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Job Search Tip of the Week #12 (2019)

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Don’t Just Look for a Job: Create One!




The “dream” job: It’s everyone’s … well … dream. But is it really the elusive goal most people think?

Career experts say no. In today’s workplace, the ability to innovate and take initiative is as or more important than many traditional job skills. You can have your dream job — with a little hard work. The trick is to identify and pursue opportunities to create your ideal job.

Have a vision

You can’t hit a target you can’t see, so your first task is to have a specific vision of what your job — and your success — will look like.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #11 (2019)

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The Benefits of Candidate-Focused Recruiting




Among recruiting firms, there’s a growing shift towards attracting candidates by making their needs and objectives top priority. A recent survey by LinkedIn and Qualigence International points to the “candidate-focused approach” as a primary recruiting trend. What does this mean for hiring firms — and for job seekers?

What candidates want

With a dearth of potential candidates in the IT industry, hiring managers find themselves vying for new employees in a competitive atmosphere. The survey reports that recruiters are focusing on certain areas. For example, 57% plan to ramp up social recruiting efforts, and 17% seek to make more long-term candidate placements.

However, the survey also shows that many recruiters and hiring companies are missing the point. They make mistakes by failing to do things such as taking candidates’ diverse skill sets into account, demonstrating respect during their interactions with candidates, or maintaining consistent communication.

The personal touch

What can businesses do instead? The IT staffing specialists of Chase Technology Consultants (CTC) are experts in attracting high-quality IT candidates from which client companies can find employees that meet their specific requirements. Providing job seekers with a CTC point of contact — a face and a name — helps to humanize the application process, increasing the likelihood that candidates will report a positive experience about an organization’s job application process.

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4 Wellness Programs for Healthier Employees

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4 Wellness Programs for Healthier Employees


This is an exclusive guest post written by Mike Manor for CareerJuice.



    Employees devote a large part of their day to work, and they deserve an organization that cares about their mental and physical wellbeing. In fact, healthy employees have been shown to work more productively and find more value in their work. Luckily, there are numerous ways that your company can institute health-based programs for worker wellbeing. Here are four fairly easy, but impactful initiatives for to improve employee health.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #10 (2019)

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    Find Your Tailor-Made Job




    How can you find the perfect job? A recruiter can help. At Chase Technology Consultants (CTC), we have tools to find the right match between employers and job seekers.

    Client meet

    In a “client meet,” CTC representatives meet with a client company at the client’s site to see the company in action, and to gather the intel job seekers really want to know about a potential employer: its history, company size and dynamic, goals, open positions, and most of all — what makes it an exceptional place to work.

    This meeting helps to bring the potential role to life for our recruiters. We really dig into the details, like where the company’s been and where it’s going, why the role is open, what the work environment and team culture are like, what skills are required and preferred for the role, what intangibles the ideal candidates should or should not possess, the ins and outs of the open positions, noteworthy benefits and perks…In turn, we share this valuable information with the candidate so he or she can better prepare for the interview. This enables the establishment of a more efficient and effective hiring process.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2019)

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    How to Use Culture to Find the Right Job




    Q. How can I use corporate culture to find the right job?

    A. Corporate culture affects many aspects of your life, not just your happiness and productivity in the workplace — so it’s an important factor to consider in your job search. Understanding the cultures of the companies can help you to determine whether you’re a good fit for the company (and vice versa), and whether or not you should apply.

    When your ethics, goals, values, work habits, and communication style are in line with your employer’s, you’re more likely to be happy and stay for the long-term. And not only that, but culture is a major motivator to excel in your work, which benefits both you and your employer.

    So how can you determine an organization’s culture before you’re actually hired? Try these steps:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2019)

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    What Makes a Company Stand Out from the Pack?


    What makes a company unique? Many might argue that its products, logo, or branding are what makes an organization stand out. However, the true distinguishing factor — at least, for the people who spend each workday there — is the corporate culture. What makes up a company’s culture, and why should potential employees care?

    What creates culture

    A company’s culture comprises the tangible and intangible characteristics that make that company unique:

    • Core values — What values does the company hold dear? More important, what does it expect employees to care about? A company that believes in driven innovation isn’t likely to be a good fit for someone who wants to leave at 5 p.m. to get home to family.
    • Environment — Work environments vary greatly — for example, one company may offer a relaxed scenario with shared workspaces and “bring your dog to work” days, while another company has a much more formal atmosphere with cubicles and private offices.
    • Communication — How do company leaders convey strategies, policies, and company changes to employees? Is communication transparent, or on a need-to-know basis?
    • Dress code — Related to environment, dress codes indicate how strict or relaxed the culture is.
    • Perks — Does the company offer team-building, training, and recreational events for employees? Sponsor continuing education programs or professional development opportunities? Perks show what the company thinks (or expects) employees care about.
    • Respect — Does the company embrace diversity? Is there mutual respect between company leaders and staff?
    • Team spirit — A strong team mentality might translate into willingness to put in extra hours, or create a more family-like atmosphere.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #6 (2019)

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    When is Leaving a Job the Best Option?




    Many people joke about “walking away from it all.” Although fantasizing about leaving your job for something better is a typical way to relieve stress, sometimes quitting is truly the best thing to do. But if you’re considering this type of change, make sure you do it in the right way. Otherwise, you might burn bridges that are vital parts of your career path.

    Stay or go?

    The average American spends 10.3 years at work — about 13% of a typical lifetime. That’s a significant amount of time, especially when you’re in a job you don’t enjoy.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #5 (2019)

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    Can you make more money by quitting your job? Recent macroeconomic findings from the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City suggest so.

    “Unlike wages of stayers, wagers of switchers are much more cyclically sensitive, as contracts signed with new employers are more likely to reflect current economic conditions,” noted economist José Mustre-del-Rio in the research report, “Following the Leaders: Wage Growth of Job Switchers.” “Historically, wage growth of switchers tracks the quits rate, suggesting that as the labor market continues to recover and the quits rate continues to rise, switchers’ wage gains should rise even further as a result of competitive pressures. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that switchers’ wage growth has been quite strong the past several quarters as the labor market continues to tighten.”

    In layman’s terms? More American workers are voluntarily quitting their jobs (in fact, the number of people quitting jobs just hit an eight-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), which indicates a steadily improving labor market. And those who quit their jobs to pursue new job opportunities tend to be able to negotiate pay raises above the inflation rate and cost of living increases.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #4 (2019)

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    How to Walk the Money Talk

    Get the Salary You Want — 9 Failproof Tricks [INFOGRAPHIC]




    If you’ve been following our salary negotiation and pay raise discussion tips the past two weeks and are now ready to take action, first check out the following infographic for spot-on salary negotiation advice from Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I shouldn’t be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know. (And gents, although the infographic was created exclusively for Levo League to support their mission to aid in the career development of professional women, these tips are just as effective for you!)

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