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.


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​​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!
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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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‘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!
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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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Fantastic Jobs and Where to Find Them
The job market offers no guarantees. Changes in policy, economic forces and consumer behavior may turn today’s good jobs into tomorrow’s relics. Careers still in their infancy right now could explode in just a few years.

Despite the inherent uncertainty of making predictions, economists who study labor and employment trends use data to make fairly solid projections about what jobs will be in high demand in the future. Growth in these careers will likely exceed the average growth rate for all occupations, which is expected to be 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Read More.


3 Annoying Cover Letter Blunders
With unemployment at an all-time low, many employers are complaining they’re struggling to find the talent they need. Meanwhile, millions of job seekers are frustrated by the lack of responses they’re getting from applying to jobs online. Especially when they take the extra time to write a cover letter.

Recruiters Say Most Cover Letters Stink
One of the most common things recruiters say… Read More. 


Changing Careers? Do This First

Have you tried to switch from your current career field with little success?  Does it seem like you almost get the desired job, but then another candidate gets the position and you lose out?  Are you frustrated at the difficulty of transitioning to a new career field and feel stuck in your current role?  With a few changes, you might find that your story will get better. Because the truth is, that “perfect” candidate is probably not out there.  Even though you are from a different field, you might be just what the employer needs.  But it’s your job to show that.  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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Bergen CC – April 5 & 6 – Contact Monica Rock

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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Why Asking This 1 Question Will Get You a Job Much Faster
Hillary spent seven months in 2017 looking for a job. She didn’t get any interviews. She was convinced there was something wrong with her. Her career confidence dwindled. I don’t blame her for feeling this way. The unemployment rate last year was at a record-low (and continues to be). Employers are complaining they can’t find enough talent. Which means, getting hired in a good economy should be easy, right? But, the truth is, even if you’re a rockstar at what you do, failing to do one thing prior to embarking on a job search can result in it taking much longer. Hillary didn’t complete a critical activity before she started looking for work and it resulted in months of wasted job search efforts. Read More.


How to Effectively Stay Motivated When Unable to Find a Job
It’s never the best feeling in the world when you lose a job and have a hard time finding a new one. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. In fact, it means that now is the time to work harder than ever. Here’s how to effectively stay motivated when you’re unable to find a new job.

Focus on Your Future
You never want to be constantly dwelling on the past, and the… Read More. 


Top 11 Dos and Don’ts for Your Job Search

When you’re looking for a new job, it pays to concentrate on what you can control. You can’t make the perfect opportunity appear, or influence the hiring manager’s mood when he’s reviewing resumes, or alter company policy to ensure that you receive a call back in a timely fashion.

Here’s what you can control: you. You have absolute control over everything you do during a job search, from crafting your resume and cover letter to communicating with potential employers to conducting yourself professionally during a job interview.

To maximize your chances of getting an offer, you need to put your best foot forward.  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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Bergen CC – April 5 & 6 – Contact Monica Rock

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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How to Move Down the Career Ladder

Sometimes, moving down the career ladder, instead of up, can make sense. It could be by choice, if you want to opt out of a fast-track career for a job that’s less stressful or for a job that’s more fun. In other cases, especially in a down job market or an industry that’s not doing well, it can make sense to look at alternative job options and downsize your career.

How do you move down the career ladder instead of up it?

First, you need to consider the fact that you may earn less money. But you may also have more flexibility, less stress and more employment options. Then, you need to consider what alternatives are available and how to find and apply for them. Read More.


How To Write a Cover Letter When You’re Overqualified
What can you do if you’re overqualified for a job, but still want to apply? When the job market is difficult, there may be a shortage of jobs that you are qualified for and it can make sense to expand your job search. Or, personal reasons — such as starting a family, wanting a shorter commute, etc. — may make jobs a few rungs lower on the career ladder appealing.

If you do appear overqualified for a job, you’ll need to… Read More. 


​How To Apply For A Job You Are Overqualified For

Being highly qualified is not usually a negative when it comes to career opportunities. There are times when an organization might hesitate at the resume of an applicant who appears to be more experienced than they need.

Why Is Being Overqualified A Concern?

Job seekers need to understand why companies may avoid hiring applicants who are qualified above the expectations of the position.

  • They are concerned they cannot afford you. With years of experience often comes a higher salary range. 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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Explaining unemployment in the job interview

Though the unemployment rate has slowly been decreasing over the past year—finally settling at 4.1 percent in October 2017 and holding steady since—there are still 6.6 million people in the U.S. who want to work, but don’t currently have jobs.

Regardless of the reason, if you currently find yourself among that 4.1 percent, you may feel nervous about addressing your employment gap in an upcoming interview. But don’t worry! While the circumstances of your unemployment are sure to come up, these strategies will help you handle that tough question like a pro. Read More.


How To Re-Enter The Workforce After A Long Absence
First, I recommend that you stop thinking about the competition because it sounds like doing so is making you anxious! If you have been sending a resume to employers who don’t know you, I can see why it feels like all those other people are seeking the same thing as you and it is tough to differentiate yourself, so here is what I would do to stand out from the crowd:

1. First, choose a focus… Read More. 


​7 Tips for Explaining Gaps in Employment

Getting laid off, fired, or plainly leaving a job is a difficult thing to handle. In fact, a recent study found that the lingering mental effects from being laid off or fired can take longer to recover from than a breakup.

As is the case after a breakup, many people find themselves taking some time before getting back on the proverbial horse and looking for a job. In fact, the most recent unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average period of unemployment is about 23.6 weeks as of December 2017.

But, when you’re looking for a new job and you’re sending out your resume to prospective employers, your employment gap, is going to stand out. It will also be a topic of conversation when you interview. 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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5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

Before I mustered the bravery to reinvent my career from unhappy corporate VP, to success coach, writer and speaker, I was stuck in a corporate marketing career that was just plain wrong on so many levels. While it was “successful” on the outside (meaning, I made good money, had high-level responsibility, earned lots of perks and benefits, oversaw large projects, etc.), it was a train wreck from an emotional perspective.

Looking back on those 18 years of corporate life, I see now that my real talents and abilities – the ones that make me feel alive and of value and use to others – weren’t being tapped at all. Because of that, I often felt the success I achieved never delivered the impact or satisfaction I wanted. The work and outcomes I focused in my corporate jobs rarely matched the real me or aligned with my truest values and ideals. Just like 87% of employees worldwide, I felt disengaged in my work, and found no meaning or constructive purpose in this career I’d worked so hard to build. Despite all the “sensible” decisions I made in managing my career, I ended up shattered and lost at 41. Read More.


A Insiders look at
The 7 most in-demand tech jobs for 2018
As companies scramble to adapt to the modern workforce, they’re doing whatever they can to attract top tech talent. For some that may mean getting a head start in filling next year’s most in-demand roles, which range from data-focused to security-related positions, according to Robert Half Technology’s 2018 IT salary report. The survey also reveals the average salaries for each role based off experience. Read More. 

The Best Jobs To Apply For In 2018

As professionals contemplate their careers in 2018, they may be on the lookout for new jobs. They may also be looking for different roles that they can positions themselves to get in the future.

To that end, we looked to a report on some great jobs with healthy pay, high job satisfaction ratings and a large number of open positions out there in the job market. The information was provided by Glassdoor.com, a career intel and job search company which collects information like salaries and job ratings from its many users. Overall, Glassdoor has tens of millions of data points and reviews on various positions at more than 740,000 companies in over 190 countries. 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.