Tag Archives: job search

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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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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Why You Should Network Even When You Don’t Want To

Connections make the world go ‘round

Very few people enjoy professional networking events, and according to a study put out by Administrative Science Quarterly, there’s a reason for that. These events don’t work. Ninety-five percent of attendees hope to make new contacts, yet spend over 50% of the event talking to people they already know.

Another study from the same journal shows that networking to advance your career can actually make you feel uncomfortable. Turns out folks don’t like using people for their own nefarious  career-furthering purposes.

All of that is why Natasha Lyonne, star of Netflix’s Russian Doll and Orange is the New Black, has a simple two-step approach to networking. She spoke of her approach at The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” conference in New York, covered by Quartz.

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Self-Imposed Barriers Job Seekers Need to Overcome

Many jobseekers spend hours a day filling out job applications online. In today’s world, would-be-employees need to treat the job search itself like a part-time job to get the position of their dreams.

 

Moving on isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In a study by Workopolis, 75% of applicants for a given role aren’t actually qualified to do it. “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the ‘Top 2%’ of candidates make it to the interview,” says Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts.

However, being able to do a job isn’t just about the listed requirements.

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Always the Interviewee, Never the Hire

You keep getting interviews, but why won’t anybody hire you?

The job search isn’t easy. You can submit 50 online job applications and never hear back from a single company.

But what do you do when you ARE getting interviews, but never progressing beyond the first or second round? Your resume isn’t the problem, so there must be something else holding you back.

We’ve got you covered. There can be plenty of reasons you aren’t getting the job offer. Let’s dig in. (more…)