Tag: Job Search Series

4 Hiring Lessons From the Best Cities For Millennials

4 Hiring Lessons From the Best Cities For Millennials

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. The Millennial workforce is the future. Some of the biggest companies today were founded by Millennials looking to innovate. Just look at social media giant, Facebook. Your company might not be located in a dorm room, but this doesn’t mean a great Millennial candidate wouldn’t be a welcome addition to your team. Besides, your company can’t really afford to ignore Millennials. By 2014 they will comprise up to 36% of the workforce, and by 2020 that number will jump to 46%. Realizing the importance of these young superstars, many cities have begun working overtime to lure Millennial wor
Your Attitude is Key to Your Job Search

Your Attitude is Key to Your Job Search

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Dave Sanford is the Executive Vice President, Client Relations at Winter, Wyman. Dave has been helping clients as they set their recruiting and hiring strategy for over twenty years. To learn more about Dave and how to leverage Winter, Wyman for your business visit www.winterwyman.com. It’s the one thing out of the entire process you can control. That's what makes your attitude vitally important in the job search. You can’t control when someone is going to call you back, or if the person liked you, or what the economy is going to do, but you can control your attitude and how you conduct yourself throughout the process. Battling Depression The job search process inherently comes with ups and downs — moments of excitement and anticipation blended with feeling defeated and beaten down. It’s
6 Secrets to Millennials’ Workplace Happiness

6 Secrets to Millennials’ Workplace Happiness

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Image: sv_sunny/Getty CreativeYou might have heard some rumors about millennial workers: They're entitled, lazy and always looking for a pat on the head. Take these assumptions with a grain of salt: Millennials are the future, and it’s impossible to paint an entire generation with one single swipe of the paintbrush. As more Boomers retire and millennials flood the workforce, you also can’t ignore the secrets to keeping these tech-savvy workers happy. Below, we've outlined a few. Why millennial workers matter By 2020, millennials will make up an estimated 50% of the workforce, according to a study by PwC. This is a pretty handy answer to the question of why companies should care about the happiness of millennial workers. Here’s another important factor for improving happiness: Engagement a
5 Jobs Moms Can Do From Home

5 Jobs Moms Can Do From Home

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Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Chelsea, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea A U.S. Census report released this month shows that the number of people who work from has soared by 41% in the past decade. These findings demonstrate that there is hope for moms (and dads!) who prefer the flexibility to work from home while raising children. Which leads to this question: What kinds of professional job opportunities are there for telecommuting parents? Generally, parents want a job with little to no travel keeps them closer to home in time fo
What Is the Best Career Advice That Transcends Industries?

What Is the Best Career Advice That Transcends Industries?

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Image: Mashable Composite, Getty Creative, Luciano LozanoThis question originally appeared on Quora. What are some of the best examples of general career advice? By general, I mean not specific to your field (finance, tech, HR, media, etc.), but to anyone. It could be advice for someone looking for a job, trying to get a promotion, changing careers or for someone who wants to excel at the job he or she already has. Just looking for some golden nuggets of wisdom that have proven useful to you. Answer by Matt Wyndowe, head of product partnerships at Uber. During two years of business school at Stanford, I wrote down the best advice from our professors and lecturers. This advice is from Andy Rachleff, Mark Leslie, Irv Grousbeck, Joel Peterson, Eric Schmidt and many others. Admittedly, a lot ...
5 Ways to Make a Seasonal Job Permanent

5 Ways to Make a Seasonal Job Permanent

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Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing and PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Chelsea, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea. Thankfully, the most expensive season of the year is also a time when companies hire more employees to meet holiday customer demands. For the unemployed, this is a fantastic opportunity to earn money while looking for a permanent job, but also a chance to get a foot in the door with companies. If you're interested in using a seasonal job as a stepping stone to permanent employment, here are five potential ways to turn it into a permanent staff position. 1. Prove Y...
Why Facebook Job Apps Will Ultimately Fail

Why Facebook Job Apps Will Ultimately Fail

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Amit De is the CEO and co-founder of Careerleaf, a platform that helps job seekers showcase their skills and talents, search for jobs, and track and organize communications all from one place. Connect with Amit and CareerLeaf on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. While many Facebook job apps are trying to give LinkedIn a run for its money, none of the job search and recruitment apps available today are true competition for everyone’s main professional network, LinkedIn. Apps like Glassdoor, BranchOut, and BeKnown attempt to leverage the social platform as a way to make professional connections — but since Facebook's social platform was built for personal interactions, most job seekers don’t want to leverage it as part of their job hunt. Although a recent job seeker survey shows that Facebo
4 Tips for Finding a Job in Your Niche

