Job Search Tip of the Week #42 (2018)
Caressa Moy | October 15, 2018 | 9:00 am
Break the Job Rejection Cycle
Got a Job Rejection Letter (or Call)? Ask for Feedback!
“After reviewing your submitted application materials, we have decided that we will not be offering you an interview at this time.”
“Unfortunately, we won’t be moving forward with you.”
“We regret to inform you that you were not selected for the position.”
No matter how you spin it, job rejection hurts — even more so if you don’t know why you were ignored or rejected. And not just emotionally, but professionally too, because knowing the reason(s) why you were passed over for a position can help you progress in your job search. Below, the 5W1H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) you need to know about asking for feedback after a job rejection:
Why you should respond to job rejection
You can’t get better if you don’t know where you’re going wrong! Job rejection provides an opportunity to learn about areas you need improvement, such as your first impression, job search strategy, technical expertise, job competency, or interviewing skills. Not to mention, rejection builds resilience. Responding to a job rejection – and how you do so – says a lot about your character. Expressing affability and understanding shows that you can maturely handle hearing the truth and want to maintain a professional relationship.
When you should ask for feedback
First and foremost, it never hurts to ask.
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Job Search Tip of the Week #40 (2018)
Caressa Moy | October 1, 2018 | 9:00 am
The Middle-Aged Intern
Think internships are only for college students? Think again. Sure, new grads still make up a big percentage of interns, but now you’re likely to find middle-aged job seekers interning right beside the Millennials.
Experience at work
Although you’ve probably heard about the challenges of ageism in the workplace, a new trend has begun to emerge. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently estimated that over the next six years, workers over age 55 are likely to snag 25% of the available jobs in the U.S. The Bureau’s 2012 analysis indicated that these older workers are being hired to perform the majority of new jobs created in recent years.
As companies seek to get the most bang for their buck, older workers offer distinct advantages:
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Job Search Tip of the Week #39 (2018)
Caressa Moy | September 24, 2018 | 9:00 am
Don’t Let Lack of Experience Hold You Back
How Can You Gain Experience if You’re Constantly Being Turned Down For Not Having Any?
You know the job you want. You know you could be great — but you also know that you lack the real-world experience to prove it. Fortunately, you can plug those gaps in your résumé and improve your chances of landing that dream job.
Steps to success
If you’re a job seeker who is just entering the workforce or is new to the IT market, consider taking these steps to help offset or remedy your lack of experience:
Get an internship. An internship can give you the practical experience you need to become a stronger candidate. Consider internships at companies you want to work for, even if the position doesn’t involve your ideal work — although, make sure that the work offers opportunities to expand your skills. Research the company, its open positions, and the application process, or find a recruiter in the industry who can help you find the best opportunities.
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Job Search Tip of the Week #37 (2018)
Caressa Moy | September 10, 2018 | 9:00 am
How to Make it as a Millennial
…and Show Everyone They’re Wrong about Gen-Y and Gen-Z Workers!
How would you describe Millennials?
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) asked that of the respondents of their behavior and attitude survey. Unsurprisingly, they found that Millennials generally perceived themselves in a more favorable manner than non-Millennials, who often referred to the former as “lazy,” “spoiled,” and “entitled.” (Survey responses depicted in visualization at right.).
Stereotypes such as these contribute to the double-digit unemployment rate of Millennials, which is consistently twice the national average. It’s important for Millennials entering the job market to be aware of the cynical attitudes many hold towards their generation and learn how to change them. Here are the 3 most common negative perceptions employers have of Gen Y and Gen Z’ers and how you can prove them wrong:
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