The Job Search

Making the Job Search Less Awful

Hundreds or even thousands of applications enter the ring; only one will prevail

If you’ve ever been discouraged during a job search after weeks of sending out applications only to see zero responses, you’re not alone.

As noted by Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts, in an article for Workopolis, “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the ‘Top 2%’ of candidates make it to the interview.”

Those numbers are grim, but you can increase your personal success rate by making a few tweaks to your job search strategy.

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Hot Jobs in Winter 2019

Businesses generally optimistic about the fourth quarter employment market; recruiting skilled workers and employee retention remain top challenges. 

To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for business leaders, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track quarterly hiring trends across a wide range of industries.

Express surveyed business owners, decision makers, and human resource professionals about the overall hiring trends in their markets and how those trends impact their hiring decisions.

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Asking the Interview Question: Show Your Interest in the Job

Prove you’re looking for more than a paycheck

We work to get paid. That’s a fact. And interviewers know that—but what they’re really looking for is genuine interest in the job.

An interviewer wants to see an applicant engaged with the position and company, an individual with a certain expertise who understands the company’s mission, brand, and values.

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Jobs You Can Get with Any Bachelor’s Degree

That degree is shiny and new, but uh, now what?

If you’re graduating this fall, congrats! If it’s not ‘til May, still, congrats! And if it’s in a few years? Yeah, congrats are still in order.

Regardless of when you’re graduating, you’d probably like a bit of help with the whole job search thing. Many grads don’t end up with their dream job right after earning their degree. It takes a bit of learning and experience to get there, which means you might not end up in a job related to your major (at least not at first).

Luckily, there are plenty of jobs out there that just require a bachelor’s degree, but nothing super specific. Let’s dig in!

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Coping with Job Search Rejection

Keeping your spirits high when interviews are down.

Interviews are tough. Not getting an interview is even tougher. You can spend hours and hours just searching for jobs to apply for, then spend several more hours filling out applications. And all that work doesn’t even guarantee an interview.

It’s natural to feel down; to want to give up. But you have to dust yourself off, roll up your sleeves, and dive into the job search again. Easier said than done right? Here are a few tips to keep things moving.

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VIDEO: How Much Should You Share About Your Past Job in an Interview

The truth, the whole truth, or something a bit less than the truth?

Plenty of folks freeze up when interviewers ask what they thought about a past job. Should you reveal how bad it was (if it was bad)  or embellish to make it sound a bit better? Do they need to know what you REALLY thought about your boss?

The answer? Keep things positive! Not sure what that means? A few of our top interviewers are here to help in this handy video.

 

 

 

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Introducing a New Blog Series: Questions to Ask After the Interview

Always come prepared with questions!

In our previous blog series, Answering the Interview Question, we focused on the interview questions you wanted help with. Everything from where you see yourself in five years and why you’re leaving your current job to what your co-workers would say about you in three words.

Now we’re focusing on another, often overlooked part of the interview that’s just as important: questions to ask after the interview.

Interviewers want you to ask questions to gauge your interest in the company. Before we get started on the blog series proper (where we’ll focus on three questions each month), let’s go over a few general things to keep in mind.

 

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