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Interviews? Check. Thank-You Notes? Check. So Why Aren’t You Landing The Job?

noCongratulations! You’ve made it through the gatekeepers to land a coveted job interview. Not only that, you landed another one. And another one. And sent those thank-you notes.

And bam. Rejection letter arrives several weeks later. What’s the deal?

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there may be signals that you’re not picking up during the interview itself. Read more

Want to Say These Forbidden Things During an Interview? Bite Your Tongue!

judgeHave you ever wanted to reveal everything (and we do mean everything) on a job interview?

For instance, when the interviewer asks why you’re looking for a new job you really want to proclaim, “My boss is a complete jerk!”

Alas, if only you could.

This piece on AOL Jobs inspired us to think about what truly needs to be left unsaid during an interview. Yes, it’s common knowledge job seekers are looking for a new opportunity to a variety of reasons including a bad boss. Like an unspoken truth, you don’t need to acknowledge it. Read more

Keys to Job Seeker Success in 2014? Location, Timing & Skills

interviewWant to be in the right place at the right time? Who doesn’t, right?

Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO, says another key driver to a job search is having the right skills and the bility to showcase them. ”This year, the key drivers of success with a job search are location, timing and skills.”

The challenge of course is finding an opportunity to match your skills and showcase the demand for your excellent skills.

Per the press release, he adds, “And more importantly, act quickly to connect with employers as open positions are often fleeting.”

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter demonstrates hiring optimism across the board. Their numbers represent the strongest Outlook Survey data since 2008. Keep in mind though each market has its own ups and downs. Some markets are going to be up while others won’t be as hot. He points out the “lumpy” hiring: “The hiring outlook is clearly more positive; however it’s uneven across the U.S.”

New Survey Reveals One in Five Workers Want New Job in 2014

judgeIf you’re looking for a new job, you’re not alone. Actually, you’ll be among a pack of job seekers seeking better opportunities this year, thanks to new data from a CareerBuilder survey.

That is, one in five workers revealed they want a new job this year. We must admit, we’re not sure what to make of these numbers — yes, that’s great people feel confident in the market to move on but why are so many people unhappy?  Maybe they’ve been waiting things out in their current job for too long and feel like the time is right to move on?

According to the statistics, only 59 percent of workers indicated they’re satisfied with their jobs. This is a significant drop from last year’s percentage of 66. Digging deeper, people claiming dissatisfaction pointed to salary concerns and not feeling valued as the top two reasons. Read more

Three Tips on Interviewing Your Future Boss

judgeSure, you may get the opportunity to interview a potential colleague but a future boss? Rare. But it’s not to say it won’t happen.

Here are some tips, courtesy of The Daily Muse, to amp up your mojo and get ready to interview your potential manager.

1. Raise your hand. That’s right, ask to be involved. If leadership is open to it, why not have you interview the boss if you know your department and the inner workings of the company really well? The piece points out, “You have valuable input, and it’s not at all unreasonable for you to ask to get involved. As soon as you discover the hiring process for your future boss has begun, let whoever is in charge know you’d like to meet with the top candidates, if appropriate.” Read more

Getting Back to Basics: Cover Letter Essentials

It’s often overlooked and quite frankly, it shouldn’t be. The cover letter, as you’re probably already aware, can help your resume shine. That is, if you have an effective one.

According to a piece on Fast Company, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Per the piece, Slate editor Katherine Goldstein strongly suggests focusing on the cover letter to land a new job. Read more

Survey Reveals Top 10 Backfired Gimmicks to Get Noticed by Employers

Want to ensure you never get called for an interview? Spit out your gum (yes, we’re talking projectile motion) during the first interview with a recruiter. And yes, this has really happened.

Or maybe you should just bring a shoe to “get a foot in the door.” Or send flowers to an interviewer’s home address that wasn’t previously provided. Downright creepy, yes?

As a foot note to yesterday’s post about innovative ways candidates have gotten noticed by potential employers in a very good way, there’s always the risk factor. After all, not all valiant efforts ended on a high note. Read more

Got Stunts? New Survey Reveals 10 Ways Candidates Got Employers to Notice

Got your resume wrapped around a chocolate bar? Or maybe you can pay for a billboard instead? If you’re thinking of a quirky way to get noticed by a potential employer, you’re not alone.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, there are certainly positive ways candidates have stood out from their competition. They asked more than 2,000 hiring managers for their best memories of candidates who took that extra step to truly shine.

As per the press release, CareerBuilder’s human resources vice president Rosemary Haefner indicated, “Employers typically aren’t looking for the most outrageous candidate, they’re looking for the best fit.” Read more

Six Traits of High Performing Achievers

Here’s the cool thing about this piece we read on LinkedIn by Lou Adler, author of Hire With Your Head.

While it outlines several traits to spot in high achievers, its purpose is twofold. Managers can easily spot these traits to identify a high performer and if you’re an employee on the team, you can connect the dots and pursue the ideas below to become that go-to guy or gal.

1. You’ve been assigned difficult challenges ahead of your peers. In the piece Adler points out the best people on a team are assigned tasks that are typically given to the higher ups. If this happens frequently and during the first year of your employment, you get a gold star! This is certainly evidence of a high achiever and something to highlight on a job interview. Read more

Three Red Flags to Spot During an Interview

This blog post serves as a reminder to retain your power during an interview.

Seriously.

As much as the employer is interviewing you, it’s your job to interview them. Observe, ask questions and take mental notes.

The Work Buzz outlined three red flags during an interview and we couldn’t agree with them more.

1. Hints of high turnover. Ask about the history of the job you’re applying for as well as the employees who previously worked in the role. Is it a newly created position due to growth? Did someone get promoted or resign?

Or are they hiring a new person because the former person bailed after only being there for six months? If there’s a pattern of high turnover, put on that journalism cap and ask about the workload, too. It’s possible the position is a one-way road to burn out. Read more

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