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There are a number of proven unwritten and unspoken rules of job searching if mastered can enhance your chances of obtaining a coveted job offer. By practicing these etiquette principles in seven distinct ways may differentiate oneself from others on the market.

1.       Job Fair

Before attending a job fair, obtain a list of companies who are scheduled to be there and research the companies. Find a nugget or two that demonstrates you know something about the firm. Never go up to the employer and say tell me a little something about your company. No employer wants to hear it. It’s the comment that keeps you from moving forward in the process.

Information Interviews

These are designed to learn more about a person, position, function or company. Do not directly ask for a job, it is implied. Respect the interviewee’s time by clearly articulating your 30-second commercial, which gives them a specific, tangible action item to help you at the conclusion of the interview. To encourage interviewee follow up, send a handwritten thank you note for their time.

3.       Job Interview

Again, be prepared, and arrive on time. Research the firm in greater depth and have questions ready to ask throughout the day. At the conclusion of the interview, if you want the job, then ask for it. Also, send thank you notes reinforcing your gratitude and desire for the position.

4.       Job seeker accepting an offer

Once an offer has been extended, show your appreciation and ask for time to consider it. Once you verbally accept the offer, cease all other recruiting and interviewing activities.

5.       Job seeker declining an offer

Start by thanking the employer for the opportunity to interview and express how difficult a decision this was for you, but in the end you decided to decline their offer. Ask to stay in touch over the next couple of months and follow up with the employer 30, 60 or 90 days out. You may need that offer at a later time.

6.       Job seeker is rejected

The natural instinct is to get mad and move on, but there is a better option. If you have interviewed and were not extended an offer, perhaps you are their #2 choice. Start again, by showing grace, humility and gratitude by thanking them for the opportunity to interview. Ask if it would be okay to follow up in the near future, and do it. Perhaps choice number one declines the employer, quits or is not a fit. Follow up and stay in touch.

7.       Practice reciprocity

Help others who helped you. Chances are you will switch jobs or career every three years. During this three-year period there will be numerous people asking you for help in their own job process. Allocate your time and give freely to these individuals in need.

Posted (admin) in Job Search Assistance, News, Perfect Job Seeker, unserviced workforce on January-3-2012

The Perfect Job Seeker book has arrived. Some of the content in this blog about the job search process was compiled into this book.

If interested in receiving a free hard copy, click the button below to use PayPal to cover the postage amount of $4.95. Or you can send a check in the amount of $4.95 for shipping and handling to me (Stuart Mease) and mail to 105 Wistaria Dr. Christiansburg VA 24073.

You can also get the eBook for your Kindle device or smartphone at


We have documented the Unserviced Workforce concept on this blog and provided a remedy called the Perfect Job Seeker. Below is a step-by-step guide you can print out and use for your job search.

Posted (admin) in News, Sabbath, Uncategorized on November-30-2010

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I was recently called out by @Handshake20 regarding my whereabouts – online and offline. Offline, you do not see me attending as many events. Online, as you can read from my blog, there have not been as many posts. Partially because of a self-imposed fast on all media on the Sabbath, which has been sporadic and hard to do, but very helpful.

My role with the City of Roanoke was very public and I interacted with a lot of people – all of whom I am grateful to have served. After a stint with Rackspace and now the Director of Undergraduate Career Services for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, I have tried to be more laser focused and am trying to learn the word “No”.

I read a great post by Seth Godin and he asked where do great ideas come from. One of his answers was “not from watching TV” and from “reading books”. Here are some books/ideas that have influenced me and may be helpful to others:

  • 80/20 Principle – Focus on the 20% that yield 80% of your results. It applies to many aspects of your life.
  • 7 Habits – Focus on Quadrant 2 activities like relationship building. Slow is fast and fast is slow.
  • Strength Finders – Focus on developing strengths (mine are Activator, Responsibility, Connectedness, Belief and Command). Yours?
  • Purple Cow – Focus on the remarkable. It is your most effective marketing strategy.
  • Purpose Driven Life – Focus on personal faith and serving others. It’s not about you!
  • Next Generation Leader - Focus on leading others and not on the 2% you will unintentionally intimidate and threaten.

Therefore, I am behind on new technologies and the details of social media and out of the loop on local issues. What have I missed? It is more about what I have gained. Thanks for asking @Handshake20.


In today’s Wall Street Journal, there was an article highlighting the importance of college graduates to a region. The article suggests that the more college graduates in a region also provides more employment opportunities for high-school graduate population.

This further illustrates the importance of attracting and retaining the skilled and college-educated workforce of younger professionals as has been chronicled on this blog for several years.

The talent of these individuals drive regional economies and create opportunities for individuals with lesser educational attainment. Unfortunately, strategies and public sector funding continues to focus more on helping create and generate hourly jobs for people who are less likely to grow a regional economy.

That is why the strategy of job seekers acquiring new skills through continuing education continues to be the best alternative at addressing complex regional economic issues.