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New Survey Reveals Many Employed Workers Haven’t Job Searched in Years

Job-SearchIt may be time to dust off that resume! That is, you may be in the same boat as nearly half of the people in an Accountemps survey who revealed they haven’t looked for a new job since 2009.

Better yet, 30 percent of survey participants indicated they haven’t looked for a new job since 2004.

The same survey revealed 19 percent of participants really want to job hunt this year and the majority of them expect their search to be challenging.

The numbers tell all — if you’re similar to survey participants, being out of the job search market doesn’t mean you’re less marketable but it does mean you need to brush up some skills to work it. (This reminds me of a couple who is recently divorced as they dip their feet into the dating pool again. The premise hasn’t truly changed but the game sure has been altered thanks to modern technology.) Read more

Four Tips to Stand Out at Online Job Fairs

at signYou know the drill as you prep for a job fair. Look the part, dress the part, act the part.

When you’re preparing for an online job fair though the same rules don’t always apply. Yes, you need to be articulate and present yourself in the best light but when you’re not exactly sporting a suit and able to read body language, other cues take front seat.

Per our friends at Brazen Careerist, there are a few pointers to keep in mind… Read more

New Site Matches Job Seekers to Corporate Culture

Find a JobAnother day, another job site, right?

We feel the same way but this one sounds pretty unique in its approach. OneDegree is a site dedicated to match job candidates with companies based on the type of culture the candidate would be a best fit. That’s right, we said culture. We didn’t say resume, skills or experience. Focused on an audience of 18 to 29 year-olds, the site is currently working with Notre Dame to model their formula to college students.

Candidates are asked what they want. Do they want to work set hours or are they looking for more flexibility? A lot of feedback or very little? A lot of risk or relatively none?

They’re also asked how they live. Do they live to work or work to live? Do they want a steady routine or do they prefer to shake things up? And then they’re also asked what they know. Is their expertise public relations? Accounting? Sales? Read more

New Job Board Launches for Candidates With Disabilities

Job-SearchThis just in…Enable America has launched their official online jobs board for people with disabilities. As companies continue to assemble diverse teams, they can provide their mission statement online and their latest career opportunities for candidates to review.

Per the press release, Senator Tom Harkin explained, “Employment of people with disabilities is not something that is a charitable act. That’s not what we’re about.” 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

New Survey Says Job Seekers Value Employers’ Charitable Activities

charityWhen you’re looking for a new job, what tops the list of priorities? Salary? Location? Responsibilities? All of the above?

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, charitable activities rank high on the list in job seekers’ eyes. That is, more than four in 10 professionals surveyed mentioned an organization’s participation in charitable endeavors is at least somewhat a factor in their decision to pursue employment there.

Robert Hosking, executive director at OfficeTeam, explains, “Not all professionals care about working for employers that have philanthropy programs, but many individuals do appreciate companies that share their values and give back to the community.” Read more

Four Ways to Ignite Your Job Search Right Now

2013Want to wait until January to kick-start your job search and take a few weeks off to coast into the new year? Really?

It’s almost like a dieter who wants to wait three weeks to start watching his or her waistline when there’s at least 21 days left of this year to create a new habit (give or take a meal or two).

Sure, we’re in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season but that doesn’t mean career dreams need to be put on pause. There are a few ways to rev up that search even when it’s tempting to convince yourself the holidays will stall it. Read more

How To Improve Your Job Prospects: Clean Up Your Resume

ImproveJobProspectsLooking for a job can be a stressful endeavor. It can feel overwhelming at times, like a never ending to-do list. Luckily, we have a few tips to make your job search easier and less time consuming.

One of the first things you should do is go over your resume. Don’t focus on what you’ve written, but instead check out the style, formatting and overall look of your CV. It may seem silly, but to employers, it’s anything but:

Most employers (if they’re recruiting) will have gone through 10+ resumes a day, if not more, so you really need to make sure yours stands out for the right reasons. Research shows it takes someone only three seconds to decide if your CV passes muster — and believe it or not, that judgment is more based on the layout and formatting than on the content itself. Take a look at your resume, and see whether or not it’s easy to digest. Have you used bullet points? Have you used headers? Is the information easy to navigate on the page? All of this matters — so make sure it looks tidy and professional.

To hear more tips on how to score your dream job, read: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Job Prospects.

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Will Taking a Holiday Temp Job Tarnish Your Resume? Expert Says Not Really

holiday jobsHere’s the situation – feel free to silently nod in agreement if you know where this person is coming from.

You may be out of work for a while and with the holidays right around the corner (heck, they’re already here!), there are several opportunities to earn some more Benjamins. Should you go for it in the spirit of earning much-needed cash and giving you something to do or refrain since it doesn’t exactly align with the polished resume and personal brand you’re trying to create?

In today’s New York Post, a reader wrote in and is considering taking a temporary holiday retail job after being out of an IT job for about six months. Will taking a “menial job” and putting it on his or her resume hurt the odds of getting a new full-time gig? Read more

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