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New Study Shows We Don’t Ask for Enough Help When Networking

nametagIf you’ve been networking up a storm and haven’t been making much progress, maybe that’s because you’re not asking for enough help.

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, 42 percent of senior managers said not asking for help from others is the biggest networking mistake. The second faux pas points to failing to keep in touch with contacts, and as for the third? Not thanking people for their help.

Switching gears, one of the best ways to stay in touch is online, as indicated by the survey, followed by meeting for lunch or coffee.  The third best way is to attend a local networking event.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, emphasized the importance of networking in a press release. Whether you’re “looking to land a new job or build your visibility, every connection counts.” And many people don’t ask for help because perhaps they’re embarrassed or think they can succeed on their own but there’s no harm in reaching out for help.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while networking:

1. Be consistent. Network continuously instead of waiting until you’re in freak out mode for a new job. Periodically check in with contacts. Try to help them as well by sending links to relevant articles and job openings.

2. Act quickly. Follow up swiftly after you meet someone at an event or after you meet up for lunch or coffee.

3. Mix things up. Instead of relying solely on social media, mix it up with online networking and in-person approaches. Be ready, too. You never know when a casual conversation in the doctor’s waiting room or on the train can spark a new potential connection.

4. Be specific. People can make a significant impact in helping you achieve your goals if you’re specific. Instead of saying you’re “looking for a job,” you can tailor it to say you’re “looking for someone who works within marketing in digital media who can help you get your foot in the door for opportunities seeking three to five years of experience.”

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Four Media Jobs Make Forbes ‘Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs’ List

moneyWe’re often reporting about the doom and gloom of newspapers, much to our chagrin, but as for today’s news? Things are lookin’ up!

According to this post on Forbes, there are several media-related jobs on the “America’s Most Surprising Six-Figure Income List” that may surprise you!

Let’s check it out, shall we? For starters, broadcast news analysts earn a mean salary of $84,710 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Top earnings rake in as much as $186,260. As for the best paying state? Florida. Read more

Jobless Claims Drop Showing Strong Sign for Job Market

Job-SearchAccording to the Department of Labor, the number of Americans filing new unemployment benefit claims last week suddenly dropped. This is particularly good news to signify the labor market recovery.

Essentially, initial claims by state dropped 3,000 to a total of 302,000 for the week ending July 12. Per Reuters, economists forecasted first-time applications for jobless benefits at 310,000. And the four-week average of claims is in the vicinity of 309,000. That’s the lowest level since June 2007! Read more

Survey Shares Top 10 Metro Areas for Job Growth

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve had a hard time pounding the pavement, it may be time to switch zip codes. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 10 metro areas are known for their spurts in job growth.

Without getting too technical because we’re certainly not economists, simply stated the following areas grew faster than the national average post-recession. Read more

Newspaper Reporter Ranks Among Top 10 Most Endangered Jobs

press hatIf you’re an aspiring newspaper reporter, listen up. You may want to know about what a little birdie told us. (And by that, we mean a new report issued by CareerCast on the most endangered jobs.)

Yeah, that’s because newspaper reporter is one of them. Based on 200 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career site projected the least promising career paths relative to job growth, income and existing employment. Read more

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

Lookin’ Good! Labor Department Releases Strong Jobs Data

job oppsAs we head into the holiday weekend, there’s good new to report as per the Department of Labor.

In June, employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. Can we get a woo-hoo? In addition, the number of jobs created in May was boosted to 224,000 from the original number of 217,000.

Let’s keep in mind 2014 got off to a very slow start thanks to an abysmal winter — in turn, frigid temps and horrid conditions ultimately froze hiring. According to a CBS piece, the new jobs should expedite economic growth. The math is simple: More jobs lead to more money lead to more products and services being purchased. Read more

Three Ways to Botch a Job Interview

job searchHave you ever tried to wing it during a job interview? How’d that go for you? Not too well, probably.

Well, according to Marc Cosentino, author of Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation, there are a few common blunders people make during job interviews.

Per a piece on Business Insider, he pointed out several ways to avoid being that guy or gal. Read more

Monster Survey Shows Millennials Experience Burnout More Than Others

stressIf you’re stressed out, raise your hand! Yes, we all get burned out at one point or another but when it comes to specific generations, Millennials experience burnout the most.

According to a new survey conducted by Monster Worldwide, Inc., 86 percent of Millennial respondents reveal some level of burnout in their current jobs. This is in comparison to 76 percent of more experienced workouts indicating burnout in their roles. Sidebar: Those numbers seem awfully high, don’t they? Are we working ourselves to the ground? That’s a whole other blog post but still, it makes you think… Read more

Serial Job Interviewer Provides Biggest Tip: Eye Contact

judgeA serial job interviewer opened up to The Wall Street Journal and after completing more than 100 job interviews between 2007 and 2013, she has a lot to say.

Sofia Faruqi mentions the number one body language tip is eye contact. During an interview, she says you want to maintain eye contact without being creepy. Read more

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