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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

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

Five Curveball Interview Questions to Rehearse

interview“What’s your greatest weakness?”

Yawn. If that’s not the most overused interview question, we don’t know what is.

That’s why a post on ERE’s recruiting forum really hit home. They listed scintillating questions (and by that we mean new! Original! Enticing!) and we just have to share. Wouldn’t you rather be prepared to answer stimulating questions than sit in an interview with a deer in headlights look? Get that app answer ready and fire away! 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

New Research Reveals Old School Networking is Out

hello nametagYou know how most of the time we mention results from research studies that totally make sense?

This is not one of those times.

According to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, people who use their network connections actually find jobs “at a slower rate than the average job seeker. The most effective way is to directly contact potential employers.”

Huh? Read more

New Survey Examines Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed

relocate jobAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, the long-term unemployed job seeker’s plight continues in the new year.

Per the survey encompassing over 300 people who have been unemployed for over 12 months, 44 percent indicated they look for jobs every single day whereas 43 percent said they look every week. Approximately 30 percent said they haven’t gone on any job interviews since they lost their job and the range is wide since another 30 percent revealed they’ve had five or more interviews. Read more

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

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