Jennifer Shryock's Job Hunting Tips

Blog by Jennifer Shryock

Jennifer Shryock is a resume writer and interview coach with Rainmaker Resumes. Jennifer’s blog will cover Job Hunting Tips, Winning Resume Techniques, Networking Strategies, Insider Interview Secrets. She’ll even be visiting with Missoula employers to learn their answers to your burning questions.

Her style is informative but fun—after all, a sense of humor is an important component whether you are at work — or working to find work!

You are invited to send your work related questions or comments to Then come back and visit often for the latest on how to “Work It” Missoula.

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Getting Fired – The Charlie Sheen Guide

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. So the first lesson we learn about career transit... more

The #1 Way to Get Fired—Don’t Make This Mistake!

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. If you’re looking for ways to get fired, any of... more

Dear Graduates (and Undergrads, too):

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. At commencement last weekend, the esteemed Tom Bro... more

Work Wisdom from Age Old Mom-isms

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Remember those words of wisdom your mother always said? In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve compiled some of the quotes I’ve heard over the years from Moms—not only are they great advic... more

After Your Job Interview–Now What?

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK - Congratulations! You survived your job interview. Can you do more to impress your target employer? What if you could guarantee a second interview?... more

Seth Godin’s Poke the Box: A Review

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Seth Godin’s latest book is called Poke the Box. It is a quick and worthy read that will infuse innovation and energy to your job search.... more

The Resume Objective? I Object!

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Opening argument: People of the court, I intend to demonstrate that the Resume Objective is outdated, irrelevant, and self-serving. Rather than waste prime resume real estate with an Objec... more

2,500 New Missoula Jobs!

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. To ensure the economic vitality of our best place, Mayor Engen launched the five-year Best Place Project in February 2010. The Project is a public-private partnership focused on “smart, ... more

Q & A: Tips for Teens’ First Resume

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. I was recently asked "Do have any helpful tips for teens with no previous work experience who are writing their first resume?" My #1 piece of advice is: Focus on the skills you bring to th... more

Queen of Anything — Teen Career Talk

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. What do you get when you mix 200 high school young ladies, 30 area business women, and magic wands galore in the UC ballroom for a day? The answer is: Queen of Anything!... more

3 Simple Steps to an Effective Introduction

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Job seekers are often shy. Or scared. They might be skilled in many social situations, but when it comes to networking and their job search, many become verklempt.... more

Congratulations to the 2011 Employers of Choice

By JENNIFER SHYROCK. Last week the Missoula Job Service Employers' Council honored the Missoula Federal Credit Union and Mismo Gymnastics as the winners of the 2011 Employer of Choice Awards. This annual award ... more

4 Job Search Mistakes to Avoid

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Every day, I see job seekers make mistakes in their job hunt. Many of them are basic proofreading resume bloopers. In order to help you avoid them, I’ve compiled a short list of four av... more

Q & A: Job Search – New to Missoula

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. So you’re ready to contribute to Missoula’s improving economy, but where is an industrious job seeker to start? In addition to online job lists, we’ve included links to help you sta... more

Missoula Job Service – Workforce Matchmakers

In our very first Work It Video, I told you I planned to interview employers and employment experts in order to share with you Missoula Job Seekers some of the resources available to help make your job hunt a s... more

The Job Interview: It’s Not Coffee Talk

Video Blog By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Allow me to share a secret about the job interview: It’s not coffee talk. Every question an interviewers asks is to determine two things: can you do the job and can you work w... more

JFK and Your Job Search – Video Blog

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. When John F Kennedy famously said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” he asked us to shift our thinking in a big way.... more

Jen’s Video Blog – Job Tips

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Work It Video Blog - Episode 1... more

Holiday Networking – All I Want for Christmas is a Job!

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. As the holiday season skates along, it might be tempting to steer your sleigh away from your job hunt, with good intentions of re-starting in the New Year. ... more

The Interview: Simple Steps to Success

"Work It" Blog by Jennifer Shryock. It’s the big day! I hope you were able to get a good night’s sleep, but if not, don’t fret.... more

How to be Happy at Work

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Studies on what makes people happy reveal that it doesn't have much to do with material goods or even high achievement; it seems to whittle down to your outlook on life and the quality of y... more

Before Your Job Interview—For Your Best Performance, Prepare

11/15 "Work It" blog by JENNIFER SHRYOCK. Congratulations, you've scheduled your job interview! Now get right to work preparing for it. The most successful job candidate shows up for the interview already worki... more

The Job Hunt: Resume Proofreading Tips to Survive Elimination

11/10/10 "Work It" Blog by Jennifer Shryock. What’s in your resume? Do you know? Are you sure? It would be wise to go over your resume with a very keen eye! Just read some of the quotes I've pulled from actua... more

The Magic of Networking: What I Learned from My Fairy Godmother

11/3 "Work It" Blog by Jennifer Shryock. One way I can serve this community is to share my experience with you. I invite you to send in your work-related questions and I will answer them or I will find the answ... more