20 Ways to Restart Your Job Search in 2013

December 26, 2012

The past year was filled with stories offering suggestions for job hunters looking to increase their chances of landing work. Here are the top 20 pieces of advice that job seekers can use to jumpstart their job search in 2013.


5 job interview mistakes to avoid

November 26, 2012

A failure to communicate may be one of the biggest mistakes job seekers are making these days, and mature workers may be struggling more than most.

A recent survey found that only 18% of hiring managers said senior-level job seekers have the skills needed for the job—but that’s largely because job seekers aren’t communicating their skills effectively, said Alexandra Levit, a Chicago-based career-trend consultant and author.


What Hiring Managers Want In A Good Job Candidate

November 7, 2012

Even in a tight job market, hiring managers are having a tough time finding the right candidates.

According to the Career Advisory Board’s 2012 Job Preparedness Indicator, only 17% of the 516 hiring managers polled said job seekers possess the skills the companies are actually looking for.


Hiring Managers Say Skills Gap is Widening

October 24, 2012

Despite the current unemployment levels and the millions of people looking for work, some employers say they are finding it more difficult to find the just-right fit for open positions.


Out of work? How job hunters can fight the growing stigma of unemployment

October 16, 2012

Forty percent, or 5 million, of unemployed Americans are considered “long-term unemployed,“ according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning they have been jobless for at least 27 weeks. With so many people facing long-term unemployment it’s inevitable that the topic is raised as they seek and interview for jobs.


How to make the successful transition from college to career

September 24, 2012

Many recent college graduates continue to face a challenging job market, but do they know how to effectively locate and acquire a job?

With 53.6 percent of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 underemployed or unemployed, the nation’s young people are unfortunately less prepared than they think.


Are College Graduates Unprepared For the Job Marketplace?

September 24, 2012

The latest study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on the behalf of the Career Advisory Board which is established by DeVry University recently reported 1.5 million of college graduates under 25 are jobless or under-employed.

Alexandra Levit (@alevit), a member of the Career Advisory Board, agreed to speak to me about the study. Levit is a renowned business and workplace expert, and an author of several books.


What’s Keeping Graduates from Finding Jobs?

September 17, 2012

Four years of college and a diploma aren’t enough to prepare recent graduates for the work force. A majority of college career center directors cite students’ lack of motivation as recent graduates’ biggest barrier to finding a job.

According to a new survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on behalf of the Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, 56 percent of career center directors said students’ lack of interest in formal career preparation and professional development is preventing graduates from finding a job. An additional 47 percent said students lack the motivation to look for a job.


College Career-Center Directors Say Students Are Unprepared for a Job Search

September 13, 2012

With unemployment rates still high, many recent college graduates are jobless, and according to a new national survey of college career centers, they are commonly unprepared to find work.

More than three-quarters of career-center directors believe the biggest obstacle in effectively counseling students is that they underestimate the amount of time and effort required for a job search, says the report, “Effectively Counseling Graduating Students,” released on Wednesday by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board, a panel of education and business leaders. It is based on a survey this summer of career-center directors at nearly 600 campuses, conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, or NACE, and the advisory board.


Job-Hunting Tips for Unemployed Grads

December 7, 2011

The unemployment rate might have dropped to 8.6% last month, but recent college grads are still having a hard time landing full-time employment.

Whether they graduated this past summer or in the past few years, grads need to develop a strategy to get their foot in the door in the recovering job market.


Career Advisory Board Member Alexandra Levit Discusses the Job Preparedness Indicator Research with WGN Radio

December 3, 2011

On December 3, 2011, Career Advisory Board member, Alexandra Levit, joined Bill Moller of WGN Radio to discuss the key findings of the Job Preparedness Indicator research, which assessed the value of key job skills. Alexandra provided insights from the newly released study and shared actionable advice for how job seekers can close the skills gap and make themselves more marketable to employers.

To listen to the full WGN Radio interview, please visit WGNRadio.com.

Hiring managers flunk most job seekers

November 30, 2011

Think you aced that job interview? Probably not according to a survey of hiring managers and job seekers conducted on behalf of DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board.

While 72% of job applicants thought they did well in their interview only 14% of hiring managers thought most or nearly all their applicants had the skills and traits they wanted in a worker.


Bridging the Disconnect Between Job Candidates and Hiring Managers

November 30, 2011

On this episode of TLNT Radio, Career Advisory Board member, business author and consultant Alexandra Levit and TLNT’s Lance Haun discuss the growing disconnect between job candidates and hiring managers and how those in HR and recruiting can help bridge that gap with smart practices and common sense.


Develop Your Personal Brand

November 24, 2011

DeVry University released a survey that takes aim at dispelling gloomy myths about the job market. The Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, released the results of the Job Preparedness Indicator, a national survey that showcased what key skills employers deem most important in prospective employees, but is least common among job seekers. “What the most striking finding, I feel of the study, was that we always talk about there being a skill gap and that job seekers out there do not have the right skills to fill up those positions,” said Career Advisory Board member for DeVry University Alexandra Levit, who has also authored several books. “Essentially, the Job Preparedness Indicator assesses the value of key skill sets. So if a particular skill was given a high score that means it is considered to be very important, but also very rare.”


Job skills gap is sometimes a matter of perception

November 21, 2011

When looking for a new position, it’s important for job seekers and hiring managers to be on the same page. Managers must clearly state what responsibilities they are looking for in the position they are offering and candidates must demonstrate that they have the skills to match the employers’ needs.


How job seekers can bridge workplace skills gap

November 17, 2011

With the unemployment rate stuck around 9 percent, there are now 14.1 million people out of work in this country. Yet 3 million jobs went unfilled in October, because employers couldn’t find the right talent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.