4 Tips for Finding a Job in Your Niche

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Amit De is the CEO and Co-founder of Careerleaf, an all-in-one job search platform that cuts the time to apply in half. Connect with Amit and Careerleaf on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. With an overwhelming amount of employment websites, how can job seekers be sure they are doing all within their means to completely immerse themselves in their job search? The answer: Search within your niche. Searching for a job in a specialized market can transform your search, and also boost your odds of actually connecting with key players in your industry. Job seekers can benefit by redeveloping their job search strategy to emphasize the niche of their industry or their personal qualifications. By taking a step back from large job boards and attempting to gain exposure in their specialized industry...
The Social Media Recruitment Survival Guide

The Social Media Recruitment Survival Guide

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Sajjad Masud is the co-founder and CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform that is transforming talent acquisition and making enterprise-level recruiting technology accessible to companies of all sizes. Connect with Sajjad and the Simplicant team on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. At least 90% of recruiters are already using social media to find, source and connect with talented candidates. With Facebook at 901 million members and Twitter with 500 million accounts, an increasing number of employment-eligible people spend a good part of their day on one or more of these popular social platforms. It’s easy to see why these networks are becoming key sources for employers and recruiters to find potential employees. When used effectively, social media can give an unpreceden
Job Seekers: Avoid These Background Check Horror Stories

Job Seekers: Avoid These Background Check Horror Stories

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Image: Alan LevineFor many jobs on the market today, a background check is par for the course during the application and hiring process. In fact, around 87% of organizations report that they conduct background checks on at least some applicants. Considering one in four American adults has an arrest or conviction likely to show up on a background check, you can never be too cautious about looking into what an employer might find. So what are employers discovering about your background — and is it even true? Background checks have made it into the news cycle recently, in part because of an EEOC filing against BMW and Dollar General for their extensive use of criminal background checks — some of the crimes that the organizations used to weed out candidates happened more than 20 years ago. W
3 Online Tools for Finding the Perfect Job Candidate

3 Online Tools for Finding the Perfect Job Candidate

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Heather R. Huhman is the founder and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. You can connect with Heather and Come Recommended on Twitter and Facebook. With so many qualified job seekers available for so few positions in the U.S. workforce, many recruiters may be wondering how they can ensure they’re choosing the most qualified candidates. Fortunately, a slew of new services are available to make the role of a recruiter easier. New software is allowing job candidates to earn professional recommendations, prove their skills and more. These tools are not only powerful ways for job seekers to stand out from the crowd, but they can also help HR managers and recruiters to more adeq
How To Find Hidden Talent For Your Tech Company

How To Find Hidden Talent For Your Tech Company

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Scott Rothrock is the co-founder, CTO and president of RemarkableHire, a talent sourcing platform that uses social evidence to help recruiters and hiring managers find and evaluate the best job candidates. Connect with him and the RemarkableHire team on Facebook and Twitter. At companies with tech-focused positions in which advanced skillsets are required to get the job done, top talent is few and far between. To make the talent shortage even more of a challenge, the best of the best aren’t searching for a job, so how do you find them? There are a number of reasons why tech employers should be proactive when it comes to maintaining their current employees and attracting new ones. Regardless of the state of the economy, qualified candidates for these jobs remain in high demand. It can be t
How to Find Top Tech Talent on Social Media

How to Find Top Tech Talent on Social Media

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In today’s world of serial applicants, recruiters are having trouble finding top talent. Most recruitment processes are costly and ineffective. Hiring managers are bogged down by unqualified applicants and an excess of resumes. In fact, Bradford Smart, president of the recruiting firm Smart & Associates, says that only 25% of hires are considered top performers. Worldwide, companies spend an estimated $120 billion per year on recruiting. The Novo Group's 2012 HR and Recruiting Trends Survey reported that 78% of HR leaders naming the search for top talent as their number one challenge. But if all of this money and effort results in only one in four top performers, there has to be a better way. Social recruiting could be the answer. By reaching out to passive talent on industry sites whe
3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers

3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers

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Chad Lilly is the director of recruiting at Lextech Global Services, a mobile design, strategy and development firm that helps companies optimize workflows with suites of custom mobile apps. Connect with him and the Lextech team on Twitter: @LextechCareer or @LextechApps. According to the ManpowerGroup’s 2012 Talent Shortage survey, 49% of U.S. employers are struggling to fill open positions. Technicians currently rank as the second most difficult position to fill, underlining the challenges tech companies face in staffing their organizations to meet current and future needs. The problem isn’t simply a shortage of applicants. In today’s job market, there are plenty of people willing to fill every available position. The challenge is identifying highly qualified developers among the rest of
5 Best Reasons to Recruit With Facebook Ads

