Blue-collar jobs in 2018 pay more than you think
SAN DIEGO, CA - There is a talent shortage in America's blue-collar sectors, and it's projected only to grow. In manufacturing alone, 57% of the 3.5 million jobs that analysts predict will exist by 2025 are expected to go unfilled. While the aging baby boomer population, growing economy and widening skills gap have each played a part, nearly all industry executives agree that a negative perception of such work has contributed to a lack of interest from job seekers. But there are a number of blue-collar jobs that bank big bucks.
Topping the list yet again are nuclear power reactor operators. The 6,010 individuals employed in this role are responsible for operating and monitoring equipment, recording data and, when necessary, implementing emergency procedures and they make an annual mean wage of $94,350 to do it. Electrical and electronics repairers make up to $77,770, and can inspect, test, repair and maintain electrical equipment in every state, as long as they have a high school diploma.
Whether a gas plant operator making $69,600 or an electrical power-line installer and repairer earning $68,710, the workers employed in these high-paying blue-collar jobs are faring above average. Considering the tight nature of the labor market and the projected talent shortage, it might not be far-fetched to think that this trend will continue.
Where to post your resume
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Recruiters are reporting a higher numbers of positions to fill than in months past. And most are turning to career websites to instantly find qualified candidates currently on the market. However, with so many available candidates, and the large fees charged them by the biggest job boards, many hiring managers have turned to a variety of the smaller job boards to look for new employees.
So while it may take some time, posting your resume on all the best sites, large and small, is the best way to maximize your job opportunities. If you want the exposure but also want to avoid spending 60 hours filling out 75 web forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. Fill out just one easy form and you'll be posted on up to 75 top career sites like Job.net, America's Job Exchange, CareerBuilder, Dice and more. A comprehensive list of all the sites they post to is on their home page.
Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To try Resume Rabbit, follow this link.
Summer: One of the best times to find a job
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Since we were in school, summer has been associated with vacations, lazy days and a small break from life. Because of this association, people often forget that's not how it works in the real world. While workers do take vacations during the summer months, most people are only allowed a few weeks of vacation time. The rest of the summer is business as usual, as employers gear up for the busy fall and winter.
"If a company has an immediate need for someone, they'll fill the position now instead of waiting until the fall," says Eileen Javers, global leader of transition practices for Right Management, a provider of integrated consulting solutions for employment. If you wait, you'll miss out on these jobs, as well as on the chances of getting ahead of the rest to be considered for interviews in the fall, she adds.
Javers offers this advice for job-hunting this summer: Do at least one proactive thing per day, such as calling an old teacher or coach for a networking meeting. Use the time others consider 'down time' to sharpen your job-search skills. Search and apply to jobs to get ahead of the competition. Refine your interviewing skills by practicing in front of a video camera. Network with people you meet on vacation and at summertime activities like picnics, barbecues and beach parties.
Resume keywords and why should you use them
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ - You could graduate top of your class from an elite university, with great work experience to boot. But if your resume is chock-full of errors, there's a good chance an employer will toss it out. "A resume needs to be perfect before you hit send" says Jennifer Lasater, vice president of career services at Purdue University Global, she has nearly 20 years of experience in recruiting and career services.
Here, she shares the five common resume mistakes that make even the smartest people look dumb: 1. The one-size-fits-all resume: Sending out one generic resume to any job that seems interesting is a big no-no. 2. A lengthy resume: The average recruiter spends just six seconds on a resume initially, so your work history must be concise and to the point.
3. An unprofessional email address: No recruiter will seriously consider an applicant whose resume boasts a "cute" or "sexy" email. These types of emails scream that you're unprofessional. 4. Spelling mistakes: According to research, having typos on your resume could be a career-killer. 5. Grammatical errors: Pay attention when writing your resume to save yourself from making costly grammatical mistakes like using the wrong type of "they're, their or there."
Do you feel like you've hit a wall in your job search?
LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you feel like you've simply hit a wall in your job search, maybe it's time to let someone else find you a job. Have you ever considered hiring a recruiter? Or, better yet, hiring hundreds of them? Resume Mailman is a service that has already pre-screened hundreds of recruiters that are anxiously waiting to help you find the job of your dreams!
Most recruiters know of hundreds of jobs that are not advertised in conventional places like classified ads or online job boards. Using a recruiter is the only way to tap into these hidden jobs. And, using several recruiters is the best way to be considered for thousands of unadvertised jobs - jobs that might suit you perfectly. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and then you input your resume. Then, your information is instantly delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area!
With Resume Mailman the process of getting your resume out to these recruiters takes about 10 minutes! You can even get a confidential email address for your resume AND receive a contact list of all the recruiters who received your resume. Following up with these recruiters will only help move you to the top of their minds and your resume to the top of the stack. This is a very effective yet little known way to quickly gain access to the unadvertised jobs. To check out Resume Mailman, go to this link.
Eight Tricky Interview Questions
CHICAGO, IL -- Does the thought of going on a job interview cause your palms to sweat and your body to break out in hives? First, take the proper amount of time to prepare for your interview. Being well-prepared will boost your confidence and lower your anxiety. Experts recommend that you spend at least three hours preparing for each interview.
You should draft answers to the most common interview questions and practice speaking them out loud. Here are eight common questions to prepare for:
1) Why should we hire you?
2) Why do you want to work here?
3) What are your greatest weaknesses?
4) Why did you leave your last job?
5) Describe a problem situation and how you solved it.
6) What accomplishment are you most proud of?
7) What are your salary expectations?
8) Tell me about yourself.
Additionally, make sure to read up on the company with which you will be interviewing and prepare some questions of your own. This lets the interviewer know that you're truly interested in the company and the position. As a final step in your preparation, make sure you have good directions to the interview site.
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.
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Networking: Things to watch out for
MILWAUKEE, WI -- I received the following email message recently. Since I am a big proponent of networking, I wanted to quickly outline all the reasons this email was not effective. Example: "Dear Sir. Can yout get me a job in Cleveland? Thx, TJ"
First, TJ didn't bother to run spell check, or even look carefully at his message before hitting send. Second, I don't live anywhere near Cleveland, as TJ would have discovered if he had clicked the link that leads to my bio. Third, chat-style grammar ("thx") doesn't belong in job-related correspondence. And fourth, you would think TJ would make some effort at telling me about him/herself as part of a request for help - ideally, a resume would have been attached to the message.
But here's the real kicker. In today's competitive job market, nobody can get you a job. They can share leads and advice, they can answer specific questions, and they may have suitable opportunities that you can apply for. But nobody can get you a job.
At the risk of offending TJ, the many mistakes reflected in the email message to me don't bode well for his/her employment prospects, if he/she makes similar mistakes when contacting employers. However, having said that, TJ took the time to reach out and expand his/her network. There's a lot to be said for that!