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It’s About Time (Or: Yes, I’m Back)

Several people have commented or tweeted that I haven’t written anything in a while. The reason is, basically, this blog was started nearly five years ago, with over 650 posts. That’s quite a bit of material about a job a monkey could do. Eventually, you just run out of things to write.

But don’t worry, I’m not quitting. In fact, I’m writing a blog right now!1

While it’s been over two months since my last post, reader Jesse tweeted me his latest blog post about the importance of acting quickly–

Take a look at these two emails I recently received:

See that? It took less than 20 minutes for someone to send two emails: one asking for resumes and one saying they’re no longer accepting them.

That’s amazing. It also happens every day.

This is why you should have a generic cover letter, with your resume attached, saved on your phone. As soon as you find out about a job, fire off that email.

Time is not on your side. Even if you’re not sending your resume in right away, hundreds of other people are.

As I’ve said before, if yours is the 100th resume they receive, it might as well be the 1,000,000th. They’re not going to see it, they’re not going to read it, and no matter how good or qualified you are, they’re not going to give you the job.

I figure, if they’re not going to give me a job, let it be because I’m horribly unqualified for the position, not because I didn’t happen to be sitting at my desk when I heard about the opening.

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  1. By the time you read this, I will have already written it.
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