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6 Ways to Score a Job Through Twitter

Twitter has become a great resource for just about anything, including jobs. From industry chats to Twitter accounts dedicated to posting vacancies, there are a ton of resources for landing a gig.
We’ve already chronicled how to get a job through Facebook (Facebook) and YouTube (YouTube), and now we’re taking a look at the job hunting process on Twitter.
We spoke with nine Tweeters who have landed jobs through Twitter (Twitter) to get their top tips for success on the platform. Below you’ll find a guide to their job hunt strategies on the microblogging service.
If you’ve also been successful in finding a position via Twitter, let us know about your experience in the comments below.

1. Tweet Like an Industry Expert

Words to tweet by: You are what you tweet. Keep in mind that everything you tweet lends to or takes away from your online persona. Whether or not you’re searching for a job, make sure your Twitter stream represents you as a professional individual that has important and unique thoughts to contribute. Your goal should be to become an industry expert or at least tweet like one.
Share links that are relevant to your followers, adding commentary to the latest industry news. This shows that you’re keeping up with industry trends and gives potential employers a look into what you read and care about, which will help them to envision how you may fit into their company’s work environment.
If your commentary on Twitter is interesting enough, you may have employers knocking on your door. Christa Keizer, a recent intern at Cone, a strategy and communications firm, used Twitter during her job search to “[post] relevant, industry-related tweets on a daily basis to establish credibility.” After commenting on one of Cone’s blogs, Marcus Andrews, the New Media Associate at Cone, tweeted to Keizer, thanking her for her comment and asking her about her summer work plans. A few tweets and an interview later, Keizer was hired.
Kate Ottavio, an account executive at PR agency Quinn & Co., had a similar experience. Prior to working at Quinn, she worked at a small PR agency in Connecticut. One day, Allyns Melendez, HR Director at Quinn, started following Ottavio on Twitter she waited for Ottavio to follow back, and then asked her if she’d like to move to New York, where Quinn is headquartered. Little did she know, Melendez was looking for a new hire for the real estate division of the firm. Melendez had first searched for “PR” and “real estate” on LinkedIn (LinkedIn), where Ottavio’s profile popped up.
Although Ottavio wasn’t looking for a job at the time, her Twitter strategy had always been to “represent myself as a knowledgeable and reputable PR professional. I tweet about 10-20 times a day about anything from personal experiences to Mashable (Mashable) articles to PR blog posts.” Loving the opportunity that Quinn presented her, she promptly accepted.

2. Use Twitter Hashtags

There are lots of ways to use Twitter hashtags to get a job. Here are a few types of hashtags to get you started:
  • Job Listings: You can find general job advice and lots of listings through hashtags like #jobs, #recruiting, #jobadvice, #jobposting, #jobhunt and #jobsearch. To narrow it down, though, seek out more specific hashtags, such as or #prjobs or #salesjobs.
  • Industry Conferences: Most conferences these days have their own hashtags when a relevant industry conference is approaching, get active with attendees using the hashtag. Whether you’re attending the conference or not, you can contribute to the conversation. Many conferences also have live streams, so it’s as if you’re attending anyway! Live tweet panels and speeches that you’re interested in and connect with other tweeters along the way. By using Twitter for networking within your industry, you’ll increase your chances of getting hired down the road.
  • Job-Related and Industry Chats: Getting involved with industry chats is a way to show your industry in a particular field and represent yourself as a knowledgeable person. Check out this Twitter chat schedule to get a head start. Also, if your search isn’t going so well, get involved in job-related chats, such as #jobhuntchat, #careerchat, #internchat and #hirefriday for friendly advice.
  • Liz (Pope) Schmidt, now the media and research manager at Sevans Strategy, attested to the power of industry Twitter chats: “I began participating in #Journchat, created and hosted by Sarah Evans [owner of Sevans Strategy, a public relations and new media consultancy]. Although I had known Sarah from a past virtual work experience, I was able to reconnect with her through Twitter. I mentioned her in several tweets and participated in her online discussions. Soon after, based on a direct message conversation with Sarah on Twitter, I came on board at Sevans Strategy.”Besides scouring job search hashtags, job seekers can also follow Twitter accounts dedicated to posting job openings, use Twitter search to find postings or keep an eye out on the Twitter streams of companies they might want to work for.

    3. Connect with Recruiters and Current Employees

    Don’t be afraid to research the companies that you want to work for to find out who currently works there and who is involved with recruiting. After all, while you’re searching for a job, recruiters are scouring the web at the same time looking for pertinent information about job candidates. Interacting with current employees and active recruiters is an easy way to learn more about a company and its job opportunities.Take Connie Zheng’s word she’s already been hired for two jobs through Twitter. “I got my PR internship at Text 100 using Twitter, as well as my entry-level position at Burson-Marsteller using Twitter,” she explained. She advises job seekers, “Use Twitter as a research tool to identify who the appropriate HR person or recruiter is at the desired company.”Shankar Ganesh, a student at the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy in India, recently landed a marketing consulting internship at business apps provider Zoho Corporation by connecting with a technologist employed by the company. “I wanted to spend my summer as an intern at Zoho (zoho), so I approached employees using Twitter,” he recounted. “I showed them what I had done previously and my website for credibility. My interest was forwarded to Zoho’s HR team, and we got in touch.” Soon after, he was offered the internship.Even if a company isn’t hiring, it’s a good idea to stay in contact with recruiters and employees. When a position opens up, it’s likely that you’ll be one of the first to be contacted, said Alison Morris, an account coordinator at The CHT Group, a strategic communications firm based in Boston. Morris told us how she landed her current position on Twitter:

    “In April 2010, Ben Hendricks, Senior VP at The CHT Group, and I began corresponding about corporate communications and social media’s role in the corporate environment. Much to my dismay, CHT was not yet hiring. In June, after a few months distance, Ben sent me an email to let me know the agency was hiring and that he wanted me to apply. Still looking for a job, I sent over my resume, and about a week later, I was employed.”

    Keep an eye out for socially savvy companies like CHT it also recently hired Marissa Green as an account coordinator through Twitter and is now looking for a spring intern, with Twitter being one of its main recruiting outlets.

    4. Build a Relevant Network

    A lot of successful Twitter job stories actually end with the punchline, “I wasn’t even looking for a job.” In many cases, these lucky new hires just found interesting opportunities serendipitously, which makes sense given that it’s Twitter we’re talking about.Twitter is all about networking, so build a network that makes sense for you. You’ll find that a lot of the opportunities that are presented to you are simply organic. Here’s an anecdote along those lines from Marketing & Communications Manager for digital agency ChaiONE, Meghan Stephens:

    “Through Twitter, I am connected to other marketing professionals, digital creatives, community stewards, and new media experts — simply because those are the types of people that I enjoy interacting with and learning from… When it came time to look for a job in the technology sector, all I did was turn to those who I already gained inspiration from. When glancing through my stream, I saw a job link posted by my now-boss that sounded immediately like what I was looking for. I read through the description, realized I already knew the company through another connection made on Twitter, and sent in my resume.”

    5. Start a “Hire Me” Campaign

    After seeing a job posting for HeadBlade, a men’s grooming company that makes products specifically for guys that shave their heads, Eric Romer immediately set up a website, Twitter page, Facebook Page and YouTube account all in the name of nabbing the job.‘The posting for ‘Interactive and Social Media Marketing Manager’ was tweeted from the HeadBlade Twitter account, which I had been following for several months,” explained Romer. “I have been a die-hard ‘HeadBlader’ using their products religiously since 2005, so this was literally a dream job.”“While there were several channels used, Twitter was by far the most effective getting on HeadBlade’s radar,” said Romer. “I received a call from a company rep within 48 hours of my initial blog posting, and flew from Indianapolis to L.A. within 10 days for an interview.”While a full-out campaign of this nature may not be the best strategy for every job opportunity that comes along, this type of passion is what really stands out in the job recruiting process. If you encounter your dream job, go all out.

