you have enough experience to pick up fairly quickly 1. Find 5-10 people on LinkedIn who have those jobs locally. Introduce yourself and invite them for coffee to get an inside look at the work and decide if it's really for you. We call that an information interview, the idea being to get information by letting people do one of the things they love to do most: talk about their achievements. A side benefit is that if they like you, they might even be willing to refer you somewhere." - Jacob Share
jshare on How do you answer "why this job"? when it's meh? -
"This can actually be a trick question, since most entry-level jobs don't really inspire, and that's not exactly a secret. However, learning how to deal with customers, while not usually well-paid unless there are major sales involved, is actually a very important skill to learn that can help you in so many ways. You're basically negotiating all the time. This is one of the reasons why, when I was hired as a programmer at, I was required to spend time shadowing a Customer Service rep as they answered phone calls or responded to email queries & complaints. But if it's just a paycheck, be brutally honest and say that. You came to work, hopefully with nice people, and to get paid. Nothing wrong with that." - Jacob Share
jshare on How to hack the job hunt -
"Not the first time someone has used Facebook ads for their job search, or even the first time someone has blogged about using Facebook ads for their job search, but this is definitely the best-written and most insightful guide for using Facebook ads for your job search. I love the tip about using the company logo in the ad targeting the company, taking advantage of something the recruiter is more likely to recognize instantly. This is the same reason why a cover letter sent to a company should recycle text from their own job listing you’re responding to." - Jacob Share
jshare on How to benchmark yourself in an SME/job? -
"Congrats on your award. Understanding why/how you won it can be as important as the actual win. If it was due to your networking, good for you. Being a power networker is a critical skill that every employer should covet, because strong networking can make up for a lack of anything else. Based on your story, here are your main achievements (at least): * The award * University graduate * SME marketing experience with limited budget and support * Proven networking skills * (Volunteer?) Director of local charity Frankly, for 24, that's pretty good. Any one of those achievements is marketable on its own, in the hands of the right marketer. And you're supposed to be a marketer. But as you're feeling a bit down, your lack of confidence is being projected outward, making you less appealing as a hire. Interviewers are thinking "if this marketer can't even market himself, I'm not even going to let him try for us." Confidence impacts everything. This is arguably the most common problem job..." - Jacob Share
jshare on Wasn't sure where to post this, but this person has the most creative job ad I've ever seen! -
"Meh It's never a good idea to be a "pity hire", and a poetic resume is only a good idea if it's intended to show off her poetry/creative writing skills and the author has good reason to believe it will impress." - Jacob Share
jshare on Client asked for IT reference. Want to refer myself -
"Agree, and I'll add: What would be perceived as inappropriate would be to do the opposite of what acid_tomato recommends, i.e. to search for a job while on the clock and/or let it be known that you're actively pursuing a job elsewhere, particularly if it's a current client. Call them up outside the office or email them from a personal account to ask for a discreet interview. Regardless of whether it works out or not, assume that your current employer will eventually find out and be prepared. Although they probably wouldn't want to lose you, it can significantly improve communication for both sides when an employee joins a partner." - Jacob Share
jshare on Really weird negotiation leaves me in a strange situation -
"Due to your lack of confidence, you're overthinking it. Going with your gut is usually the best route, and good on you for doing that. The email was nice of you, but it's not going to impact your negotiation unless you said something different than what was already said over the phone. Good on you also for even trying to negotiate, and protecting your interests. Too few job seekers even bother to try, they just want to end their job search at all cost. Every negotiation will only make you better at it, improving your confidence in it, making you better at it, improving your confidence, etc. So while you may have appeared a little rusty, you did the right thing. You have given them a good reason why their current offer is unlikely to be accepted by you. They now need to decide if they can do better, and if they can't, that's fine. You'll negotiate a better offer elsewhere." - Jacob Share
jshare on Teaching is no longer an option -
"You have two main directions to choose from: 1) Stay and fight As EletricGhostD said, get legal advice. See if you have any kind of case that could at least lead to disciplinary action. There a few problems with this tack, though. You have not one but two levels of bosses to fight, and regardless of whether you triumph, the situation is going to get worse first no matter what. It might come down to how much support you can get from other faculty. 2) Leave before you're fired You have an amazing track record of success at this school. And you've shown an extra level of dedication and loyalty by not being the first to jump ship. This will all impress other schools. There are a few reasons people need to abandon bad bosses asap, but one in particular is only felt when it's too late: getting a recommendation/reference for future positions elsewhere. The worse your relationship gets with your bosses, the more they're likely to sabotage your job searches with their responses to employers..." - Jacob Share
jshare on [Satire]What's the best to way to say that I've carefully considered their rejection request but unfortunately have opted to accept the position anyway? -
