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‘Hey, How Soon Can I Take a Vacation?’ & Other Questions to Avoid Asking During an Interview

interviewHave you ever asked an interviewer at the conclusion of the interview for feedback as in, “Hey man, how’d I do?”

Probably not, right? And if you did ask the question, how’d that work out for you?

Okay, we’re in a punchy mood right now but so important as it is to ask questions at the end of each job interview, it’s just as important to steer clear from any questions that are downright inappropriate. They lack tact.

And most of all, some of the questions can be transparent in terms of your priorities as in asking if you resign if you can get paid out for your unused personal time (yes, it has been done and no, that candidate did not get the offer.) Read more

Need More Proof to Network? Zappos Received 31,000 Applicants & Hired 1.5 Percent

resume mistakesWe read this post on ERE and had an a-ha moment to share with you. Having been on the other side of the desk working directly with candidates, we know the feeling of seeing hundreds upon hundreds of resumes stacked up in the applicant tracking system.

But here’s proof that we just have to share. Mike Bailen, head of talent and senior HR manager at the Zappos Family of Companies indicated Zappos received more than 31,000 applicants last year. Read more

TheLadders’ Study Shows 35 Percent of Job Seekers Want to Move

US mapIf you’re looking for a new job, you may be among the 35 percent of job seekers who are looking to make a big move. Literally.

TheLadders data team looked into how often job seekers in their database look to move outside their current location. Known as the designated market area (or “DMA”), the results were significant. Read more

New Survey Says 89 Percent of Job Seekers Rely on Mobile Devices

mobile phonesIt’s hard to believe there once was a time when many of us actually searched for a job offline. As in the newspaper!

That’s because a new survey published by Glassdoor reveals 89 percent of job seekers rely on their mobile device to search for a new gig. That’s really no surprise when you think about how convenient it is to search whether you’re sitting on a train for your commute or in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. Whatever the scenario, the numbers keep rising. Read more

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

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