Jobs report positive for February
NEW YORK, NY - The latest jobs report released by the government on Friday contained good news, with impressive employment gains in low-, middle- and high-wage industries. 313,000 jobs were added last month, the most since July 2016 and the 89th straight month of gains, a record. The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, the same as in January and still a 17-year low. The average hourly wage grew by 0.1 percent. It grew by 0.3 percent in January.
For Wall Street, the combination of a strong job growth and a modest rise in wages makes for a dream report. "I love it," said Ellen Zentner, chief United States economist at Morgan Stanley. "We saw a flood of job seekers into the market. We were able to create enough jobs to accommodate new seekers and keep the unemployment rate steady."
Job growth has been consistently strong in recent months. With revisions announced Friday, the monthly average job growth for February, January and December was 242,000. The labor force grew by 806,000, pushing the participation rate back up to the 63 percent mark. Other information released by the government this week showed initial jobless claims still near their lowest level in almost 50 years, suggesting layoffs are down and employers are holding on to their workers.
How to make sure your resume is seen
LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job, even in this sluggish economy. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered and new ones being created. To stay competitive, make sure your resume is seen by recruiters and hiring managers who search the top career sites and niche job boards looking for qualified candidates to fill their open positions. Sure it may take some time posting your resume on ALL these sites, but by doing so you'll get much better exposure than your competition.
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Getting past job search rejection
SIOUX CITY, IA -- You've been sending out resumes like crazy, but you're still not getting any responses. At some point, you realize that no news isn't good news. You've been rejected. Dealing with the challenges of searching for a job is never easy, but dealing with rejection doesn't have to tank your morale. Here are a few tips to help you get past job search rejection.
Process Your Emotions: It's natural to feel angry or frustrated when you're working so hard to find a job and meeting with so much rejection. Pinpoint what event and thoughts are creating the feeling of anger and express the anger in an effective way. Exercise, listen to music, write or talk it out with a friend. Getting over it will help you move forward more constructively. Exercise: Hitting the gym can help you feel better. It takes about 20 minutes of exercise for the endorphins to start being released in your body. Endorphins are natural pain and stress fighters produced by your body. The activity will help you clear your head and recharge for the next round.
Regain Perspective: Heading outdoors also improves your perspective. Go to places such as the ocean, the mountains or the desert. A change of venue will help you shake off some of your malaise and get you out of your own head for a while. Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to deal with rejection. This kind of work helps you see how much you have to offer and how much more you are valued as a human being versus as a worker performing a certain job title. It's a great way to hone your skills, learn new ones and make valuable additional contacts.
Take these steps to get recruiters to notice you
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Job seekers get very hurt when recruiters don't return their phone calls, but why would they return your phone calls when you're not paying them? But all isn't lost if you're currently job hunting and want to get recruiters' attention. Here are short steps you can take to reach out to recruiters and headhunters in your industry.
1 ) Learn how recruiters work. You'll find two types of recruiters: contingency and retained. Contingency recruiters earn fees after a client company hires a candidate they refer. Retained recruiters are paid a retainer in advance to conduct a search. 2) Find the right targets. Locate headhunters who specialize in your industry. Check your local library for directories that list recruiting firms by type, industry, job function or region. 3) Get and give referrals. You should ask your network and colleagues in your industry for referrals to recruiters. Then, place calls to those individuals and mention your mutual contact.
4) Don't be a wallflower. Join professional societies, attending conferences and tell colleagues confidentially that you're open to speaking with recruiters. 5) Prepare a 30-second commercial or elevator pitch. When you call a recruiter, describe who you are, what you do and what you're looking for. Then listen and allow the recruiter to let you know if he or she can market you effectively. 6 ) Be candid about your experience and compensation. Once you're under consideration for an assignment, recruiters will investigate your background to make sure it's squeaky-clean before presenting you to a client company.
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NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!
Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?
Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.
5 Things you should be doing if you're unemployed
CHICAGO, IL -- Here are five things you should allocate time each week to becoming more hirable. 1) Volunteer: Volunteering can increase your chances of being hired if you're strategic about it. By volunteering somewhere relevant, you'll keep your skills fresh while enhancing your resume.
2) Keep Your Skills Current: Spend time each day building new skills. Take advantage of numerous free resources online, including tutorials, e-books, and how-to videos. If you'd rather have more of a class setup, then look for free or affordable adult education classes in your area. 3) Network: There are two parts to networking: reconnecting with your old contacts and forming new ones. Find them, e-mail them, call them. Ask how they are and let them know the specifics of your job search. See if they know of anything or anyone. At a temporary dead-end with your current contacts? Make new ones. Go to networking events. Go to lectures, neighborhood council meetings, even community social events.
4) Freelance: Freelancing is a great way to boost your skills, resume, portfolio, professional network, income, and confidence. 5) Build An Online Presence: Get found online. Start a blog, spruce up your social network profiles, create an online portfolio to showcase your work. Find companies you're interested in working for, subscribe to their blogs, and follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Find decision-makers at those companies and follow them as well.
6 solid search tips to help you find a job
DENVER, CO -- One of the biggest hardships people are experiencing today is the job search. Since the recession hit our economy, job seekers around the country have lost jobs and continue to struggle to find a new position. The journey to get a job is long and can sometimes be very frustrating, but the end reward is worth it. Here are some tips to help you earn employment.
Learn how you can start your own business
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