Job Search Intelligence for 2016

December 11th, 2015 No comments

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What do a nurse, developer and truck driver have in common?

No, it’s not the setup to a corny punchline–they have the most in demand jobs of 2016.

According to a recent report by Fast Company, these three very different fields will be looking to hire in 2016. Healthcare workers, software developers, and truck drivers will be areas where industry trends could contribute to a hunger for more candidates.

Looking to make a career change in 2016? This new trend bodes well for those looking to change careers–a work history different than the requirements will make less of a difference.

This also is a positive development for job seekers new to the economy, who may find that the stringent requirements of job listings in recent memory will relax in their favor.

Read the full report for details, as well as the top 10 growing occupations for 2016.

Ready to organize your job search in 20016? Then we recommend checking out StartWire.

Happy Thanksgiving from StartWire!

November 25th, 2015 No comments

Turkey - ThanksgivingWith Thanksgiving approaching and heralding the holiday season, many job seekers grow discouraged and put their search on hold until the New Year. It makes sense at first–with people getting ready for the holidays, job seekers conclude that it’s nigh impossible to get in front of a hiring manager.

What if instead of putting your search on hold, you changed your tactics a bit?

The holidays are a fabulous time to network. With food and cheer aplenty, take advantage of the good feeling and tap into your personal and extended networks. Relatives, friends, and friends of friends can all be good sources of leads in this time. Who knows, a casual chat at Thanksgiving could blossom into a referral.

The relaxing of businesses’ schedules can also be used to your advantage. Now is a great time to set up an informal meeting or tour around a workplace. A recruiter’s slower inbox can mean your follow-up email is more likely to stick–and get a response. Even reaching out with a season’s greeting is a great move!

Above all, have a great Thanksgiving–eat some good food, spend some time with the family, and don’t go too crazy on Black Friday.

A Salute From StartWire!

November 11th, 2015 No comments

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StartWire thanks our veterans for their service!

Whether you’ve recently been discharged or last served years ago, looking for employment as a veteran is different than as a civilian. Companies are taking notice of the unique skills and battle-tested talent of veterans, and many seek to recruit our nation’s protectors after their service is done.

On April 13th, 2015, the Military Times released their ranking of the best employers for veterans. Major companies like Verizon, BAE, and Lockheed Martin all have sterling policies when it comes to recruiting and hiring veterans.

The whole list comprises a variety of fields and industries, including telecommunications, defense, energy, and even banking

No matter with what branch you served or your plans for civilian life, the perfect job is out there waiting for you!

 

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Application Black Hole – How to Start Hearing Back

September 7th, 2015 No comments

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If you’re like most job seekers, as soon as you hit the apply button on a job, your brain is flooded with questions. “Did they get my resume?” “Where do I stand?” “Am I still in the running?”

This is the Application Black Hole – the bane of online job search.

Happily, StartWire can help.

We connect with the recruiting systems used by more than 12,000 companies we can let you know if they got your resume, if you are still in the running, or even if they want to chat about an interview.. We are adding more ‘supported’ companies every day.

Here’s how it works

Tell us where you have applied. If you’ve applied to company that is in our ‘blackhole’ network, we will let you know.  Just follow the online instructions and we’ll provide you with updates via email or text message.

All your information is safely organized at your StartWire account where you can also track applications on your own, and quickly print out your Job Search History Report with just a few clicks.

If you need help, reach out to us by clicking on Feedback and Support.

It’s time for you to conquer the Application Black Hole so get tracking!

If you don’t already have an account, head over to StartWire for your free account.

Why you should upload your resume?

August 3rd, 2015 No comments

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Get your resume out there

We know resumes. In fact, the team at StartWire has been in then recruiting and job search space for decades….literally decades. And there is nothing we love more than giving folks who join our Job Search community some insider knowledge to help you find a job faster.

Here’s one of those secrets: Recruiters search resume databases looking for candidates…everyday. Sometimes they don’t even post jobs…they just check the databases of large job sites looking for a candidate they can call immediately.

