Dealing with Jobs Left Early

Written by Scott Brown

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Get References

If your resume isn't great or doesn't paint a very positive picture of your career background, look for other things which can bolsterrepparttar impression you can create with potential employers. An ideal situation would be to get references fromrepparttar 139213 employers you left early. This is where helping these former employers can help you -- they'll be more inclined to write a good reference for you if you help them out. It also helps if you had made a positive contribution atrepparttar 139214 former employer before you left. It would be great if you could get a reference in writing (i.e. a reference letter) which you could bring with you to interviews.

One way to easerepparttar 139215 process of getting reference letters is to offer to writerepparttar 139216 letter forrepparttar 139217 reference, and to ask them to simply sign their name to it. Of course, they will only agree to do something like that if you have a positive relationship with them. See this article on references for more information:

Even if you don't get a reference letter, there's a chancerepparttar 139218 recruiter might know someone there or might call for a reference. Ifrepparttar 139219 company has positive things to say about you, you'll be better off.

Get Inside Help

In addition to getting references from former employers, references fromrepparttar 139220 prospective employer can also be powerful. This can help to illustrate that you really want to work forrepparttar 139221 company, and it can be helpful to have someone onrepparttar 139222 inside vouch for you. You can network thru friends/associates to find someone who works there. Career expert Jerry Crispin goes as far as to recommend people go out torepparttar 139223 parking lot of a company where they want to work and offer someone who works there $20 to use their name when applying (i.e. I was referred by Joe Smith).

Hitrepparttar 139224 Ground Running

Employers are generally concerned about someone leaving a job early if they have to invest time in training you up front. If you already have allrepparttar 139225 skills needed to dorepparttar 139226 job and understandrepparttar 139227 company andrepparttar 139228 industry BEFORE you start working there, that can help alleviate that concern.

You can visitrepparttar 139229 JobSearchInfo Education and Training page for resources to help with raising your skill level:

Optimizing your Resume Presentation

Professional resume writers deal with presenting peoples' career histories inrepparttar 139230 best possible light every day. You may want to consider hiring one if your situation is especially tricky to present.

Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

Resisting the Urge to Oversell in Interviews

Written by Scott Brown

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A specific area to watch out for in interviews isrepparttar "either/or" question. If a recruiter asks you to compare your strength in one area versus another, there is a good chance they are trying to put you into one of two categories. Our natural reaction to this kind of question is to sellrepparttar 139212 strength we're most proud of. For example, if a recruiter for a sales position asks you to discuss your strengths in report preparation compared with your strengths in cold calling, you might feel more compelled to talk in detail about your report preparation skills because you're proud of how quickly you learned a certain computer software package. It takes willpower to resist that temptation and to instead emphasizerepparttar 139213 skillrepparttar 139214 interviewer feels is most important. Again, if you're not sure which is more important, askrepparttar 139215 recruiter to clarifyrepparttar 139216 role each skill will play inrepparttar 139217 job.


Most people don't like being interviewed. You feel like you're being judged and evaluated. Most people would rather have a conversation on equal footing with another person. It can be especially difficult ifrepparttar 139218 person interviewing you is younger or seems less experienced than you are. You may feel like you want to showrepparttar 139219 interviewer you're smarter or more qualified than they are just out of a sense of pride. However, it's better to check your ego atrepparttar 139220 door and resistrepparttar 139221 urge to prove torepparttar 139222 interviewer that you're smart enough to be their boss. It might make you feel good temporarily, but most interviewers are not confident enough to hire someone who could threaten their job. This is another reason why it's important to keeprepparttar 139223 discussion focused on what skills you have that are pertinent torepparttar 139224 interviewer's needs and to steer clear of creatingrepparttar 139225 impression that you're smart enough or qualified enough to take overrepparttar 139226 interviewer's job.

Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

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