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LinkedIn Launches New Feature to Foster Internal Transfers

linkedinRecruiters typically search LinkedIn to find passive candidates to fill their jobs and of course, professionals usually leverage it to connect with each other, build their online profile and to pursue external job opportunities.

Well, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, the social media site has a new feature to tell people about available jobs at their current employers. Apparently this will help recruiters identify internal candidates so they can fill their requisitions and simultaneously reduce turnover. Read more

New CareerBuilder Forecast Shows Hiring on Track for Steady Quarter

ImproveJobProspectsOn the heels of the monthly job report and completion of Q1, CareerBuilder has released a forecast.

While the jobs outlook for the second quarter is similar to last year’s predictions, it appears that some industries are going to outperform the national average hiring numbers. For starters, manufacturing employers will probably surpass last year’s national average.

Informational technology, financial services, professional and business services and health care will also lead the pack in creating new gigs. Read more

Do Employers Really Care Where Job Seekers Went to College?

successAccording to a piece in today’s New York Post, as students decide which college they’re going to attend, employment may be on their minds, too.

That is, will going to one college over another better position them for a particular job four years from now?

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, says it’s a two-fold answer. At the entry-level a few internships on a resume and not much else, perhaps “the quality of the school from which one graduates is most important.” Read more

In New Survey, Execs Point Out Job Interview Blunders

mistakeEver wonder why you didn’t get the job? It may not have anything to do with your skills or experience but rather, how you handled the interview process itself.

Per a new survey published by Accountemps, 43 percent (43!) of chief financial officers said candidates make most mistakes during job interviews. Candidates also make faux pas while writing their resumes, according to 19 percent of executives. Read more

Job Market Hits Milestone as Per Department of Labor Statistics

Find a JobIt’s jobs report Friday! And that only means one thing. Data.

According to the latest job report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March and the unemployment remained flat at 6.7 percent.

This is actually a milestone because the private sector has apparently recovered all of the jobs that were lost in the meltdown better known as 2008. Considering this signals a labor market at its pre-recession point, according to a piece on CNN, this is good news indeed. Read more

Four Tips to Ace a Phone Interview

retro phoneAh, the phone interview. It’s quite a blessing, isn’t it? You don’t have to get completely dolled up for an interview and you certainly don’t need to call out sick from your current job to make it happen.

Although there are some perks to the phoner, there are some drawbacks that all job seekers should be prepared to encounter in order to thrive. Here are a few pointers per our friends at BrazenCareerist.

Of course, you should prepare questions to ask like you would a normal interview and do your homework on the job description but there are additional key ways to make that phone interview work for you. Read more

New Survey Shows Educational Requirements on the Rise for Hiring

graduation capJust when you were getting concerned our country is dumbing down a la the new changes to the SAT, educational requirements for employment is putting faith back in America again.

Okay, kinda.

Per a new survey on CareerBuilder, an associate or bachelor’s degree is becoming the new high school diploma. Read more

The Scoop on Employer Background Checks — What You Need to Know

interviewEvery now and then we have to cover a somewhat dry topic here at MediaJobsDaily. This post is one of them.

The government recently updated their site regarding background checks so it’s our duty as your friend to fill you in.

For starters, on the employment application or during an interview (or both), an employer may ask you about your employment history including dates, salaries and titles. They may ask you about your education, criminal record or your usage of social media.

In case you were wondering, no, it’s not okay for employers to ask you about medical information. They’re not allowed to ask you about genetic information either including your family’s medical history. Read more

Four Tips to Dazzling Cover Letters

graphic design cover letterSometimes you just have to kick it old school. We talk a lot about networking and landing a job but not enough emphasis goes into cover letters.

Thanks to our friends at the Harvard Business Review, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. For starters, yes you need to send a cover letter. Do they all get read? Not exactly but you still need to send one. Should you send a long one? Considering we used to work in recruiting the answer is no but it’s like sending a tweet. Every word counts, every sentiment is important. Read more

Three Rules for Scoping Out Job Titles

job searchWhen we read this piece on the recruiting forum ERE, we couldn’t agree more. After all, it provides tips to recruiters as to how they can have clear, concise and universal job titles.

It got us thinking — from a job seeker’s perspective (we’re looking at you), there are a few simple ways you can maximize your time and effectiveness on a job search starting right this very minute. Read more