    6. Take It Offline

    Three simple words: “Let’s get coffee.”Once you’ve gained a certain level of dialogue with a potential employer, an in-person meeting can really boost the relationship.DJ Waldow, director of community at Blue Sky Factory, said that he landed his job at the company through connecting with Blue Sky Factory’s CEO Greg Cangialosi on Twitter. After initially “stalking” Cangialosi on Twitter, Waldow began engaging with him. Eventually, all of the tweets lead to an in-person meeting, which Waldow feels really sealed the deal. He wrote of the experience:

    “The transition from online to in real life is critical… All of the loose connections you’ve made with that person are suddenly solidified when you put the name/avatar/tweets together with a face. Nothing can replace this. Nothing.”

    Your Tips

    With the increasing popularity of Twitter, more and more job seekers and recruiters are turning to the social network to find leads. We suspect that a sizable number of Mashable readers have used Twitter in some way to find a job. If so, let us know about your experiences in the comments below.


How to Be a Millionaire by Age 25

Wish you were as wealthy as this guy?
Credit: Associated Press
He’s Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, and his super-geek-to-billionaire story is the basis of the hit movie The Social Network. “Young people are just smarter,” he told a Stanford University audience in 2007. He started Facebook from his Harvard dorm in 2004 as a sophomore. Now he’s a 26-year-old philanthropist, recently donating $100 million to the Newark, N.J., school district.
Zuckerberg’s youthful fame and fortune makes for a riveting tale. But across America every year, plenty of entrepreneurs make their first million under the age of 25, some in high school. It takes vision, smarts, determination and a little luck. Here are five of them, along with their advice for achieving prosperity.
Michael Dell
Age now: 45
Title/Company: Founder and CEO, Dell Computers
Made his first million by age: 19

Dell launched his computer company in 1984, just before dropping out of the University of Texas. By selling direct, Dell lowered prices and won over customers. At 24, the company had revenues of $258 million. At last check, his estimated net worth was $13.5 billion.

His advice for young entrepreneurs: “You’ve got to be passionate about it,” he said in an interview with the Academy of Achievement.
“I think people that look for great ideas to make money aren’t nearly as successful as those who say, ‘Okay, what do I really love to do? What am I excited about?’ “
Catherine Cook
Age now: 20
Title/Company: Founder, myyearbook.com
Made her first million by age: 18

In 2005, Catherine and her brother founded the social-networking site, which functions like a digital yearbook with pictures, friends and virtual currency called “lunch money.” Today, it boasts 20 million members and is one of the 25 most-trafficked Web sites in the U.S.

Her advice for young entrepreneurs: “Stop just thinking about it, and make it happen.
When you’re young is the best time to start your own business, as you do not have the responsibilities you will have when you’re older. The worst that can happen if you fail now is that you have firsthand experience to make your next venture a success.”
Sean Belnick
Age now: 23
Title/Company: Founder, BizChair.com
Made his first million by age: 16

Belnick’s been selling business furnishings online for nearly a decade now, but the recent B.A. graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business still saw value in a college education.

His advice for young entrepreneurs: “It is never too early to start. I started when I was 14.There was a lot of great information on the Internet. Just do the research and find a way to do what you want to do.”
Juliette Brindak
Age now: 21
Title/Company: Cofounder/CEO, MissOandFriends.com
Made her first million by age: 19 (Brindak won’t divulge when she earned her first million, but says that her company was valued at $15 million when she was 19)

At 10, Brindak started drawing the “cool girls” cartoon figures who became stars in 2005 of her online community for tween girls. Today, she is seeking investors and preparing to take the site public as she attends Washington University in St. Louis.

Her advice for young entrepreneurs:: Find a solid support team who believe in your idea. “If someone starts to doubt your company and what you’re doing, you need to get rid of them.”
Matt Mickiewicz
Age now: 27
Title/Companies: Founder, Sitepoint, 99 Designs and Flippa
Made his first million by age: 22

Mickiewicz, who launched his first company in 1998, points out that the Internet enables immediate customer feedback, making it relatively inexpensive to test and launch new ideas.

His advice for young entrepreneurs: “People who say it takes money to make money are using the worst excuse ever. . . Create massive value for others by providing a solution where no other exists.”

Work-at-Home Real Resources / Companies that actually exists

While some companies allow for the occasional telecommuter, others base their business plan on obtaining a workforce of home-based employees. These companies consistently hire for work-at-home jobs.

Directory of Companies Hiring Work-at-Home Jobs

More and more companies are turning to remote or home-based employees or independent contractors to perform duties that were once done in-house. If you want to work from home, find a company hiring for work-at-home jobs in your field with this alphabetical directory of companies that use telecommuters.

Work-at-Home Company Profile: Google

While there is huge interest in work at home jobs for Google, unfortunately there are not nearly as many of these Google jobs. That said, there are a few legitimate Google work at home opportunities for “Ad Quality Raters.”

Work-at-Home Company Profile: McKesson

Headquartered in San Francisco, health care giant McKesson is a Fortune 500 company (#15 in 2009) employing more than 32,000 people.

Work-at-Home Company Profile: Fonemed

Formed in 1996, Fonemed provides telephone triage services to physician practices, managed-care organizations, third party administrators, disease management providers, private employers and associations throughout North America.

Work-at-Home Company Profile: UnitedHealth Group

Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, health insurance company UnitedHealthcare Group is a Fortune 500 company that offers telecommuting positions in nursing and other fields. More than 20 percent of this large health insurance company’s employees take advantage of its telecommuting opportunities.

Alpine Access

Outsourcing company Alpine Access hires its call center agents as employees and offers benefits like a health care plan and 401K. Learn more in this profile of Alpine Access.

Work-at-Home Company Profile: Convergys Careers

Use this profile of Convergys to learn more about Convergys careers. Find out how to apply for its work at home call center jobs in the U.S. Canada and United Kingdom (U.K). And start your Convergys career now.

Work-at-Home Company Profile: Humana

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Fortune 500 health insurance company Humana Inc. hires for several types of telecommuting positions.


Based in Santa Clara, CA, this privately held company provides call center outsourcing to clients using only U.S.-based home call center agents. Its more than 20,000 virtual call center agents are all independent contractors. Read profile of LiveOps.com.

List of Work-at-Home Call Center Jobs

The companies listed, which include 1-800-FLOWERS and Hilton Hotels, hire work-at-home call center agents as independent contractors and as regular employees.

Companies Hiring Work-at-Home Nurse Jobs

At first glance, nursing seems like hands-on profession not adaptable to telecommuting. But nursing can take many forms including working as a telecommuting nurse. Nurses working from home might do telephone triage, helping to assess patients’ health concerns over the phone.

Medical Transcription Jobs

Medical transcription is a career that can easily be done from home. Companies hiring medical transcriptionists to work from home usually require experience and/or certification. However, some will hire medical transcriptions who have completed a certification program but do not yet have experience.

Home Transcription Jobs

This list of companies hiring for home transcription jobs includes general, corporate, financial and legal transcription jobs. Medical transcription jobs are listed separately as are data entry jobs .

Legitmate Data Entry Jobs

These legitimate companies offer various types of data entry jobs. Most hire independent contractors for data entry but a few offer employment. Not all are necessarily hiring at this time.

