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Tattoo Facts #5: 13 More Fun Facts

Posted by | October 12, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

1: Lip tattoos only last 1 to 5 years and need to be frequently retouched, the most common a cosmetic lip liner.
2: The second most common reason for tattoo removal is mistranslation.
3: In 2010 Channel will unveil its new line of fashionable temporary tattoos. The set of 55 tattoos sells for $75.
4: Most Tattoo machines hold between 1 and 10 needles and some ancient methods using rakes hold up to 27.
5: Anil Gupta is considered NYC’s most expensive tattoo artist at over $350 per hour.
6: In the majority of cases, the outline of a tattoo shouldn’t bleed at all, and the shading for only a few minutes.
7: As of 2006, 1 in 4 women aged 18 to 50 have at least one tattoo.
8: U.S. President James Polk is said to be the first white man to have a Chinese character as a tattoo.
9: A brothel in Cologne, Germany is offering any patron who gets a tattoo of the businesses logo, by their in house artist, free entrance for life ($6.25 US) and discounts on lap dances ($25.00 US. ea)
10: The word “tattoo” has been in the top ten searched terms since Lycos started tracking search engines.
11: Democrats are more likely to have a tattoo then republicans, 18% to 14%.
12: January 23, 2010. A new US Marine Corp directive prohibits anyone with a full sleeve tattoo from becoming an officer. It also prohibits tattoos on the hands, wrists, fingers, and the inside of the mouth.
13: July 17th, 2009. 18 year old Kimberly Vlaminck sues a Romanian tattoo artist over the 56 stars that she awoke to, scattered across her face, 53 more than see asked for. She later admitted that she lied in the lawsuit and had asked for all fifty six.

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Tips and Tricks: Understanding Workplace Harassment

Posted by | October 9, 2012 | Tips and Tricks

Workplace Harassment is a serious issue, and not a lot of places fully understand it.  It’s not just sexual harassment.  At my day job, I actually deal with it quite a bit, partially due to my tattoos, which is not OK (example, a supervisor feels the need to say I have a tattoo on my ditch to cover up heroin track marks, which he says in front of other employees and laughs.  I’ve never even smoked pot.)  This article is for those of you out there who might be under employed, or feel you are in a hostel environment and are looking for another job.  So please, take the time to read this, and understand that you are not alone.

Workplace Harassment is a Form of Discrimination

Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal authority.
Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on race, color, religion, sex (whether or not of a sexual nature and including same-gender harassment and gender identity harassment), national origin, age (40 and over), disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, or retaliation (sometimes collectively referred to as “legally protected characteristics”) constitutes harassment when:
  1. The conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment; or
  2. A supervisor’s harassing conduct results in a tangible change in an employee’s employment status or benefits (for example, demotion, termination, failure to promote, etc.).
Hostile work environment harassment occurs when unwelcome comments or conduct based on sex, race or other legally protected characteristics unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Anyone in the workplace might commit this type of harassment – a management official, co-worker, or non-employee, such as a contractor, vendor or guest. The victim can be anyone affected by the conduct, not just the individual at whom the offensive conduct is directed.
Examples of actions that may create sexual hostile environment harassment include:
  • Leering, i.e., staring in a sexually suggestive manner
  • Making offensive remarks about looks, clothing, body parts
  • Touching in a way that may make an employee feel uncomfortable, such as patting, pinching or intentional brushing against another’s body
  • Telling sexual or lewd jokes, hanging sexual posters, making sexual gestures, etc.
  • Sending, forwarding or soliciting sexually suggestive letters, notes, emails, or images
Other actions which may result in hostile environment harassment, but are non-sexual in nature, include:
  • Use of racially derogatory words, phrases, epithets
  • Demonstrations of a racial or ethnic nature such as a use of gestures, pictures or drawings which would offend a particular racial or ethnic group
  • Comments about an individual’s skin color or other racial/ethnic characteristics
  • Making disparaging remarks about an individual’s gender that are not sexual in nature
  • Negative comments about an employee’s religious beliefs (or lack of religious beliefs)
  • Expressing negative stereotypes regarding an employee’s birthplace or ancestry
  • Negative comments regarding an employee’s age when referring to employees 40 and over
  • Derogatory or intimidating references to an employee’s mental or physical impairment
Harassment that results in a tangible employment action occurs when a management official’s harassing conduct results in some significant change in an employee’s employment status (e.g., hiring, firing, promotion, failure to promote, demotion, formal discipline, such as suspension, undesirable reassignment, or a significant change in benefits, a compensation decision, or a work assignment). Only individuals with supervisory or managerial responsibility can commit this type of harassment.
A claim of harassment generally requires several elements, including:
  1. The complaining party must be a member of a statutorily protected class;
  2. S/he was subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct related to his or her membership in that protected class;
  3. The unwelcome conduct complained of was based on his or her membership in that protected class;
  4. The unwelcome conduct affected a term or condition of employment and/or had the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with his or her work performance and/or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