If you are not in these databases, you are missing out on opportunities! The problem is, there are just too many databases and each one can take forever to setup.

StartWire has the solution.

Once you upload your resume to StartWire, we will suggest verified sites. Choose the ones you want and we will take care of the rest.

It saves you time and gets your resume in front of recruiters faster. It is the quickest and simplest way to get hired. And it’s totally free.

If you need help, reach out to us by clicking on Feedback and Support.

So upload your resume today and increase your chances of being found!

To learn more about StartWire register today at www.startwire.com

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StartWire Launches Job Search Video Series

July 25th, 2015 No comments

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Wondering where we have been?

At StartWire we have been hard at work bringing you the tools you need for a successful job search and to get hired fast. While we have the blog, we wanted to offer our job seekers something more. We wanted to give everyone the knowledge of what is happening behind the scenes during the recruiting and hiring process.

So we came up with a set of Videos that are now live on the StartWire site – www.startwire.com/videos. Unlike other sites that charge you for this information, we thought the best way to help someone during one of the most stressful time in their lives would be to let them know we are truly here to help.

In the upcoming blogs, I’m going to discuss some of the topics found in the videos around your resume, networking, search tips and interviewing.

We tried to pack as much information in the videos as possible but we know that there is so much more. So we’ll use the blog to expand on some of these topics.

Look for videos on interviewing and networking to go live later this summer.

Do you have any questions or thoughts on these strategies? What’s worked for you? Let us know!

The Strategic Value of Organizing Your Job Search

November 3rd, 2014 No comments

If you find it hard to keep track of your job search progress and history, consider using a site dedicated to job search organization. Doing so allows you to keep your job search information all in one place.3223920178_85c26133df_m

If you don’t like the idea of extra work, the good news is that these sites do most of the work for you and keep it as simple as possible.

What are the benefits to organizing your job search?

  • Keep track of your applied jobs history – the exact job title, company, and dates you applied to a job
  • Keep track of the status of your job applications – how long it’s been since applying to the job
  • Set reminders for scheduled interviews
  • Save your job searches and apply to an interesting job at a later time
  • File for unemployment benefits easily with proof that you’ve been job searching
  • Jot down any notes you’d like to remember for the job application

StartWire, a free job search organization tool, does all of the above and also comes with additional free tools, such as:

  • Tracker – a smart browser plug-in that saves the jobs you’ve viewed and applied for at leading job search sites
  • Express Apply Jobs – jobs that require no applications and take 60 seconds to apply
  • Automatic Status Updates – Have they received your application? Is the job still open? Get your questions answered with status updates.

Don’t underestimate the strategic value of clean organization in your job search!

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5 Tips to Get Ahead on Your Job Search

October 30th, 2014 No comments

With Daylight Saving Time ending this Sunday, don’t forget that your clocks are turning an hour back!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. What that means to many of us is… an extra hour of sleep! What are you going to do with this extra hour?

If you’re in the midst of a job search and want to spend some of this hour to help you get ahead on your job search, read on for these quick and easy tricks.

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Fluff up Your LinkedIn

Ask a contact for a LinkedIn recommendation and tell them exactly what you’d like mentioned within the recommendation. They will appreciate this as it’ll give them a better sense of what to write and you’ll get the recommendation you’re looking for. A win win on both ends.

Get Endorsed

Endorse hardworking coworkers or exemplary classmates on LinkedIn. They might return the favor and endorse you back.

Quantify Your Achievements

Go through your resume and see if you can quantify your achievements. For example, you boosted sales, but by how much? Instead, quantify your achievements, such as saying: I boosted sales 35% from last year.”

Track Your Job Search Easily

Add a nifty tool from StartWire to your browser that automatically saves your job applications – ones you’ve clicked on, ones you’ve applied to, and ones you want to bookmark for later. Also, get smart recommendations back based on the type of jobs you’ve been browsing.