Bilingual Jobs From Home

Telecommuting bilingual jobs range from teaching a foreign language to virtual call centers to translation and interpretation. And languages run the gamut from Spanish and French to Arabic and Russian. Below are lists of places to start searching for bilingual jobs. However, keep in mind that there are many more jobs that either require or prefer applicants to be bilingual yet they are not advert…

Work-at-Home Writing Jobs

Writing is an extremely versatile profession. Writing jobs run the gamut from freelancing for consumer magazines to self-publishing on the Internet. Typically work-at-home writers and editors work as freelancers. However, some companies do hire telecommuting employees for writing jobs.

Where to Find Online Teaching Jobs

The range of online teaching jobs available runs from college-level distance learning and writing adult ed online courses to K-12 online tutoring and language teachers. Some online teaching jobs require teaching certification while others simply make a platform available for those interested in writing an online course or connecting with…

Companies Hiring Work at Home Artists

Many of the work-at-home artistic jobs found on the web are for beginners. They are good ways to pick up extra cash, build a portfolio or sharpen skills. But this list of at-home artistic jobs also includes freelance opportunities for experienced artists.

Online Jury Companies

Find a job on an online jury and pick up some extra cash for weighing in with your opinion. Sign up up with these online jury companies. For more information about how online juries work, see this online juror FAQ .

Bilingual Jobs in Virtual Call Centers

Virtual call center agents perform telephone customer service and sales from the comfort of their own home office . Bilingual jobs in home call centers are common. Though Spanish is one of the most popular languages for bil

Work from Home Translation Jobs

If you are bilingual, this opens a lot of possibilities for work from home jobs, such as bilingual call centers, translation jobs, online teaching and more. Many translation jobs are done by freelancers, but some companies do hire home-based translators as employees. This list of companies with translations jobs includes positions for independent contractors and employees.

Work at Home Jobs – Companies that Hire for Work at Home Jobs

More and more legitimate companies are hiring telecommuters to perform jobs that were once done in-house. Often their goal is to lower overhead costs, like rent and utilities for office space. But sometimes companies are seeking the most qualified workers by hiring outside their geography region.

Apple at Home

Apple at Home is a work at home call center program aimed at college students. It is part of the company’s AppleCare College Program. Students in universities such as Arizona State (ASU) and University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) can work from home as “advisors.” However, Apple at Home has openings for non-students in technical support jobs.

Write On Results

Direct mail company looking for home-based workers to do hand written notes.

Demand Studios

Demand Studios accepts applicants with writing, editing and filmmaking skills. They are assigned to produce made-for-the-Internet content that appear on sites like eHow.com, LIVESTRONG.COM and dozens more sites. Writers are paid both on a flat fee and revenue sharing basis.


HubPages bills itself as the “leading online publishing ecosystem.” Writers sign up and publish their work. Revenue from Adsense and affiliates is split with HubPages, which receives a 40 percent share.


Company offers online courses for adult education. Instructors are paid 55-70 percent of the registration fee per student.


An online supplier of instructor-led continuing adult education, this website connects online instructors with institutions in need of online teachers. Payment, to teachers, which OnlineLearning.net says averages between $1500-$2500 per course, is made by the institution.


Hires online language tutors to work in conjunction with its “TeLL me More” language software.


VITAC’s Realtime Captioner employees are court reporters who caption live TV programming with 98% accuracy. Captions are written on a steno machine. Work at home captioning jobs include benefits.

Caption Colorado

Company offers closed captioning work at home jobs and jobs in its Denver office. Work at home jobs may require training in Denver.

American Fidelity Assurance Company

AFA is a large insurance company named one of Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Jobs listings are not searchable for telecommuting positions, but a 2008 press release says 30 percent of its workforce telecommutes.

Write On Results

Based in Fredrick, MD, direct marketing company contracts with home-based workers for handwritten nes for its clients.

Troy Research

Market research company hires independent contractors for interviews and research.


About.com contracts with more than 600 guides who are experts in their many different fields. They write online content from home and are paid a minimum of $725/month to start. However, compensation increases with page view growth.

Hire Better™

Recruiting firm hires recruiters to work from home. apply by emailing resume.

Homework Tutoring

Online tutoring service offers homework help for high school and college students in a variety of subjects. Email resume to be considered as a tutor.

RRecycled Paper Greetings

Freelance artists can submit artwork along with a message for consideration for greeting card company. Does not accept electronic submissions.


Computer company Dell offers many work at home positions. Use “remote” in the keyword search.


Writers are paid based on the performance of their “brand” or page views of the news content they write.

PartnerCentric Internet Marketing

PartnerCentric recruits Internet marketing professionals with experience in PR, SEO, sales, social media, affiliates and Web design for work at home positions.


OurExchangePlace.com , a fee-based service that allows users to post an unlimited number of products and services at its e-store or auctions hires remote copy editors, photographers, videographers, webpage designers, writer and sales people to run its business.

Writers Research Group

Oklahoma-based company is “always in search of talented, self-motivated, detail-oriented professionals capable of meeting strict client specifications and tight deadlines.” The company hires, as telecommuters, writers, editors, researchers and data entry specialists.


Educational publisher hires telecommuting writers and editors.


Company recruits home-based workers and university students from around the world as translators and interpreters.

Medifax, Inc.

Medifax, Inc. hires home-based medical transcriptionists in the U.S. with a minimum of two years of experience. Employees work every other weekend or the equivalent of 32 hours of weekend time per month. Career advancement opportunities and benefits available to full-time employees.


Mahalo calls itself “a human-powered search engine dedicated to delivering carefully curated search results featuring the highest quality, spam-free links available.” It hires freelance writers for $10-12 an hour for a minimum of 20 hours a week to fulfill this mission.

Virtually Yours 925

New York-based company hires virtual assistants in the U.S. and Canada to do word processing, desktop publishing, data entry, administrative work, meeting/event planning, bookkeeping, website/graphic design, Internet marketing and more.


Sitel HomeShore, the company’s work-at-home program, offers call center agents professional training within Sitel’s on-site training center. Training centers are in Las Vegas, NV, and Albuquerque, NM. After graduation, call center employees may work from home.


This company doesn’t hire online tutors but provides a service of putting together students and tutors and providing online tools for tutoring. It charges a 15 percent commission on all fees collected by tutors.


The Examiner.com hires writers with insights and knowledge to share about local events and communities in topics ranging from sports and parenting to food and green living. Pay is based on the size of your audience.

Convergys Home Agent Program

Virtual call center agents receive incoming calls and provide services that may include customer service, sales or technical support. Convergys offers paid training, and employees can select from applicable benefits that include paid time off and holidays, 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase plan, life insurance and medical, dental and vision coverage.


Teaching English by phone, gofluent seeks home-based trainers who are native English speakers who are bilingual in French, Italian, German, Russian and Korean. They are hire only from Kansas, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Canada.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Once trained, company opens some nurse case manager to telecommute. So residency in Tennessee is required.


Hires experienced teachers with graduated degrees for part-time and full-time openings.

Connections Academy

Connections Academy, a “school without walls”, is a virtual educational program serving K–12 students throughout various states in a non-classroom-based environment. It hires certified teachers for some home-based positions.


Sales associates for eTutorWorld will work from home, at days and times of their choice, promoting online personal tutoring services in math and science for school students in grades 5 to 12. No financial investment is required and training is free.

Internet Brands: Cars, Mortgage, Real Estate, & Travel

Internet media company that operates community and e-commerce web sites in the automotive, careers, home, shopping, and travel and leisure categories hires telecommuting writers and editors.


Accounting outsourcing firm hires home-based accountant and sales persons on a full- and part-time basis, offering benefits for some positions.

Voice Applied Customer Service

Telephone customer service provider offers call center agents in both physical and virtual office locations.