What is Not Harassment?

The anti-discrimination statutes are not a general civility code. Thus, federal law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not extremely serious. Rather, the conduct must be so objectively offensive as to alter the conditions of the individual’s employment. The conditions of employment are altered only if the harassment culminates in a tangible employment action or is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment.
Report any incident of harassment immediately to your supervisor, any member of management and/or to the Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity.
(source: FCC)
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Tattood Professionals: Steve Cook

Posted by | October 8, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Profession: Software test engineer.

Artist: Sage Oswald, Easy Choppers.

Design: Cook, who formerly worked at Microsoft, has leg tattoos that are a celebration of his family-his wife and teenage son and daughter. On his left leg, each member of his family got to pick the color of their Japanese koi fish, (“In my tattoo, the females have longer, daintier fins and the males have longer whiskers,” Cook says.) The design, currently stopping at his calf, will eventually go up to his thigh.

Why he wanted his ink: “Part of it is a mid-life crisis,” Cook says. “I was very quiet and withdrawn for so much of my life and now I’m celebrating coming into myself.”

Microsoft: “It’s a real mixed bag, you have everyone from people in traditional Indian garb to very [Christian] Caucasian people,” says Cook, who enjoyed people’s reaction and attention to his legs as he continued to get them worked on. “Shorts and a T-shirt is not uncommon attire at Microsoft, especially for people who don’t work in sales.”

Reactions: Only positive. Most people ask Cook where he got his work done (Easy Choppers and Tattoos) or tell him they like his ink.

Defining who gets tattooed: “Some people seem like they’re the uptight type, but then you find out they’re hiding a tattoo,” he says.

Legs: While Cook chose his legs because they were less visible and easy to cover up with dress shoes and slacks in the office, he says he’s wanting visible tattoos more and more. “I want to be more out of the closet as a tattooed person,” Cook says. “It’s a conversation starter and I really enjoy talking to people.”

Conversation: “The other day I was talking with a cashier, a high-school age black girl who had a tattoo on her arm. She noticed my neck tattoo (a Vietnamese, double kanji design) and we had a very nice conversation for two minutes. We were of two age and social groups who wouldn’t have normally have spoken to one another.”

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Even More tattooed Facts

Posted by | October 5, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

During the late 18th century in Europe, collecting the tattooed heads of Maori people became so popular that many were murdered to meet the demand. The heads were commonly paid for in guns.

In the 1870s the Japanese government outlawed tattoos forcing the practice underground where it flourished.

3% of Americans say having a tattoo makes them feel more athletic.

The world’s most tattooed women, Isobel Varley got her first tattoo, a flower, at age 49.

4% of consumers spend over $1000 on a tattoo.

When you see someone’s tattoo you are viewing it through the first layer of the skin, the epidermis.

50% of all tattoos are not covered up by clothing and are openly visible.

Tattoo machines can make upwards of 200 hits per second, that’s up to 12,000 times a minute and 720,000 an hour.

In ancient Greece and Rome, tattoos were considered barbaric and were only used to mark slaves and criminals.

52% of those in prison are tattooed.

In recent studies, memorial tattoos have been shown to overwhelmingly turn grief into joy and morning into celebration by creating a lasting memory.

A 2009 study conducted at Liverpool Hope University found that people with three or more tattoos had significantly lower levels of self esteem.

