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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part Two

August 8, 2012 by  
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Helping people bust through their BS to create better lives is not easy.  As The BullBuster, it is my mission to help, and when it comes to job searching and interviewing, believe me, the BS is holding you back. Here are two vital, bull-busting strategies you need to implement ASAP to take you forward in your search.  Let’s face it: If you want to get a response to the resumes you are sending out and land the job, then it’s time to empower yourself with the truth.

#1. THE BS – A job search involves only sending resumes out or submitting them online and waiting for a response.

The Truth – Everyone can send a resume, so you need to give yourself an edge over your competition.

The Reality – You have to get yourself in front of people in order to gain the competitive edge. It goes without saying that follow-up and persistence are a must.  If you’re waiting for people to contact you, I hope someone else is paying your rent and food bill, you’re in for a long wait!

The Strategy – Attend qualified networking events that allow you to mingle with people from the company in which you want to work, or the position you aspire to (for instance, sales managers, project managers, etc.)  These people do not have to be the hiring managers!  You can ask them about their company, what they do there and who they recommend you speak to in order to learn more about the company and available positions.  This is known as an informal interview.  Your goal is always to get another contact, until, eventually, you are part of a formal job interview process.  For more networking tips (and a good laugh) check out the networking video at

#2. THE BS – The interview is a one-way street.

The Truth – An interview is very much a two-way-street; an opportunity for the company to determine if you are the right candidate, and the chance for you to see if the job is a match for your skillset and your passion.

The Reality – An interview is like a first date.  If you don’t ask questions and express genuine interest and curiosity about the company that’s hiring you, you won’t be invited back.

The Strategy – Always walk into an interview with at least 10 questions about the company and the position.  Think of concepts like learning about the company’s overall mission and how your job fits into it.  How will your work be evaluated?  Where can you hope to be in 2 – 5 years and what internal opportunities exist for growth?

Heather Markel is the Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.  You can learn more about her, and BullBusting strategies at


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