5 Best Reasons to Recruit With Facebook Ads

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Stéphane Le Viet is the CEO and founder of Work4 Labs, the global leader in Facebook recruitment solutions. Follow him @work4labs. It’s no coincidence that Ford and Coca-Cola have stepped up praise of Facebook ads in recent weeks. Despite initial skepticism resulting from both the novelty of the platform and the inaccurate comparisons to Google AdWords, big-ticket advertisers are beginning to realize Facebook ads' ability to drive sales. But Facebook ads aren’t just good for sales. They also represent a tremendous opportunity in the field of recruitment because they can essentially target and attract candidates who are unreachable through traditional channels. If you want to know why your recruitment efforts need Facebook ads, here's why. 1. Fish Where the Fish Are To say that Faceboo
The Importance of Specialization in the Tech Job Market

The Importance of Specialization in the Tech Job Market

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Image: Flickr, LucasDue to the influx of technology and a highly competitive workforce, the nature of the tech job market is fundamentally changing, migrating away from full-time generalists into part-time specialists. The ability to be an "expert" in a particular area is increasingly valuable. For companies, contracting out to specialists can provide a competitive advantage at a fraction of the cost of hiring full-time employees. In response to this shift, many MBA and undergraduate programs over the past 5-10 years have embraced specialization by offering degrees in a variety of specialized industries. If you want to create value and kick start a successful career in the tech sector, my advice is to specialize, specialize, specialize! When you're a generalist in something, you may have w...
5 Easy Steps To Make Your Job Descriptions Go Viral

5 Easy Steps To Make Your Job Descriptions Go Viral

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Jason Webster is a social recruiting enthusiast and co-founder of Ongig, a platform that creates shareable, visually-appealing job descriptions. He has spoken at multiple social recruiting events, where his passion for candidate experience is the primary topic. Connect with Jason and Ongig on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. A Salesforce.com Community Manager job description recently got 57 tweets, 20 likes, and 3,979 views. How’d they do it? First, let’s back up for a second. It’s no secret there are more online venues to search for jobs than ever before. According to recent research, job candidates today use an average of five resources in their job searches, most of them online. However, recruiters haven’t yet adapted to all of these options and are only using one or two means of sharin
How to Impress Potential Employers in a Video Interview

How to Impress Potential Employers in a Video Interview

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For many, the video job interview is an intimidating proposition — and for good reason. You're familiar with chatting with friends or a significant other online, and bringing your professional game to the office, but when you're ask to blend the two, it can be disorienting. Many people opt to dress as if they're going to the office (at least from the waist up), and others wear makeup as if they're on camera to be sure their souped-up appearance translates through to the viewer. The prepping applies to your space, too — turn off any devices that might beep (and warn family members or roommates who might wander in). Finally, make eye contact the best way you can on a video call by looking right into the camera. Check out the below infographic made by SparkHire to get more tips for your vid
How to Create a Killer Personal Branding Campaign

How to Create a Killer Personal Branding Campaign

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Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Call it self-marketing, personal branding, professional development, or any other buzzword you'd like. In any case, both finding a job and climbing the career ladder are all about investing in the business of you. As a professional, you are a brand unto yourself. The target market for the unique value you provide are employers who are constantly bombarded with messages from your competitors (read: other industry professionals) and also always on the lookout for innovation. Develop a
6 LinkedIn Groups to Help You Land Your Next Job

6 LinkedIn Groups to Help You Land Your Next Job

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Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Chelsea, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea. With the upcoming election, we are hearing more and more about the need to increase jobs. If you are among the 12.1 million Americans who are out of work, continuous networking is key. Because forking out dollar after dollar to attend conferences and events weekly isn’t feasible for someone who needs to be earning money, the obvious option is social networking. LinkedIn is a great option for connecting with friends, former colleagues and their connections wh
Kickstart Your Career With Muse University’s Free Online Classes

Kickstart Your Career With Muse University’s Free Online Classes

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The Muse has been giving career advice to aspiring professionals since 2011 — and now they're broadening their services by offering online classes through Muse University. With class titles like Kick Start Your Job Search, Management 101, Land That Promotion and Hack Your Work Life, Muse University aims to give you the tools to make the most out of your current job, or help you find one quickly. The classes are completely free, and when you sign up you'll receive short, easily-digestible lessons in your email. Management 101 is one month long, but the others are only one or two weeks. Each email comes with some career tips, as well as some homework that will help you put the lessons into action. In an interview with Mashable, Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse, told us about t
These Telecommuting Jobs Will Surprise You