4% of Americans say that their tattoos make them feel healthier.

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Fun Facts more

Posted by | October 5, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

The percentage of males and females with tattoos is now statistically equal.

Tattoo equipment is sterilized in an autoclave, a high pressure steam machine, similar to a pressure cooker and how hospitals do theirs.

57% of people without a tattoo feel that those with them are more rebellious and threatening.

35 0f the first 43 U.S. Presidents reportedly have tattoos.

Tattoo inks are not regulated by the by any government agencies so there is no way of knowing exactly what’s in them.

Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo of a snake on her wrist. They were popular for rich aristocrats during that period. She chose a snake because it could be easily covered by a bracelet.

U.S. President Andrew Jackson had a giant tattoo of a tomahawk that ran down the length of the inside of his thigh. No one knows exactly why.

Almost all U.S. corporations have some form of restrictions or policy regarding tattoos on the job.

As of Sept. 29th 2009, the 19 year old ban on tattooing was lifted in DeKalb, Illinois.

Actress Halle Berry has a tattoo of a sunflower on her rear end covering up the name of her ex, baseball player David Justice.

The popularity of tattooing during the latter part of the nineteenth century and first part of the twentieth century owed much to the circus sideshow.

People with antisocial personality disorder are more likely to have a higher number of tattoos in more visible locations, and covering a larger percentage of their bodies.

Ancient Egyptians used tattoos to differentiate between slaves and peasants.

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Tattoo Facts #4: Even More Fun Facts

Posted by | October 5, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

Cause I'm having a good time!1: An Ohio restaurant specializing in cheeseburgers offers a lifetime 25% discount for anyone who has a tattoo of a cheeseburger and at an unrelated tattoo studio in a nearby town, they’re offering a 25% discount on cheeseburger tattoos- Sounds suspicious.
2: Tattoos are rarely done in ink, what is commonly called inks, are actually suspended solid color particles, mostly metal salts and plastics, but not vegetable dyes as commonly believed.
3: There are no reported cases of HIV infection from a tattoo in the U.S., but there are three from dentist’s offices.
4: More women than men are getting tattooed today.
5: Tattoos are considered a minor medical procedure.
6. Until 2006 it was illegal to get a tattoo in Oklahoma
7: Lucky Diamond Rich of New Zealand is the most tattooed person in the world, and after running out of space, has started putting lighter tattoos on top of the darker ones, and vice versa.
8: Robbie “the coon” Koch recently broke the world’s record by inking 577 tattoos in 24 hrs. The old record was held by Kat Von D of the television show, “LA Ink.” Update- Hollis Cantrell actually owns the record as of 2009 (801 tattoos) but Robbie the coon sounded better. Hollis’s final tattoo was on his thigh.
9: The first recorded tattoo is believed to have been found on a mummified iceman in 3300 BC. He had 58 tattoos, mostly dots and lines.
10: In 1876 Thomas Edison invented a machine that ultimately became the tattoo machine, but it took modifications by Samuel O’Reilly in 1891 to adapt the device for tattooing.

11: The record for the longest tattoo session is 43 hours and 50 minutes and was completed by the very observant and talented artist Melanie Grieveson, of Australia. The tattooed was Stephen Grady.
12: In 2005 Kimberly Smith was paid $10,000 to have Golden Palace.Com tattooed on her forehead by the casino, to help pay for her daughter’s education. The casino is noted for its outlandish promotions.
13: Thomas Edison had five dots tattooed on his left forearm, similar to the dots on dice.

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Tips and Tricks: What’s my tattoo/piercing/hairstyle got to do with it?

Posted by | October 2, 2012 | Tips and Tricks

Joe asked on Snagajob’s Facebook:

“Can jobs really discriminate against me because of my hair? I have dreadlocks, and I’ve heard it looks unprofessional, or its too long, but I could wear a hair net or hat – plus I saw females working with very long hair.”

While dreadlocks shouldn’t prevent you from getting a job, you need to make sure your hairstyle is clean and controlled no matter how you wear your hair. Remember that maintaining a professional image by carefully choosing what you wear for interviews is even more important than usual when you choose to express yourself through style selections.


