Category Archives: hiring

Bipartisan jobs bill for veterans signed

Signed into law on Monday, this bill provides help for veterans as well as tax incentives and credits for employers:

The bill provides double the tax incentives for companies who hire disabled veterans and repeals a 2006 law that, as of 2012, would have required federal, state, and local governments to withhold three percent of payments to contractors.

Mr. Obama also announced a series of executive actions aimed at providing unemployed veterans with the resources to find jobs – including a jobs bank, employment counseling and online resources allowing veterans to explore their employment options.

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How to Get a Job in America

Via Lifehacker.com …

Job boards and Craigslist don’t work because everybody’s already there. Here’s where to look, and how to look good, in the (still incredibly rough) job market.

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Recruiters Share 10 Common Resume Mistakes

Via Work Goes Strong …

Here’s an excellent piece that covers some of the major mistakes job seekers make when constructing their resumes.

Author Leslie Ayers writes:

If you read my column regularly, you know I believe a great resume is like the golden ticket to the job you really want. It tells a potential employer what you can do for them, and establishes you in their mind as someone they want to meet.

As an added bonus, a great resume makes you feel more confident in your job search, and it serves as a guide in an interview so that all of the important things someone should know about you are covered.

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The Modern History of the Resume

Via Mashable.com …

The role of the resume has remained constant throughout its 500 years of existence — the point of the resume is to get a job.

Relative to other forms of communication, though, it hasn’t changed all that much. In fact, most of the changes have been merely cosmetic — most employers still require a one-sheet, black-and-white printed resume at interviews, regardless of the fact that we all use email and have had access to much better design options for years now. Not to mention, printing is unnecessary in the digital world we live in. At this point, even the role of cover letters in today’s job market is being scrutinized.

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Will You Pass a Social Media Background Check?

Of course you already know to be careful regarding what you post and write on social media sites, right? Think you’ve been careful enough?

As “social media” background checks become more commonplace, you might be surprised as to just how much seemingly innocuous information can be used against you.

Mat Honan of Gizmodo just published a great piece on how he actually failed a “social media” background check. He writes:

We ran background checks on six Gizmodo employees, including our editor in chief Joe Brown, and all but one came back clean. When it doesn’t find anything incriminating on a potential employee, it simply issues a notice that the employees passed (see below) and doesn’t generate a file.

And then there’s me. I flunked hard. When that happens, Social Intelligence creates a report, which it would then send to an employer. And if you don’t get a job because of your social media report, you can request a copy. Mine’s filled with delightful details, like “subject admits to use of cocaine as well as LSD,” and “subject references use of Ketamine.”

Basically, I may never work again.

Check out the entire piece when you get a chance. It’s quite enlightening:
http://gizmodo.com/5818774/this-is-a-social-media-background-check

Young job-seekers hiding their Facebook pages

Via CNN.com …

A recent survey commissioned by Microsoft found that 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online.

What kind of information? “Inappropriate” comments by the candidate; “unsuitable” photos and videos; criticisms of previous employers, co-workers, or clients; and even inappropriate comments by friends and relatives, according to the survey report, titled “Online Reputation in a Connected World.”

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Glassdoor Puts Numbers on Our Schizophrenic Job Market

Via TechCrunch …

Glassdoor is reporting an Employment Confidence Survey today that shows robust and increasing confidence in the job market– never mind most of the nation remains gripped in 9% unemployment with only a little hope of things getting better.

40% of respondents expect their company’s outlook to improve in the next six months and just 17% are concerned about a possible layoff, down from 26% in the first quarter of 2009. And there’s decent optimism that should they lose their jobs, 40% of them say it is “likely” they would find a new job matching their experience and pay within six months– the highest that number has been in six quarters. Glassdoor notes that “only” 35% of respondents expected to get a raise within the next 12 months, but given the top line economic data for the country, that still seems pretty healthy to me.

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3 Social Networking Profiles That Will Determine Whether Or Not You Get Hired

Via Business Insider …

Social networking platforms have risen in popularity over the past few years, so much so that some employers are looking toward these profiles as a determining factor in the hiring process. Candidates are now expected to have — and actively update — their social networking profiles so recruiters will know who’s the right fit.

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Small Business IT Hiring Grows, More Seek Mobile Programmers

Via ReadWriteWeb …

A report released by freelancer hiring site Elance today shows a surprising amout of growth in hiring during the fourth quarter of last year, especially in IT categories.

Among some of the most sought after technical skills on Elance last quarter were PHP, WordPress, HTML/CSS, graphic design, MySQL, JavaScript and iPhone development.

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3 steps for building an extensive talent pipeline

Via VentureBeat …

Finding and keeping good talent can be a difficult task in any industry, but in the New York online ad market (where we compete) it’s especially challenging, as the sheer number of “cool” companies in the space makes it highly competitive from a recruiting standpoint.  Over the years I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to find and nurture good talent. The bottom line is something you probably already know: The right people can drive growth for almost any business.

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