I speak with overwhelmed job seekers every week who can't seem to gain any traction in their job search. They tell me, "I'm applying for just about anything that will pay me". This, my friends, will get you nowhere. My suggestion to the job seeker is to stop the scatter-shooting and laser focus your search.
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Job seekers are up against multiple hurdles these days as they look for meaningful work. While poorly written job descriptions and malfunctioning career sites hinder the job search, they now must face an even higher hurdle -- the algorithm.
Most job search websites have increased the use of software that uses complex algorithms to screen and sort resumes by searching for keywords that match specific skill sets and experience. Other programs, like LinkedIn’s “Recruiter,” can help talent managers find passive candidates by searching for a specific location, title or skill.
I have worked in the talent acquisition world for many years. I got started while working as a manager in the manufacturing world and then shifted my focus to the HR generalist side in the non profit and professional services space. Over 8 years ago I moved to the Executive Search world where I work with candidates every week, if not every day.
At the midway point of 2014, it is clear that the U.S. labor market has shaken off its winter slowdown. Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that on average, 231,000 jobs were created each month from February to May, compared with an average of 114,000 jobs in December 2013 and January 2014.
As a college student at James Madison University preparing to search for my first internship, I was filled with apprehension after hearing classmates’ scary stories from their past internships. Many of my friends spent their unpaid summers tucked away in a corner cubicle with a copier and a coffee maker as their only company--and their stories formed my impression of what to expect from internships.
I often write about the pitfalls and perils of the job search and today’s post will be another in that series. With the full bloom of spring we all have a number of things we do in preparation for the onset of this wonderful time of year. Your job search and the methods and strategies you employ should be the same.
When I think of spring cleaning I often use the phrases listed below:
Got ambition? An MBA? A fistful of references?
It may not matter. The No. 1 quality employers want in workers is “personality,” according to an international survey by the Sweden-based global learning institute Hyper Island.
In fact, 78 percent of the survey’s respondents ranked “personality” as the most desirable quality in a worker, and only 39 percent said an applicant’s “skill set” was most important.
With improved economic conditions come increases in staff turnover. As the market improves, HR professionals will be looking for new jobs of their own, according to the results of a new HR Jobs Pulse Survey, released Jan. 22, 2014, by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The percentage of health care clinicians using social media to find a job in 2013 has doubled since 2010, and twice as many receive job-alert texts from recruiters than did three years ago, according to a new survey by AMN Healthcare, a San Diego-based provider of health care workforce staffing services.
The findings are from AMN Healthcare’s Use of Social Media and Mobile by Healthcare Professionals: 2013 Survey Results.