Tweets Inspired by Six Steps To Job Search Success


Ignore national unemployment rates. The only one that matters is your own: 0% or 100%. Preface #sfsbook


Don’t go through the search alone: join industry associations & networking groups or hire a career coach. Ch 1 #sfsbook

New career? Ask about entry-level training and prepare. Rank high in training to make a good impression. Ch 1 #sfsbook

No full-time offer from your internship? Learn why, take positives from it, then go find the perfect job. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Emphasize the value of a liberal arts education—many skills are useful in the classroom AND real world! Ch 1 #sfsbook

Use internships during college to determine the kind of career you want. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Understand performance measures for your internship and know whether there is a formal review process. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Know whether your internship is paid or whether you need to apply for college credit. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Employment gap? Be empowered about your choice to leave. Discuss it positively with potential employers. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Highlight how you kept skills and networks current during your employment gap. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Translate time out of the workforce into experience your prospective employer appreciates. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Review your time off month by month and itemize achievements. How do these apply to your desired job? Ch 1 #sfsbook


A career change takes time and effort: invest in opportunities that will develop skills you’ll need. Ch 1 #sfsbook

National conferences and career fairs can help you find potential employers if you’re relocating. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Set specific dates for when you’ll be in your target geography so you can set meetings in advance. Ch 1 #sfsbook

When searching for international jobs, note time zones and contact employers during their business hours. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Research visa, work authorization, and other legal issues as soon as your target geography is identified. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Consider moving before you get the job. Employers are wary of hiring someone who may not relocate. Ch 1 #sfsbook


Focus on where you are in the job search; don’t get overwhelmed by future steps. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Be confident! Know that you will get the job you want—employers can sense this positive attitude. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Find a job search buddy or group. This provides energy, support, and keeps you motivated. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Seek out a coach or mentor to be a sounding board and to encourage you when the search gets difficult. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Reading about successful people builds confidence; learning about them overcoming adversity is inspiring. Ch 2 #sfsbook

A successful job search is a match between what an employer wants and what a candidate wants. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Communication during the search signals how you’ll be on the job. So be thoughtful, direct, and succinct. Ch 1 #sfsbook

Identify your communication weakness and work on it. Nervous speaker? Do practice interviews. Ch 2 #sfsbook

In job interviews, listening is just as important as speaking. Hone your active listening skills. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Dress in dark, neutral colors and a matching suit with polished shoes. Avoid open-toes/very high heels. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Good posture, eye contact, and a firm handshake are important nonverbal signals of professionalism. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Body language/nonverbal cues can support or undermine your words. Be aware of how you present yourself. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Meet with a friendly contact to practice the elements of poise—eye contact, body language, and etiquette. Ch 2 #sfsbook

A proactive job search takes 10-15 hours/week. Make a calendar to schedule in this time. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Set up your workspace before you begin your search so that later you can focus exclusively on the search. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Know your budget for job search essentials in advance; account for the cost of time spent on the search. Ch 2 #sfsbook

With mobile devices and broadband Internet, the job search is becoming a 24/7 activity. Ch 2 #sfsbook

In a tough job market, an entrepreneurial approach is key. Use social media to brand and market yourself. Ch 2 #sfsbook

Ours is a multigenerational workforce: be aware of this culture clash and how it can impact your search. Ch 2 #sfsbook


A well-defined job target includes 3 elements: industry, function, and location. Ch 3 #sfsbook

When you settle on your target industry, then decide on sector: public, private, or nonprofit. Ch 3 #sfsbook

Job function is your daily role and responsibilities. What do you want to spend your time doing at work? Ch 3 #sfsbook

Job search in a new geography? Be sure you can afford to live there! Factor in housing, groceries, etc. Ch 3 #sfsbook

Make sure your target industry has a presence in the geography you’re considering. Ch 3 #sfsbook

What you do for fun may indicate what you’d like to do for work. Shopaholic? Consider retail. Ch 3 #sfsbook

Make a list of your 24 proudest achievements. Is there a trend that shows what function you enjoy? Ch 3 #sfsbook

Know your desired employer characteristics: big or small company? Brand name or unknown? Ch 3 #sfsbook

Be aware of the different elements to compensation: base salary, commission, bonuses, health care, etc. Ch 3 #sfsbook

Prioritize your job search criteria. Which are must-haves and which are negotiable? Ch 3 #sfsbook

To expand your job search, be flexible in 1 of your target elements (geography, industry, or function). Ch 3 #sfsbook


Seasoned recruiters scan resumes in 7-10 seconds. Make sure yours is clear, concise and error-free. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Your resume should highlight your strengths, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Ch 4 #sfsbook

With around 10 years of experience, a 2-page resume is acceptable. Until then, limit it to 1 page. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Proofread, proofread, proofread! Resumes are often discarded if there is even one error. Ch 4 #sfsbook

On your resume, have bullet points that are grammatically correct, results oriented and use action verbs. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Your resume represents you when you are not there, so make sure it leaves a stellar first impression! Ch 4 #sfsbook

