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Job Search Tip of the Week #43 (2018)


Are You Ready for a Test Drive?

Job Simulations, In-Box Exercises, and Other Predictive Hiring Tools

You wouldn’t buy new wheels without first taking ’em out on the road for a spin, would you? Well, employers are increasingly applying that same concept to their hiring processes – and taking job seekers for a test drive.

Sixty-six percent of American employers have made at least one hiring mistake in the past year, according to a study by employment website CareerBuilder. Another recent survey by online payroll provider SurePayroll found these regrettable hiring decisions often result from inadequate and inaccurate assessments of personality, character, and/or skill set during the candidate evaluation process.

That’s why job simulations, in-box exercises, and the like are taking over interview rooms.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #42 (2018)


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 #41 (2018)


6 Science-Backed Strategies to Build Your Career Resilience

Turn Your Job Search Challenges into Successes

Today’s job seekers are no strangers to the frustration and anxiety of job hunting, especially with all the merger/acquisition, downsizing, bankruptcy, and restructuring activities that have been going on in the tech industry. What you need to succeed in this economic climate of organizational transition and transformation is resilience.

Need help getting some? You may find Scientific American Mind‘s “Ready for Anything,” in which authors Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charne share some evidence-based approaches to managing job search stress, useful — particularly if you’ve been laid off recently and/or are experiencing a prolonged job search.

Check out the article in its entirety here (highly recommended if you’re interested in the neurobiological basis and mechanics of resilience), or read on below for our recap, along with some hypothetical scenarios and notes of our own to help clarify the concepts.

The roots of resilience

Resilience is the ability to adapt and grow in the face of stress and adversity. It’s only partially determined by genetics, which means that although some people are naturally better able to positively adjust to stress than others, it is a process that can be learned.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #40 (2018)


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)


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)


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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Job Search Tip of the Week #36 (2018)


The Top 5 Job Search Pitfalls to Avoid This Fall

This is an exclusive guest post for CareerJuice by blog content curator Sarah Smith. Sarah is passionate about online marketing and currently works for AWX Labour Hire, a Brisbane, Australia-based staffing solutions provider. When she’s not busy writing, Sarah enjoys spending her time on social media and finding her next travel destination. Get in touch with her on Twitter @sarahsmith82110.

    It can be very hard to find the job of your dreams. However, you may be doing something that is making the process of finding a job even more difficult. Here are the top five job search pitfalls you need to avoid during your fall job hunt:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #35 (2018)


    5 Five-Minute Ways to Improve Your IT Job Search This Labor Day Weekend

    Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean your job search should as well!

    Labor Day celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of American workers, and is the perfect opportunity to invest some time into your career. In fact, Labor Day marks the beginning of one of the best times of the year for job hunting.

    We know you have a lot of BBQs to go to and parades to watch, but you can also use the long weekend to get a jump-start on your employment prospects this fall. So without further ado here are 5 ways you can improve your IT job search and career prospects that can each be done in 5 minutes or less:

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