These Telecommuting Jobs Will Surprise You

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Sara Sutton Fell is the Founder & CEO of FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. Sure, computer programming jobs are often associated with the ability to work from home, but a neurosurgeon? Surprisingly, there recently was an open position for a home-based doctor who would telecommute and travel to various locations to perform brain surgery. In fact, medical jobs dominate flexible job listings, and a neurosurgeon is only one of the many surprising employment opportunities across the board in 50+ career fields that are hiring for virtual positions. Companies such as AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and even the IRS are just a few of t...
6 Ways to Find Employer Contact Information

6 Ways to Find Employer Contact Information

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It’s the crux of modern-day job seekers: They're often told that to stand out from other candidates, they need to contact members of an organization directly. But what if employee contact information is hidden? Sometimes it’s like a black hole — you could end up searching for what seems like forever to no avail. At times like these, you have to think of yourself as a detective of sorts. You have to be creative. You have to think outside the box. You have to be stealthy. Finding the contact information of a hiring manager or employer is like a game, and you need to use the right methods to come out on top. So, what are some best-kept secrets to gaining this information so you can streamline the communication and application process? Check out these suggestions. 1. Stalk Them OK, so literal
4 Tips to Avoid Work-From-Home Email Scams

4 Tips to Avoid Work-From-Home Email Scams

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Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. It’s no secret that jobs that allow you to work from home are on the rise, but as their popularity grows, so do inventive ways to dupe job seekers. Get-rich-quick offers and promises of lots of money for very little work should immediately put your guard up. If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with what a standard job posting looks like. Legitimate jobs are looking for specific skill sets and job requirements, and do not over-promise. Too many “$$$$” or “!!!!!” should forewarn you it’s not likely a trustworthy opportunity. As you
Why You Should Keep Facebook and Your Job Search Separate

Why You Should Keep Facebook and Your Job Search Separate

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Amit De is the CEO and co-founder of Careerleaf, a platform that helps job seekers showcase their skills and talents, search for jobs, and track and organize communications all from one place. Connect with Amit and CareerLeaf on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Can Facebook help or hurt your job search? Most employers are looking you up online — and most job seekers are aware of this. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 37% of employers are looking up candidates' Facebook profiles, and while they may not intend to look at your profiles for reasons not to hire you, they could find them. Most look to see if the candidate is a good fit for the company, whether or not they conduct themselves professionally, and how well rounded they truly are. However, 12% say they look up candidates' Faceb
Underemployed? Social Networking Can Help

Underemployed? Social Networking Can Help

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Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Most would agree that having a job is better than not having a job in today’s economy. But therein lies the problem — you do the job because you have to, not because you want to. Job seekers not only face a selective job market with high unemployment, but with high underemployment. Underemployment, despite its advantages over unemployment, is an issue not to be overlooked. It includes people working part-time who would like full-time employment, and people working at lower-level jobs t
How Veterans Can Use Technology to Find a Job

How Veterans Can Use Technology to Find a Job

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So you’re a military veteran who just returned from years of active duty. Though you had a fulfilling experience, you’re ready to get back into the job market and work for an organization that can help you achieve other career goals. Well, after months of searching, you still can’t find a job, which puts you in a group with other unemployed veterans — 7.3% of unemployed veterans to be exact. What do you do? While it’s always frustrating to be unemployed, veterans may have a harder time in the job search process due to their time away, medical issues, or even discrimination. However, using technology in your job search can dramatically improve your chances, especially if you’re particularly savvy about it. Check out some suggestions for the modern-day job searching veteran. Beef Up Your Onl
4 Big Gambles That Turned Into Job Offers

4 Big Gambles That Turned Into Job Offers

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. When times get tough, job seekers get creative to stand out from the pack. This certainly isn’t a bad idea, especially when you consider the size of the pack. There are 12.8 million people currently unemployed, and that isn’t even counting passive candidates willing to jump on a new opportunity. Just how do you stand out from such a crowded backdrop to get the job of your dreams? You might need to take a big gamble for a big reward. With the market out there so tough for job seekers, more and more candidates are turning to non-traditional methods to get noticed. This might mean m
The Ultimate Social Network Job Searching Guide