Quantify your accomplishments: if you increased profits by 55%, state that number proudly on your resume. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Resumes create talking points for future interviews; be sure yours clearly outlines your accomplishments. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Your resume header should include your full name, address, email address, and phone number. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Be sure that you have a professional voice mail that includes your full name and phone number. Ch 4 #sfsbook

An objective offers clarity; succinctly include what you want and what you can do for the company. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Include a professional email on your resume. Your name is usually best; avoid “Superstar37,” etc. Ch 4 #sfsbook

While you are in school or up to 1 year after graduation, your education should be first on your resume. Ch 4 #sfsbook

You may include unpaid work on your resume if it is relevant to the position for which you are applying. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Include computer skills, languages, community service and professional licenses on your resume. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Including interests on your resume can help build a rapport with potential interviewers. Ch 4 #sfsbook

CVs are not resumes! CVs are used for research-oriented jobs, are longer, and state published material. Ch 4 #sfsbook

If you worked for a company that has now merged with another, list the old and new names. Ch 4 #sfsbook

Ask 3-4 people to act as references. Create a reference document to be sent to recruiters upon request. Ch 4 #sfsbook


Cover letters should not just repeat your resume. They should highlight why an employer would hire you. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Make a list of your top 10 strengths and 5 weaknesses. See how these sync up with the job description. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Discussing your weaknesses with potential employers isn’t bad; it shows are self-awareness and maturity. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Having a plan to strengthen weakness is impressive, especially if you’ve already taken steps to do so. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Pick the 3 most important desired skills in a job posting and match them to skills in your cover letter. Ch 5 #sfsbook

The middle of your cover letter should highlight your 3 biggest strengths with concrete examples of each. Ch 5 #sfsbook

At the end of your cover letter, state that you will be in contact to follow up and say thank you. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Beware of online profiles! Make sure yours doesn’t contain anything you wouldn’t want an employer to see. Ch 5 #sfsbook

LinkedIn is a great first step to building a professional network. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Adding a photo to your online profile is helpful; sometimes people will remember a face before a name. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Market yourself as involved in certain areas by joining online groups that reflect professional interest. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Online profiles allow you to share past work or portfolios with potential employers. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Reach out to 10-20 new people on LinkedIn on a regular basis, thereby steadily building your network. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Be sure to maintain and update your online profile as your experience grows and career changes. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Have a 30-40 second pitch ready to go for career fairs, networking events, and the start of interviews. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Write out your pitch; include education, experience, skills, and why you’d be an asset to the company. Ch 5 #sfsbook

Practice makes perfect. Script your pitch, and practice saying it until you sound natural and confident. Ch 5 #sfsbook


Doing in-depth research on the job and industry before interviews shows initiative and interest. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Be aware of the reporting structure of the company you’re applying to. This can affect your growth there. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Read about people who have the job you want to see the path they took to get there. Ch 6 #sfsbook is a great resource for nonprofit jobs; USAJOBS can help in your public sector search. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Use Google Alerts to track industry trends and news about a specific company or organization. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Strong research will get you access to the hidden job market via networking in your target department. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Do research before informational interviews. This positions you as an interested, viable candidate. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Use interviews to test hypotheses. Have interviewees expound upon what you’ve draw from research. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Be respectful of your contact’s time—ask for 15 minutes and take only that, and send a thank you note. Ch 6 #sfsbook

While researching, you can get financial statements from investor relations, the SEC, or the IRS. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Get feedback about your viability as a candidate at informational interviews, not job interviews. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Use informational interviews to get referrals for additional meetings. Ch 6 #sfsbook

Email is the ideal way to request an interview, send a thank-you note, and contact for follow-ups. Ch 6 #sfsbook


Great networking can help build connections that will lead to job interviews. Ch 7 #sfsbook

Networking is creating a long-term relationship, where both parties benefit and have something to give. Ch 7 #sfsbook

Alumni events are a great networking tool: you already have something in common with everyone there! Ch 7 #sfsbook

Don’t contact people in your network only when you need a favor. This will make them less eager to help. Ch 7 #sfsbook

Warm introductions are better than cold calls; look to people in your network to connect you with others. Ch 7 #sfsbook

Shy or overwhelmed networking? Go to for a great list of questions to get you started. Ch 7 #sfsbook

If you’re in school, develop relationships with professors. They may aid in your job search later! Ch 7 #sfsbook

Contact senior managers to compliment them on a speech; it’s a way to network beyond your peer group. Ch 7 #sfsbook

Always follow the four steps of networking sequentially: research, approach, follow-up and request. Ch 7 #sfsbook


Practice answering interview questions before you actually sit down with an interviewer. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Have a full dress rehearsal 3 days before your interview so that you look and feel ready on the big day! Ch 8 #sfsbook

Interviewing is stressful enough, don’t make things harder by getting lost. Know your route beforehand. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Prepare 5-7 thoughtful, well-researched questions to ask during your interview. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Send a thank you note after your interview before the end of the business day. Ch 8 #sfsbook

In a behavioral interview, you’ll be asked about past performances as an indicator of future behavior. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Case interviews, used in consulting, present the candidate with a hypothetical business problem to solve. Ch 8 #sfsbook