SmartBrief hires editors, often as part-time telecommuters, to comb through the day’s business news stories from a wide range of sources and distill the news related to a specific industry into a daily newsletter.


Suite101 is an online magazine written by freelancers who are experts in many fields. Writers must submit 10 articles in every three month and are paid based on ad revenues for their work.

Hilton Hotels

Hotel chain hires work-from-home agents for customer care and reservations. These jobs are hired through the company’s Dallas and Tampa offices.


This online educational service connects students to tutors from computers in their local library, community center, school, after school program, or from home. To become certified as an online tutor, you must have a degree from or be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian college, then you must pass a test in your area of specialty and submit a writing sample. The process takes 1-3 weeks.


New York-based company hires at-home call agents on a temporary and permanent basis.


Art & Logic software developers work out of their own home offices and are located throughout the USA and Canada.

BSG – Third Party Verification

Independent-contractor agents take inbound calls to do third party verification for utility, cable, and financial services clients. Agents can choose to work shifts as short as two hours. A minimum $8.50 per hour for English only agents and $9.00 per hour for bi-lingual agents is guaranteed.

Balance Your Books

Accounting outsourcing firm hires CPAs, bookkeepers with experience providing A/P, A/R, payroll and general and sales people offering the “opportunity to telecommute.”


This public relations firm hires full-time, experienced PR professionals, who work from home.

Alpine Access

Home-based customer service reps of Alpine Access are employees who are paid around $9 an hour. Once a position is offered, applicants pay $45 for a background check.


InternetLABOR.com matches sub-contractors to clients. Applicants who are accepted are put on a list until a job requiring their particular skills are found. Jobs range from bloggers and web designers to administrative assistants to patent acquisition specialist.

Cherry Lane Music Company

Company hires U.S.-based guitar transcribers, piano arrangers and educational music authors on a freelance basis.


This airline hires some home-based customer service representatives.

Intracorp (Cigna)

Intracorp, a division of insurance company Cigna, hires registered nurses to work-at-home as disability and workers comp clinical case managers. Use “work from home” as keywords to search Cigna’s job openings. Hiring is done from a NY location.


This Internet site provides full-service IT staffing for its clients by contracting with experienced IT professionals for services such as computer support, repair, service and training. Job seekers register with the company and are contacted when clients in their area request service. The work is done at the clients’ location.

NEW Corp

Extended warranty company pays home-based customer care reps $9 per hour to take in-bound calls.

West at Home

West at Home’s customer service agents are employees. Their schedules are based on either a per-minute rate, per-call or an hourly rate. Technical requirements for a home office must be met.


Healthcare contact center company Sirona (formerly Intellicare) hires registered nurses to work at home as nurse consultants. Paid training is done in one of the company’s physical locations.


Company hires independent-contractor, call-center agents, including licensed insurance agents, for a variety of positions including outbound sales, bilingual customer service and financial services.

MySQL – Sun Microsystems

Company hires skilled, home-based support engineers from the U.S. and across the world.


Like a search engine but with live work-at-home guides answering the questions, ChaCha pays per answer, which it says averages out to $3-9 per hour.


VIPdesk specializes in delivering concierge and virtual call center services for the “high-value customers” of its corporate clients. Its home-based agents handle customer requests via phone, e-mail, and chat and research and fulfill requests from customers in the United States and abroad. it offers full- and part-time hours but agents must commit to certain availabilities.

Working Solutions

Hiring for temporary or project work, Working Solutions looks for home-based independent contractors to do data entry and call-center work for pay ranging from $7.20 to $30 an hour. Call center projects can include order processing, reservations, enrollments, customer service, sales, market research, technical support, etc.

Bateman & Co., Inc., P. C.

Accounting firm hires work-at-home accountants on a permanent, part-time basis. Texas residents preferred.

Applied Medical Services

Company hires independent contractors as home-based medical transcriptionists as well as for medical billing and coding jobs.


MedQuist career opportunities include professional, transcription, coding and support positions. Transcriptionists must have one year of recent work experience as a medical transcriptionist or must be a recent graduate of an AAMT certified transcription program.


Canadian company hires virtual call center agents and mystery shoppers.


Register to be a mock juror and then get paid from $5 to $50 to render your opinion on a lawyer’s case.


Hires experienced medical billers to work from home. Experience with physician practice billing (including commercial accounts), Medicare, HMOs, PPOs and workers’compensation preferred.


Company has traditional “brick-and-mortar” offices in Encino, CA, but also hires at-home Account Managers across the country with media planning/buying experience.

AFFINA | Home Agent Program

Home-based call center agents answer inbound calls. pay is $8 to $10 per hour. Must be available for 4 – 6 weeks of training in Peoria, IL, or Waterloo, IA, before transitioning to a home call center.


Company based in Vienna, VA, hires those with admissions committee experience and excellent interpersonal skills for work-at-home consultant positions.


Sign up to evaluate a lawyer’s case as a juror would and get paid $5 – $10 per case.

Aria Communications

Based in St. Cloud, MN, company hires people to hand write notes. Must be available for 20 hours of onsite training.


Global provider of resources to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry hires telecommuters for many (mostly contract) positions in research, project management and IT.

Laureate Education, Inc.

Laureate Education Inc. is the developer of online education at Walden University, Kendall College, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, College of Santa Fe, and Laureate Higher Education Group. Most jobs require at least a master’s. Choose “Virtual” as job location.


The Washington, D.C.-based education organization hires part-time (usually 9-20 hours per week), work at home tutors for students of varying abilities and ages. Tutors may work from anywhere in the world as long as they have computer and Internet access (and a U. S. bank account). Peak season for hiring is May-August and November-December every year. Most tutors are paid on an hourly basis. Paid training. Hires graduate and undergraduate students, high school teachers and other experienced tutors.

Creative English Solutions (CES)

Canadian company CES develops practice tests for TOEFL and TOEIC. It hires experienced test writers and voice actors from Canada.

California Virtual Academies

A network of public charter schools that provides education for students in the state of California, California Virtual Academies hires certified K-12 teacher in California. In-person meetings in county of employment are required.

Web Tracer

Work as a skip tracer for this search firm specializing in locating the current address, phone number and place of employment of missing debtors. One year of experience required for these independent contractor positions.

Counsel on Call

Legal services firm with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Memphis and Nashville contracts with attorneys and paralegals to work both remotely and on site performing services for clients nationwide.


Education company Kaplan has work at home openings for college-level online instructors, instructional designers and SAT tutors. Use “virtual” as the keyword in the job search database.


Car rental company offers remote call center positions. However, on-site training is required. Call center locations are in St. Louis, MO, Eugene, OR and Salt Lake City, UT.


Customer service representatives in Dublin, OH, call center of this pharmacy services company are offered the opportunity to work at home. Pay for these employment positions is $12/hr to start; other benefits include bonuses, health insurance, tuition reimbursement.


Business processing outsourcing (BPO) company NCO, known for its services in accounts receivable management (i.e. debt collection), hires full-time employees In the U.S. and Canada as work at home call center agent for sales and customer service jobs. Use “work at home” in the keyword field.


Support.com provides remote technology services to consumers and small businesses. Many of the IT jobs are based in India, but the company has work at home jobs for sales managers in the U. S.


Company offers IT-enabled business solutions and services to businesses. Jobs in its database indicate whether remote. Hires for telecommute jobs in IT, management and translation.


Pays bloggers (with a cultural background from the U.S., Canada, Australia or UK) $4 per 300-word blog.


Online retailer hires home-based customer service agents based in West Virginia and Washington state. Pay starts at $11/hour. Search “work from home” or “CSA” in the keyword field.


