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New Research Shows Tough Job Market for College Grads

jobsMemo to new college graduates excited about the future — you may want to skip reading this blog.

That’s because The Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey showed that only 11 percent of students graduating in 2014 have already secured a job during the research compared to 16 percent from the Class of 2013.

As for previous years, 46 percent of 2013 graduates are currently employed full-time. This is in comparison to 68 percent of 2012 grads. As full-time numbers decrease, part-time numbers increase: 27 percent of respondents are working part-time jobs compared to 16 percent in the prior year. Read more

New Survey Shows Helicopter Parents Meddle in Kids’ Job Search

job oppsThis just in…according to a new survey by Adecco Staffing, four out of 10 Americans between 18 and 24-years-old reported that their parents are involved in their job searches.

We’re not really surprised by these statistics. In our former role in the hallowed halls of human resources and recruiting, it wasn’t uncommon for parents to call campus recruiters to negotiate job offers or better yet, they called to ask why their kid didn’t get an offer in the first place. Seriously. Read more

Stumped During an Interview? Here are 10 Questions to Ask

job-interviewHave you ever experienced that awkward “sound” of silence during an interview? You know, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions and by the time the fifth interviewer meets you, you’re pretty much out of ammo? Cue crickets.

And then, of course, he or she looks at you quizzically like how is it possible to not even have one question?  Read more

Girl Hands Father’s Resume to Michelle Obama on Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

When Michelle Obama sat down for a question and answer session yesterday during Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day, chances are she did not anticipate what was going to happen next.

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Survey Reveals Majority of Employers Covet Soft Skills in Candidates

judgeIf you want to stand out from the pack (and by that we mean other candidates), then let your soft skills shine!

That’s because a new survey by CareerBuilder indicates that 77 percent of employers say soft skills are just important as hard skills.

We would argue in some cases they’re actually more important. After all, you can always teach someone Drupal or WordPress but you can’t always send them to charm school. And actually, 16 percent of employers in the survey said the skills associated with your personality and attitude trumps technical skills. Read more

These Five Questions Will Help Create Your Ideal Job…

bad perf reviewAfter reading this post on BrazenCareerist saying the perfect job doesn’t exist but a great one does, we felt inspired.

This may sound simple but so many job seekers unfortunately stop introspection after making a list of their must-haves on their new jobs. After identifying non-negotiables, there’s another step to be accomplished. It can be quite fun and invigorating. After all, if you don’t define your dream day, who will do it for you?

The piece suggests asking yourself what a great day at work actually looks like. Read more

Woman Gets Arrested After Job Interview for Leaving Kids in Sweltering Hot Car

Find a JobAccording to the Associated Press, an Arizona woman is trying to clear her name in court following her arrest. On Monday she pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.

Let’s clarify — she left her two kids in her very hot car during a job interview. Shanesha Taylor is unemployed and on food stamps.

The 35-year-old was unable to find a babysitter for a job interview at an insurance company so she left her two-year-old son and six-month-old baby in her car. Did we mention the key was still in the ignition and the windows were cracked open by one inch? Read more

Federal Reserve Chair Says Job Market is ‘Tougher Now Than in Any Recession’

jobsYesterday Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke about helping “Main Street, not Wall Street.”

She didn’t just focus on the unemployment rate but she did talk about a variety of economic indicators pointing to the weak job market.

Are numbers as bleak as they were five years ago? Thankfully, no. Could they be a lot better than they are now? Yes!

Per CNN, she dished about wages rising too slowly. Get this — since the recession, compensation has typically increased two percent each year. Two percent! Read more

The Key Ingredient to Negotiating Your Next Salary: Simply Ask

money bagsWhen we used to work in recruiting, we always used to cringe when we extended a job offer and the candidate excitedly accepted on the spot.

“Don’t you have any questions?” I would inquire. “Are you sure there isn’t something else you want to find out?” I would prod.

Ho hum, the answer was typically no. If they only knew they were leaving money on the table! Hiring managers often told me what amount I would be able to go up to and if there was an issue, there was typically sign-on bonus money available, too.

That’s why this piece from SavingsAccount.com really resonated. Read more

Per CareerBuilder, It’s Time to Ditch ‘Go Getter’ & More Clichés on Resumes

successIf you’re accustomed to including words like “team player” and “go-getter” on your resume, it’s time to ditch them.

At least CareerBuilder says so. Per a recent survey, 17 percent of hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing a resume. Considering they spend such a short amount of time on each CV, job seekers should focus on strong action words that are more definitive. Avoid clichés because they don’t really convey anything substantial. Read more

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