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State Job Banks Offer Opportunities for All Job Seekers

Have you considered using state job banks to find employment? Many people overlook them due to a common misconception that there are only lower paying jobs, which is just not the case. Learn more fromfrom Iowa Workforce Development District Manager Mike Witt.

See opportunities from state workforce agencies across the U.S. by visiting US.jobs!

Job Seeker Advice: Do Extra Research

It’s a job seeker market right now. There are a ton of employment options, but without careful planning and thought, you can damage your reputation or relationship with prospective employers. Hear from Jessica Miller-Merrell of Blogging4Jobs as she discusses why job seekers should do their research and understand the recruitment process before interviewing.

While job seekers have a lot of options, it’s important to avoid burning bridges by getting into a multiple offer scenarios. Do your research, really have a handle on who you want to work for and what you want to do.

Have you had to deal with multiple offers at the same time? How did you decide? Share your experience below!

Are Humanities Majors Destined For Pizza Delivery Jobs?

The following post was written by and being reposted with permission from Sanjeev Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of Collegefeed. View the original post on Forbes.com.

The Class of 2014 received a boost on Friday with the latest Jobs Report, signaling renewed hope as many start their careers. But not all new grads fare equally. Perhaps this joke sums it up best, “What do you say when you find a Liberal Arts major on your porch – how much do I owe you for the pizza?”

Imagine what it must be like to be a Humanities major in college these days. You work hard, spend four years mastering your courses and meanwhile the refrain “you’re not going to make it” echoes in your caffeine-logged brain.

And if by chance, you’ve managed to navigate your academic career without hearing the sentiment ad nauseam, you might be at an even bigger disadvantage. Because public consensus is that you are going to fail. They cite minimal job offers with lower pay. Mountains of loan debt. And the growing perception that the true path to success lies in STEM degrees.

But even before the recent jobs spike, that climate has started to change – not just the stigma associated with Liberal Arts, but the actual career opportunities available. As the cool kids these days say, it’s time for the haters to stop hating. Here are five reasons why.

1. It’s Not As Bad As They Say     

It’s true that software is “eating the world.” Mobile and cloud computing are disrupting many industries. As a result, there are currently many more opportunities for STEM grads than for majors in other fields. But at the same time, everyone faces the same challenges initially.

You’re competing against experienced, unemployed people that are likely more attractive on paper to employers. Your chance of standing out is equally bad given the volume of resumes recrquote about job searchuiters process weekly, who typically only spend six seconds scanning each one.

However to many companies, the “soft skills” – the ability to communicate, work well in groups, handle stressful situations, turn your work in on time and make tough decision with minimal direction – actually matter more than academic backgrounds and skill-sets. Some surveys suggest that 60 percent of hiring managers rank it as the number one factor in evaluating a candidate, versus only 32 percent for hard skills.

In fact, new reports suggest that in the long term Humanities majors are starting to close the income gap. And with nearly one-third the number of students choosing to graduate in Humanities compared to 40 years ago, there is less competition than ever for those jobseekers.

2. Your Skills Are Equally Valuable

Think about it like this. Tech workers are required in the beginning – they build the apps, devices, even whole communities that make up our modern landscape. But what happens next? Programmers aren’t exactly the most creative and communicative people. Companies need marketers, graphic designers, sales people and so much more to then tell their story effectively. Successful, growing businesses are capitalizing on this fact.

And with 500,000 new businesses launching every month in the U.S, there are going to be a ton of jobs for non-tech majors. In fact, content is king today. Companies such as Contently and Scripted are solely focused on helping companies tell their stories better and are actively searching for artists and writers. Generating this content is going to be one of the most critical areas of growth in the next five years.

3. A Job Is Not Your Only Option

Another huge trend are marketplaces, which fundamentally aim to democratize the way the world works. For example, education was once closely guarded by schools and instructors. Today, those walls are tumbling down and you can learn anything from anyone with services such as Tutor, Skillshare and Coursera.

Conversely, you can teach. If you excel at something, you can actually make a living teaching it with any of the above sites and ultimately by building your own business. Never before have there been so many opportunities for individuals to monetize their core talents online – and it will only explode in the coming years.

4. Your Success Is In Your Hands

Realistically, to get any job in any company, you need two things: persistence and hard work. Just lurk around Quora for a few minutes and you will see hundreds of stories where perseverance is the only thing that paid off.

The job search is no longer merely about writing a resume and applying on job boards. Instead, the smartest path is to research the heck out of your dream company and figure out the right people to approach. And forget cover letters. Once you’ve found the appropriate contacts, email them directly with your reasons for wanting to work there. Explain what you bring to the table, what you plan to accomplish and keep following up until they say no.

For example, if you want a sales job at a company, grab their attention by pitching them as if you were a sales rep. If you love to write, craft a few blog posts for their industry to showcase your talent.