San Antonio-based company provides support to insurance companies and health care systems across the country. Its calls center of registered nurses answer questions or perform telephone triage. Some nurses may opt to work from home.


This global contract research organization (CRO) provides drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services with in the healthcare industry. It hires medical writers and clincal research associates (CRA) for work at home positions.

Denihan Hospitality Group

New York City-based hotel management and development company whose brands include The James and Affinia Hotels hires work from home reservation agents. Must train in NYC office before working from home.


Educate Online provides live, synchronous, supplemental educational services to parents, students, and school districts. Innstruction is delivered live, online, to students who are struggling in a specific subject or concept. It hires certified K-12 teachers.


Online local news hires work at home editors, writers, sales executives and sales managers nationwide.

ICF International

Firm partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in a variety of fields, including energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services and social programs; and homeland security and defense.​ It offers many positions as telecommute or remote. Telecommute jobs include (bilingual) call center agents, teaching, IT and project management.

Imaging On Call

Hires radiologists, trained in the U.S., to work from home. 

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Study This, Earn That — Learn why your salary is a matter of degrees.

The college diplomas of an engineering and music major look nearly identical.
Their bank accounts at the mid-career mark… not so much.

Not long after the ink dries on their degrees, a petroleum engineer will make $100,000 more per year than a music major, according to mid-career salary statistics from Payscale’s 2010-2011 College Salary Report.

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For those curious about the average pay that comes with different bachelor’s degrees, we count down some of the most popular degrees from highest to lowest. The results may surprise you…

Study Finance, Earn $91,500

While it may pale in comparison to petroleum engineers, who earn a whopping $157,000, finance graduates with a bachelor’s degree still do quite well, earning an average mid-career salary of $91,500. Typical finance careers include financial planners, bankers, and stockbrokers.
[Find the right Finance degree program for you]

Study Information Technology (IT), Earn $79,300

Information technology gave birth to today’s paperless business world, making an IT bachelor’s degree valuable in every profession imaginable, from the computer industry to health care and beyond. According to Payscale’s 2010-2011 report, IT grads make nearly $80,000 mid-career.
[Search for IT and Information Systems bachelor’s degree programs]

Study Accounting, Earn $77,500

Forget about Mandarin, Spanish, or even English. The most important language in the business world is accounting. According to Payscale, those with a bachelor’s degree in accounting have an average salary of $77,500 mid-career. It’s also a smart choice for those seeking an associate’s degree since many accountants enter the workforce with only two years of training.
[Find Accounting schools and programs]

Study Marketing, Earn $77,300

Knowing how to market a product to the masses is a skill that will always be in demand. Grads with a bachelor’s degree in marketing get paid handsomely for their efforts, averaging at $77,300 per year mid-career. For even quicker training, you can earn a marketing associate’s degree.
[Find local and online Marketing schools now]

Study Business, Earn $70,600

While business administration remains one of the most popular bachelor’s degrees, Payscale broke down undergraduate business degrees into two categories: international business and business. Today’s global economy gives a slight edge to international business majors, who average at $73,700 mid-career, just ahead of the $70,600 in average salary for business majors.
[Search for local and online Business degree and MBA programs]

Study Literature, Earn $65,700

Sure, you will strengthen your reading and writing skills by studying literature. But reading great books can also deepen your ability to understand the human condition. Literature majors often move on to study law or work in communications or marketing as writers and editors.

Study Human Resources (HR), Earn $61,900

Recruiting and retaining the best and brightest employees is an HR professional’s goal. By gaining a bachelor’s in human resources, you can position yourself for a mid-career salary of nearly $62,000 by learning how to best use your people skills in all kinds of workplace environments.
[Find online Human Resources training programs today]

Study Criminal Justice, Earn $58,000

Lawyers and paralegals aren’t the only ones who study laws and how to apply them. Everyone from federal agents and police officers to private investigators can benefit from studying criminal justice. A mid-career salary of $58,000 is the norm for those with a bachelor’s degree.
[Search for Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree programs now]

*All salary data is based upon mid-career averages of those with a bachelor’s degree and comes from Payscale’s 2010-2011 College Salary Report.

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New Jobs – Top 10 Companies Hiring This Week September 27 to October 03

We know that your job search can get quite frustrating these days with more people trying to find a job and less employment opportunities available.
To ease the burden, we’ve tracked down 10 top companies with the most job openings this week from sales jobs to finance jobs, full-time jobs to part-time jobs. We hope you find a job that’s perfect for you.
Good luck job hunting!

01. Bed Bath & Beyond

Founded in 1971 Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is an international chain of “superstores” selling a wide assortment of merchandise including domestics & home furnishings as well as food, giftware, health & beauty care items and infant & toddler merchandise.
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02. UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group is working to create the health care system of tomorrow. Already Fortune 25, we are totally focused on innovation and change. We work a little harder. We aim a little higher. We expect more from ourselves and each other. And at the end of the day, we’re doing a lot of good.
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03. Walmart

Walmart Stores, Inc. is the world’s largest retailer with more than 1.8 million associates worldwide and nearly 6,500 stores and wholesale clubs across 15 countries.
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04. Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores, the internet and other distribution channels across North America and internationally.
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05. Dollar General

Dollar General stands for convenience, quality brands and low prices. Dollar General’s successful prototype makes shopping a truly hassle-free experience. We design small neighborhood stores with carefully edited merchandise assortments to make shopping simpler. We don’t carry every brand and size, just the most popular ones.
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06. Charles Schwab

At Charles Schwab, we help millions of people make the most of their money. It all starts with our purpose: to help everyone be financially fit. We’ve even structured our organization with individual investors in mind, serving them directly through Investor Services and indirectly through our “business-to-business” segment, Institutional Services.
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07. Durham School Services

Durham School Services can trace its history back to 1917, to a three-bus company started in the San Gabriel Valley of California. In its early years, Durham specialized in special education transportation. This specialization has helped to nurture a unique commitment to quality service that is still maintained throughout our company today.
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08. Maintenance Engineering

We lead the industry in high value, PREMIUM QUALITY lighting products. These lamps are specially designed and manufactured under our strict quality controls to save our customer’s money in energy, labor and replacement lamp costs. The name, Maintenance Engineering, was chosen because of the Company’s focus on maintenance engineers, the people who would benefit most from lighting products that last longer, solve problems and increase their productivity.
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09. Radio Shack

We sell the products and accessories that people want. For those on the go, RadioShack simplifies life with one of the largest selections in innovative products in wireless phones, GPS receivers, digital music players and laptop computers. For home enjoyment, RadioShack delivers the latest in entertainment products, from digital cameras to large screen TVs and gaming.
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10. The Pantry, Inc.

Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. The Pantry’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as gasoline and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.
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One-Week Job-Search: How to Lay the Foundation for a New Job in Just Seven Days

One of the hardest parts of job-hunting is often putting in enough effort to get the results you seek. You may respond to a few job ads, perhaps talk with a couple of people in your network, and possibly post your resume on a few job boards… but then you wait and nothing really happens.

If you are serious about finding a new job, then you need to put more time and dedication into the process and one way to accomplish this feat is to set aside a week to focus solely on your job-search. This process involves starting each day with a set of goals to accomplish and then spending the day doing your best to achieve them.

By following the guidelines in this article, you should be well on your way to laying the foundation for a new job.

Day 1 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to establish your job-search goals and to get organized. These two activities are essential to job-hunting success.

The ideal goal is one or more solid job leads by the end of the week, but you may have some other goals too, such as expanding your network of contacts and researching further educational or training opportunities.

Organization is essential. You can too easily waste time the entire week if you don’t step up the planning an organizing. Consider setting up some spreadsheets or logs for your network, for job leads, and for other aspects of your job search.

