Monthly Archives: September 2016
Finding your ideal career can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With more advanced media sites, it’s easier than ever to connect with potential employers and companies that match your talents. With the level of competition for employment, it helps to know someone on the inside and can help you get your foot in the door. Sites like LinkedIn are key to finding a position on the field of your liking, and there are more than you realize. Here are seven alternative networking sites and apps you can use as part of your search. Atleto Working out is the new happy hour, and it’s making its way into the business world, connecting clients and colleagues alike. Atleto, a social sports network, matches users with similar active/sports interests, skill levels and locations in order to create a healthy and productive atmosphere of business professionals.
Atleto says it promotes wellness among colleagues and employees of other businesses in the area. Stepping out for a quick tennis match or spinning class can boost workers’ moods and connections with each other. The platform can also be used in-office for co-workers to destress as a team during lunch break or whenever else needed. Beyond.com Beyond.com calls itself “The Career Network,” and it’s easy to see why: Since 1998, this site has helped connect millions of job seekers with companies that are looking for candidates with their expertise and skills.
The company offers job seekers access to its network of more than 500 industry-organized talent communities across the country so they can pinpoint an open position in the exact field and location they want. In addition to listing career opportunities, Beyond.com provides members with original curated career content, so users can find the advice and resources that are most relevant to them. [See Related Story: Everything You Need to Know About Job Searching in the Digital Age] Jobcase Jobcase gives job seekers the opportunity to create a comprehensive profile to show off their most important and relevant information for recruiters. In addition to work experience and education, you can also list a personal summary, your work preferences (i.e., willingness to relocate, preferred job location, salary range), personal traits, volunteer work and other career-appropriate information.
Hiring may have dominated in 2016, but this year, analytics will become a larger part of the human resources department, the gig economy will reach a tipping point, and employers will return to more traditional benefits packages, one researcher predicts. After studying the job market over the past year, Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, saw big labor-market trends unfold in 2016, and he expects some of those trends to carry over into 2017. According to Chamberlain, several job trends defined 2016. There was a significant increase in hiring (about 2 million new jobs added), but employers had difficulty finding the right candidates: Millions of those new jobs went unfilled, said Chamberlain.
“Today, the ratio of unemployed Americans to open jobs stands at 1.4 to 1, down sharply from 6.6 to 1 during the last recession in July 2009,” Chamberlain wrote. “That shrinking pool of job seekers translates into fewer available candidates — leading to today’s growing reliance on recruiting from passive, already employed candidates.” Of those new jobs, many of them were tech-focused, as evidenced by the increase in data scientists, mobile developers and databased engineered hired in industries like healthcare, finance and retail. Finally, Chamberlain noted that there was an increase in pay growth and transparency, thanks to new federal reporting rules. Overall, the U.S. labor market is at one of its strongest points in decades. “However, technology and automation are changing the way we work forever, creating both opportunities and challenges for 2017 and beyond,” Chamberlain said in a statement. “In this environment, the future of jobs, employer branding and recruiting is top of mind for job seekers, employees and employers.” Based on what he saw in the job market over the past year, Chamberlain said there are several trends he expects to be “game changers” in 2017: 1. HR will embrace data science.
While data science has become a dominant aspect of most industries, it will now start to transform how human resources and recruiting operate. Chamberlain predicts that low-cost workforce analytics that provide data on the employee life cycle will allow the HR industry to catch up to other industries already reaping the benefits of data science. “Using data science in HR to make even small improvements in recruiting, hiring and engagement has the potential for huge benefits to organizations,” Chamberlain wrote. 2. The gig economy will plateau. While many people expect the gig economy to continue picking up steam in the year ahead, Chamberlain believes the majority of the workforce is moving to higher-skilled roles that aren’t a fit for gig workers. “The fastest-growing jobs today are ones that require human creativity, flexibility, judgment and ‘soft skills’ like personal relationships — such as health care professionals, data scientists, sales leaders, strategy consultants and product managers,” Chamberlain wrote. “Those are exactly the kind of jobs least likely to function well in a ‘gig’ economy platform.” 3. Automation will change jobs. Jobs in all industries will start to feel the impact of automation in 2017. While Chamberlain isn’t predicting that automation will take jobs away, he does think it will change all jobs in some way. He said the growing reach of mobile devices, cheap data storage and innovations in machine learning will have a big impact on how people work. “2017 looks to be the year when these big advances in automation will start changing the daily work of more Americans,” Chamberlain wrote. “The jobs that will be most affected by automation are routine jobs that need to be done the same way and that don’t require much flexibility or much creative judgment.”
