Before the Handshake: 25 New School Ways to Land a Job

With the economy down and the world in crisis, the only thing sure to be consistent is unemployment. Lay-offs, contract non-renewal, and outright firings are as common today as ever, and everyone goes through it at least once. However, as the below 25 new school ways to land a job will show you, the newly and experienced unemployed still have much to offer and a whole new way in which to market themselves in.

Use the below guides from experts, bloggers, and laid-off people just like you to learn how to prepare your paperwork, land an interview, and nail it. Useful for every job from managerial to even the specialty ones.

New School Ways to Land a Job by an Expert

These bloggers dust off a few old school ways to land a job that are still a must for anyone on the hunt.

    1. Cover Letter Tips
    A group of unemployed bloggers began this blog as the fastest growing unemployment club in New York and a popular stop for those across the globe. The name is derived from the amount $405, or the maximum allowed unemployed benefits in New York State. This particular entry helps those cover letters shine for any future boss. Other posts are also of benefit even if you don’t live in the area.

    2. Resume Writing
    Because even the slightest mistake on a resume can be a huge writing mistake, there are loads of professionals out there. This blog is written by such people and has 50 and counting entries on how to do it right. They include simple tricks and even a guide on digital resumes.

    3. How to Find a Job
    Now that you have your paperwork ready, where to send it all to? Alison Doyle is a job search expert with many years of experience in human resources, career development, and job searching, with a focus on online job searching, job search technology, social media, and professional networking. In this section for, she shares essentials such as “Ten Steps to Find a Job”and the online job search.

    4. Sample Interview Questions With Answers
    Those looking for a job at any level will appreciate the blog at Career Alley. It is loaded with career and job search advice, as well as timely job search site reviews. However in this entry, you can check out many common sample interview questions as well as how to craft an articulate answer.

    5. Is Your Lack of Confidence Killing You?
    Carl Mueller works as a recruiter and founder of His blog stands out for showing the most common reasons as to why a candidate doesn’t get hired. This entry focuses on his personal experience on what confidence can do to help you.

    6. 5 Things to Stop Doing in Your Job Search
    We all know there are many things that must be done during a job search, but what about the things that shouldn’t be done? Those committing these sins could be hurting their own job search more than they are helping. Check out this blog entry from The Wise Job Search to learn what not to do.

    7. Educated, Unemployed and Frustrated
    With an engaging title alone, it is no wonder that Matthew C. Klein’s op-ed for “The New York Times”was such a hit. Even though there is loads of chaos worldwide, he takes a more local look and accurately portrays the frustration of a generation that is being laid off for the very first time. After being told to study and work hard, he summarizes his thoughts eloquently.

    8. Choose a Career
    As with many unpleasant things, a lay off can actually be a blessing. It can help on a career path that is more fulfilling and not just a quest for a paycheck. Dawn Rosenberg McKay is a career planning professional with two decades of experience and the Career Planning expert for In this guide, she shares many expert tips on helping choose a career.

New School Social Media Ways to Land a Job

We all use them to update statuses, see who’s dating who, and other pointless frivolity, but now you can actually use these social media sites to land a job as outlined below.

    9. How to Make a Cool Facebook Resume in 5 Easy Steps
    Everyone’s favorite time bandit can now become a unique way to search for and find a job. Ordinarily the blog posts at Job Mob are worth the read from the regular blogger, but guest blogger Claudio Nader steps in to show how to make a cool Facebook resume that will look professionally done. He even links to his own as an example.

    10. Find a Job Using Twitter
    Although there are many guides to Twitter out there, few take it on like the Denver Job Search Examiner Marilyn Maslin. In addition to the usual description of Twitter there are also tips for where to go and where to post. Also a useful read for blog posts such as what Sarah Palin or Hilary Clinton would wear to a job interview.

    11. 5 Ways to Get a Job Through YouTube
    With this media giant coming in first with footage of news worldwide, the possibility of viewers and posters connecting in an instant can lead to just as many great things as the ridiculous. As evidenced by Zachary Sniderman here, there are at least five ways of getting a job through YouTube, and he posts videos of them all. Also good for seeing Justin Bieber cover Justin Timberlake.

