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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

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

Austin-Based Company Hosts Arcade Parties to Recruit Job Seekers

pinballIf you’ve been wined and dined by a potential employer, more power to you!

While some job candidates may have a typical office interview, others are experiencing innovative ways to learn about a company and their culture. Read more

Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. 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.”

Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. 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

Seven Ways to Spice Up Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedinIf you’re on LinkedIn regularly just like we are, chances are your profile may be a bit stagnant from time to time.

Looking to spice it up? Look no further. Courtesy of LinkedIn, here are a few quick tips they sent us to hopefully boost your views and connections on a daily basis.

1. Create a catchy headline! How about something like, “Social Media Manager?” People should be able to detect exactly what you do by simply reading it.

2. Add your industry to your profile. This will appear at the top headline under your title so it’s clear for people to also identify your industry. Read more

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