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August Candidate Newsletter: Attention on and intention for the job search

Landing a new job is an art. There’s no single instruction list for the best approach. Yes, there are best practices, but they shift and change over time. The approach you take to the job search requires both attention and intention.

In this month’s newsletter, how to tell your career story, the argument for not sharing your salary publicly and how to tell if a job offer is a scam.

What’s Your Storyline?

“Once upon a time there was a salesperson who defied all odds and broke the company record…”

There’s an art to good storytelling, and it’s one you should hone as you search for a new role. Being able to tell your story to interviewers and hiring managers is essential to winning their attention and favor.

Good storytelling is brief and succinct, without a lot of fluff. It has a plot and makes a point. And you’re at the center of it all.

Think of yourself as the hero at the center of the story about your career. What’s the plot arc? Where have you triumphed? Learned hard lessons? Grown and matured?

The Argument for Keeping Your Salary Private

Recently, a Denver woman was fired from a brand-new job in the tech industry after sharing her salary information on TikTok.

Is it illegal to talk about your salary publicly? No. In fact, it’s a federally protected right, according to the National Labor Relations Act.

Technically, this woman’s employer fired her not for sharing about salary information, but for simply having a widely watched TikTok account where she *might* share sensitive company information.

It’s a little fishy, and possibly unfair, but she probably learned a valuable lesson. The taboo against sharing salary information has started to fade. But sharing with your friends and family is one thing. Broadcasting your income to your entire social media fanbase is another.

How to Tell if a Job Offer Is a Scam

⛳️ The job description is disturbingly vague

⛳️ You see the job on a third-party job board, but it’s not listed on the company’s own website

⛳️ An email address is listed that has a different domain than the company’s usual (for instance, instead of

This Month’s Must-Reads

People who switch jobs tend to make 8% more in their new role, according to fresh research by ADP Research Institute.

While the exact numbers vary within industries, types of jobs and metro areas, as a general rule, leaving your job for a new one should mean you make more money.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, calling a recruiter is a great first step. I’m here to help!

James Johnson

Johnson Recruiting Group

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