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Survey Shows How Social Media Packs a Punch in Hiring

new_twitter_logoIf you’re scanning your Twitter and Facebook profiles right now to see if anything is potentially harmful, you’re making the right move.

That’s because a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder discovered 51 percent of employers who have researched job candidates actually found content that caused them to not hire the candidate. This is up from last year’s findings of 43 percent and from 2012′s results of 34 percent. Read more

Founders of UCB Suggest Improv Basics to Rock Your Next Job Interview

UCBIf you’ve ever been stumped during a job interview or had an awkward moment of silence, you’re not alone.

So if you want to turn those lengthy moments into gems, the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre suggest relying on some basic improv techniques to boost your game.

On Friday we conducted exclusive interviews with two of the four founders, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, at the annual UCB Del Close Marathon. Not surprisingly, the marathon’s press conference kicked off with a ton of energy and excitement and moments after it concluded, Roberts and Besser talked about thepower of “yes, and.” 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

Study Shows Listing Religion on Resume Yields Less Recruiter Calls

yogaWe had to read this twice, too. Here’s the deal — according to a study published in Social Currents from the Southern Sociological Society, job candidates who listed their religion on their resume are less likely to receive an email from an employer. We have to wonder why candidates are listing their religion on a resume in the first place? If we’ve done one public service announcement of the day, it’s to keep your religion off your CV. And political affiliation, too. And if the yoga photo is any proof, we couldn’t even decide what religion to include visually without offending someone else so we went with something neutral: The religion of yoga. Read more

Survey Reveals College Grads Aren’t Alone; Most Adults Want to Help Their Job Searches

graduation capIf you’re a recent college grad, according to a new survey by “Every Day Connect,” resources provided by Fairfield Inn & Suites to mentor the next generation of business travelers, more than 77 percent of employed adults said they’re willing to help college graduates find work.

To that point, 49 percent of the 1,000 polled employed adults mentioned they have a mentor in their profession.

They do appreciate a decent thank-you in the form of a phone call (91 percent of respondents indicated this was an appropriate method to express gratitude.) Snail mail or e-mails were also considered appropriate. Read more

Building a Case for Leaving a Cushy, Comfortable Job

relocate jobHave you ever felt the itch to leave your current job, one that you are relatively comfortable with, in order to pursue greener pastures?

You’re not alone. One reader addresses this with The New York Post to dive into the issue. He or she writes, “After five years I feel like I’ve hit a wall and that it’s time for a new challenge. Is it crazy to take a risk moving to a different company when things are going so well here?”

You know what we think is crazy, along with the columnist Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry? Staying in a job where you feel stunted especially when there are other options. Read more

Making a Career Move? Consider the ’30 Percent Solution’

successAccording to Lou Adler, author of The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired and creator of the Performance-based Hiring system, there’s a notion of the 30 percent solution when considering new job offers.

Per his post on LinkedIn, for a job opportunity to become truly viable for you to make the move, it must have at least a 30 percent increase over your current one. By increase he doesn’t mean salary alone. Yes, there should be a salary bump but that shouldn’t be the only reason for making the move nor should it comprise the entire 30 percent.

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Three Hiring Tips for New Bosses

successIf you’re a new manager, congratulations! You now have more responsibilities, more visible opportunities and oh yes, a bigger paycheck.

If you’re in the position to make some hires, it’s not always wise to just go with your gut while making hiring decisions. Fortunately, there are several ways to get your recruiting mojo on to make a good move, according to a piece on Brazen Careerist. 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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