I have a tattoo, but you won’t catch me showing it off in interviews. It’s on the top of my foot, so when I’m wearing my $14 interview suit and heels it’s extremely obvious (see picture at right) – that’s why I spend an extra 20 minutes putting on tattoo cover up and making sure it doesn’t show. I’m fortunate to work in an ink-friendly environment, but when I came in to speak to them about the job it was completely covered with makeup.  Once, I put on tattoo coverup and an interview outfit just to drop off a reference letter. Why? Because there was a chance I’d be seeing the hiring manager when I stopped by (that was actually what I was hoping for). I don’t think my tattoo is controversial or offensive, but I don’t want interviewers to focus on anything but my qualifications.


One hole per ear is safe, but avoid wearing big earrings that will distract the interviewer. Beyond that, take out any extra piercings that you can. I have a few extra holes in my ear, but for interviews I go one stud per earlobe – period.

Facial piercings are distracting at best, and against company policy at worst. And clicking your tongue piercing against your teeth while you nervously ponder an interview question is annoying to the interviewer – not to mention bad for your teeth.

Hair style

No matter how you choose to wear your hair, make sure it is clean, controlled and out of your face. If you’re applying for food service positions, this is extra important, but it’s good to remember for any interview. You want the interviewer to remember your awesome follow-up interview questions, not how you wear your hair or how you couldn’t stop messing it.

Hair color

Unnatural hair colors (pink, blue, green, etc.) will be an issue for some almost all employers. I know a lot of talented people with alternative hairstyles (my last boss had pink hair, and a close friend of mine is an art director with hot pink hair), but if they were job hunting they’d tone it down with a more natural color. Unless you can find a job with an employer who will view your alternative style as a positive, you need to ask yourself what’s more important – your hair color or your chance to land the job.

You can never be too careful when you’re trying to make a great impression. Personal expression is empowering, but until you’ve landed a job with an employer who appreciates unique personal expression (or you’ve become successful enough to own your own business), it’s best to let your qualifications, not your personal style, stand out during your job search.


(source: Snagajob)

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Tattooed Professionals: Dr. Matt Lodder

Posted by | October 1, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Being a Doctor is not all about medicine and cutting people open.  There are many kinds that don’t even have anything to do with the medical field.  Take for example, Dr. Matt Lodder.  I’ll let him speak for himself.

I am a heavily tattooed academic art historian, based in London. My work is concerned with the history of tattooing, and artistic status of body art and body modification practices, including tattooing, body piercing and cosmetic surgery. I apply art-theoretical and art-historical methodologies to the study of the modified body specifically as an art object rather than a site for psychological, psychiatric, anthropological or ethnographic interest.

I am currently working on a book entitled “Tattoo Art History” for I.B. Tauris, to be published in 2014.

I have taught and lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a number of topics, including but not limited to: body modification practices, tattoos and tattooing; contemporary performance art; lowbrow and outsider art; pop surrealism; digital and internet art; Walter Sickert; Stelarc; the Vienna Aktionists; Francis Bacon; art & science; Deleuze and Deleuzean approaches to art.

I peer-review for the journal ‘Body & Society’, and have acted as a contributor and expert consultant for various radio and television projects on body art and body modification, including BBC’s ‘Coast’ and National Geographic’s ‘Tabboo’, on BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio Sheffield, on Channel 4 and on Australia’s Triple J.



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Tattoo Facts #3: Fun Facts

Posted by | September 28, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

Tattoos have been around since the the biblical times and have been popping up everywhere since then. However, in today’s society tattoos have become a lot more popular and a little less taboo as they once were. Although the acceptance of tattoos is still a little shaky and a lot of work still needs to be done in this area.
Here are a few fun tattoo facts, tips and statistics that you may or may not have known.
Even after your new tattoo is healed it is still susceptible to the sun’s rays. So be extra careful to avoid direct sunlight and always wear an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your tattoo.
There are at least a 100 different colors of a tattoo ink out there so you are not limited to your colors.

As of 2006 36% of people from the age of 18 to 29 had at least one tattoo.