"This would be the classic: -------- Dear Professor [redacted], Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals. Despite [the university]’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then. Best of luck in rejecting future applicants. Sincerely, [student] -------- Via" - Jacob Share
jshare on A company just had me fill this out as part of their (paper) application (for an IT job)! What's this about and has anyone seen anything like it before? -
"Thanks for illustrating my point :)" - Jacob Share
jshare on Got a Job!!! Search stats included. -
"Research 5 companies who need salespeople and that you actually want to work for. Try to analyze how they're currently doing sales, and come up with something better or at least, good constructive criticism. Propose a meet with a manager so you give your feedback. Don't even call it a job interview. Could be over lunch or a drink. If you're really ballsy, line up some new client(s) for them and then propose the meet." - Jacob Share
jshare on Got a Job!!! Search stats included. -
"Keep your chin up! But unless you already have recently, take a step back to reevaluate how you're job searching and whether you're moving in the right direction." - Jacob Share
jshare on Got a Job!!! Search stats included. -
"Unless you're looking for a retail job at the local mall - i.e. a job where all that counts is attitude and willingness to earn minimum wage - 3.5 months isn't long and it's certainly not drawn out, especially with anything school-related where bureaucracy is an issue." - Jacob Share
jshare on Got a Job!!! Search stats included. -
"Thanks for sharing. A 9/24 interview invite rate is pretty good, and a 7/9 2nd interview invite rate shows even better how good a job you did choosing who to apply to. How many offers did you get from the 7? That would be interesting to know too. Congrats on finding a great job, and good luck with it" - Jacob Share
jshare on A company just had me fill this out as part of their (paper) application (for an IT job)! What's this about and has anyone seen anything like it before? -
"Point taken, but it could just be one influential HR person's call and the bosses are happy with the results so let it continue, even if there might not be any correlation." - Jacob Share
jshare on A company just had me fill this out as part of their (paper) application (for an IT job)! What's this about and has anyone seen anything like it before? -
"Ahhhh, graphology... Whether anyone tells you it actually means anything or not is completely irrelevant. You want job X? The recruiter for job X needs to give you a graphology test? You take the graphology test and hope that it works out for the best. But if you - or whoever reads this - submits a writing sample that's not in your mother tongue, you may as well stop now and go on to the next job application." - Jacob Share
jshare on Struggling w/2 Job offers. Need Advice Please -
"No you're not overthinking this. You're trying to get the best grasp of a tricky situation that you might be experiencing for the first time, so good on you. First- one month is not a long time in a recruitment process from a company's point of view. There are many legitimate reasons for it to take that long before an offer can be made to a candidate. They take the risk of losing their first choice with the delay, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Second- A one-offer job seeker will usually be afraid to do anything they think might screw up their chances since that's all they've got. On the other hand, having multiple offers gives you more leverage and should lower your stress about taking risks because e.g. if you make a mistake with one offer, you can just take another. I'm simplifying a bit, but not as much as you'd think. Absolutely ask B any 'hard' questions if the answers can help make your final decision. Even if you already accepted A's offer, situations change all the..." - Jacob Share
jshare on Can I lie about my current salary? -
"Among other benefits, having parallel offers gives you more negotiation leverage ("I have another company offering me 15% more, what can you guys do?") while providing a cushion in case an offer is suddenly withdrawn (happens all the time, and is completely legitimate while being completely frustrating for the job seeker). Yes, if you accept an offer from company A, you must officially notify companies B, C and whoever else also made you an offer, thanking them and telling them that they are now out of the running. But you don't need to do it the instant you accept A's offer (which might be verbal). You should **only do it once you've signed a contract** that includes everything you were promised, which might only be a few days later. This reduces risk to you as much as possible. You'd be surprised how often someone has accepted a verbal offer only to find out later that the contract is different, and by then they've thrown away the other offers. It's dirty, but some managers are like..." - Jacob Share
jshare on Trying to make a resume and have a question about references. -
"It would certainly lend credibility if you can get it without too much effort, but it's not critical if you give the employer the reference's contact information, which implies that you probably didn't make it up (although some people have)" - Jacob Share
jshare on Trying to make a resume and have a question about references. -
"Absolutely right. Aside from making sure your references are willing and possibly even primed to receive calls, have a page with their contact information - in addition to any actual recommendation letters - ready at all times to be handed or sent to potential interviewers. In other words, have your references actually available upon request instead of just saying so when it's not even true, as too many job seekers do." - Jacob Share
jshare on Going on a speed-dating event with architects in my industry, what are some good questions to ask them? -
