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ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
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Welcome to 2008, and to the forty-ninth edition of wwwork!’s candidate newsletter, ReadySet HIRED!. We’re pleased to launch ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. We hope this career companion will help you keep at least one of your new year’s resolutions – finding a job. Stick with us throughout the year while we take you step by step through the job search process. From getting started in your search to starting your new job and everything in between, our monthly newsletters will help keep you focused and on track.
A Practical Guide to Finding a Job Introducing ReadySet HIRED!
A Practical Guide to Finding a Job
But wait – you don’t want to wait until March to learn about getting your resume together, right? Perhaps you expect to be happily installed in your new job by February, or you just need help with your interview skills. Good news! We’ve packaged up our job search advice into a handy handbook called ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. In this free guide, you’ll find 101 tips to help you at every stage of the job search.

Click here to download your free copy of ReadySet HIRED!, or review the online version chapter by chapter and gain access to the online tools and resources. We’ll be working right beside you in 2008 to bring you more and more useful resources, including book reviews, templates, articles, quizzes, links to helpful websites, and even some fun stuff!

We still encourage you to read the ReadySet HIRED! newsletter every month – that’s how you’ll learn about all the new resources available. But now you don’t have to wait for upcoming editions to read about your job search topic of choice. You can access what you want, when you want.

ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job is our new year’s gift to you. You can thank us by getting that great job you want and deserve!
ReadySet HIRED! 2008 Newsletter Lineup
To start you off, our January newsletter features 10 abbreviated tips, one from each chapter in ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. From February to November, each RSH newsletter will feature chapter topics from the guide, as indicated below. December’s issue will highlight the year in review. It’s going to be a great year, and we look forward to spending it with you!
1. Getting Started (February)
Tip #1 Cultivate a positive attitude
You’ve heard it before – attitude is everything. Genuine enthusiasm and a positive disposition go a long way in demonstrating to potential employers that you are serious about working for their company. Sometimes it’s not the best qualified who succeed in getting the gig – it’s the person with the right attitude.

2. Writing Resumes & Cover Letters (March)
Tip #16 Be honest
Don’t even think about lying on your resume. Background checks are common nowadays, and any misinformation or omissions will be brought to light. If by some chance you manage to get away with falsehoods on your resume, the truth will likely catch up with you when you’re on the job.

3. Using Job Boards (April)
Tip #26 Consider whether to post you resume online
Posting your resume online means your name will be “in the hat” when employers search the resume databases online. However, you may be in a situation in which you don’t want to be exposed - for instance, you may be currently employed. If you post online, you won’t be anonymous, so just beware.

4. Working With Recruiters (May)
Tip #38 Know how to handle a recruiting call
If you’re on the receiving end of a recruiting call, thank them for calling, then listen and ask questions. If you’re making the call, have your story ready. Be honest and professional, and know what you want. They may not have any opportunities for you right now, but at least you’re on their radar for future opportunities.

5. Networking (June)
Tip #45 Be generous
Be generous when networking, and offer to help people by providing contacts, resources and information as freely and as best you can. Consider this an investment in your network, and trust that the more you put into you, the more you’ll get out of it. The rewards may not be immediate, but they may well be worthwhile.

6. Interviewing (July)
Tip #59 Practice practice practice
The more you practice, the more comfortable and articulate you’ll be in the actual interview. Though you can’t anticipate exactly how things will unfold, you’ll be armed with responses to common questions. The confidence that comes with having adequately prepared and practice can make all the difference.

7. Following Up (August)
Tip #66 Be patient
The hiring timeline is usually quite a bit longer than anticipated, because there are so many unpredictable variables involved. Trust that all stakeholders are well intentioned in making things run quickly and smoothly. Following up is important, but do so at appropriate times. Don’t appear impatient, as this may suggest desperation – and you don’t want to send this message.

8. Negotiating the Job Offer (September)
Tip #74 Aim for a win-win all around
Don’t approach negotiating as a zero sum game. Rather, make it your objective to achieve a win-win all around. Negotiations involve compromise, so identify which items are must-haves, and which are negotiable. Be reasonable and fair in finding the “yes” on as many items as possible. A successful negotiation should result in all parties feeling satisfied with the outcome.

9. Resigning (October)
Tip #87 Be positive
Keep all conversations about your departure positive. This includes informal chats with colleagues as well as formal exit interviews. Don’t vent about the things you hated - rather, talk about the opportunities you’re going toward. You want to make sure you leave on a high note, with a good impression.

10. Starting Your New Job (November)
Tip #93 Listen & learn
Effective communication requires excellent listening skills. Chances are, some of your new colleagues will do a great deal of talking during your onboarding. Open your ears and really listen to what they’re saying. By focusing on listening, you’ll be better poised to ask relevant questions and seek clarity when needed.
Enjoy your job search. Our Career Management section has great tips on career planning, resume writing, and interviewing. HAVE FUN!
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ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job
ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. We provide you with 101 useful tips on getting started, resume & cover letter writing, interviewing, following up, using job boards, working with recruiters, networking, negotiating the job offer, resigning and starting your new job. Whether you need a full tutorial or just a refresher, this guide will help prepare and position you for the job you want.
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