In 2002 a poll was conducted that 1 out of 8 people have at least one tattoo. However, with the increasing number of young people out there getting tattoos, its sure to have gone up since then.

In 1991, a 5,000 year-old frozen man was discovered and scientists found a total of 57 different tattoos on his well preserved body.
The tattooing machine is based on the design of the modern doorbell.

In the late 19th and early 20th century tattoos were very fashionable among the aristocrats, which included women, to be tattooed. During this time, tattoos were very expensive and people paid large sums for their designs. However, the cost of tattoos were reduced and tattooing became adopted by lower class people and the tattoo soon became trashy.

•    In Texas it’s illegal to tattoo an unconscious person.
•    10 – The number of magazines in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the art of tattooing and body piercing.
•    Many crew members on Captain James Cook’s first Pacific expedition (1768-1771) had tattoos.
•    Captain William Bligh, of the infamous “Mutiny on the Bounty,” made a list of his men’s tattoos so that suspected mutineers could be identified.
•    In some U.S. states, a person can become a tattoo artist by taking a course and being certified by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.
•    In 13th century China, tattooing was used to brand criminals.
•    The oldest tattooed body known is a Bronze Age man over 5,000 years old, discovered in a glacier in the mountains near Austria.
•    The most common body area for tattooing is the upper or lower arm.
•    There is evidence that tattooing was carried out as long ago as the Ice Age (before 8000 B.C.).
•    Tattooing is illegal in 7 states in the U.S. and is heavily regulated in others.
•    Lease painful areas to get a tattoo are the fleshy parts of the arms and legs. Areas near joints (wrists, elbows, knees, ankles) hurt most because more nerves are located there.
•    Siberian tribesmen practice tattooing to relieve pain in the area of the design.
•    19th century seafarers had their initials tattooed on their bodies for identification purposes.
•    “Tattoo” comes from “ta,” the Polynesian word for knocking or striking, and may represent the “tat-tat” sound made by hitting the tattooing tool.
•    The most tattooed man in the world is Tom Leppard of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He sports a leopard-skin design on a yellow background over 99.2% of his body.
•    Tattoos take about 2-3 weeks to heal.
•    Sunlight will fade a tattoo over time.
•    Japanese women, dragons, flowers, animals and butterflies were common tattoos among U.S. sailors shortly before World War I.
•    Tattooing was used extensively by the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs in Central and South America.
•    Strip artist Krystyne Kolorful of Canada, the world’s most tattooed woman, took 10 years to complete her tattooing.
•    Traditional tattooists in Japan are highly trained artists, who work with the shape of the body to enhance the design.
•    A 90’s trend in the U.S.: Using tattoos as permanent eye-liner.
•    Business among tattoo parlors in San Francisco, California, has doubled in the 90s.
•    Tattooing was a common practice in ancient Egypt.
•    Tattooing was banned in New York City in the 1960s, after an outbreak of hepatitis B was traced to unsterilized equipment used in tattoo parlors.
•    14,000: The number of tattoos on the body of Bernard Moeller, the world record holder for the most individual tattoos.
•    A tattooed mummy of an Iron Age warrior chief, found near the Russian/Chinese border was decorated with interlocking designs representing fantastic beasts.
•    Maori women of New Zealand tattoo their faces to hide the lines of aging.
•    In 18th century Japan, laborers used tattoos to imitate clothing because they were ashamed to expose their naked torsos when working in hot weather.


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Tips and Tricks: 10 Out Of The Box Job Hunting Tips

Posted by | September 25, 2012 | Tips and Tricks

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate currently sits at 8.3 percent.

If you are out of work this presents a problem because there is often a large quantity of qualified applicants seeking a given job.

In these times, it is more important than ever to think outside of the box when applying for jobs.

Here are 10 creative job hunting tips:

1)  Know what positions are available at a company

Before you can try to work for a company, you need to figure out what job openings the company has.  Once you know this you can focus your energy on trying to get that specific job. You can look on a company website to see what job openings a company has. However, the best strategy would be to speak to someone who works at the company as often times companies don’t update their websites with every potential and available job opening.