Day 2 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to make an inventory of your accomplishments, develop your USP, and analyze your network of contacts.

Before you can even begin to analyze your resume or work on your interviewing skills, you have to spend the time describing and categorizing accomplishments from all your relevant work experiences including school projects if you are a new grad. Review all your past experiences and brainstorm the impact you made how you performed the job differently than anyone else and what results you achieved. Whenever possible, try to quantify those accomplishments.

Once you’ve identified all your accomplishments, you can start on your unique selling proposition (USP). Your USP is the thing that makes you different better than all the other job-seekers. Your USP sets you apart. You’ll want to craft your USP into about a 10-15 word statement that you can use on your career marketing documents as well as in interviews. Some experts also refer to this statement as your elevator pitch.

The final part of your day should be analyzing and mapping your network of contacts. Your network is the people with whom you have a relationship family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, mentors, former bosses. And your network actually can extend to the networks of all the people you know. Your goal is to organize and prioritize your list of network contacts so that you’ll be prepared to contact the people who will most likely have access to or knowledge of job openings in your field.

Day 3 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to perfect your career marketing documents and spend more time on networking.

Now that you have identified your accomplishments, you can write a new resume or revise your existing resume. Actually, what you’ll be doing is perfecting your resume foundation because with each job opportunity, you’ll want to modify your resume to reflect the specific requirements of the job as well as use some of the words and phrases the prospective employer uses to describe the position. There simply is no such thing as one-resume-fits-all anymore.

Finally, if you have any concerns about your resume your most important job-hunting document consider having it critiqued by a resume professional.

The other important career marketing document is your cover letter. While the goal of your resume is to obtain an interview, the goal of your cover letter is simply to get your resume read. Your cover letter must be dynamic and concise. Your goal should be to develop a solid cover letter core that you will modify for each opportunity.

An oft-neglected marketing document is your list of references. Take the time now to review who you currently have listed, brainstorm some other possibilities, and most importantly, contact each person you have listed or want to list and be sure they are willing to be listed as a reference for you. Remember that you do not have to list former bosses as references; use people who know your work and will speak highly of it and of you.

The last part of your day should be spent on networking. First, send your newly revised resume to your key network members. Do not ask for a job, but ask for their help in identifying possible job opportunities. You should also look into ways to add new members to your network.

Day 4 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to exhaust all possible avenues for job leads.

First, follow-up with your network about any possible job opportunities because these leads will have the most likelihood for success.

Second, develop a list of prospective employers in your target area and then conduct an in-depth research campaign to learn more about each one, obtaining the name and contact information of the hiring manager for your area of expertise. Remember to check each organization’s job postings to see if there are any openings that match your qualifications.

Third, research and contact recruiters and temporary agencies that place job-seekers with your expertise.

Fourth, talk with the career services and alumni offices at your previous (or current) educational institutions and obtain possible networking and job leads.

Fifth, search some of the online job boards for possible leads. Don’t just search the major boards; consider geographic-specific or industry/profession niche boards.

Sixth, consider conducting some informational interviews. This networking tool often leads to the discovery of other job opportunities as well as strengthening/broadening your knowledge of a particular industry/profession and expanding your network.

Send or deliver cover letter and resume packets to the hiring manager for each of the leads you uncover.

Day 5 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to prepare for job interviews and follow-up on job leads.

The best way to secure a job offer is to perform strongly in job interviews, and the best way to perform strongly in job interviews is through preparation. The most basic preparation you can do is to review a list of typical job interview questions, such as you can find in our Job Interview Questions Database for Job-Seekers.

The next level of preparation is to uncover the types of interviews or interview questions that are most likely for your industry/profession. You can learn more here: Job Interviewing Resources for Job-Seekers.

The deepest level of preparation is to actually write your answers to expected interview questions. There’s considerable research that shows that this type of preparation helps you better retain the answers, thus helping you perform better in the actual interview. Just remember not to memorize your answers.

Finally, remember to format your answers to interview questions as short stories illustrative anecdotes that focus on your actions, accomplishments, and learning experiences.

And as the day progresses, remember to continue to track down and follow-up all job leads. Schedule interviews.

Day 6 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to continue following-up all job leads as well as pursue further career development.

Continue to work the phones, emails, and hit the pavement in your quest to uncover and follow-up on all job leads.

While you are waiting for the results of all your efforts, you may want to consider strengthening your interviewing preparation by developing a career portfolio. Your career portfolio contains an archive of job-search materials that help document your qualifications… your accomplishments. Portfolios often contain samples of your work, letters of accommodation/recommendation, awards and honors you’ve received, client testimonials, professional development, and much more.

Day 7 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to continue following-up all job leads, scheduling interviews, and considering other options to take.

Your persistence in tracking down job leads will pay off greatly, so keep at it.

You should now have several hot prospects on your radar.

However, if, at the end of the day, the end of the week, you have gotten little or no interest from all your hard work, you may want to consider working with a career professional to review all aspects of your job-search campaign. Sometimes an outsider can see and help you fix some minor issues that are holding you back from achieving your goals.

Finally, remember to keep your network in the loop and send thank-you notes to everyone who helped you in your job search.

Final Thoughts
The one-week job-search lays the foundation for a successful job-hunt, but you may not see the results of all your hard work for weeks or months after this intensive seven-day effort. You may get lucky and be in the right place at the right time, but if your one-week efforts do not lead to any solid job leads, the best advice is to keep at it. The average job-search takes months, so don’t get discouraged — just keep following-up all job leads and keep uncovering new ones.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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Fighting the Overqualified Label: 10 Tactics for a Successful Job-Search

There’s a dirty little secret in job-hunting, and if you’re a job-seeker with several years of experience or  worse, in middle management you may have been exposed to it without even being aware. What is it? It’s the label hiring managers put on mid-career job-seekers who appear to have one of three flaws: too many years of experience, too much education, too highly paid in current or previous job. Yes, it’s the label many job-seekers fear: being overqualified. Overqualified is code for “will not fit the current position” and be forewarned that it is a difficult label to overcome.

Frequently, you will not even be aware of being labeled as overqualified because you’ll simply never hear back from the prospective employer. And before we get too much farther along in this article, let me release some guilt and confess my sins. Yes, when I was a hiring manager, I most certainly had a pile for applicants seen as overqualified – and those applicants files were placed directly into the trash. In my mind, these job-seekers could be classified as one of several types:

  • The out-of work-desperate-for-any-job applicant. This job-seeker failed to explain why someone who worked at this level years ago would be again applying for a position at this lower level and is seen as someone who leave as soon as s/he got a better offer.
  • The totally incompetent applicant. This job-seeker had worked at the same level for more years than anyone should without giving a reason why s/he never has sought a promotion and is seen as a liability.
  • The too-full-of-myself applicant. This job-seeker, often older than the hiring manager, comes off as having way too many years of experience and sounding as though s/he was responsible for every major accomplishment in the field.
  • The way-too-expensive-fool applicant. This job-seeker was currently earning a significant amount more than the very top of our salary range and was seen as someone completely out of touch with reality.
  • The been-there, done-that applicant. This job-seeker passed this level years ago, and for whatever reasons wishes to return to that level – but without explanation and could be perceived as washed-up, burnt-out, and in the worst cases, too old.
What should you do if you on paper fit one of the types above? Perhaps you absolutely love what you do and refuse to get promoted out of it? Or what if you are such a revenue g enerator or cost saver that you will easily earn the higher salary? The key for any job-seeker who thinks that the “Big O” label will be applied during his or her job-search is to attack the perception head-on — before the hiring manager even has a chance to think it herself. This advice is counter to career experts’ usual advice to avoid mentioning negatives until the employer raises them, but with the overqualified label, you must be proactive if you ever want a chance to make your case in a job interview.