Your resume is likely the first — and possibly only — thing an employer will look at when deciding whether or not to interview you. Smart job seekers know this document has to make a good impression, especially because most hiring managers spend mere seconds assessing a resume. That’s why it’s important to strike the right balance: You want to put enough information to prove that you’re qualified, but you don’t want to bore the hiring manager with pages of useless bullet points and details.
If you’re looking for a new job or just want to spruce up your existing resume, Business News Daily rounded up some of the best expert resume tips to help you stand out and land that interview.
In recent years, career experts have urged job seekers to do away with the old “objective” statement and instead, include a brief summary or “career snapshot” at the top of their resume.
“With the ‘career snapshot’ you present a branding statement that briefly explains your unique value as well as your skills and qualifications. This would then be followed by a few bullet points that highlight your experience and your accomplishments,” said Tomer Sade, CEO of Wise Data Media Insights. “Whatever you list here should be relevant to the position you’re applying to.”
“The top third of your resume is prime resume real estate,” added Lisa Rangel, an executive resume writer and official LinkedIn moderator at ChameleonResumes.com. “Create a robust summary to capture the hiring manager’s eye.”
Sade noted that some recruiters do still want to see a career objective, so if you do choose to include it, make sure it’s brief.
“The idea is to get the relevant information about yourself out there and across to the recruiter,” he said.
When it comes to career-related resolutions for the new year, many employees have finding a new job and saving more money at the top of their lists, new research finds. Overall, more than 20 percent of workers are planning to change jobs in 2017, with younger employees (age 18 to 34) the most likely to search for a new position, according to a CareerBuilder study. “Whether it’s unemployed people trying to find their way back to the workforce or those who are currently employed attempting an upgrade to greener pastures, a new year makes many people set their sights on job hunting,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said in a statement.
When they go looking for new jobs, employees say there are several benefits they would be hard pressed to pass up. The research revealed that 40 percent of employees say working half a day on Fridays is the perk that would most likely draw them to a new employer or keep them from leav
Other highly popular perks employees are looking for include an on-site fitness center, the ability to wear jeans, daily catered lunches and a personal office.
“To keep your top workers, you need to keep a pulse on what they’re seeking,” Haefner said. “For example, poll your employees from time to time to learn more about their goals and motivations and how they want to be treated.”
For those planning to seek out a new employer in 2017, Haefner offers job seekers several tips on improving their chances of a landing a position they want.
- Expand your network: Instead of continuing to attend the same networking events that are frequented by the same people, try to grow your professional circle by mixing up the events you attend and the groups you join.
- Refine your personal brand: Be sure to have a well-defined message of who you are, what experience you have and the direction you want your career to take. Being able to clearly convey your identity to a hiring manager is a good way to set yourself apart from the crowd.
- Be social: Social media, in all its forms, can play a huge part in your chances of finding work. Try following and interacting with companies you like on social media, and consider writing a blog that’s related to your career interests. Additionally, it is critical that you take a good look at your social profiles to ensure potential.
As they say in the business world, it’s all about who you know. Sure, hard work and an impressive resume help, but having connections and possible referrals are often crucial to landing the job of your dreams. In fact, according to a study by recruiting software Lever, referred applicants are almost 10 times more likely to be hired than candidates who aren’t referred. Of candidates who aren’t referred, only 1 in 100 is hired for every position on average, compared with 1 in 16 for those who are referred to the company and 1 in 22 for those who are recommended by an agency. “For some time now, talent acquisition teams have been increasing their focus on proactively sourcing candidates and encouraging employee referrals,” Sarah Nahm, CEO and co-founder of Lever, said in a statement. “[Our] findings prove that those efforts are worthwhile, and paying off.”
Other key findings Lever highlighted in the study include:
- The size of a company correlates with its hiring ratio. The smaller the company, the greater the hiring efficiency. For example, Lever found that companies with fewer than 100 employees have an average of 94 candidates for every open position, while companies with more than 1,000 employees have an average of 129 candidates for every open position.
