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6 Ways to Research a Company. How To Coach Your References. The hiring process can be long and daunting. And just when you think you’re in the clear after that third round interview—and even sometimes after you’re extended a job offer—there’s still one last hurdle to overcome: the reference. Recruiters and hiring managers routinely conduct reference checks to weed out bad hires and to determine if an applicant is lying.

(Believe it or not, more than 50% of people actually stretch the truth on their resumes.) Now, you might figure that you don’t have to worry about these things. You’re a great hire, and you’re telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Don’t be so sure. You want your references to be recent As much as you might love your college professor, the manager from your first job, these people may not be the most appropriate for the position you’re going after. You want your references to be ready Can you think of anything more cringe-worthy than your reference saying “sorry, I don’t remember that person?”

Like what you’ve read? What To Consider Before Your Job Search | Glassdoor Blog. You’ve spent the last three months searching for a job and company that not only interests you, but that you’re confident you can excel in. Unfortunately, you’ve only been able to find one or the other. Finding the right job fit isn’t always easy. The job search can be a painstakingly long process defined by constant hills and valleys (seemingly a lot of the latter). In fact, job seekers report increasingly longer hiring times, with the job interview process taking an average of 22.9 days in the U.S., according to a June research report by Glassdoor. When it comes to finding the right job fit, you have to be your own advocate. So, here are six questions to ask yourself before beginning your job search: 1.

What led you to begin your job search? Let’s say you are, in fact, unhappy in your current role. 2. Goals give you something to actively work toward and be excited about. An easy way to set career goals is to determine where you see yourself a year from now. 3. 4. 5. 6. 5 Most Common Job Search Mistakes. 5 Ways to Stand Out in Your Job Search. You’ve got your eye on an amazing opportunity. You update your resume, perfect your cover letter, and line up your references. So far, you’re doing everything right. But before you submit your application documents, ask yourself this important question: What sets me apart? You may have an extraordinary cover letter and resume with strong references. Great—but there will probably be other candidates with very comparable documents. So if you really want the gig, you have to be bold and prove your worth—before you’re asked to.

When I was a college student and member of the campus newspaper staff, I participated in interviewing a candidate for Director of Student Publications. I still remembered that director about 10 years later, when I really wanted an open position with my alma mater, but assumed there would be other qualified individuals who wanted it, too. 1. Follow the advice of Liz Ryan, and substitute a pain letter for your cover letter. 2. Hi, John, 3. 4. 5. What Recruiters Look For. Whether you’re actively on the hunt for a new gig or just casually keeping your options open, there’s good news on tap for job seekers in 2015. “This year represents the biggest change in the job landscape that I have seen in 25 years of recruiting,” says Sandra Lee of Dubin & Lee, an accounting and finance executive recruiting firm in Boston.

“With the economy in ‘turnaround mode,’ not only are more jobs becoming available, but salaries are on the rise, and perks like flexible work arrangements and unlimited vacation days are also becoming increasingly common,” she adds. The only snag? According to a recent report by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board (CAB), job seekers aren’t fully prepared to take advantage of these new opportunities.

A mere 7% of hiring managers said that “nearly all” or “most” candidates have the right mix of skills and traits that companies desire in a new hire. RELATED: The Job-Hunting Iron Curtain: What You Need to Know to Make It Past the Recruiter. James Caan CBE | LinkedIn Influencer. Work Coach Cafe — Job search advice. A place to learn and share what works for job search today. Job Search Problem: Why Submitting a Resume Isn’t Enough, and What You Can Do About It.

Many job seekers have described to me that submitting a resume in today’s job market is mostly a banging-their-head-against-a-wall, extremely frustrating waste of time. You want that resume to get you into an interview, but it doesn’t. I think this could be why: 80% of employers Google job seekers before inviting them into an interview! * If employers don’t find something good and solid, that agrees with the resume – a LinkedIn Profile is perfect for this – you aren’t invited in for an interview. Interviewing job candidates is very expensive for an employer to do (2nd only to the cost of hiring the wrong candidate)! The resume-submission-to-interview-invitation process typically runs through these 4 steps: Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. When nothing, or nothing good, is found about you, you end up in the “less likely” or “no” piles in step 2. What Should Job Seekers Do in Response? The good news is that job seekers can influence what is found in this process. 1. 2. 3. 4.

About the author… 17 Tough Truths New Grads Need to Understand | CareerMeh. It’s only a selfie. That’s the argument from graduating students at the University of South Florida. School officials at USF have asked grads to not snap selfies as they receive diplomas. A quote from the Associated Press: “I don’t have an anti-selfie bent,” said Michael Freeman, the USF dean who made the selfie rule.

“I would just caution students to think there’s a time and place.” A “time and place.” Graduation is one of the most formative times and places of our young adult lives. This spring, forget about the pros and cons of selfies at the commencement ceremony. Here are 17 tough truths every graduate should understand. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

This post originally appeared on News to Live By. Image: Flickr. How To Master The Fine Art Of Following Up On A Job Without Being Annoying. Following up after sending a job application can feel, well, icky. You're asking the person doing the hiring, "Did I get it? What's taking so long to pick me? " with a guise of civility. But not following up--especially after the interview--could leave the door unguarded for another candidate to snag your dream job.

What's the best way to show you're interested and excited for the chance, without seeming overzealous or getting blacklisted for pestering? Here's how and when to follow up gracefully during every painful part of the job hunting process. After the application This is the hardest part: Wait. Sometimes job applications don’t want follow-ups at this stage at all. There’s mixed information about making a phone call to follow up at this stage--some recruiters prefer it, while others find it profoundly annoying to be tied up on the phone with someone they only know on paper. For email follows, US News provides this example phone script: A similar script can be adapted for email. Job Seekers: Get HR on Your Side - Amy Gallo. By Amy Gallo | 10:00 AM November 30, 2011 Employers are dealing with more job applicants than ever. With thousands of submissions for a single vacancy, companies must be more diligent when sorting the wheat from the chaff. Many rely on HR managers to screen out applicants who aren’t qualified for the job or a good fit for the company.

This step may feel like a roadblock to you as the applicant, but there are good reasons companies do it. What the Experts Say The majority of job applications die before the hiring manager ever sees them. What happens in an HR screen Not all companies treat HR screens in the same way. Challenge your assumptions If you have a negative attitude toward the screening interviews and the people who perform them, you are unlikely to make a good impression. They’re there to eliminate you. How to prepare First, thoroughly research the company. Last, prepare answers to common interview questions, such as “What interests you about this job?” Principles to Remember Do: How to Get Hired as a Recent Graduate. I based today’s column on a question from a News To Live By reader. If you have a burning career question, submit it here. It could become part of a future NTLB newsletter!

Question: How do I make myself stand out at an entry-level position that tons of grads are going for? Answer below… Please understand I don’t mean the next line with any disrespect. But no one wants to hire you. You’re not a bad person or anything. But I gotta be honest: no employer is interested. Why? With each resume and cover letter, you focus on your own achievements and give little mind to how you can assist the company with its current and future challenges. The job market is full of talented people. Also, never forget to quantify your accomplishments. Why does a company post a job description? Maybe business has grown, and management can use an extra hand. Whatever the reason, the company has a need. How to write a job application from the employer’s perspective Remember, it’s not about you. Ya know what? Share below!

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