The Ultimate Social Network Job Searching Guide

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Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on, LinkedIn and Twitter. A recent study by Right Management revealed that more than 46,000 individuals selected networking as the most effective way to find a new job — the fifth year in a row networking has topped the list. The study data proves once again that, in the highly competitive job search, it’s who you know and who knows you that leads to successful employment. Job seekers understand the importance of networking. They read up on job search experts’ tips for networking events, order hundreds of business ca
To Recruit Your Next Great Candidate, Just Swipe Right

To Recruit Your Next Great Candidate, Just Swipe Right

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Image: Flickr, Several secondsAlex Douzet, CEO and co-founder of TheLadders.com, remembers the days of "old-school recruiting," when recruiters had to reach out to prospective candidates by stealthily tracking down their work extensions or personal home phone numbers. Those days are long gone, and — as Douzet recognized nearly two years ago — there's a platform shift on the rise when it comes to developing an efficient and reliable method of matching candidates with careers. "If you look at most categories — games, social media, photos, maps -– about 70-90% of usage comes from mobile devices," says Douzet. He places the distribution of career search activity on mobile at about 35% today, with around 65% still relying on desktop; but he anticipates that a rapid shift will occur in the com
Looking to Hire Top Talent? Try Recruiting With Video

Looking to Hire Top Talent? Try Recruiting With Video

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. The typical recruiting process is inefficient. This is the best explanation for why so many recruiters are turning to platforms like Facebook to Pinterest and beyond to source candidates. In 2011 the average cost per hire was $5,054, and the traditional recruiting process takes an average of 45 days to fill a position. This is a lot of time and money disappearing. Is it any wonder why more recruiters are looking at the popularity and usefulness of online video? According to comScore’s 2012 US Digital Future In Focus report, 105.1 million Americans are watching online videos every da
The Evolution of the Job Application

The Evolution of the Job Application

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Just as it's revolutionized everything from grocery shopping to travel, social and digital media have had an enormous effect on the job hunt. With technology moving forward every day, the job discovery and application process is constantly evolving and in flux. To embrace the future, however, we must look to the past. The infographic below, compiled by Spark Hire, examines the evolution of applying for a job, chronicling innovations as seemingly mundane as the invention of the post office (remember snail mail?) to the development of a little thing called the Internet. How have you applied for the jobs you've held? Let us know in the comments below. Infographic courtesy of Spark Hire Social Media Job Listings Every week we post a list of social media and web job opportunities. While ...
Is It Too Late to Change Career Paths and Become a Programmer?

Is It Too Late to Change Career Paths and Become a Programmer?

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Image: Flickr, United States Mission GenevaThis question originally appeared on Quora. I am 24 years old and just started learning coding. I want to be a programmer. Am I too late in the game? Answer by Erin Parker, founder of Spitfire Athlete. It's never too late. So much can happen in a year, it can amaze you. I majored in economics. When I was about 23 years old, I randomly decided to go to a Railsbridge Meetup, where you learn how to make a basic Ruby on Rails app in a day. I made a basic Rails app and very much enjoyed it. A seed was planted that day. Months later, I had an idea for a website I've always wanted to build. Although my idea was vague, I imagined [this website] would inspire women to be kick*ss go-getters. I thought it would either be a career website, or one in the healt...
How to Reach Out to Potential Employers on Social Media

How to Reach Out to Potential Employers on Social Media

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Joshua Waldman is the author of the Jobjuice Social Media Job Search App, which is now available for download for iPad and iPhone in the App Store. Connect with Joshua and Jobjuice on Twitter and Facebook. It's no secret that employers are incorporating social media into their recruiting plans to find top talent. For job seekers looking to stay current, you know the opportunities exist. But, knowing how to properly reach out may be the barrier between you and your dream job. Job candidates commonly struggle when it comes to effectively leveraging social media platforms to connect with employers. Out of fear of being a nuisance and making an awful first impression, many refrain from getting themselves a step ahead in the job search. Deciding what is appropriate in the eyes of recruiters and
3 Hiring Lessons From Your Holiday Shopping List

3 Hiring Lessons From Your Holiday Shopping List

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With the holiday season in full swing, your shopping list has probably grown impressive in size. While the economy might be tough and the job market even harder to navigate, people across the country are still flocking to stores to make holiday gift purchases. Last year alone, holiday spending grew 14% to inject $42 billion into the economy. So what does this have to do with hiring? Just like finding the perfect holiday gift, finding the right employee for your company can be tough. Walk into any mall and there are thousands of potential gifts for your friends and family, but finding the right one takes work. Before you head out with your shopping list in tow, here are some lessons you can take from the holiday gift grind and apply to your hiring efforts. This way, you always get the per...
Red Flags for Job Searching on Craigslist