5. Technology Is No Longer Optional

Understanding technology is a must regardless of major. In fact, I’d argue that you’re already a tech wiz; you just don’t realize it.

Smartphones are full-fledged computers with Internet we carry in our pockets. Apps are much more sophisticated computer programs we use every day. Ten years ago it took day-long training sessions to educate workers on computer systems. Today, a company has not done its job right if you can’t begin using a program in five minutes or less. People on the whole are simply more tech savvy and millennials are hands down the furthest ahead.

Similarly, programming is becoming a life-skill, not a “profession.” And it’s really not a big deal. Sites like Code Academy and Treehouse make it simple for anyone to learn. So spend 30 minutes each week learning about technology and programming. Consider it an investment in your future. There are even vocational schools such as Dev Bootcamp that will put you through intense three month training and then get you a job as a programmer.

You may surprise yourself. You might love it and open up an entire new world of opportunities that marry your hard work in Humanities with those in-demand tech skills.

Sanjeev was Google’s first head of product marketing. Since then he has had leadership roles at 3 successful startups – CEO of Aloqa, a mobile push platform (acquired by Motorola), VP Product and Marketing at Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and as the founding CEO of Collegefeed (acquired by AfterCollege). Sanjeev graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an EECS degree from MIT and along the way spent time at McKinsey & Co. and Cisco Systems. He pretends to play squash when not chasing down his daughters for exercise. Follow him at @collegefeedTW.

Making Your Online Job Search More Efficient with Saved Searches

There are millions of jobs posted online every day through corporate career sites, online job boards, job aggregators and social media. For job seekers, the high volume of jobs accessible online is great, but may quickly become overwhelming to sift through on a daily basis.

This is where Saved Search comes in as a great time and energy saver. Saved Search is essentially a job search agent. This feature has become somewhat standard on corporate career sites and job search websites, such as My.jobs. It enables you to search for a job, save the results, then to opt-in to receive email notifications when new opportunities are posted within your designated criteria. The end result means you no longer have to go out to the website to conduct a new search every day – the new jobs automatically come to you.

To try Saved Search, visit https://secure.my.jobs/. Under the “Sign Up” section, provide your email and create a password. After you click the “Create Account” button, you’ll need to check your email for a verification link. Once you have clicked that, you can access your profile and fill in your information.

Once you’re satisfied with your profile, you can go to any website within the .JOBS Network to set up a new Saved Search. For this example, we’ll assume you’re a job seeker looking for work in Texas. You would visit Texas.jobs and enter the appropriate information in the “What” and/or “Where” fields. In the figure below, we used Dallas for the “Where” and nursing for the “What.”

My.jobs saved search


On the search results page, you’ll see section in the right hand column where you can care a new Saved Search:

My.jobs saved search


Simply click the “Save This Search” box and you’ll see a note once it has been processed:

My.jobs saved search


You can go in at anytime to view, edit or delete your Saved Search from your My.jobs account under the Saved Search tab.


 Ready to get started? Visit My.jobs now!

Making Your Job Search More Efficient

When job searching, sometimes it can be a challenge just figuring out where to start. You can reach out to your network of friends and colleagues who may know of any opportunities. You can also start your job hunt online and search for jobs by location or occupation. Unfortunately instead of legitimate employment opportunities, the search results are typically littered with irrelevant or outdated results.

typical job search results

Example of Google search results displaying third party websites instead of corporate career websites.

To help make your job search more efficient, DirectEmployers Association has created occupation-based websites on the .JOBS top-level domain.

Navigating to these sites couldn’t be any simpler. For example, if you’re a marketing professional looking for work, enter http://marketing.jobs into your web browser and you’ll be directed to a website displaying available marketing jobs.

easier job search results on .JOBS

Example of an occupation .JOBS site - Marketing.jobs.

From here, you can filter results by city, title, company and more. Other related examples are http://informationtechnology.jobs, http://nursing.jobs, http://engineering.jobs, http://sales.jobs and the list goes on. You can also click the “View All Jobs” link.

Now we want to hear from you! Have you tried one of our occupation .JOBS sites? For more job seeker information and tools, consider visiting our Pinterest page.

Job Search with a Real Applicant – Part 1

With 12.1 million people, or 7.8% of the country unemployed, finding a new job has become more competitive. For the countless people who either lose their jobs or leave in search of greener pastures, the challenges may seem insurmountable. It’s not impossible, and we met a job seeker willing to share his experience in the hopes of helping others.

Matthew Hopson is an engineer who survived a job search that took over 8 months. Our intern, Amir Naderi, sat down with Matt for an in-depth discussion about the job-hunting experience and what helpful insights he learned along the way.

Amir: During the 8 months you were searching for a job, how many positions did you apply for?