Develop a two-part strategy. The first part focuses on your job-search correspondence tools, where you will need to develop a short statement explaining exactly why you are seeking the position given your background. The second part focuses on your sales pitch during the job interview, where you can elaborate on why your experience, skills, accomplishments, and enthusiasm make you perfect for the job.

Tactics for overcoming the overqualified label
As you develop your strategy, here are 10 specific tactics to consider:

  1. Let your network speak for you. Nothing you could say about yourself is stronger than a recommendation from someone who knows you and can recommend you. The ideal scenario is for you to use your network to find someone within the organization and let that person make the first pitch for you.
  2. Focus more on skills and accomplishments than job titles. Use the employer’s own words from the job description to show how your skills match perfectly while at the same time downplaying skills not required for this job.
  3. Take salary off the table. Make it clear from the beginning that you are completely flexible about salary and that your previous salary is of no relevance to your current job-search.
  4. Reveal financial advantages of hiring you. If you suspect salary will be a concern, use specific examples from your past experiences to show how you increased revenue generation and/or cut costs/realized increased savings.
  5. Emphasize teamwork and personality. Demonstrate that you are a team player that the success of the team is more important than any of the individual team members.
  6. Showcase current or cutting-edge knowledge. Discuss recent training or skill-building that shows that you adaptable and up-to-date not stuck in the ways of old.
  7. Demonstrate loyalty. One method to attempt to overcome the fear that you will leave as soon as a better offers comes along is to point to your longevity with previous employers.
  8. Do what it takes to get the interview. Be prepared to deal with the overqualified issue when you call to follow-up your application and sell the hiring manager on at least giving you a “meeting” if not an interview so that you can make your case in person.
  9. Everything in moderation. You should illustrate how you are the perfect candidate for the position without overwhelming the hiring manager with your experience or your ego. Avoid intimidating a younger hiring manager.
  10. Express interest, admiration, and enthusiasm. Nothing wins over a hiring manager more than a positive attitude and a passion for the job and the employer.
Final Thoughts
If all else fails, if you have followed the guidelines in this article and are still getting the overqualified label, the one last option you have is to ask the direct question of the hiring manager. Be as blunt and direct as possible and ask for the same in the answer by asking something along the lines of: “What can I do to convince you that I am the best candidate for the job?”

And by all means, stay as positive and upbeat as possible. If you are not having success, evaluate your performance. And if you have been fired or downsized, review your actions and attitudes to be sure you are not emitting any negative (or self-doubting) vibes. (Read this article, Getting Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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Sleuthing Out Hiring Managers Is Key to Job-Search Follow-up

Career experts are virtually unanimous on two key points in the job search:
  1. Job-search correspondence – resumes and cover letters – should always be addressed to a specific, named individual, preferably the hiring manager for the job you’re applying for.
  2. After sending their resumes and cover letters, job-seekers should follow up with hiring managers to attempt to secure an interview appointment.
The problem is that names of hiring managers are rarely revealed in want ads and job postings. The reason is simple. In these days in which online job-hunting makes the process all too easy for job-seekers, employers are inundated with hundreds – even thousands – of resumes for a single opening, some from applicants who aren’t remotely qualified. Hiring managers don’t want to also be bombarded with time-consuming phone calls from job-seekers. Still, most – not all – hiring managers respond well to contacts from qualified, resourceful, and persistent job-seekers who show their enthusiasm for the job by following up.

So how does the job-seeker find out who the hiring manager is? This question represents one of the most perplexing dilemmas in contemporary job-hunting. It can, indeed, be difficult to find out the name of a specific individual to whom to address your job-search correspondence and follow-up efforts. It’s especially difficult in the Internet age, when little more than an e-mail address may appear in a job posting. But there are ways to identify hiring managers. It sometimes just takes some plucky and persistent detective work:

  • Make a phone call. The most straightforward way is to simply call the company’s main switchboard number and ask the name of hiring manager for the job in question. The worst that can happen is that the person answering the phone won’t tell you. The second-worst thing is that the person will tell you to address your materials to Human Resources. If that happens, ask the name of the human resources director. If you get that name, don’t automatically send your materials to that person, but do file the name away in case all your other strategies fail.                                                                              Also try calling after business hours. If you have a good idea what the title might be of the hiring manager for the position you seek, you may be able to match a title with a name when you listen to the employer’s automated voicemail directory.
  • Ask for help. Steve Levy, Principal of outside-the-box Consulting, suggests a variation on calling for information. Writing in CollegeRecruiter.com’s Ask the Experts feature, Levy advises: “Call the main number and say the following in a calm, soothing voice, ‘Hello, maybe you can help me out for a second?’ The person on the line will almost always respond by saying, ‘Sure. How can I help you?’ Why? Because our normal human reaction when someone asks us for help is to offer it. And there you have it – the start of a conversation rather than an opportunity to be rejected.
  • · “Next step is to ask for the person in charge of the function in question,” Levy continues. “But what if the gatekeeper offers an objection ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t divulge the name of the manager of finance.’ You’re response should be ‘That’s not a problem.’ Why? Because you’ve just validated what the person told you. ‘I understand your position but can you suggest another way for me to contact the person?’ extends the dialogue and may even convince the gatekeeper to let down his or her guard. If the person doesn’t budge, say ‘Thanks for the time. By the way, my name is Anita Job. What is your name?’ Write down the person’s name and call again the next day using the person’s name as an opener, ‘Hello Bob, maybe you can help me out for a second? This is Anita Job we spoke yesterday.’ Get the picture?”                                                                       Be persistent, Levy advises: “On the second or third call (it could take many calls to develop the relationship with Bob), rather than talking to the hiring manager directly, ask for this person’s email instead. The lesson here is be prepared to take the time to develop the relationship rather than expect the gatekeeper to bend to your immediate needs.” See more of Levy’s tips for locating hiring managers in our sidebar.
  • Tap into your network. One important key to finding out contact names is networking. If you’ve done as much networking as you should as part of your job-search efforts, you may find it relatively easy to get names. Joining professional organizations is one of the fastest, easiest ways to learn names of hiring honchos in your target companies. Let’s say you see a job posting for Company X. If you’re a proficient networker, chances are you know someone who works at Company X or someone who knows someone else who works for Company X. In that case, you can simply get in touch with your network contact and ask who is the best person to write to about this specific Company X job opening. Consider using your inside contact as a referral name for your cover letter:
Dear Mr. Smith: 
Your marketing director, Tina Jones, suggested I contact you about the brand-management position you are currently advertising.
You could even ask your friend Tina to hand-deliver your letter and resume to Mr. Smith.
  • Become a proficient researcher. If you learn as much as you can about how to research companies, there’s a reasonable chance you will uncover information about the best person to contact. Visit the company’s Web site. Enlist assistance from a reference librarian at your public or university library.                                                                                                                                                 You can also conduct research directly with the employer by calling the company’s public relations or investor relations department to ask questions that may lead you to the name of a hiring manager.
  • Try the “Top Down” approach. One trick that has worked for many job-seekers is to address materials to the president of the company since you can almost always find out the name of that individual. The president, or more likely, his or her assistant, will have to forward your letter to the hiring manager. Your letter may even get extra attention from having been filtered down from on high. Of course, that approach still doesn’t provide you with the name of someone with whom to follow up, but you can try calling the president’s assistant and ask to whom your letter was forwarded.
If you have little or no information on what company has placed the ad/job posting…
  • Search using a fax number. If an ad or job posting contains only a fax number, you can enter the fax number onto an Internet search engine such as Google and usually find out the name of the company behind the number – and then resort to the other steps listed here to try to find a person’s name.
  • Find the company Web site. If the job posting gives only an e-mail address, use it to lead you to the company Web site, which will probably have a phone number. For example, the job posting gives the e-mail address HR@CompanyX.com. Type http://www.CompanyX.com or simply CompanyX.com into your browser, and you will probably get to the company’s site.
  • Decipher that acronym. If the company name appears in the job-posting as an abbreviation or acronym, you can still find out the company name and proceed from there. In the Q&A interview Quintessential Careers did with her, career-management consultant Norine Dagliano said: “I have even found names when all I had was, for example, “FLC is looking for a mental health therapist in its city, state location.” I went to the Yellow Pages under the listing for mental health and read the names of all the mental health agencies until I found one that might use the initials “FLC,” and then called the number in the book to get the name to whom to address the letter. BINGO!”
If all else fails…
  • Be as specific as possible. If you can’t find out the name of the hiring manager, you can at least address your materials to a specific named individual in Human Resources, if you’ve been able to attain the name of that person. You can also address your materials to “Hiring Manager for [name of position].”
More Tips for Identifying Hiring Managers