Red Flags for Job Searching on Craigslist

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Brie Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media, including Pinterest. If ever there were a go-to place for, well, everything, Craigslist might just be it. Founded in 1995 as an email list of events happening in the San Francisco area, Craigslist has grown to be one of the most well-known websites for free classified listings and community forums. From housing to garage sales to personal ads to, of course, jobs, craigslist has it all — including scams. Because Craiglist was never set up as a job search website, its job listings have both pros and cons. On
5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Your Job Search

5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Your Job Search

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Brie Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media, including Pinterest. Now that Pinterest is a full-blown cultural phenomenon, people have started considering it for uses other than inspiration for recipes, home decor and the latest fashions. And with a shaky economy and millions of people either out of work, underemployed or looking to change jobs, Pinterest is now being used as a job search tool. At the beginning of 2012, Mashable asked, Can Pinterest Help Your Job Search?, and we’re answering “Yes!” with five ways to use Pinterest in your job search an
How to Crowdsource Your Job Hunt

How to Crowdsource Your Job Hunt

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video-powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. Any job seeker could tell you the job market right now is tough. This makes it even more important to go into your interview — whether it’s in person or even through online video — prepared for anything. "Be Prepared" might be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but it should also become your job search motto. Good research can be the difference between wowing in the interview and falling flat. With social media tools and the interconnected web, much of this research can now be crowdsourced through social channels. Considering 91% of online adults are using social media and approximately 75
5 Ways to Make Extra Money During the Holidays

5 Ways to Make Extra Money During the Holidays

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Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Chelsea, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea Though Nordstrom does not decorate for the December holidays until after Thanksgiving, the most expensive time of year is almost here, and it arrives during a time of economic uncertainty for many. Fortunately, there are simple ways of bringing in more cash this winter, whether as a side gig in addition to a full time job, or to hold you over as you continue your search for work. The following are five jobs with flexible schedules and part-time commitments to he
Career Experts Share Tips for Negotiating the Salary You Want

Career Experts Share Tips for Negotiating the Salary You Want

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Image: Flickr, Ignotus the MageWe work for many reasons -– passion for our profession, making a difference in our community and having the means to sustain ourselves. Yes, that’s right: We work for money. Which is why the discussion about pay during a job search is a sensitive but critical subject. We want the job, but ultimately we want the right salary. Talking about money isn’t something that comes naturally — in fact, it's one of those topics we're often told not to bring up in most conversations. Knowing when to broach the topic and how to push back during a negotiation are important skills that take practice and preparation. Here are some expert strategies to help you get the salary you’re looking for and that you deserve. 1. Don’t talk money too early The question we all want answe
5 Common Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

5 Common Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

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Brie Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media. In a time when job seekers can send literally hundreds of applications without hearing back from employers, the invitation to a job interview can feel like winning the lottery. The odds are long, the chosen ones few. Once you’ve been invited to come face to face with your potential employer, you don’t want to mess things up by committing a common, easy-to-avoid job interview mistake. Here are five common job interview mistakes, and how to avoid them. 1. Forgetting the Interviewer's Name When you go to a jo
4 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out

4 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out

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Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing and PR for Flexjobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules . To learn more about Chelsea, visit Flexjobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea. There it is: a stack of 150 resumes, received in the first hour of posting a job, piled up in the hiring manager’s email inbox. How will you stand out? These four tips for creating an effective, well-organized resume, should help you stay at the top of the pile and in the top of the hiring manager's mind. 1. Stick To a Standardized Font For most positions, HR reps just wants a resume they can read and that captures the skill sets they are looking for. Fonts
Job Hunting? (RED) and 180+ Others Are Hiring

Job Hunting? (RED) and 180+ Others Are Hiring

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Mashable's mission is to inform the connected generation; but we can help you put that knowledge to work, too. Since 2005, Mashable has been committed to bringing the top digital, social and tech news and resources to our readers. Over time, we've built a readership of 20 million people who are well versed in digital trends, social media and all the hottest technologies. So when the world's best companies are looking to fill open positions, they post them on the Mashable Job Board. New jobs are added every day, and many positions are "exclusive" (denoted with an asterisk) — employers know that if they're going to find the right person for the job, they're going to find them reading Mashable. Below, we've rounded up five recently posted jobs; check the Mashable Job Board daily for more op
How to Structure Your Daily Job Search to Help Land Your Next Job

