Bi-Weekly Job Byte

Top 4 Reason You Didn’t Get a Job Offer.

A job search is a competition, and only the absolute best candidates get a chance to compete for the top spot.Oftentimes the difference between the candidate that’s hired and the runner up is quite small. The same goes for who gets selected to come in and interview for the position. The reasons why you weren’t selected vary depending on which part of the process you make it to. Learn why you didn’t get the job at each stage of the process and what you can do differently on your next interview. Read More.


9 Signs you Nailed the Interview

If there’s one thing that drives people crazy when applying to jobs, it’s the uncertainty. Of course, you always want to get a job offer, but if recruiters give you prompt feedback on your application status — even if it’s negative — you can generally deal with it pretty well. Those days after an interview where you aren’t quite sure where you stand, though, can be simply maddening — especially if you feel like you did a pretty good job. Read More.

Asking for Time to Consider the Job Offer

​You’ve successfully interviewed, you’ve wowed the hiring manager, and you have an offer for a new job. It sounds wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to start the next phase of your career, and it is terrific that you were the candidate who was selected. But, what if you’re not sure that you want the job?

When you”re not sure you want the position. Read More.​​


3 Things You Should NEVER Do After a Job Interview

Many candidates believe that the interview is the toughest and most important part of the application process. However, how you follow up after the interview is just as crucial.

You might have made a positive impact on the hiring manager, but you need to maintain your efforts. There are many critical, yet avoidable, mistakes applicants often make after participating in an interview. Hiring experts outlined a few of the most common, and how to recover. 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


10 Interview Question Responses You NEED To Know

​You’ve researched the company, updated your CV and even stalked the CEO on Facebook – and now you just have to make it through the interview.
Increasingly, in order to scout out the top talent, businesses are now throwing curveball questions during the interview process. Asking about seemingly unrelated topics can help give a company a wider snapshot into the person and their life.

But whilst you may know what animal you’d be and how to sell a fridge to an eskimo, it’s actually the more straightforward questions that can catch an applicant out – and they’re the most vital.  Read More.


LinkedIn Profile: ​Excellent Advice & a Free Scan
​What is a LinkedIn profile? LinkedIn is an online social network like Facebook or Twitter, but dedicated to professional networking and communication. A LinkedIn user’s profile page is similar to an online resume. Users can share their contact information, career summary, complete work history, professional skills, formal education details, and more. LinkedIn is primarily used to network with professional connections but has evolved over time…Read More.​

Ways To Be Engaged On LinkedIn Not Just Active
For many years I’ve been telling job seekers that engaging with their LinkedIn network is one of the three important pieces required to be successful using this professional online networking platform. I explain that simply being active is not as effective as engaging; there are differences.

An analogy comes to mind: you’re being active if you’re simply showing up for a party you were encouraged to attend. Read More.


​How To Fix Your Job Search

​Blasting out resumes and filling out job applications are the two worst ways to get a job. The best ways to get a new job are to use your network, to consult during your job hunt (and even after you get a job) and to reach out to hiring managers directly.

I took a quick peek at your LinkedIn profile.

Your brand is not as strong right now as it could be — or as strong as it needs to be. We can’t tell exactly what you do. Maybe you are trying to keep your options open, but if a hiring manager or recruiter can’t tell from your LinkedIn profile what you’re especially good at, then you won’t look like someone who can relieve whatever pain an organization is feeling. 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

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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​​

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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​​

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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​

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.

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