Best Methods for Job Seekers to Interact with Companies

In the past, the job search was simple. You would physically visit the company you wanted to interview with, grab a job application, fill it out, and wait for them to get in touch with you.

Nowadays, however, there are a variety of ways for job seekers to get in touch with potential employers. From hiring sites and email to telephone, scheduled in-person interviews, walk-ins, staffing services, online job portals and more.

Express Employment Professionals surveyed readers of Refresh Leadership, our blog for business leaders, to discover the methods companies prefer to communicate with hiring candidates. We also asked readers of Job Journey, our job seeker focused blog, to see if their preferences were in line with those of employers.

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Keeping Your Work and Personal Lives Separate

You want to be the best employee you can be. Professional, organized, and enthusiastic. But you also want to be you with your own opinions and personal life.

Reconciling these two worlds is difficult. How many email accounts do you need? What about social media? Do you add all of your work colleagues on Facebook? Do you really need a LinkedIn?

We’re here to answer all your question. Let’s get started.

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What to Do When an Entry-Level Job Requires Two to Three Years of Experience

Should You Still Apply?

You worked hard in college, and now you’re looking for a great job. But everything you apply for lists two to three years of “real world” experience.

This is a problem grads across the nation are dealing with. Some companies ask for a four-year degree and three years of experience for an entry-level, which can seem impossible. However, if you dig into your college accomplishments, you can find exactly what they’re looking for. Here are a few things to focus on in your resume.

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Are You Being Taken Advantage of in an Unpaid Internship?

If so, it’s time to act.

It’s hard to believe it’s back-to-school season already. Summer break has come to an end as college students across the country move back to their dorms or apartments.

Many of these students will take up an unpaid internship during their spare time. These positions can be a great way to get on-the-job training and experience.

However, what if you start your unpaid internship and notice that you’re not learning anything? You aren’t given much (if any) direction, and the only time your manager asks for your help is when he needs furniture moved or a window washed.

Is this normal, or are you being taken advantage of? Look for these warning signs.

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Answering the Interview Question: Do You Like to Take Charge of Projects and Situations?

Is this a trick question?

This is one of those questions interviewers ask that can really stump job applicants if they aren’t prepared.

It can seem like there has to be a right answer, that you have to choose taking charge or receiving direction. However, there’s plenty of room for personalized answers that relate to you specifically.

Not sure how to start crafting your reply? We’ve got you covered.

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Job Spotlight: Data Entry Specialist

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Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

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Question of the Month: What Perks—Other Than Pay Raises and Traditional Benefits—Could Your Company Offer to Keep You Around?

We’re living in a job seekers market; that means there are more jobs available than qualified individuals to fill them. That’s great for those job searching, but less than great for companies. Companies need to be incredibly competitive to attract and retain top talent.

One of the ways they accomplish this is by offering beneficial perks. Pay raises and other traditional benefits like a good insurance plan are typically expected, but things like a relaxed dress code or flextime can really tip the scales when job seekers are choosing a place to work.

But which perks are the most important? We want to know, and you can help by voting in our poll—what perks are most important to you?

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