My Fav 5 Blog Posts from 2011 and 3 Resolutions for 2012

by Rich DeMatteo on December 30, 2011 · 5 comments

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I’m not sure about you, but when I put things in writing, my ideas, goals, and in this case, resolutions, become real.  Something about seeing an idea hit the screen or notepad makes everything come to life for me.

Because of what has already been established above, I’m going to use Corn on the Job as an opportunity to write out some of my resolutions for 2012.  And this year, I’m more into creating guidelines than strict rules.

However, creating “resolutions” typically points to the negative.  Before jumping into the changes I’d like to make for the new year, I think it’s just as important to point out what has gone right and the positive highlights from the year.  So, let’s get to that first!

My Favorite 5 Blog Posts From 2011

Job Seeker Uses “Hire Me” Campaign to Land Dream Job at Krispy Kreme Donuts:   2011 was a year that saw Job Seekers go further with their creativity than ever before.  I highlighted quite a few Hire Me campaigns in 2011, but this review of Braden Young’s social strategy for landing a job at Krispy Kreme was my favorite.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Linkedin:  When I hit the publish button on a blog post, the goal is to feel like I’ve created a helpful resource that I believe in.  Maybe the end goal is to just feel a sense of pride.  Whatever that end goal is, this guide exceeded both tremendously and it’s still being read everyday, 8 months later.

6 Reasons You Don’t Have a Job:  Quite possibly the most controversial blog post I have ever wrote, it received well over 100 comments, both agreeing and disagreeing with my points.  The sign of a successful blog post is conversation, discussion, and debate.  This blog post received a ton of attention.  I’m really proud of this piece and I still highly believe in each of those reasons.

Why Your PDF Resume Might Be Killing You:  This piece uncovered something new for a ton of job seekers.  While the creative limitations of Word are frustrating, the PDF isn’t always accepted into the slow moving world of HR Technology.  Job seekers were stunned to learn that their pretty PDF resume may be lost in an even deeper black hole than they imagined.

50 Killer Questions For Job Seekers to Ask on Interviews:  I knew this post would be powerful, but I didn’t expect to receive over 1,060 RT’s.  Was quite surprised to see so many people share it out to their networks, but I’m certainly glad they did.

3 Resolutions for 2012

1.  Wear Ties More Often: Working from home everyday makes it easy to dress down.  I’ve dressed down far too often in 2011.  As a guideline, I’m going to wear a tie 5 days a week.  Maybe I’ll start a tie photo album?

2. Provide Content on Corn on the Job At Least Twice Per Week:  The key here is to continue to provide high quality resources.  Lately, I’ve been writing closer to one time per week, but in 2012, I’ll work to provide more content.

3.  Walk/Run 30 Miles Per Month:  Many people don’t know that I’m one of the nerdiest meat heads in this world.  I’m very much into my lifting schedule, but typically only perform a minimal dose of cardio. In 2012, I’m incorporating more cardio into my routine.  Both my heart and my love handles will appreciate this resolution.


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