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You Can Get the Interview With Only Half the RequirementsRead the rest of this entry »
You’re as likely to get an interview matching 50% of requirements as matching 90%.
That sounds crazy, doesn't it? What hiring manager would settle for someone who met half the requirements the manager asked for?
As bizarre as that seems, research into 6,000 job applications found that once you meet 40% of the requirements listed for a job, your chances of getting an interview begin to go up ...
Job Requirements Inflation Is DeflatingRead the rest of this entry »
The tight job market is finally convincing employers that maybe they don't really need to hire only college graduates. There's evidence that for some jobs, hiring managers are willing to lower their academic demands and even consider candidates with no experience.
A Payscale survey conducted at the end of last month found half of the respondents reporting they're hiring more people without formal college. The blog post reporting this cited ...
Employers Most Want Creative ThinkersRead the rest of this entry »
What skills will employers most look for in 2019?
If you guessed computer skills, you're right, according to a LinkedIn analysis of thousands of job postings. Ten of the top 25 skills appearing in the job postings all involved coding, UX, data analytics or AI. You could even make a case that several of the others -- digital marketing and business analysis for example -- are in that computing / internet wheelhouse.
10 States Where Jobs Are Growing FastestRead the rest of this entry »
Almost 5 million Americans moved out of state last fiscal year, many of them for employment purposes. Will you be one of them in 2019?
Before making that kind of move, take a look at the latest numbers to see which states are enjoying the strongest job growth. That should be a consideration even if you're looking ahead to retirement. After all, many retirees decide to get back into the ...
A Resume QR Code Will Make You Stand OutRead the rest of this entry »
QR codes have been around since not long after the first smartphones came out. Now they're everywhere. Everywhere except on resumes.
Resumes -- and business cards -- are an ideal place for QR codes. LinkedIn thought it such a good idea the company added a unique QR code for every member last June. (Find yours by using the mobile app. From the home tab, tap the QR icon in the search box ...
Desperate Companies Are Hiring Sight UnseenRead the rest of this entry »
In a sign of just how desperate employers are becoming to fill jobs, more than a few are hiring workers they've never met.
Most of these jobs are seasonal, but The Wall Street Journal says an increasing number are for such in-demand positions as engineers, IT professionals and teachers.
Boeing has filled more than a few entry-level technical and engineering jobs sight unseen, offering jobs after a phone interview.
More Companies Are Using Pre-Interview QuestionnairesRead the rest of this entry »
One of the latest trends in hiring is the pre-interview questionnaire.
These have been around for years, but now we're seeing a growing, if still small, number of organizations using them as an additional screening tool. Typically, these only go to candidates selected for an interview. Their purpose is to gather the kind of information that resumes and phone screens don't turn up -- how you would fit into the company ...
Two Page Resumes Are the Way to GoRead the rest of this entry »
You know that advice about keeping your resume to one page? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Two-page resumes were preferred by recruiters and those who do the hiring by better than 2-to-1 over the one-pagers they reviewed. The 2-pagers also scored higher and got more eyeball time.
The professional resume writing service ResumeGo enlisted almost 500 recruiters, hiring managers, HR professionals and some C-level executives to review 20,000 resumes. They knew they were ...
Make Your Resume Stand Out In 7.4 SecondsRead the rest of this entry »
In 2012, a study of how long recruiters studied a resume stunned job seekers when it turned out the average was 6 seconds.
Now, a redo of that study finds not much has changed. The average time bumped up to 7.4 seconds.
Just as they did with the first study, recruiters and employment professionals can argue over the accuracy and thoroughness of this update, but whether it's 6 seconds ...
It Takes 5 Months to Land a JobRead the rest of this entry »
You've been job-hunting since summer and despite all the talk about the shortage of workers, you have yet to get more than a polite, "We'll keep you on file."
Don't despair. It now takes an average of five months to land a new job, says a Randstad survey of 2,000 workers.
During those months, the average jobseeker will produce four different versions of their resumes, write four cover ...