Archives for April 2013

Hiring Rebound

(via Linkedin.com) Hiring Rebound Around the Corner?  Despite the gloomy news, economic and otherwise, there was a small bit of positive data from the US Department that hints at a big hiring pickup in the next few months. Their monthly JOLTS reports tracks total job openings, and the most recent report (April 12, 2013) indicated that the number of job postings in the public market has increased by over 300 thousand in February compared to January (see first graphic). This is the biggest increase in the past 15 months and the second biggest in the past three years.

This is big news since the JOLTS report is a strong predictor of monthly hiring in the next 2-3 months. As the demand for talent increases, job-seekers will have an easier time finding a job, with the talent hunters facing more challenges. (…more)

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Why I Won’t Be Reading Your Cover Letter

Is your cover letter ready to be sent out? Before you say yes, read this…

We had an open position we were trying to fill awhile back and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director.

Did these job seekers really think going on and on for paragraphs about irrelevant experience was going to make me want to read their resume—or even more so—interview them?

I think I understand the dilemma here: Truly active job seekers are sending out countless cover letters as quickly as humanly possible—probably exasperated by the sheer volume of applications they feel pressured to submit. It’s not a shot-in-the-dark game, people. Or a game of numbers.

I truly don’t believe it’s a situation where you have to submit 200 applications to receive two call-backs. What it comes down to is a matter of focus and relevancy. Can you make the correlation between your experience and career background and what the employer truly needs? I’ll give you a perfect example.   (…read more)

Courtesy:   Careerealism.com

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