Matthew: I applied for 314 positions. I kept track of my applications in Excel. For each position, I listed the following: Company Name, Position, Salary (if listed), Date Posted, Date Applied, Job Location, and Company Website. When a company called me, I recorded who I spoke with and when. This was a great idea because I was able to avoid applying for the same position twice.

Amir: It seems the landscape has shifted to an online recruiting process rather than traditional cold-calls or walk-ins. Did you fill out online or paper applications in your search?

Matthew: I’ve filled out both applications, but most have been online. The majority of places require you to complete an online application, even if you give your resume to an employer in person at job fairs. Interestingly, you may submit a resume online, and some companies will have you fill out a written application when you interview with them.

Amir: I’ve heard you should have more than one resume in your arsenal. Did you have many different resumes or just one?

Matthew: I had one main resume that I used. I only changed the objective section of my resume for each job application because I focused on a specific field based on my work experience and skill set. Many people have more than one resume, and it is a great idea to have more than one version, especially if you’re applying for vastly different positions.

Amir: How long is your resume and cover letter?

Matthew: Both are one-page. I believe each should be one full page and highlight your best attributes. When employers look at resumes and cover letters, they tend to scan them for only a few seconds. It is a great idea to incorporate key words they look for when reviewing each candidate for a position. This will help you stand out among the other applicants. For online applications, some companies use software to scan each document for those key words. Lists of these words can easily be found online.

Amir: Social networks have become a hotbed for recruiters and job seekers alike. How relevant were the social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc., in your job search?

Matthew: I never used Facebook or Twitter during my job search, but I did use LinkedIn. LinkedIn had many job postings and a few headhunters contacted me on there as well. It was a great way to network and search for open positions. But I have heard of people applying for jobs on Twitter.

Amir: Did your networking connections, both online and off, help you obtain any interviews or potential job opportunities?

Matthew: Yes absolutely, networking helped me meet new people and get interviews. Joining a professional organization is a great way to network and learn about new job opportunities.

Amir: How did you find the majority of the open positions you applied for?

Matthew: I used many online search engines to find open positions. I would say Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), Jobs.Jobs, CareerBuilder, and Indeed were my main online sources. Depending on the day, some search engines would have more job listings than others. It is wise to have more than one source for your job search. I also spoke with headhunters. They were able to inform me about positions I may be a good fit for that weren’t advertised online.

Be sure to come back next week for the conclusion of our interview, as Matthew will give insights on interviewing and the hiring process as a whole. In the meantime, visit Jobs.Jobs to look at the over 1 million job opportunities waiting for you!

The Top 15 States with the Most Jobs

In the last few months, unemployment rates have gone down slightly; however, it is still difficult to find a job in this economy. The U.S. Department of Labor shows that Nevada, Rhode Island, and California have the highest unemployment rates ranging from 11.6 to 10.7 percent. If you are looking for a job in a specific area, http://jobs.jobs/ can help you find the right job for you! This website lists jobs based on top searches, top companies, top countries, top states and top cities. You can also search what kind of job you are looking for and where you want to land your perfect job. The top 15 states with the most jobs include:

This website helps you find the perfect job for you in the area that you want. http://jobs.jobs/ is an amazing resource when job hunting.

The Help Wanted blog is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.

Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude during an Interview

Interview with Candee Chambers, Cardinal Health

During interviews it’s easy to often time dwell on past hardships. However, Candee Chambers with Cardinal Health offers advice on how staying positive during your interview can go a long with a recruiter. Learn how focusing on strengths can help you make the most of your employer interviews.

The Help Wanted blog is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.

Advice for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Interview with James Emmett, CLIICC Center

Are you a person with a disability looking for employment? Disability consultant James Emmett with CLIICC Center addresses how he overcame his disability and found a job he was passionate about. Discover how by matching your skill set with an interest you find enjoyable can make a world of difference during your job search.

The Help Wanted blog is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.

The Top 10 Best Small Cities for Jobs

Are big cities too big for you? Are you looking for a job in a small city? This website, http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ef45gjfgm/methodology/#gallerycontent, lists the top 10 best small cities for jobs in the country. It shows the best cities along with their increasing employment rates. When searching for a specific job, http://us.jobs/ is the perfect place to search for a job based on the title or location. Our research shows that the top 10 best small cities for jobs include:

  1. Odessa, Texas – 9.5%
  2. Midland, Texas – 6.3%
  3. Columbus, Indiana – 10.2%
  4. San Angelo, Texas – 4.3%
  5. Blacksburg, Virginia – 7.1%
  6. Casper, New York – 5.4%
  7. Williamsport, Pennsylvania – 3.0%
  8. Glens Falls, New York – 5.4%
  9. Lubbock, Texas – 2.8%
  10. Laredo, Texas – 5.6%

http://us.jobs/ can help you find the perfect job in the perfect place for you. Remember the saying, “Good things come in small packages?” Good jobs come in small cities as well!

The Help Wanted blog is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.

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