When interviewing with a panel, focus first on the person asking the question, then address the room. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Phone interviews give you a chance to control your surroundings and have your resume and research handy. Ch 8 #sfsbook

During a videoconference interview, be sure to look into the camera and maintain good posture. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Open-ended questions don’t have set answers; use them as an opportunity to share your various strengths. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Stay positive! Interviewers don’t like those who speak negatively about former bosses, peers, or clients. Ch 8 #sfsbook

Interviewers may ask about why you want the job at their company: be passionate about your interest! Ch 8 #sfsbook


Keep going! A job search can take a long time, especially in this economy, but stay positive and focused. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Are you a sprinter or marathoner? In a job search, both long- and short-term motivation are essential. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Build deliberate routines into your job search to stay motivated, refreshed and energized. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Job seekers who tend to their personal interests seem more relaxed and interesting to employers. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Make a list of all your contacts (not just job-specific ones) and categorize the list by relationship. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Make a list of job search-specific contacts and track your interactions with each person on the list. Ch 9 #sfsbook

What organizational system works best for you: paper, customized electronic, or off-the-shelf electronic? Ch 9 #sfsbook

You want to meet with 5-10 people per week if you’re searching full time and 1-4 in part-time searches. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Incomplete marketing and positioning yourself incorrectly can make it hard for you to get an interview. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Don’t be passive in your search; contact companies and network to specific people to get interviews. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Most jobs are filled via direct referral, not external recruiters or responses to job postings. Ch 9 #sfsbook

In interviews, don’t just tell, show. Give specific examples with details and tangible results. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Be enthusiastic! Employers may pick a less qualified, excited candidate over a very qualified, bored one. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Check in with interesting news about the market as a non-demanding way to stay on an employer’s mind. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Focus on getting the offer, not the job. The offer puts the ball in your court. Ch 9 #sfsbook

Build in time for regular troubleshooting in your job search, at least every thirty days. Ch 9 #sfsbook


Negotiation is not just about pay; you can also discuss insurance, work-life balance, job title, etc. Ch 10 #sfsbook

Active listening is key during a negotiation; taking notes and nodding your head are good techniques. Ch 10 #sfsbook

If you don’t accept an offer, walk away politely. If a job opens up later, you may get a call! Ch 10 #sfsbook

Don’t allow emotions to rule your negotiation. Rely on facts to guide you through calmly. Ch 10 #sfsbook

Go to to see if the salary you’re being offered is fair for your experience and job title. Ch 10 #sfsbook

Companies only extend offers if they really want you as an employee, so don’t be afraid to negotiate. Ch 10 #sfsbook

Create a “playbook” to keep you organized as your juggle communication with multiple companies. Ch 10 #sfsbook

Try to avoid reneging; accepting an offer and then turning it down later can be frowned upon. Ch 10 #sfsbook

When you have offer deadlines, notify other hiring managers so they have time to extend an offer, too. Ch 10 #sfsbook


Social media can play an important part in all six steps of your job search. Ch 11 #sfsbook

Facebook and LinkedIn give you access to millions of people. Online niche communities are more targeted. Ch 11 #sfsbook

If you have a blog that showcases your work or a portfolio, link this up to your online profile. Ch 11 #sfsbook

Add a link to your LinkedIn profile to your email signature. This attaches your resume to any email. Ch 11 #sfsboo

Send personalized messages when adding connections on social networking sites. Ch 11 #sfsbook

For the jobseeker, a blog is a chance to demonstrate expertise and therefore build credibility. Ch 11 #sfsbook

A personal website turns you into “You, Inc.” Ch 11 #sfsbook

Don’t want to start your own website? Leave thoughtful comments on others’ pages to make connections. Ch 11 #sfsbook


Once you get the job, you want to make a great impression during the first 90 days. Ch 12 #sfsbook

When you start your new job, ask HR about onboarding support, such as training programs. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Build a good relationship with your boss: define what’s expected in terms of work and communication. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Find a mentor who’s not your boss—an objective outsider who has another perspective within the company. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Don’t develop a mentor relationship with your boss’s boss. It may look like you’re trying to leapfrog. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Know the 3 types of mentors (guardian angel, shepherd, and board of directors); try to find one of each. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Be a good mentee! Be flexible about meetings and take an interest in your mentor’s life and career. Ch 12 #sfsbook

In addition to meeting day-to-day job requirements, set aside time to build your overall career. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Ensure that you and your boss have the same view of your responsibilities and past accomplishments. Ch 12 #sfsbook

It is ideal to already be doing a bigger job before requesting a promotion or raise. Ch 12 #sfsbook

If your boss doesn’t agree to a promotion, ask for feedback so you can manage your career accordingly. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Know the warning signs of a layoff. Look for changes not just in your industry but also in related ones. Ch 12 #sfsbook


Before leaving a company, collect contact info and say thank you. Maintaining relationships is crucial. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Be aware of company policy on personal email and social media at work. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Life success contributes to career success: take care of your personal health, finance and well-being. Ch 12 #sfsbook

Your own organization is a possible source for future jobs, so know the various departments and clients. Ch 12 #sfsbook

These Tweets were written by Amanda Rodhe, journalist extraordinaire and fellow Barnard alum

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