"People love to talk about themselves, especially to people who are putting them on a pedestal i.e. giving them a chance to talk about how great they are. So give them that chance. You just need to focus them a bit so they tend in a direction that helps you, the listener. Here are some ideas: * How did you get your first architecture-related job out of school? * Looking back, what would you have done differently in your career? * Knowing what you know now, what would you do in my shoes? And here's how to get chatting:" - Jacob Share
jshare on Can I lie about my current salary? -
"You've actually rolled up a few questions here. 1. Can you lie about your salary? Of course you can. You can lie about whatever you want, especially if you think you can get away with it. But... 2. Should you lie about what you currently get paid for X reason? Of course not. Some companies will ask you for a recent salary stub, regardless of whether that's legal and regardless of whether they can call your current boss to ask. So you're probably not going to get away with it in this case. 3. Should you lie about what you currently get paid so they will make you a higher offer? I like that you're thinking ahead about negotiation tactics. That's smart. But - even if you could somehow get away with it - instead of negotiating on a house of cards, you'd be even smarter to do something that a) doesn't require lying, b) can have the same salary offer impact while c) significantly improving your leverage. More specifically: get other job offers in parallel. Keep job searching throughout your..." - Jacob Share
jshare on Finding out who is reviewing applications for an online posting -
"Absolutely: Use LinkedIn to find an **ex-**employee, preferably someone who was in the relevant department that's hiring but ideally someone with whom you have something in common. Reach out to them - phone > LinkedIn message > email - to ask them if they might know who would be handing the hire. They're more likely to respond because a) they're no longer under contract and b) due to the common bond you share, which could be something as simple as same birthplace, hometown, attended school, etc. That's the shortcut. If you have some time and are willing to be patient, look for a LinkedIn group/facebook page/forum where some of these employees (both current and former) hang out, and start participating in the group. Once you feel they recognize you, contact them directly there" - Jacob Share
jshare on Trying to make a resume and have a question about references. -
"* Since the point of a list of references is for a potential employer to talk to someone who knows you, only include people who have okayed being contacted by potential employers about you * Once a letter of recommendation is given, it's usually understood that it will be used multiple times. However, since it has been two years, you should contact the author to ask them if it's ok that they might soon receive a few calls about you. If they don't remember who you are, their letter is useless and there's no point in mentioning them as a reference since they can't help your candidacy" - Jacob Share
jshare on Need advice on best degrees for a career with work/life balance? -
"In his book Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman throws away the idea of Work/Life Balance. I'm paraphrasing but basically he asks "why should Work win when Life loses and vice-versa?" Instead, he introduces what he calls "four-way wins", which came about as a result of the Wharton Work/Life **Integration** Project he worked on. The idea is that dream jobs are ones that fulfill us in four domains of our lives: work and home, but also community and 'self'. Only you can know what your priorities are for each of those domains but one example would be to work at a job.... * doing something you trained for and succeed at (work)... * and are passionate about and enjoy doing (self)... * with an outreach/social/public-facing aspect (community)... * and where you can make your hours and enough money to live the lifestyle your family wants It's a bit of a tall order which is one reason so few people truly have their dream jobs. But knowing what to aim for makes a big difference. It's also easier..." - Jacob Share
jshare on Interviewing for a community relations manager position. Need tips and advice. -
"If you don't have previous experience yet are making progress in the interview process it means that a) they like you and b) they think that you have enough skills to pick up what you need quickly. That is typical for entry-level positions, where personality and attitude are everything since the work needed and the corresponding pay won't usually attract anyone with experience. But a lot of people are likable, so really, all you can do is be yourself and hope for the best. You can do some research on the presumed interviewer to see if you two can bond over anything in common but you need to be careful to not come across as creepy. Ultimately- Never put all your stock in one job opening. This is why people get down so easily when they don't get an offer. Instead, keep hunting until you've already started working and actually like the job. Many people leave soon after starting a new job because they ultimately realize it's not for them. This is especially true for..." - Jacob Share
jshare on Paid work in an unrelated position Vs volunteer Work in a relevant position: which is more important? -
"@Chaoxbeast nailed it. Everything else aside, always go for relevant experience." - Jacob Share
jshare on Freelance Work As Resume Material? -
"Absolutely! And that's actual work. Heck, there are people getting jobs based on their Stack Overflow scores. Employers want to be absolutely certain that you will succeed at the job they need done. Once that's taken care of, cultural fit is often the next priority. On your resume, put **C++ Expert** as a position and **Freelance** as the company. Then, just like any other position you've had, list your most impressive & relevant (to the job applied for) projects in your freelance career. Prepare a sheet of recommendations that includes (at least) your best reviews received for your freelance projects. Do expect to be asked why you want to stop freelancing and go back to a conventional job, though." - Jacob Share
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