    12. 10 Ways to Build Your Brand Reputation Online
    The tagline over at Careerealism is “because every job is temporary.” With that in mind, they feature approved career experts that blog on everything from Twitter to career comics. In this guide, they show how to build and maintain a reputation online.

    13. How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job
    Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. His blog, Intuitive Systems, is used as a way to share leadership for the 21st century. See how to use this site for its maximum potential in this blog entry.

    14. 7 Ways to Find a Job Using Social Media
    Get social media classic tips for Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as many other social media sites. Seven tips are shared and there are many other blog entries from U Stand Out with loads more on everything from the worst ways to use social media and loads of lists.

    15. How to Measure Your Online Influence
    Now that you know a few social media tricks to finding a job, why not see which are doing well and how well they are doing? Tim Tyrell-Smith was unemployed in 2007 and used it as an opportunity to begin what he called a “spin strategy.” In addition to reading more on this useful practice, you can also get tools for utilizing social media, career, and even life to the fullest.

New School Ways to Land a Specialty Job

These guides are written with a particular job in mind but can be utilized by just about anyone.

    16. Recruiting Your Recruiter
    Using a job recruiter to help land a job? Get both your time and money’s worth by checking out Jeff Lipschutz’s blog. He is a founding partner of A-List Solutions, a premier recruiting firm in Dallas-Fort Worth. Already a several part blog entry, he has loads of other additional resources for recruiters and those who use them.

    17. Because Free is Awesome
    Are you a current college student, recent graduate, underemployed college graduate, and/or parent returning to work after a long absence? Then you can get a FREE resume/cover letter review service from Sweet Careers Consulting. Those who are not can still get loads of useful tips from the blog.

    18. How to Translate Your Military Experience for a Civilian Job Search
    Because the transition from the military to the workplace can be difficult, check out this guide from Susan Ireland, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume.” In the entry, she uses both text and video to give veterans useful advice. She even provides free resume reviews to qualifying military members.

    19. Winston Churchill and My Resume – A Lesson in Differentiation
    Candidates Chair is a blog where you can get useful advice from Mark Richards, who was a CFO for Maximum Communications and raised $6 million in capital. However, you don’t have to be in that area or earnings range to take advantage of his blog, in particular this post on resumes and professional thoughts. You can even get an A through (currently) N guide to the job search.

    20. How to Swim, Not Sink, in Your First Year of Business
    Susan Schreter chimes for Fox Business Small Business with this must read entry. She focuses on how to turn a million dollar dream into reality, but anyone interested in impressing can learn a valuable lesson. They include paying attention to cash, planning to achieve, and getting help.

    21. 5 Tips for Being a Freelance Worker
    Whether in between jobs or looking for a new career path, freelance work is increasing in popularity. Anita Bruzzese is “America’s favorite workplace columnist”and shares essential tips for how to do freelance right. You can also get tons of other career advice on her blog, 45 Things.

    22. What to Expect When Moving to China for Work
    Although not everyone will be relocating to China with their next job, those who are should definitely read this guide from Jobacle. It includes four tips from culture shock to lack of praise. Also a good choice for anyone relocating for a career.

    23. To Grad School or Not?
    Every college senior and graduate gives a post-secondary education more than a passing thought. However, get a look at grad school in a whole new way by checking out the blog at Career Diva. Eve Tahmincioglu has been writing about business for nearly two decades and has loads more for the job seeker.

    24. Career Change from the Construction Industry
    J.T. and Dale have a nationally syndicated column called “J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs”that appears in more than 100 newspapers and reaches over six million households weekly. In an answer to a reader’s question, they discuss how to change from the construction industry but give useful advice to anyone looking for a career change.

    25. People Don’t Leave Companies, They Leave Managers
    Whether looking to go into management or get away from a certain manager, this blog entry is a must read. This blogger specializes in the truths behind business, higher education, startups, innovation, and how they all come together. Aptly named Bizrelationship’s Blog, it has loads more for managers along with the managed.

It doesn’t matter if you were laid off yesterday or about to set out on your own, the above 25 must read guides to landing a job have loads to offer and, as a bonus, many of them are regularly updated so you can read more from your favorite blogger on a regular basis.