Information technology continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the world with hundreds of new jobs being posted every day. The trouble is knowing where to look for them. Any job site will have a plethora of IT opportunities, but they’re mixed in with postings for sales managers, dog walkers and engineers, so half your time is spent weeding out irrelevant results. A number of niche IT job sites have cropped up in recent years in response to this problem, and one of these may suit you better if a traditional job search is beginning to feel like a needle in a haystack.Read More
For as long as I can remember, employers have written job postings that describe candidates that don’t exist. Oh sure, there is one person in the world that is a perfect fit of the described position but that person is already employed. So when I say they don’t exist I mean they are not looking for a new job. A conundrum recruiters have encountered so often they have a nickname for candidates that would match these far fetched requirements, a purple squirrel.
I am sure if you have ever considered being a secret shopper you realized the number of scams out there. Does this mean that all secret shoppers are a scam? Scambusters.org interviewed Cathy Stucker who has been a mystery shopper since 1995. She authored a book called, “Mystery Shopper’s Manual”. It’s a very popular book that explains mystery shopping. You can learn more about mystery shopping at Cathy’s website and you will find out Cathy knows what she is talking about.
Some retirees are looking for a part-time job just to keep busy, while others are looking to add some income to keep pay extra bills. Whatever the reason is, there are many options today to look into, arguably more than ever. The same options in physical retail stores still exist that did back in the day, but now there are ways to work remotely online and other new services, like Uber, Lyft, and Postmates.Read More
Fresh out of college, my son landed the job of his dreams. He put in tireless work during high school and college pursuing his passion. He was lucky enough to find a company in the financial industry that was willing to hire and train him right out of college. I remember it like yesterday (on his first day) when he called me. He was frantic.Read More
So you hate your job. What do you do to survive this conundrum? The first thing I recommend you do is change your attitude. You may not want to hear that, you may want to hear all the reasons you should just quit, or you might be looking some sympathy for suffering on a daily basis. You’re not going to get it right now, but you will get some advice on how to turn it around mentally.
Sadly too many employers don’t recognize the demands on working mothers. Mothers are expected to leave their personal life at home and be on auto pilot at work. It’s tough to find, but there are employers who are progressive when it comes to working moms. It’s scary that it has come to a point where even asking a prospective employee if they are married or have a family is illegal in most states, and most moms cringe if they are asked. There are a few things you should be looking for when considering a career if you have a family.
The introvert relies mostly on themselves staying in an environment that rids themselves of any anxiety or negative thoughts so that they can welcome any ideas that may flow to them without forcing anything. The extrovert on the other hand uses other individuals to bounce their ideas off until a line of thought sticks and then they go in that direction. Both methods are proven to be valuable ways of producing creative results. Neither way is right or wrong and it’s important to know that 50% of the world is made up of introverts, Warren Buffett being one of them.
We talked with a long-time recruiter and a VP of hiring, both from a fast-growing startup company that has plans to hire over 50 people in the next year. As part of their hiring process, a phone interview is required right off the bat. According to them and other companies, less than 20% of candidates make it past the initial phone screen stage. We have some valuable insights that should help you beat those odds.Read More
If you’re an employer or a recruiter, the last thing you want to do is waste your time and money posting jobs that will yield you a bunch of low-quality candidates. The best job posting sites will allow you to target specifically what you’re looking for, quickly screen candidates, and not get overloaded with low-quality applicants or spam. To find the best job sites, we interviewed employers and recruiters all with 5-10 years or more of experience in the industry, to get their feedback. After that, we tested every site ourselves to get a true feel for the experience.
Today I have a big announcement. As I indicated in my open this will be my last podcast for CareerCloud -- i have sold the site and its assets to a new owner who will be taking over and building on what I started nearly 5 years ago.After more than 100 episodes this will be my last official podcast.Read More
In any career, success depends on a combination of both hard and soft skills. Hard, or technical skills, are important for obvious reasons: You wouldn’t hire an accountant who has never seen a spreadsheet before, for instance. Soft skills, though, are more intangible. There’s no objective measurement for them, and it can be challenging to determine which are most important in any given situation.Read More
We like to believe that it’s an absolute impossibility to condense all of our great knowledge, skills and abilities. We think that if we condense, we’re omitting. If we remove, it’ll be lost.
What if I told you that there’s a way to include every single detail, task and accomplishment? What if I said that decades of experience can in fact be delivered effectively in a one page resume? Well I have GREAT news for you today because it absolutely can! Let’s walk through how.
My guest today is author and career coach Stephanie Brown. Her new book is called Fired: why losing your job is the best thing that can happen to you. Stephanie held senior roles at Nike before leaving to take a chance on a job at a smaller company, who subsequently fired her. Knowing that amazing jobs at companies like Nike are not advertised on the internet,she spent seven months hustling and sniffing out the best jobs in the city with her own unique networking strategy! She approached me about sharing this advice and experience with the CareerCloud audience.Read More
Crafting a resume is one of the keys to getting the job of your dream. However, unfortunately, not all people realize how a good resume should look like. What if you worked for one company for a long time without leaving it and got promoted within your department? What is the best way to list these promotions and your changed position on your resume?Read More
Everyone makes mistakes - even recruiters. Experience is not a safeguard since long-time recruiters may be complacent about the way they do things and fail to look for different methods of getting the most out of an interview. Before we begin, let's point out that there are two types of recruiters. The first is the salaried employee who works within the company. The second type of recruiter is the freelance headhunter who works to match job seekers with companies that are hiring.Read More
Being indispensable to your boss does not only mean that you will feel exhilarated, but provides you with security, too. In today's competitive world, people want to feel indispensable and not fear that they will lose the jobs. Bosses and managers value such employees, but it all starts with making a good name for oneself. We all know this, but still wonder 'How can I become indispensable without being exhausted?'Read More
Many people find themselves working in the same job for several years at a pay rate that does not reflect what they truly think their work is worth. While there's nothing wrong with waiting a while for your employer to give you a raise, at some point it may be necessary for you to directly ask for one. If you find yourself in the position of needing to negotiate a salary raise, here are the steps you should take to ensure the process goes smoothly and creates as little tension as possible with your employer.Read More
When deciding where to look for your next job, there are a lot of factors to think about. Choosing the kind of company that you want to work for is a big one. Should you go for a large corporation and be a tiny cog in a big machine? Or should you go for a small company and potentially be a big fish trapped in a small pond? These pros and cons should help you out.Read More