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What 2017’s Hot Job Market Means to You

By now you’ve read articles like this (Glassdoor 2017 Job Trends) and this (40% of employers plan to hire full-time permanent employees in 2017). Bottom line — the hiring outlook for 2017 is the best it’s been in a decade, in most cases, across the board.

What does that mean to you going forward? Considering a new job with better advancement and more money? Wondering if you should?
You Are In the Driver Seat

Wage gains are finally outstripping inflation after a long period of flat to weak wage increases. For big the picture, and the stats in your area, check out […]

January 26th, 2017|Job Search Tips|1 Comment
  • What are your compensation expectations.

What Are Your Salary Expectations?

Interviewing? What are your salary expectations.
Interviewing?  Get the Salary You Deserve. 
The interview’s just about over.  You’ve done well, you think.  Your heartbeat’s slowly returning to normal.  Your interviewer’s glanced at their watch, and is packing up their notes.  You follow their cue.

They pause, cock their head, look you straight in the eye while at the same time feigning a casual approach.  You know what’s coming next.  It’s that dreaded, seemingly innocent but in reality often a final make-or-break question.…

“What are your salary expectations for this job?” […]

Is Your Resume Recruiter Friendly?

It’s no secret that your resume is your most important professional document, and the key to your career success.  A good resume opens doors for you.  A not-so-good resume will keep you out of the game entirely.

But how do you to stand out in a sea of qualified applicants and catch the attention of a recruiter, headhunter or other human resources?

What’s the Recruiter Friendly Test and will your resume pass?

A recruiter’s job is to identify, attract and land the best talent available for their clients and companies.  Headhunters* are under pressure to do their job with speed and accuracy.  Resumes are […]

Networking for Introverts: Paradox Not Oxymoron

We’ve discussed that networking is critical to one’s professional success (Network Whether You Want To Or Not), but for some of us, the mere thought of entering a room full of strangers makes our stomach turn, our head hurt, and leads to a strong desire to run home to be alone with our thoughts.  If this sounds even a little bit like you, you’re not alone.  You’re not doomed to professional failure.  Research shows 30 to 50% of the population has introverted tendencies and you’re probably somewhere in that percentage of the population.

The good news (and paradox) for introverts—is that introverts have natural strengths that often make […]

Network: Whether You Want To or Not

“Networking is people looking for people looking for people.” Jarod Kintz

In today’s world, we increasingly network from a distance through email and our ever-expanding social media platforms.  While this kind of “networking” has been a great equalizer for individuals and companies both large and small, there is NO substitute for being there in-person.  There are an endless number of networking opportunities: professional meetings, conferences, receptions and parties, events and more. All of these opportunities can be found in your community, you just have to keep an eye out for them.
But why bother with networking?
Networking is the fastest and easiest method […]

March 27th, 2015|Networking, Recent College Graduate|2 Comments

Qualified. Interviewed. Rejected. Why?

They told me I was the most qualified for the job but they didn’t hire me. Why?
The One Secret to Interview Success
Chances are you missed the one secret ingredient to interview success.

What happened? Or didn’t?
Have you noticed some people have a knack for connecting? They always seem to be heard in meetings, liked by their peers, subordinates and bosses. And, they always seem to land the job of their dreams. You want to hate them, but they’re just so darned likeable. Is their secret sauce really such a secret? Maybe they’ve mastered “Rapport.” Good news! It is a skill […]

  • Are you ready for your interview?

Are You Ready for Your Job Interview?

Newsflash

The demand for top talent will remain high throughout the remainder of the year. “The consensus is recruiters, hiring managers and small businesses are gearing up for a robust second half of 2014” reports Matt Krumrie in a recent ZipRecruiter post.

This is great news for job seekers, especially if your goal is to find your dream job this year. Assuming your qualifications land you an interview, how do you clinch the deal?

The candidates who get the most job-offers are the ones who are the best prepared. When you can demonstrate you understand your prospective employer’s needs, you’re in the perfect […]

Career-Killing Wardrobe Disasters – Are You Guilty?

Career-Killing Wardrobe Disasters – Are You Guilty? What you wear to work depends on your industry, company, geographic region and the activities you have planned for the day. Most image consultants and corporate executives agree that there are basic standards that everyone should follow.

Here is a list of 15 “looks” that are never a good idea in the office…
(…do NOT make these mistakes!)

Hot job market but you’re unemployed? (Or you know someone who is?)

NEWSFLASH

 

It’s not just your imagination; hiring’s happening again. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics confirms: 

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000
The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent in April 2014.
Even the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined. 

That’s fantastic news for most of us here in the US. However, those statistics can be especially disheartening to anyone, who for one reason or another, find themselves still without a job… recent college graduates, company reorganization, out-sourcing, laid-off or fired, re-entering the work force or relocation (to name a few).

 

Searching for a new […]

June 6th, 2014|Job Search Tips|0 Comments

The One Thing that Improves Your LinkedIn Profile

Recruiters and hiring managers are very busy people these days. They spend 20 seconds or less scanning LinkedIn profiles to determine if you are a prospect that is worth further attention.

You could have the most amazing LinkedIn profile out there but if no one can find you, you will be overlooked and ignored.

So what’s the key to being found? (…to find out, read on…)

April 23rd, 2014|Career Advice, Job Search Tips|2 Comments

Interviewed. Ignored?!? Why? Shocking Truth…

You did your interview-prep homework. You dressed for success. You believe you nailed the interview. You sent your thank you notes. In short, you did everything right.

Now you’re waiting, perhaps not so patiently. You keep your phone at hand at all times and check your email inbox constantly. But you receive no word, no feedback at all. You just can’t stop wondering why.

You’re not alone. In today’s marketplace the silence seems to be more the rule rather than the exception. But why? There are three main reasons. (Continue reading here to find out three reasons why many interviews are ignored […]

Truth, Lies and Salary Negotiations

Is it okay if I lie about my current salary in a job interview?

It can be very tempting to “exaggerate” or “embellish” one’s compensation in hopes of bumping up the salary you receive in a job offer. Research has shown (Vault.com) that as many as one in six job seekers will do just that!

But you shouldn’t according to John Hasnas, Associate Professor of Business Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He says,”Even though you don’t work for the person conducting the interview, you’re still obligated to be ethical.”

Think about it….How would you like it if the employer lied to […]