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Study Shows States Experienced Minimal Savings by Cutting Unemployment Benefits

ImproveJobProspectsAccording to a recent study, many states that cut back unemployment benefits post-recession actually experienced minimal savings.

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) issued the study and discovered that six of eight states that cut benefits didn’t have significant savings as a result. In fact, the states saved merely 37 cents per week for every employed worker in their state. This is in comparison to the $252 lost by unemployed workers on a weekly basis. Read more

What Not to Do When You’re Running Late to an Interview

suitYou know how things snowball, right? You’re running late to an interview and then you spill your coffee. As you wipe it off your suit, the napkin disintegrates and makes white, visible balls of cotton on your lap. Lovely.

Well, here’s the thing. Running late is inevitable. It’s going to happen at one point or another.

As soon as you realize you’re going to be late, contact the recruiter via phone, email or text to let him or her know you’re running behind. Here in New York City, the E train is notoriously slow so it’s not uncommon for a job seeker to be late 30 minutes or more thanks to mass transit — been there, done that, seen it happen. Read more

Three Ways to Ace the Panel Interview

videoWhile we talk a lot about job interviews, one type of interview which is often dreaded is the good ol’ panel interview. Yes, we’re talking about being interviewed by five people at the same time because after all, there’s nothing like a pressure cooker!

Kidding.

You can ace this. You will ace this. We know you will but it doesn’t hurt to have a little ammo at the ready to truly rock it. Read more

How to Ace Behavioral & Situational Interviews

interviewThere are a few different types of interview questions, and here at MJD, our mission is to help prepare you to ace either one!

Let’s dig right in, shall we? There’s the behavioral one which is always a favorite. It dives deeper. While many interviewers prefer to stay on the surface by asking direct questions about your past work experiences, some may venture into the land of behavioral questions.

These types of inquiries focus on your past to predict future outcomes. For instance, they may ask you to describe a time when you were embroiled in internal politics on the job. What was the outcome? Tell me about your biggest setback and how you overcame it. Read more

New Study Shows Majority of Employers Catch Lies on Resume

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve been fibbing ever so slightly on your resume, a fib is still a fib no matter how big or small.

And according to a new CareerBuilder survey, it’s pretty likely you’ll get caught; 58 percent of hiring managers in the survey mentioned they have caught a lie.

As for repercussions, half of employers indicated they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie whereas 40 percent mentioned it really depends on what the candidate actually lied about. Seven percent revealed they would overlook the fib if they liked the candidate. Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Steady Growth

Find a JobThis just in…the Labor Department reported 209,000 new jobs created last month.

Per The Chicago Tribune, economists were actually expecting an increase of 230,000 jobs but you know what? We think 200,000-plus is a pretty solid number.

As pointed out by CNN, over the past six months, the economy added 1.5 million jobs — the strongest six months since 2006! Read more

New Survey Shows One in Five Workers Replaced by Technology

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new CareerBuilder survey, one in five companies have put the kibosh on people in order to replace them with automated technology instead.

Sigh.

We have to add the bright side to this grim news. Approximately 68 percent of employers in the survey who replaced workers with technology mentioned adoption of the new technology actually created new positions being added to their headcounts. Read more

‘Stealing the Corner Office’ Author Shares Three Unconventional Tactics

corner officeIf you want to get ahead at work, raise your hand! Climb that corporate ladder, get recognized and land that cushy corner office.

We checked in with Brendan Reid, author of the new book Stealing the Corner Office, for unconventional ways to get ahead.

1. Never be passionate about your ideas. Wait, what? Let’s hear him out…yes, we’re drawn to icons like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for their passion and perseverance. And yes, for one Zuckerberg, there are hundreds upon hundreds of people who tried and failed. Read more

Summer Job Search on Pause? Try These Three Tips to Stay Sharp

ice cream coneWe’re in the heat of it now! As August approaches you may notice employers are slower and slower in getting back to you. Or interviews are scheduled two weeks out and more thanks to various vacation schedules.

We’re optimists here at MJD-land and in turn, we view this as not a stalled search but rather an opportunity. Here are three ways to leverage this slump to stay sharp in the dog days of summer… Read more

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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