How to Structure Your Daily Job Search to Help Land Your Next Job

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Jayne Mattson is Senior Vice President at Keystone Associates, a leading career management and transition services consulting firm in Boston. Mattson specializes in helping mid-to-senior level individuals in new career exploration, networking strategies and career decisions based on corporate culture fit. A new job typically does not magically fall from the sky into one’s lap. Finding a new job usually involves a great deal of research, networking, perseverance and creative thinking. But, the real secret to landing that next job is to be organized and methodical in your job (re)search. Developing a structured job search plan will keep you focused and motivated, helping you achieve your targeted goal of finding a new job while you are either employed or unemployed. Below are structured p
4 Reasons Recruiters Should Stop Accepting Traditional Resumes

4 Reasons Recruiters Should Stop Accepting Traditional Resumes

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Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a job seeker focused platform making the job search social, fast and easy. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on Twitter. For recruiters, social media is becoming less about connecting with friends and colleagues and more about job candidate research. A recent survey by Jobvite reported that 92% of recruiters use social media to find talent, an increase of 3% from last year. Even Facebook is now rumored to throw its hat into the social networking and job search ring, joining social media job search giant LinkedIn. Many traditional methods of looking for jobs and job candidates, like faxing resumes to recruiters, are deceased. In the same sense, social networking is replacing many...
This Website Uses Social Media to Find Your Dream Job

This Website Uses Social Media to Find Your Dream Job

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Chances are you already know how difficult it is to find any job in this economy, let alone your dream job. Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 12.7 million unemployed Americans, and there aren't any quick fixes in sight. With millions of others looking for the same jobs, you don't have time to scroll through hundreds of listings every day — you need to be able to optimize your search. Luckily there's a new website that has found a way to utilize your online social circles to lead you to gainful employment: Jackalope Jobs. Jackalope Jobs focuses on job seekers like you, helping you gain an edge on the competition by sorting through your social networks and pinpointing valuable connections. The way the site works is simple: You log in with LinkedIn, Facebook or Plax
8 Simple Tips to Maximize Career Fulfillment

8 Simple Tips to Maximize Career Fulfillment

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Image: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesFinding a career that you’re passionate about isn't always a picnic. A 2013 Gallup poll suggests that 70% of workers either dislike their jobs or are completely disengaged with what they do. As managing director of Heard City, a growing company in New York, I’m constantly meeting with people young and old who are struggling with the daily frustration and boredom of their current workplaces. Figuring out what you truly want to do with your life is a challenge for many people; below are eight tips to help you find a fulfilling career path. 1. Write down who you are What do you like to do after work hours or on the weekends? Write down all of your personality traits or interests — you might surprise yourself with what you find. Whether it’s a baby step
Job Hunting? Ustream and 150+ Companies Are Hiring

Job Hunting? Ustream and 150+ Companies Are Hiring

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Mashable's mission is to inform the connected generation; but we can help you put that knowledge to work, too. Since 2005, Mashable has been committed to bringing the top digital, social and tech news and resources to our readers. Over time, we've built a readership of 20 million people who are well versed in digital trends, social media and all the hottest technologies. So when the world's best companies are looking to fill open positions, they post them on the Mashable Job Board. New jobs are added every day, and many positions are "exclusive" (denoted with an asterisk) — employers know that if they're going to find the right person for the job, they're going to find them reading Mashable. Below, we've rounded up five recently posted jobs; check the Mashable Job Board daily for more open
5 Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Talent

5 Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Talent

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Sajjad Masud is the Co-Founder and CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform transforming talent acquisition and making enterprise-level recruiting technology accessible to companies of all sizes. Connect with Sajjad and the Simplicant team on Twitter and Facebook. Best-in-class companies realize that making ongoing investments in grooming their workforce is important. However, starting off with a great team arguably has the highest impact. Finding the right talent can be tricky, especially if your company is a startup that doesn’t have a substantial hiring budget. But making an upfront investment of both time and resources can make a big difference to your startup’s bottom line and growth potential. Adding top talent early on will bring a combination of new energy, ab
So You’re a Graphic Designer, What Next?

So You’re a Graphic Designer, What Next?

