Sorry, I probably won’t read your cover letter

Like many recruiters, I rarely read cover letters.  Most of us zoom right into the resume for a quick scan of the candidate and avoid the cover letter whenever possible.  Why should we read two different documents that are basically trying to say the same thing?  When we have 100 resumes to read, why read […]

January 27, 2010 67 comments READ MORE →

Home Run Interview, Right!?! Jose Canseco! (video)

Who said that funny, can’t also be informational?  Check out the hilarious interview video clip below and stop back after for my comments. What have we learned? DON’T get caught up in a magazine while waiting for them to start your interview DO dress well.  The guy totally dresses the part in this interview DON’T […]

January 22, 2010 15 comments READ MORE →

Your recruiter <3's you

Have a bit of interview anxiety?  Here’s a quick tip – your recruiter is pulling for you. While most places aren’t hiring in bulk like they used to, recruiting/staffing has been cut back, which doubles, or even triples the work load a recruiter has on their plate.  When someone calls about your resume, it’s because […]

January 20, 2010 1 comment READ MORE →

Corn Heads Community

Just about a month ago I added a new page to COTJ called “Corn Heads”, and if you ever ventured to that section you would have found yourself a nice little teaser.  After weeks of torture, I will now finally explain what the hell is going on, and how you can get involved… What is […]

January 18, 2010 18 comments READ MORE →

Are you and your co-workers ‘Perfect Strangers’?

Larry Appleton had just moved to Chicago for a more private life, away from his large family in Wisconsin.  Unfortunately for Larry, but fortunately for all of us, his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous drops in for a visit, which completely shatters the life Larry was seeking.  Even though the two are extremely different, Larry lets […]

January 12, 2010 35 comments READ MORE →

If you’ve got it, flaunt it

Welcome to my post about resume length.  If you came in from a search engine expecting pictures of busty women, well, I’m sorry to disappoint.  You can leave now if you wish, but stick around and you might learn a thing or two.  Oh, and if you actually are new to COTJ, please click here […]

January 7, 2010 125 comments READ MORE →

A visit with The Skool of Life

Had a chance to write a guest post for Srinivas Rao from The Skool of Life.  He also runs a podcast series called, “The Interviews with up and coming Bloggers”, which I took part in as well.  Srini is doing some great things over there, and I suggest checking him out when you have some time. Here’s […]

January 6, 2010 5 comments READ MORE →

Break free from your template…

Today I have some incredibly exciting news for you guys on this lovely Tuesday morning.  I’m pleased to announce that I was selected to write for Untemplater.com as their Career/Productivity author.  When I was approached by Jun Loayza and Carlos Miceli about joining the all-star team at Untemplater, my first questions were surely similar to what […]

January 5, 2010 18 comments READ MORE →

Would you hire a cast member from MTV’s “Jersey Shore”?

Quick Disclaimer – I’m an Italian American living on the east-coast, and while I do not find the term “Guido” offensive, I am offended that cast members on the show down play the word and its meaning.  Older Italian generations may still believe that “Guido” is is a slur, but many fight back saying it […]

December 28, 2009 22 comments READ MORE →

What did I receive for Christmas? (my first Vlog)

My 2009 Christmas Gifts (plus a special achievement) from Rich DeMatteo on Vimeo. Well, as promised I said I would throw up my first Video Blog on COTJ.  On Christmas Eve I announced what I wanted for Christmas this year so watch the video to see if I got everything on my list.  Along with showing […]

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December 25, 2009 22 comments READ MORE →