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ATTN: Job Seekers
It's a tough thing to accept, I know. But "qualified" doesn't always mean, "most qualified."

In a job market like this - I'm constantly amazed at how arrogant and/or lazy some job seekers can be. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the job seeker. I work hard every day to try and improve their experience and increase their odds of getting noticed by recruiters around the world.

But some of them out there just need to get a clue. Oh wait - here's one:
CLUE: Nobody owes you a job and you aren't entitled to an interview.

Here are 5 quick tips for you in the event that your feelings aren't hurt and you're still reading. _ (or if you're still reading and have hurt feelings, I suppose you can read these too...) _

1. It isn't all about the resume any longer - pay attention to your online footprint and look at it like a recruiter or hiring manager would. If it's not portraying you in the light that you'd like to be seen in by a company that you'd like to work with, then update it. If it is, then carry on with your awesome self. (hey, this stuff isn't rocket science.)

2. If you're going to talk to a company on a social network like Tw or Fb then either update your profile with some relevant information or learn to communicate via a keyboard with FULL sentences. Forcing a recruiter to pull information from you in multiple volleys of IM, DM or Em is one of the quickest ways to lose their interest. (hint: They're busy!)

3. If you're not on LinkedIn - Get on LinkedIn. Recruiters around the world use this network more than you probably think. It's one of, if not the, first places they type your name. (Guess what? It does show up in search engine results!)

4. If you have a cartoon or image other than yourself as a profile pic on LinkedIn - Update it with YOUR pic. Worried about being discriminated against because of your picture? Get over it - if the company you're talking with is going to discriminate against you, hiding your image only means they'll discriminate against you later on in the process when your face-to-face interview occurs. (after wasting lots of your time.)

5. Don't be a jerk. 100% of the literally hundreds of recruiting professionals I know, am proud to be connected with and even call friends aren't in this for the money. They love what they do because they want to make a difference, both in how a company performs and in people's lives. If 1,000 people apply for a single job, they can still only hire ONE. You're much better off being courteous and staying in touch with the recruiter going forward then you are complaining about how you're qualified and didn't get selected.

Looking for a job sucks. But believe it or not, there are people out there who want to find you - or who did find you and were unimpressed. You've only yourself to blame in most instances. But no matter if the employment gods are smiling on you or not, finding a job, just like recruiting for a job, is both an art and a science.

If you're really interested in connecting with recruiters or making one hell of an impression, then get engaged not enraged.
Hmmm... I think I might have just come up with my latest snarky t-shirt slogan.

Bad joke aside, find groups and networks where you can connect with recruiters both online and in person and take the 5 tips I've given here quite literally.

Don't forget, it's still a tough market for hundreds of thousands of job seekers - not just you.
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This is your best post ever Chris... I can feel the pressure on the keyboard as you typed it! Great stuff. Will share, of course... Can't resist.
Great advice thanks Chris! When can I buy that T-Shirt :-)
Thanks for the excellent tips. I like to see advice like this that may seem like common sense to you and your colleagues, but doesn't cross the mind of job seekers.
Happens all the time with recruiters too. Some think if they find someone who meets the qualification then the client must hire that candidate. Not the case. This is a hire, not a video game. You can be a great candidate and not be the choice for that company. You can be a great company and not be the choice for that candidate.
Self reflection is KEY on both sides of the house and GREAT post - all very very true. The "resume" and the "way to find a job" is going to continue to change exponentially, so those that can keep up and make small adjustments along the way, will be successful - never, EVER, think you "know it all" - be open to change, to learning, and you'll get there :)
Nice post Chris. Only addition I'd make is to point 4: If a company is going to discriminate against you and you deem it unfair - do you really want to be working for them anyway?
Great post Chris love the way to spell it out!
Thanks, all.
+Mike Grennier, I'll be putting something up on the blog soon (I'm still experimenting with which audience is more engaged)
+Steven Morrissey, you'll find an order form will be on the last page of my book.
+Todd Kmiec, you make an excellent point and +kristin hughes you're a terrific motivator.
+David Als, I totally agree with you!
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