2)  Use LinkedIn and use it well

LinkedIn is widely recognized as the best social network for career professionals. LinkedIn can be utilized as a great resource to connect with people at a company that you are interested in working for. The key on LinkedIn is to compile as many direct connections to other professionals that you can.  More direct connections will convert into more secondary connections.

So, if you want to work for Facebook, and you have 200 LinkedIn connections, there is a chance that one of your connections has a connection with someone working at Facebook. This secondary connection can then be leveraged by you to get introduced to the respective person that works at Facebook. And, as we all know – knowing someone who works at the company which you are applying to – can greatly increase your odds of securing the job.

3)  Take a look at resume samples

Before finalizing your resume, it is wise to take a look at resume samples. By reviewing other resumes, you can get ideas for ways to improve the content and look and feel of your resume. Looking at resume samples often helps you to identify specific areas where you can improve your expertise or enhance the way you present yourself to potential employers.

4)  Be creative about how you use Twitter

You can utilize Twitter to look for jobs in several ways, one of the most creative ways is to use Twitter to locate and contact someone at a given company. You can use Twellow to search Twitter profiles.  Search for the company that you want to work for – and you may find someone who has a profile
that says, Director of Biz Dev for company X.

Now that you found that person, you can follow them on Twitter hoping that they follow you back so that you can DM them.Or you can mention them in the hopes they will then get in touch with you. Also, sometimes people include their email address in their profile so you can contact them that way. Either way, Twitter offers a creative way to develop a contact, as the person may appreciate your hard work and creativity in getting in touch with them.

5)  Consider different types of jobs

You don’t want to have tunnel vision and only look for one type of job.  Especially with the unemployment rate being what it is – you have to think about a few different types of job titles to consider. When you have a few different areas you are considering – it will open up a wide range of options for yourself and you’ll end up getting more interviews and call-backs.  And remember, each interview is an opportunity to not only get a job but also to develop key contacts within an organization.

6)  Use multiple resumes

Take advantage of resume templates  which you can then fill your information into. Take advantage of these to create multiple resumes for different types of jobs. The area where your resumes will
differentiate themselves are on the objective, resume structure, and job detail for a specific job that you had.

The structure of the resume should be one which best highlights your accomplishments.The objective should target directly to the type of job you are applying for. The job detail which explains what you accomplished in past jobs should highlight the skills and experiences that the job you are applying for is seeking.

7)  Consider different pay packages

Especially when applying to a startup or small company, consider offering and/or accepting different pay packages. If you offer a potential employer to pay you based on commission or based on some other type of performance measurement, the employer may be more likely to hire you as it will be less of a risk for them. And for you, it could offer a bigger reward as if you succeed in the job you could end up making more money for yourself.

8)  Check out Craigslist,, and other interdependent or specialty listing sites

Quite often, small businesses and start-ups post job listings on Craigslist, or specialty sites like  These smaller companies do this in an effort to quickly find internet savvy candidates for a particular job. It is also very simple and cheap for start-ups to post job listings on Craigslist. This is an underrated place for candidates to find jobs.  You often won’t know the company you are applying to – so it is difficult to get these jobs via networking.

What can make you stand out to employers is following instructions closely and being detail oriented. Many people mass apply to jobs online – so by not automating your application you can differentiate yourself and show employers that you are about quality. 

9)  Do not focus on or hotjobs

Monster and Hotjobs use to be the best places to find jobs online. It was the place companies went to hire, and the place potential employees went to apply. However, there are so many people looking for work that you need to find ways to differentiate yourself. And Monster and HotJobs get so many applications that it becomes very difficult to stand out from the crowd so it can make sense to ignore these services all together. Also, sometimes, a company will get hundreds of applications through and then they will end up hiring someone who found the company directly via networking through an existing employee.

10)  Attend an industry conference

Industry conferences can be gold for job seekers. In one conference room will be influential people from hundreds of companies directly in the niche that you are in. If you are creative about how you approach people at each booth – you can make a very solid contact which you can utilize when you are applying to that particular company later on.

You can also identify job openings that the potential company has now or could have in the future. In the age of so much networking happening virtually on the World Wide Web – there is still no replacement for good old fashioned face-to-face contact!


(source: Business Insider)