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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

Changing Industries? Air Traffic Controller Jobs Available; No Experience Necessary?

airplaneAs we put pen to paper (okay, fingertips to laptop keyboard), we say this facetiously and somewhat snarky and also somewhat perplexed.

Per a piece on Forbes, job postings for air traffic controllers will be open to accepting applications tomorrow. They’re available to the public without any significant experience. Really? Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Reveals Weak Numbers

HiredIt’s that time of month again! According to the Department of Labor, 113,000 jobs were added to the economy last month.

The good news? It’s an improvement from December.

The bad news? It’s weaker than experts had anticipated. As per CNN, economists were hoping for a number around 178,000.

As experts referred to the report as “weak” and “disappointing,” we need to look at the bright side. Read more

ADP Jobs Report Says Hiring’s on Hold; Stormy Weather Impacts Hiring

ImproveJobProspectsAs the stock market dropped the past few weeks apparently per ADP’s new report, hiring does not have such a sunny outlook either.

Per their report, the private sector added 175,000 jobs in January. The significance of this number? It’s the weakest month for hiring since August. Usually in January there seems to be an uptick since December slows down due to the holidays but ADP reported 227,000 new jobs in December.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, alluded to weather having an impact on hiring.

He told CNN, “Cold and stormy winter weather continued to weigh on the job numbers.” He pointed out that underlying job growth still remains “sturdy” and he’s expecting a breakout year.

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 Study Reveals High Schoolers are More Career-Minded Than College Students

graduation capThis just in…a new study published by Millennial Branding and Internships.com revealed that high school students are more career- minded and entrepreneurial than college students.

Check this out — half of the participants of the study are in high school internship programs (yes, you read that right) and more of them are seeking volunteer experiences than college students. Employers agree that internships give high schoolers an inside edge in order to get into better colleges, better college internships and higher paying jobs. Read more

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