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What Do You Need to Earn to Rent?Read the rest of this entry »
To afford a two-bedroom rental in New York City's fashionable Chelsea neighborhood you'd need to earn at least $49 an hour. Drive north 80 miles to Poughkeepsie, and you can get two-bedrooms for little more than half that.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has compiled HUD data from across the U.S. on the fair market rent for one and two-bedroom rentals by state and right down to individual ...
New England Is Best Place for Working DadsRead the rest of this entry »
Just in time for Father's Day, comes a report from Wallet Hub declaring Massachusetts the best state for working fathers.
On each of the four broad categories Wallet Hub looked at – child care, health, work-life balance and economic and social well-being – the state ranked either 1,2 or 3 among the 50 states and District of Columbia.
Multiple elements were weighted in each of the categories, giving Massachusetts an overall ...
6 Tips for Turning Down a Job OfferRead the rest of this entry »
After slogging through multiple interviews over the last few months, you’ve now got two job offers.
One really excites you. The other? Well, it’s from a great company, but the offer itself isn’t what you were hoping for, so you’re turning it down.
How do you do that? And what should you say?
Here are six tips we’ve condensed from a recent Flexjobs article about ...
Say Thank You Even When You Turn Them DownRead the rest of this entry »
We've written before about the importance of sending a thank you after an interview and even after being rejected for a job. Until recently, we hadn't thought about sending a thank you note when it's you who turns them down. Yet that's just what a candidate did, making such an impression that LinkedIn wrote about it.
The background is this: The candidate was actively being sought by several companies including ...
It's the Soft Skills That Decide Who Gets HiredRead the rest of this entry »
"Hard skills will get you the interview — soft skills will get you the job," starts an article on the increasing focus recruiters and hiring managers are placing on communication, teamwork and the personality traits summarized as emotional intelligence.
Published on the Society of Human Resource Management website, the article explains the importance of soft skills as a hiring differentiator from the perspective of five recruiters. "In these discussions, two ...
This Is How You Write a Cover LetterRead the rest of this entry »
The question of including a cover letter with your resume comes up from time to time. On this there are two distinct sides and not much in the middle.
On one side are those coaches and hiring managers who see a cover letter as a way to amplify your qualifications and draw attention to the skills that don't translate well onto a resume.
On the other side is the group ...
No Thank You Note, No JobRead the rest of this entry »
The reasons for saying thank you for the interview are many: It's a chance to remind the interviewer of your strengths; it's gracious; and, because so few do it, it helps you stand out. Last week, Business Insider Editor Jessica Liebman added one more: She won't hire anyone ...
Help Wanted: Spend 2 Months in Bed for $18.5KRead the rest of this entry »
24 lucky men and women are being paid almost $19,000 to stay in bed for the next two months. They also get free room and board and regular medical exams.
Interested in a gig like that? Apply here.
If you're expecting us to say April Fool, don't. This is a legit job offer from NASA and the European Space Agency.
They need volunteers to test an idea they have ...
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 ...