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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Job Search Tip of the Week #33 (2018)
Caressa Moy | August 13, 2018 | 9:00 am
Want More Career Flexibility?
A Staffing Firm Can Help
Are you looking for more flexibility in your work? Do you wish you could travel the world or work outside the regular nine-to-five? Technology is making it possible for many “digital nomads” to do just that. But many such pros — like Piero Toffanin, Greg Jorgensen, and Clayton Cornell — warn that landing work can be a challenge for those whose work isn’t tied to a particular location.
For aspiring digital nomads, staffing firms can offer a solution. Working with a staffing firm can open up opportunities that provide the flexibility to work part-time, relocate, or take time off to travel or work on other projects. And because firms such as Chase Technology Consultants (CTC) have longstanding relationships with client employers, they can help assuage employers’ concerns with flexible work arrangements.
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Job Search Tip of the Week #32 (2018)
Caressa Moy | August 6, 2018 | 9:00 am
Is Telecommuting Here to Stay?
Job seekers are increasingly considering telecommuting as a must-have benefit, and even employers are warming to its ability to boost productivity, worker satisfaction, and cost efficiency. What’s behind the growing popularity of working from home, and how can a well-structured telecommuting option benefit both employees and employers?
Workers want to telecommute
Telecommuting is becoming more common in the U.S. workforce: 24% of U.S. workers telecommute at least part-time each week. According to data compiled by Inc. magazine, the practice can save money for both employers and employees:
- Telecommuters save anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 annually on transportation, clothes, child care, and eating out.
- Organizations that allow remote work save up to $11,000 annually per employee, primarily on office space, furnishings, maintenance, parking, and phone services.
In addition, 79% of workers want to work remotely, at least part of the time. And they’re willing to work harder to prove themselves: Nearly twice as many telecommuters (53%) work more than 40 hours per week, compared with only 28% of their office-bound colleagues.
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Job Search Tip of the Week #31 (2018)
Caressa Moy | July 30, 2018 | 9:00 am
Work or Wander?
Why choose? Digital nomads get to do both.
By now, most of us have read the statistics on the millennial generation. These younger workers, estimated to be the majority of the U.S. workforce, place a premium on flexibility and freedom in the workplace. One way that companies can attract and support millennials is to consider more fluid work arrangements. By empowering “digital nomads” with a work-from-anywhere experience, organizations and employees can both benefit.
The new worker
Forbes notes that 60% of millennials stay three years or less in any single job. One reason for this turnover is that many younger workers are seeking a “work-life balance” that includes fewer working hours, flexible schedules, travel opportunities, and job variety.
When companies can’t accommodate these needs, millennials are apt to jump ship. With a reported average cost of $15,000 to $25,000 to replace each lost employee, organizations need to make the workplace more attractive to this hard-to-retain generation.
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