What Hiring Managers See When They Look at Your Resume

November 17, 2011

Every resume speaks for itself, but the struggle for job applicants is to figure out exactly what it says.

Too often, job hunters leave out valuable information that could help them land a job and instead throw in details that either add no value or make a hiring manager question the candidate’s professionalism or competence for the position, career experts say. Every section of the resume needs to be thought through carefully and every sentence should be reviewed to understand the impact it will have on the person reading it.

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Study Reveals Skills Disconnect Between Job Seekers, Companies

November 10, 2011

It’s not just those out of work that are struggling to find the right opportunity in this job market, companies are also facing major challenges finding candidates with the right skills to fill their openings. According to a recent survey, only 14% of hiring managers report “nearly all” or “most” job candidates have the skills they are seeking.

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Why you didn’t land the top job

November 7, 2011

Suzanne Lucas, a fellow MoneyWatch columnist, recently wrote a very popular piece addressing the concerns of a reader who said she had applied to every job imaginable and still couldn’t get hired. Lucas suggested that part of the problem was in the “every;” a targeted job search is much more effective than a wider one.

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New Survey Highlights Skills Gap in Labor Market

November 4, 2011

As a job seeker, it can be tough to determine what employers are looking for. While one opportunity might stress fit within the organization, another might emphasize technical skills or education. And unfortunately, what hiring managers want and what applicants have to offer are often very different things. This is what has become known as the “skills gap”.

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Skills gap is one reason for high unemployment

November 3, 2011

With the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation report being released on Friday, many people will focus on the 14 million+ Americans who are still looking for work.

But there are some 3.1 million jobs remaining unfilled.

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Job Preparedness Indicator Featured on Career Hub Blog

November 2, 2011

More than 14 million Americans are looking for work, and many are frustrated by a poor employment market. However, those scouring for open positions may not realize that many organizations are hiring but employers are not seeing the skills they are looking for.

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Live Blog Chat on New Research that Identifies Employer Needs and Job Seeker Skills

October 28, 2011

 Join us for a live blog chat on new research and actionable advice for job seekers on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM CST. Career Advisory Board member, author and speaker, Jason Seiden, will offer insights on the Job Preparedness Indicator and its implications for succeeding in the job search.

The Job Preparedness Indicator, a new annual survey, released by the Career Advisory Board established by DeVry University, aims to close the divide between what candidates offer and the needs of employers. Findings reveal how candidates can better position themselves by focusing on the qualifications employers’ value most.


Job Seekers: You’re Not As Prepared As You Think You Are

October 28, 2011

I talk to job seekers every day, and they have strikingly similar attitudes.  They feel frustrated that the market remains so poor. Whether they are at junior, mid-, or senior levels, they find that the jobs just aren’t out there. And I, as a career advisor, am in the unenviable position of telling them that they’re wrong.

In fact, many organizations are hiring in droves. Much as job seekers would like to think the problem is the market, and they’re perfectly qualified, that simply isn’t the case. Candidates are failing at their job search because they don’t have the skills that employers want, plain and simple.

Companies across the country report having increasing difficulty finding qualified workers, and some economists believe this skills gap is nearing a crisis.  A national survey, the Job Preparedness Indicator, conducted by the Career Advisory Board and Harris Interactive, polled 540 hiring mangers at top companies and 734 adults looking for work last month and found that only 14% of the hiring managers felt that the candidates they had seen had met their qualifications for open positions.

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How to Jumpstart Your Job Search Despite Lackluster Market Improvement

July 8, 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has just released data on the Employment Situation in June, and overall, we’re continuing to see minimal improvement in job market health. Because employment gains in 2011 are not occurring as quickly as initially anticipated, job seekers must be more proactive than ever to ensure that they can earn a living. As a founding member of the Career Advisory Board presented by DeVry University, I’ve taken note of the BLS data and provided the following action steps.

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How baby boomers can manage younger workers

June 21, 2011

With a new wave of college graduates applying for jobs, companies are looking for the most effective ways to manage these young workers — but some managers are having a difficult time bridging the generation gap, according to a recent survey.

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Tips to Position Millennial Employees for Career Success

May 31, 2011

As business leaders strategize to fill the void left by baby boomers starting to retire, they’re also adapting to a new generation of young professionals in the workforce.

Millennials, who represent 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, are the largest segment of potential employees, and their influence in the workplace continues to grow based on their technology savvy and skill set.

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We can have better work lives

May 20, 2011

Every now and then we hear someone say, “I love my work so much I’d do it for free,” but not often. If we feel caught in a rut, that comment depresses. It brings to mind a famous faith healer testifying to a room full of sick people about his great faith: “I haven’t even had a headache in 40 years.

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Job market looking up for recent college grads

May 14, 2011

Facing a tight but gradually loosening job market, Muhlenberg senior Kali Kambouroglos plans to head home after graduation to find a job in the public relations industry somewhere in central Pennsylvania.

The 22-year-old Lancaster native hopes her degrees in Spanish and communications will help her land a position with a local nonprofit that will allow her to launch her career close to home. She’s done some preliminary hunting, without a lot of success.

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Younger workers value meaning above pay, survey says

April 21, 2011

South Florida’s 20-somethings say it is passion — not pay — that matters most to them in a job.

The recession has had an impact on workers of all generations, but the youngest generation is exhibiting a different work attitude than perhaps it once did, one study shows.

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How Has the Recession Shaped Career Attitudes of Millennials?

April 19, 2011

It’s dangerous — and often inaccurate — to generalize generations’ workplace preferences and behaviors. Many hiring managers, however, are still clinging onto generational stereotypes, particularly of the oft much-hyped Millennial generation (those workers born between 1980 – 1995) — stereotypes that Millennials themselves have moved well beyond since first entering the workplace in the last several years.

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Will Millennials always be preceded by their reputation at work?

March 30, 2011

Every time a generation rises into the workforce, there’s a negative stereotype that goes with them. Baby boomers, for example, were authority-questioning, free-loving hippies. The latchkey kids of Generation X, on the other hand, were a bunch of cynical loners.

Millennials (or Gen Y), the newest generation to enter the workforce, are no different. As “60 Minutes” once put it: “[Millennials] were raised by doting parents who told them they are special, played in little leagues with no winners or losers, or all winners. They are laden with trophies just for participating, and they think your business-as-usual ethic is for the birds. And if you persist in that belief, you can take your job and shove it.”

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Surprising Field Where Job Opportunities Abound

March 30, 2011

Health care and high tech. High tech and health care. If you or someone you know is looking for a job, that’s probably all you hear about. There are thousands of job openings at Google, Microsoft, Groupon and your local health care services facility, but what about those of us who are not specially trained in these very exacting fields? Isn’t there anything out there for us?

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