Boost Your Chances of Hire

Apply to a job as soon as you see it posted. Don’t wait! The earlier you apply, the higher your chances of landing the job become. Read more on why it’s important to apply to fresh jobs.

Now that you’re armed with these quick tips, go ahead and enjoy your extra hour!

 

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5 Inspirational Stories of Career Changes

March 19th, 2014 No comments

The most exciting and honestly, scary part of a career is not knowing where it can take you. We all start off our careers having a sense of certain interests we hold and fields we’d consider going into, but availability of opportunities, who we meet, how we connect to employers within the companies, and an array of many factors influence the actual result of the career we choose.

For many, the path is never a clear cut one to the job that makes us truly happy. Instead, as we grow and change, we’ll discover new career passions and new opportunities.

Here are 5 stories from people who experienced the same winding road that eventually led to their perfect career. The moral is: It’s okay to take the time to figure out what you love because each job opportunity is one that can bring you closer to the right one.

Read their stories here: 5 Crazy Career Changes That Will Inspire You Not To Settle.

 

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Sample Resume Templates

February 21st, 2014 No comments

Looking to create a resume or update an existing one?

Two popular resume formats are the chronological and functional resume. Below are sample resume templates that showcase both styles.

The Chronological Resume lists your most recent occupation at the top, followed by the next most recent occupations.

Below is a sample chronological resume.

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 Janice Kendley
15 State St. Boston, MA 02112| 555-555-5555 | kendleyj@example.com

Experience

Microsoft Corporation, NY, NY                                                                  February 2012 – Present

Executive Assistant

  • Processing invoices and correspondence to meet end-of-month sales review
  • Overseeing the scheduling of two hundred attendee meetings weekly
  • (List a major accomplishment) Oversaw travel arrangements for Board of Directors during 2012’s Leadership Conference, resulting in an average net saving of $1,000/attendee.

 

AT&T, Woburn, MA                                                                                June 2010 – February 2012

Sales & Marketing Leader

  • Represented AT&T products to over 1,500 customers at field events, conferences, and seminars.
  • (List a major accomplishment) Garnered $8,000 in profits from sales of cellular devices.

 

Martha’s Bakery, Hartford, CT                                                                       May 2009 – June 2010

HR Assistant

  • Managed store operations including scheduling, inventory, and customer service.
  • (List a major accomplishment) Reduced wasted inventory through overseeing installation of new freezers, which increased inventory by 35%.

 

Education

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
B.A. Psychology; Minor, History

 

Special Skills

  • Software/Applications: MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop
  • Languages: Proficient in Spanish

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Below is a sample functional resume. The Functional Resume is organized by functions/skills, instead of a chronological work history. For example, the sample resume below is organized by “Sales and Leadership” and “Writing/Editing Content”.

 

Janice Kendley
15 State St. Boston, MA 02112 | 555-555-5555 | kendleyj@example.com

Education

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
B.A. Psychology; Minor, History

 

Relevant Experience

Sales and Leadership

  • (List a major accomplishment.) Represented AT&T products to over 1,500 customers at field events, conferences, and seminars.
  • Garnered $8,000 in profits from sales of cellular devices.
  • Answered customer service inquiries related to billing, plan upgrades, and technical assistance.
  • Maintained routine checks of store operations involving inventory and employee scheduling.

Writing/Editing Content

  • Writing content and editing manuscript for final review by editor.
  • Posted content and daily status updates for social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Managing a tracking system to ensure newsletter progress and provide management with periodic status updates.

 

Employment History

AT&T — Woburn, MA

  Sales & Marketing Leader, June 2010 – February 2012

Noah’s Publishing –Boston, MA

  Editorial Intern, June 2011 – August 2011

Martha’s Bakery, CT  

  Cashier, February 2010 – December 2010

 

Special Skills

  • Software/Applications: MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop
  • Languages: Proficient in Spanish
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