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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

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

Should You Continue to File Unemployment Claims After Being Denied?

rejectionHere’s the situation on a Monday afternoon. A reader wrote into The New York Post to indicate he or she was denied unemployment claims during a hearing.

The reader appealed and during the hearing, a former boss refused to be sworn in and whispered answers.

Although they were “full of lies,” the answers were being told to the other boss who was indeed sworn in. Well, the former employee was denied the claim yet again. After appealing again and asking the unemployment office to listen to the recorded hearing again, the office agreed and listened to the call. Although they agreed the boss who wasn’t sworn in gave all the answers, alas, the ruling didn’t change. Read more

Department of Labor’s Monthly Jobs Report Reveals Decent News

megaphoneThree cheers for Friday! And the monthly jobs report from the U.S. Departmetn of Labor which marked an improvement from January.

As per CNN, the 175,000 new jobs last month topped economists’ anticipations. Considering the winter has been colder than normal, economists were expecting smaller numbers. It’s amazing how weather can impact the bottom line whether it’s closed offices or cancelled flights. Businesses can lose power, consumers may stay inside instead of eating out and your productivity may plummet as you temporarily “work” from home (and by that, we mean surfing social media).

In particular, for industries impacted by weather such as construction, numbers were surprisingly decent. Construction added 15,000 jobs whereas restaurants and bars added 20,100 jobs and education and health services added 33,000 new opportunities. Read more

ADP Report Reveals Slow Job Movement in February

ImproveJobProspectsThe monthly jobs report will be released this Friday by the Department of Labor but if ADP’s news is any indication, it won’t exactly be strong.

Per a private report based on various payrolls, companies apparently added less workers in February than experts initially projected. Read more

How to Follow Up After an Interview Without Being a Stalker

handshakeWe’ve heard this question time and time again from job seekers. How long should I wait before following up after an interview? How can I be persistent without being a stalker?

Ah, the dance begins.

First of all, during the interview you should ask when to follow up. Sometimes the recruiter and/or hiring manager will provide additional information like, “We’re completing a round of internal and external interviews but our boss is on a business trip so the earliest you’ll hear from us is three weeks.”

Or they may suggest you follow up within a week. Whatever the answer is, the point is you should ask to find out timing. Read more

Politicians Duel Over Raising Minimum Wage

Earlier in the week the Democrats proposed to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2016 and this has apparently set off arguments from both camps about whether or not to raise the wage.

SixFigureFreelancerAccording to the proposal, the new hourly wage would boost 900,000 families above the poverty line and increase the income of 16.5 million workers. The pay increase though could also slash 500,000 jobs, per an analysis conducted by the Congressional Budget Office.

For instance, House Speaker John Boehner, explained, “While helping some, mandating higher wages has real costs, including fewer people working.”

The Republican from Ohio added, “With unemployment Americans’ top concern, our focus should be creating — not destroying — jobs for those who need them most.”

To the contrary, supporters of the proposal defended the increase. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, revealed, “Zero is a perfectly reasonable estimate of the impact of the minimum wage on employment.”

In fact, 600 economists signed a letter to support the hike and according to CNN, in a separate conference call they mentioned the Congressional Budget Office “underestimated the benefits and overestimated the costs.”

We’ll be closely watching to see how this plays out. Later this year the Senate is supposed to vote on the matter.

Got Referrals? Some Employers Start Paying Bonuses to External Referrers

moneyIf you’ve ever been jilted from an employee referral bonus internally, you’re not alone.

Maybe that’s because you worked in another area of HR so it was excluded. Maybe the person was a temp-to-hire situation and not a full-on full-time hire. Whatever the case, the program didn’t pay out like it should have. (No, we’re not bitter or anything.)

That’s why we’re pumped to share news about innovative employee referral programs which have been extended externally. That’s right — we said externally. As in bonuses are being awarded to people off the street for referring A-list candidates who get hired. Cha-ching! 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

Thundersnow Got You Down? How to Manage the Weather & Your Job Search

snowmenGreetings from the winter wonderland better known as New York City! We’ve gotten more than our fair share of snow this winter, that’s for sure. (And if you’re reading this from somewhere particularly sunny and warm, we’re a bit jealous.)

That’s why this piece by Amanda Augustine at TheLadders resonates. If you live in an area that’s been blasted by snowstorms, thundersnow or anything related to ice, chances are Mother Nature is impacting your plans. Here are three ways to ensure your job search doesn’t miss a beat. Read more

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