(by Steve Levy)

  • Do a Google search for conferences in your industry or field and look for speaker bios.
  • Conduct a Google search on: “@xyzcompany.com +manager” and see what pops up.
  • Find the magazine with the highest readership for your industry or function. Go through six months’ worth of issues and write down the name and title of every person quoted.
  • Share university alumni chapter contacts with your friends.
  • You know those business card bowls that so many restaurants use for meal giveaways? While you’re standing there waiting to be seated, take a handful of cards and start looking at names and job titles.
  • When networking rather than ask for referrals to people who work in your area, ask for referral to the “five best business people you know.”
  • Scour conference proceedings for names of hiring managers.

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Follow Up All Job Leads: Don’t Wait by the Phone (or Computer)

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’re in the market for a new job, and after conducting all your research, you send out 20 cover letters and resumes to potential hiring managers. Weeks go by and you wonder why not even one of those hiring managers has called you for an interview. Is the problem too obvious? It must not be for situations like this one are the most common we hear about when job-seekers ask our advice about their situation.

If you remember nothing else from this article, please remember these words if you want to succeed in finding a new job: follow up, follow up, follow up. Following up job leads shows prospective employers your interest in the company and position and gives you another chance to sell your qualifications. Some job-seekers fear sounding desperate or annoying when making follow-up inquiries, but as long as you do it right, you will come across as interested, not desperate.

Determining Best Method of Follow-Up
How you follow-up your job leads depends partly on how you initially contacted the employer, as well as your own personal preferences. For job-seekers who simply hate talking on the phone, e-mail may be the best (or at least initial) method of follow-up, but for people who are natural extroverts, the phone may be the best way to showcase your personality.

But, don’t waste time debating the method you choose. The important lesson here is that job-seekers need to be aggressive in following up all job leads because employers are not going to call you when hundreds and thousands of other job-seekers are applying for the same position. Choose a follow-up method, review the follow-up tips listed below, and get moving toward a more successful job-search!

Tips for Following-Up
Here are some useful guidelines to consider before you follow-up with prospective employers.

General Tips:

  • Always make time to follow-up all job leads, no matter how busy you are.
  • Follow-up in a timely fashion usually a week to 10 days for conventional job-searching, sooner for online applications.
  • Create a job leads log, so you have a record of your job-search and follow-up.
  • If you apply online for a position, consider following-up the online application with a cover letter and resume sent to the hiring manager via postal mail. You will stand out over the other online applicants because few will also send a hard copy.
  • Keep your follow-up brief, to the point, and professional.
  • Focus your follow-up around your fit with the position and organization and your USP. You might also ask the hiring manager if he/she needs any further information not included in your original application.
  • If you recently completed training, received an award, or earned some other recognition that would make you an even better candidate for the position, be sure to mention it in your follow-up.
  • Continue following-up regularly, but don’t overdo it.

By Phone:

  • If you are nervous, consider developing a short script about what you want to say (such as your fit with the job, knowledge of the company, USP).
  • No matter what, you should at least make an outline or some notes of the key points you want to make.
  • Keep a copy of your resume nearby in case you need to refer to something on it.
  • Make the phone call from a place where you can talk calmly and not have distractions – and avoid following up from your current place of employment.
  • Be prepared for a short screening phone interview by practicing answers to common interview questions. Use our interviewing resources.
  • End the conversation thanking the hiring manager for his/her time and asking about the hiring timetable/next steps. If you are extremely confident, you could ask when you might expect an interview.

By E-mail:

  • Always address your email to the hiring manager. If you are having difficulty finding hiring managers, read this article: Sleuthing Out Hiring Managers Is Key to Job-Search Follow-up.
  • Keep your email short and to the point. Simply again state your interest in the job and your key qualifications for it.
  • Be sure to spell-check and proofread your e-mail before sending it.
  • Remember to check your email regularly.
  • Because e-mail is such a one-way communication, and you don’t really know if your e-mail is even being read, consider asking for a phone number so you can then follow-up by phone. (And if you get no response, do your research and uncover the phone number yourself.)

Final Thoughts
You may get discouraged if you discover through following up that you are not a final candidate for a position, but isn’t knowing that information sooner rather than later better in terms of moving forward with your job-search? And don’t let a rejection stop you; in fact, if you are told you will not be one of the job-seekers interviewed, consider asking why so that you can improve your chances for other job openings. And if you have a good rapport with the hiring manager, you could also ask about the possibility of an informational interview, possibly turning that person into a valuable networking contact and source of future job leads. You could also say that you would like to be considered for future openings.

Finally, please keep repeating these words at your mantra: follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. It truly is one of the keys to job-search success.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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What employers want from you

These days, your academic excellence is almost taken for granted by potential employers. More and more they are looking for hard skills such as writing, literacy and leadership and soft skills such as the ability to communicate effectively.

As well as academic requirements, the jobs mentioned above all emphasizes the other skills that the employers want from Science and IT graduates. And time after time, it’s the same ones:

* Good communication and presentation skills, both oral and written
* Self-motivation
* Team worker
* An interest in and an ability to pick up technical concepts quickly and competently
* Analytical mind
* Imagination and inquisitiveness
* Ability to learn new skills and implement them quickly
* Sound decision making and problem solving skills
* Ability to manage own and others’ time

Remember, too, that many employers require quite a high level of mobility today. This is especially true of the larger recruiters who have graduate training programmes that involve extensive national and sometimes international travel.

A typical example of this is pharmaceutical giant GSK, which is a major recruiter of both Science and IT graduates (www.gsk.com/careers/uk-stud-grad-prog.htm).

Science opportunities are offered within analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology and chemometrics. The development programme involves three 12-month placements in at least two business areas, in different sites mostly within the UK and the Republic of Ireland but occasionally further abroad too. Training and development is divided into four areas: business execution and understanding, technical and specialist expertise, self and high performance behaviors. Note that the latter concerns those all-important soft skills such as working with others and communication skills that every employer is looking for today.

IT graduates at GSK must be prepared to move around, too. Over three years, a series of different IT rotations are conducted, each lasting a year. These can include business analysis, project management, service analysis and systems architecture.

It’s a similar story with BT (www.btplc.com/Careercentre/), whose regime involves IT graduates getting early experience in design and consultancy, software and platform engineering, IT systems engineering, IT technical operations, security and more. As one graduate trainee sums it up on the BT website: “I actually chose BT because it’s so big, and there’s scope to work in so many different areas.”

By Your Career Guide

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