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Bi-Weekly Job Byte

10 Questions You CAN Ask at an Interview

A job interview is not just a place for you to show your stuff and prove to an employer that they should hire you.

It’s not a stage where you are meant to walk out into the harsh lights and dance and sing, like American Idol.

It’s a meeting. The person interviewing you is auditioning to be in your movie. They are checking you out, and you are checking them out as well.

Most job seekers are afraid to ask many questions in a job interview. They are afraid that somebody might not like their questions. That’s understandable. For years we have been taught to keep quiet, sit up straight in our chairs and interview like good little job seekers. Read More.


​How To Know When It’s Time To Walk Away From An Opportunity
I remember the moment I was first on the fence about whether or not to say yes to an opportunity. It was early in my career, actually the first real job offer I ever received in my life. I hadn’t even graduated from college yet and I got an offer to work at a major news corporation in New York.

I wanted to say no, because I wanted to take a chance on myself. But who in their right mind says no to a full time…Read More.


5 Reasons Even a Great Resume Will NOT Help Your Job Search

One of the most common inquiries I get from prospective coaching clients is about fixing their resumes:
  • How can my resume get me more interviews?
  • How can my resume get noticed by recruiters?
  • I have been unemployed for a while. What’s wrong with my resume?
If you find yourself looking to your resume for answers to explain your as-of-yet unsuccessful job search, you are likely looking in the wrong place. Sure, a strong resume definitely improves your job search chances. But there are other, more important factors in a hiring decision. In fact, regardless of how strong your resume is… Read More.

​HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month. ​


​​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!

​​Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

Bi-Weekly Job Byte

15 Things You Should NOT Include in a Resume
In today’s competitive job market, employers receive approximately 250 job applications for every open position. Ninety-five percent of large organizations use software known as an applicant tracking system (ATS) to screen applications and eliminate the least qualified applicants.

If your resume is among the lucky 25 percent of applications that make it past the dreaded bots, it still must pass muster with the recruiter or hiring manager. With so many applications flooding their inboxes, it’s no wonder that the average recruiter skims a resume for only six seconds before deciding if the applicant belongs in the “no” pile. Read More.


The Real Reason Your Resume Is Not Getting You Any Interviews 
If you’re like many job seekers, you are struggling to connect with hiring managers. You send out tons of resumes, carefully reviewed to ensure that you’ve incorporated keywords from the job posting, and still — crickets.

So, what gives?

Most likely, what you’re experiencing is the newest form of resume…Read More.


​HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month. ​


Over 98% of Fortune 500 Companies Use ATS

Applicant tracking systems, or ATS, are a type of software used by companies to assist with human resources, recruitment, and hiring processes. There are hundreds of companies developing ATS software and each system offers a different package of features. That said, ATS are primarily used to help hiring companies collect and organize large numbers of applicants.
Job seekers interact with an ATS just about any time they submit a resume through an online form. Rather than manually reviewing each resume, recruiters and hiring managers can search for resumes base on keywords, or have the system filter or automatically rank applicants. Read More.

​​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!

​​Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

Bi-Weekly Job Byte


What the Latest Hiring Trends Mean for Job Hunters

If you hope to get a job soon, you’ll be encouraged by what I heard at the fourth annual Indeed.com conference (“Search for Greatness”) held last month in Austin, Texas. The upbeat forecast for job hunters: The job market is hot, employers are having a tough time finding talent and more companies want to recruit a diverse workforce.

Since Indeed.com is the world’s largest job search engine and the dominant player in the online employment space, it’s no surprise that this year’s conference attracted over 1,700 employers eager to learn from Indeed’s executives and economists about the most effective ways to recruit talent in today’s competitive hiring landscape.

So what does a tight labor pool mean for your job search? I’m a career coach, and here’s my take based on what I learned from the conference: Read More.


Trends changing how companies hire in 2018 and beyond 
The HR world has certainly changed over the past decade—after all, when was the last time you saw a resume or cover letter on thick, expensive paper that came via snail mail? (Or if it was recently, it was probably a rare sighting.) Like every other field, HR is susceptible to changes and trends. Some aren’t built to last (remember the video resume trend for a minute?), but others are geared toward making your job easier in the long term. Read More.

​HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month. ​


Hiring Trends For 2018 ​& How They Impact Executive Jobseekers​​

With unemployment at record lows, combined with baby boomers retiring at an all-time high, companies are competing for the best talent, especially at the executive level. Today’s hiring process indicates companies are relying on artificial intelligence and algorithms as part of the mix to choose the next hire.

Trends:

  1. Evolving technology is having a growing effect on the employment landscape and is impacting all industries. To stay competitive, companies are hiring executive leaders with the skills and insights to drive their organization with new technology. “Technology has impacted every aspect of search… Read More

​​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!

​​Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

Weekly Job Byte

Smart Things to Actually Do and Not Do at Job Fairs

 
I’ve been to many career fairs, both as a job seeker and as a speaker and advisor.

When looking for a job, I would typically come to the fair early in the event, dressed well and holding a binder or folder with resume copies. Once inside, I’d scan the room (or fair map) to decide which companies to visit. Then I’d head first to whichever company stand had the shortest line of waiting job seekers.

I came more or less prepared, yes, but too often I arrived with the wrong mindset: I basically treated the fair as a simple item to check off on my job search to-do list.

Instead of aiming to really push my job search forward, I would ultimately just go through the motions of handing out all the resumes I brought with me, trying to get it all over with and get out of there as soon as possible, without truly taking advantage of what was going on around me. Read More.


