Archive for January, 2012

Top 6 Mistakes I see applicants make

January 31, 2012

The past few weeks I’ve been blogging about job search strategies and practices from the small business employer end. With our $500 crowdsourcing employment challenge closing today, we’ve been seeing lots of applicants, though few meet our exact needs. What I’ve been seeing is lots of mistakes that I’m hoping others can learn from. While […]

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Modern Interview techniques and how to excel at them

January 27, 2012

With our busy lives and the ubiquity of technology, an in-person interview as the primary way of selecting an employee is wasteful and inefficient A combination of email and phone interviews are a norm. Here we do email, phone, and in-person (did I mention our $500 hiring bonus for referring a qualified applicant we hire?) […]

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How to be assertive without being pushy in your job search

January 23, 2012

Any time you are selling a product, you need to stand out amongst the competition. When we do computer repair in Lawrence, I think we provide a level of service that is a cut above the rest and our reviews speak for themselves. Finding more technicians to assist us in this mission has been hard […]

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The world’s most awesome cover letter (or at least a very good one)

January 19, 2012

I’ve been blogging the past couple of weeks about the hidden job market and why you should apply even when there may not be an open position. (We’ve got an open position and will give you $500 to refer us to the right person) The clincher to it all is the effective cover letter. Not […]

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Applying for a job when there isn’t a job posted

January 16, 2012

Last time I talked about how we are hiring (and offering a $500 referral bonus), but we aren’t currently advertising a position in the places applicants too often look: newspapers and online job boards. I love unsolicited resumes and I think that 99% of small business owners ought to as well. However, there is a […]

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What is the hidden job market and how do you find it?

January 13, 2012

Back in the day when tweeting was something birds did and a “Facebook” was a way of finding who was sitting next to you in class, one looked for a job by searching want ads and job boards. That’s so 1998 and I’m a key example of why job seekers need to look for the […]

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Crowdsourcing our next technician. A new iPad for you says we can; learn the details and refer the next great DoctorDave tech

January 1, 2012

Crowdsourcing was a key buzzword of 2011 along with Kickstarter: the ultimate crowdsourcing in which a group of micro investors make magic happen. As our business continues to expand despite the “economic downturn,” we’re hiring but profoundly selective about whom we hire. Our people represent our business and have to be just the right fit […]

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