By Miriam Salpeter
If you are extremely qualified, have terrific application materials, a targeted resume and you're interviewing for jobs, but always coming up with a silver medal, it's possible that you're bumping up against an elusive category: likability. Also known in the industry as "cultural fit,"... Read More »
By Beth Braccio-Hering
Duncan Mathison, co-author of "Unlock the Hidden Job Market: Six Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough," recalls working with an ex-Navy SEAL who was trying to land a civilian job.
"He realized that most people thought his skills consisted of landing on beaches and... Read More »
You can design your resume to appear modern and appropriate for today's job search, but it is equally important to include relevant content to appeal to the hiring manager. Most companies today are using a computerized system (known as an applicant tracking system, or ATS) to evaluate your materials; this... Read More »
By Vanessa Van Petten
Have you ever wondered what makes someone a world-renowned musician or a critically acclaimed novelist? Malcolm Gladwell would say it all comes down to practice -- over 10,000 hours of practice, to be exact. But a study by Gary McPherson, discussed in David Brooks' book "The Social... Read More »
With nearly 13 million unemployed Americans, you'd think there be no such thing as a worker shortage. But many U.S. employers continue to say that they can't find people to fill certain jobs.
A recent CareerBuilder survey showed that despite the nation's high 8.2 percent unemployment rate, 38 percent of... Read More »
It's a conundrum: Many employers have jobs that they can't fill even though millions of Americans want and need work.
A recent Right Management survey of 600 employers found that 90 percent of them are finding it difficult to fill key positions, despite the nation's historically high unemployment rate. Read More »
The improving job market means more Americans are finally finding jobs, but for many the obstacles to finding employment remain. Those including not only landing interviews, but navigating successfully through them.
Meetings with potential employers, however, can be tricky, filled with a minefield a possible... Read More »
Underemployment has been as much a frustrating feature of the recent job market as the nation's high unemployment rate.
What makes a worker underemployed? A number of a factors, including the inability to find full-time work in a chosen field. Read More »
When it comes to hiring intelligent employees, it seems companies prefer people smarts more so than book smarts, a new survey finds.
More than 70 percent of employers way they value emotional intelligence -- the ability to perceive the emotions of others and control one's own -- over workers' intellectual... Read More »
It may be difficult to believe, but during this period of stubbornly high unemployment, many jobs are going unfilled because of a lack of qualified applicants.
More than half of companies surveyed report challenges in finding candidates with the right skills, according to a recent report cited in an Op-Ed... Read More »
Not everybody approaches education with the same goal. High school and higher education serve different purposes for each student. For some pupils, school is a direct path to a job. For others, it is a chance to learn for the sake of personal growth. Visit any classroom and you'll encounter students with a... Read More »
When I ask job seekers what roles they are ideal candidates for, I often hear "I am good at so many different things, I can do almost any job." Although this may sometimes be close to true, most of my clients are looking for specialists. Sure they appreciate the candidates who bring a lot to the table. However,... Read More »