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Once you've learned to design, whether it's in school or on your own efforts, the world is a wide open space of opportunities. There are websites hungry for more beautiful navigation, storefronts that could use better signage and more. But how do you get your hands on these projects, and turn your ideas into reality? Job title, location, salary potential and type of firm are all things to consider when making employment moves as a designer. You might want to start at an agency, but what size? This handy infographic produced by Invision reveals some tips, and also names a few startups with a designer co-founder (and doesn't this make a difference in the product?!), reinforcing the importance of great design. What choices have you made as a designer, and where do you hope your career will ...
How To Get Hired In 30 Days Or Less

How To Get Hired In 30 Days Or Less

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Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on LinkedIn and Twitter. Sometimes it seems that a job search is a race against the clock: How soon can you get hired? Everyone’s search is different, but no matter what your situation is, there are certain techniques that are guaranteed to push you in the right direction. Follow these tips to kickstart your job search and be signing an offer letter in 30 days or less. 1. Get Organized Organization is key to staying on track (and on time!) in your job search. Keep track of places you’re interested in applying and what

Looking for a New Job? Steal These PR Strategies

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Image: Flickr, SCA Svenska Cellulosa AktiebolagetFinding the right job can be frustrating –- you know that you have what it takes to do well at a brand new gig, but your dream company may take some convincing. Repeatedly firing off your resume into the digital abyss isn't going to help employers get wind of your skills. If you're looking to add some extra juice to your job search, you might want to consider taking a new approach — like launching your very own personal public relations campaign. Believe it or not, effective PR isn't about flashy stunts or press releases littered with extravagant claims; it's simply about communicating your value to the right people. Mary Perfect might have a resume that rivals yours, but the below tips can help give you the extra edge. Here's how you can

Why You Should Blog to Get Your Next Job

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Think of the word “blog” and what comes to mind? Mommy bloggers? People posting funny cat videos? Well, no more. Today’s savvy job seekers are putting their skills to the test and blogging their way to success and job opportunities. Here’s why a blog can get you your next job. 1. It’s your resume, only better: Everyone has a resume. But a blog allows you to highlight the skills on your resume, times ten. For example, if you’re a writer, you can flex your writing muscles and post examples of your creative writing. Even if you’re a tax accountant, you can write your thought-provoking opinions on some of the new tax laws or add a testimonial from a happy client. Just be sure what you write is accurate and well-supported. 2. It gives you a positive digital footprint: Whenever you apply for a j

Why Jobs Remain Unfilled Even Though Unemployment is High

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With a nationwide unemployment rate of 8.1%, many Americans are having a hard time finding work. Despite this, 3.8 million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled. It's a contradiction that one infographic sets out to unravel. Compiled by SmartRecruiters, a social recruiting platform, it explores the question, "why is it so hard to hire?" For businesses, the infographic reveals a broken hiring process rife with lags in turnaround and efficiency times, as well as wasted company resources. For job seekers, it shows missed opportunities and lengthy wait times for application processing. The infographic also offers up solutions linked to social and mobile hiring. For instance, nearly half of respondents said they would be more likely to apply for a job if they could simply send a link to their social...
How To Hire for Positions That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

How To Hire for Positions That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

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Sajjad Masud is co-founder & CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform transforming talent acquisition. Connect with Sajjad and the Simplicant team on Twitter and Facebook. What do app developers, social media managers, cloud computing administrators, virtualization engineers and Chief Listening Officers all have in common? These positions didn’t exist 10 years ago. Thanks in part to continuous technological innovation, there is a new set of roles that did not exist until recently, and existing jobs now have new requirements and skill sets. These dynamic digital positions are now some of the most popular and highly sought-after jobs in the market, but they can be difficult to recruit for. New jobs and skills require new ways of recruiting for these positions. Ho

Don’t Make Your Video Resume Like Brad Pitt’s Chanel Ad

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. “Plans disappear, dreams take over,” Brad Pitt says gravely in his recent Chanel No. 5 commercial. Whoever dreamed up Pitt's commercial must be shocked at all the fuss it's been creating. The 30-second spot currently has more than 4 million views on YouTube and was spoofed everywhere from Saturday Night Live to the Conan O'Brien. The spot, which features Pitt standing motionless in black and white making a borderline-incoherent speech, is a viral sensation. Unfortunately for Pitt, it’s gone viral because the spot is perceived as both strange and awkward. While bloggers and news outl
What Are Successful Strategies for Establishing a Career in Management?

What Are Successful Strategies for Establishing a Career in Management?

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Image: Flickr, Alan CleaverThis question originally appeared on Quora.I'm looking to eventually make my way into management, and looking for general strategies. Is it more important to network, find mentors, stay at a company long-term, build technical skills, do something spectacular or be a career-hopping nomad?Answer by Corrie Hausman, human resources specialist and historian. A few important questions to ask yourself now: Why do you want to move into management? Do you want a higher salary? A better benefits package? Different duties? More responsibility or autonomy? A better title? More prestige? Knowing the answer to these sorts of questions will help you know where to focus your efforts. Now, to answer your question directly: In my opinion, none of what you list is necessarily the "...