- The average candidate goes through 4 hours of interviews. Although it depends on the position, candidates spend an average of nearly 4 hours interviewing for a job. Candidates for technical jobs spend the most time interviewing, at 5.5 hours on average, while sales candidates spend an average of only about 3 hours interviewing.
- It takes an average of 34 days for a candidate to be hired. However, larger companies tend to take longer. The average hiring time for companies with more than 1,000 employees was 41 days.
- Recruiters consider nearly half of candidates “underqualified.” Cold applicants who apply without a connection are the most likely to be seen as underqualified (52 percent). On the other hand, just 22 percent of proactively sourced (referred or headhunted) candidates are considered underqualified.
Building your referral path
So what can you do to ensure you stand out as a capable applicant?
1. Create a soft referral for yourself.
You can take matters into your own hands by reaching out to others for help. Leela Srinivasan, chief marketing officer at Lever, advised candidates to “think as broadly as you can about potential connections you have into the organization.” Ask yourself if you know anyone, even just briefly, who can potentially offer a referral.
2. Search for first- or second-degree connections on LinkedIn.
If you find yourself empty-handed after considering possible connections, turn to the company’s LinkedIn page, click “see all employees” and check if you have any first- or second-degree connections.
“If you have a first-degree connection, reach directly out to them, explaining why you’re interested in working for the org[anization] and asking if they can refer you,” Srinivasan told Business News Daily. “If you see a second-degree connection at the company, click on their profile to figure out how you’re connected, and see if there’s a mutual connection who might be able to give you a warm intro.”
According to Srinivasan, many companies have referral programs and offer incentives to employees who refer candidates. You may be surprised by how eager your potential connections will be to refer you.
In job interviews, hiring managers judge you on more than just how you answer their questions. They also take a close look at your body language, new research finds.
Your eye contact, handshake and posture can all help, or hinder, your chances of landing a job, a study from CareerBuilder found.
In the survey, nearly 70 percent of hiring managers named failing to make eye contact as one of the biggest body-language mistakes candidates make during interviews, with 39 percent saying not smiling at all is one of the biggest blunders.
Part of the reason for body language’s importance is that most interviewers make decisions on whether they will consider hiring a candidate before the candidate even has a chance to answer multiple questions. The study found that more than half of employers know within the first 5 minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position.
Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said anxiety can cause many body-language issues. But doing your homework before a meeting can help ward off those nerves, she said.
“The best solution to minimize pre-interview anxiety is solid preparation,” Haefner, said in a statement. “If you don’t read about the company and research your role thoroughly, you could magnify your fear of interviewing poorly and lose the opportunity.”
Overall, these are the 10 biggest body-language faux pas that job seekers make during interviews, followed by the percentage of respondents naming that issue:
- Failing to make eye contact: 67 percent
- Failing to smile: 39 percent
- Playing with something on the table: 34 percent
- Fidgeting too much in their seats: 32 percent
- Crossing their arms over their chests: 32 percent
- Having bad posture: 31 percent
- Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 28 percent
- Having a weak handshake: 22 percent
- Using too many hand gestures: 13 percent
- Having a handshake that was too strong: 9 percent
Haefner said body language can tell employers a lot about who you are.
“Employers are looking for those nonverbal cues to indicate a candidate’s level of professionalism and if they will be the right fit for the position,” Haefner said.
In addition to poor body language, several other behaviors can quickly squash your chances of getting hired. Two-thirds of the hiring managers surveyed said a candidate getting caught lying is the biggest deal breaker during an interview. Another 64 percent said answering a cellphone or texting during an interview is one of the quickest ways to eliminate yourself from consideration.
Coming across as arrogant or entitled, dressing inappropriately, and appearing to lack of accountability are the other biggest interview deal breakers, employers said in the survey.
To make the most out of your job interview, Haefner suggested several tips, including:
- Practice: Being prepared is the best way to avoid an interview disaster, Haefner said. She recommended practicing your interview skills ahead of time with friends or family members. When you’re finished, ask them for feedback on things like posture, your handshake and eye contact.
- Use video: Job seekers can gain a lot of insight into their interview performances by making videos of their practice sessions. Haefner said watching yourself can help you identify any mistakes you’re making unconsciously.