New Start Career Network Spring Job Fair! 
Please join us! NSCN members are invited to participate in our 2018 Spring Job Fair, which will feature dozens of employers that are seeking candidates for a wide range of positions.
Date: June 7, 2018 ● Time: 10:00 a-1:00 p
Location: Rutgers Univ. Busch Student Center located at 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ Please register here. ​​
Space is limited so be sure to register today!  Please note that the Job Fair is only available to NSCN members.  

Networking For A Career Change

Networking is critical to landing your next job, but when you are changing careers, your network will predominately be helpful to your old career, not your new one. Furthermore, your existing network will have existing expectations and opinions of you and may have a harder time seeing you in your new career. Therefore, changing careers often means changing your network. Here are seven networking contacts to prioritize for your career change:

Cheerleaders
Changing your network doesn’t mean deserting your existing network. In fact, the cheerleaders you already know – the most optimistic, supportive people – are critical to your career change. These will be people who can motivate you when you’re frustrated or encourage you when you feel stuck. Stay in touch with these people, and spend your breaks with them. Read More.


​HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month. ​


​​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!

​​Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

Weekly Job Byte

Post-Interview Follow-Up Matters
The hardest thing for a job-seeker to integrate into his or her thinking is the fact that one minute after your interview ends, the hiring manager will forget 80% of what you and they talked about.

They will try to hang onto the high points of your conversation, but for the most part they will fail.

They will retain a vague impression of you. It’s fascinating to notice how managers remember the candidates who stuck out the most in their minds. It’s not a linear, analytical process — in case anyone could delude themselves that it would be. We are people. We are wired to remember stories, colors, impressions and personality traits — not facts and statistics and other kinds of data. Read More.


New Start Career Network Spring Job Fair! 
Please join us! NSCN members are invited to participate in our 2018 Spring Job Fair, which will feature dozens of employers that are seeking candidates for a wide range of positions.
Date: June 7, 2018 ● Time: 10:00 a-1:00 p
Location: Rutgers Univ. Busch Student Center located at 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ
Space is limited so be sure to register today!  Please note that the Job Fair is only available to NSCN members.  Please register here. ​

Remote Work and the Environment: The Latest Data and 12 Companies Hiring

Earth Day is extremely important to FlexJobs. Not only are we committed to flexible work options as a way of making people’s lives better—we also want to further the benefits between flexible and remote work and the environment.

This year, we’re sharing the latest information related to the environmental savings from remote work, which can help to play a big role in reducing congestion, lowering fuel consumption, minimizing construction, lessening pollution emissions, reducing the strain on transportation systems, and improving air quality. Read More.


HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month.


Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!
​​
Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

Weekly Job Byte

10 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview
Have you ever walked out of an interview under a dark cloud, feeling sure you weren’t going to get the job (and you didn’t)? Maybe it was something you said! Here are a few things you should never say in a job interview, along with smart alternatives to use when you’re faced with a tough question.

1. “I should point out that I don’t have any experience with X.”
Memorize this interview rule: Never volunteer a negative. If you lack experience, your resume will show it. If you’re not good at something, fine, don’t claim you are—but don’t go out of your way to talk yourself down, either. They have reason to think you can do the job, or they wouldn’t have invited you to interview for it.

Talk about what you do have to offer. Read More.


7 Things to Say in an Interview to Get the Job
Wondering what to say in a job interview to land the job? In this article, I’m going to reveal some specific phrases that will help you succeed.

If you want to have a great interview and get hired by top companies, there are certain things you should make sure to say before you leave the interview, and these are the top 7 things you should say to impress them and “check all the boxes” they’re looking for… so you can get hired faster. Read More


The Most Powerful Words to Use During Your Interview

If you’re wondering how much of a difference word choice can make, just consider which of these two responses makes a better impression: “I helped brainstorm ideas for campaigns” or “I generated ideas that were used in award-winning, successful campaigns.” Both answers are reasonable, but one conveys significant accomplishments, and the other is a bit forgettable.

In the first answer, the word “helped” is vague. To an interviewer, this could mean that you presented a list of powerful ideas—but it could also signify that you were a near-silent participant on a conference call to discuss the campaign. The second option removes the vague verb (“helped”), replacing it with a more active option. Read More.


​HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month.


​​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!
​​
Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

Weekly Job Byte

‘Describe yourself in 3 words’
You want to present yourself as a seasoned, well-rounded candidate for a job, so describing yourself to an interviewer in just three words may be a challenge.

Nevertheless, it’s an interview question you’re likely to encounter.

“Hiring managers don’t ask you to describe yourself to get to know you better,” bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch tells CNBC Make It. “That’s what your resume, recommendations and interviews are for. No, they ask to evaluate if you’re authentic and self-aware.” Read More.


You may never have to answer the dreaded salary question again
If there’s one thing job seekers hate, it’s the dreaded salary question: “How much did you make in your last job?”

Interviewees just can’t win when it comes to this inquiry.

Answer honestly, and you might get low-balled when it comes to your starting salary. Fudge your past earnings, and you risk getting caught in a lie and terminatedRead More. 


What Hiring Managers Want to Hear from Candidates in a Phone Interview

Companies are increasingly using phone interviews at the early stages of screening candidates, before inviting them on-site for in-person interviews. This is a way to efficiently screen through large candidate pools, as the average job has over 250 applicants. Moreover, the phone screen is typically conducted by recruiters, many of whom may be remote so the phone-screen is a good medium to tap into remote talent and reduce the recruiting overhead for the hiring manager.
What is the interviewer looking for?

The recruiter has three main goals for a phone screen: Read More.

HOT JOBS!
​In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month.


Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!
​​
Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.

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