Hire Ground Chat: Looking For A Job
Newsteam: Good morning, everybody. Our live chat this morning will be with Ross Primack, a career coach with the Connecticut Department of Labor. Send in your questions for Ross at any time, and we'll begin around 9 a.m.

Ross Primack: Good morning jobseekers. Feel free to ask me any questions pertaining to your job search.

Here's a recent tip that I want to share with you:

If you interview for a position, DO NOT send the interviewer a Facebook friend request. I have heard about this happening and it can seriously jeopardize your candidacy. Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:44

Ross Primack: If you have your resume posted on a job board, go in on a regular basis and do an update or tweak. If your resume was posted months ago, it's in the system but will show up a the bottom of an employers search. Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:45

Ross Primack: To ensure that your resume has the right keywords, try the following activity:

Do a national job search (I'm not suggesting looking for work in another state-this is for research purposes only)....Search under your job title and use a plus (+) sign and the word "keyword." For example, if you're an accountant, your search would read:

Accountant + keyword

DO NOT enter a location....it's a national search.

This will bring up a listing of job postings where the employer actually lists the keywords that they use in their search for candidates.

Remember that keywords are like magnets that draw the employer to your resume/candidacy. Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:48

Ross Primack: When interviewing for a job ALWAYS send a thank you letter. Some employers such as the Coca Cola corporation will not consider candidates (for any position) who fail to send a thank you letter. It should be typed and IF you send it via email make sure that the employer does not have filtering criteria in their subject line.

The thank you letter should not only thank the interviewer, but also remind him/her of your qualifications. Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:51

[Comment From Chuck: ] I am an accountant who has been out of work for 18 months. There are no accounying jobs in this area. This is only an insurance industry town. I have sent 1000's of resumesout but no one responds back. The job process is very competitive and is a joke. I have 28 years experience in the accounting field. Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:53

Ross Primack: Chuck:

Do you have your resume online? If so what sites do you have your resume posted on?

Ross Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:54

[Comment From Phil: ] Can you briefly mention what NOT to put on a resume? It's been awhile since I've had to find a new job (laid off after 20 yr career) and I've seem to run into sending my resumes into a black hole -where I receive no call, no feedback, no insights as to why I'm not the best fit. My guess is that they see my depth of experience and figure I'm too expensive. Your thoughts? Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:54

Ross Primack: Phil: