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Posted December 07, 2018 by

Salary statistics and what they mean to you

 

 

Guest article by Spry Ideas

First, the good news: The unemployment rate in the U.S. is the lowest it’s been since 2001, and the percentage of prime working age adults who are employed is the highest it’s been since 2008.1 Though this improvement in the job market hasn’t been consistent across all industries, job functions and regions, there appears to be an overall improvement.

While this is undoubtedly positive for both graduates seeking jobs and the economy, it presents a few challenges for agencies and employers. Many positions are getting harder to fill and candidates now have more choices, and therefore, increased bargaining power.

Though location, benefits, flexible hours and work environment are important factors in a career decision, salary is still ranked as the most important influence. A recent survey by Glassdoor shows that 67 percent of job seekers pay attention to salary when scanning job ads, more than any other piece of information on a position. (more…)

Posted August 13, 2018 by

Your Affirmative Action Plan’s focus on compensation, and 6 common mistakes

 

If your organization has built or is building an Affirmation Action Plan, Tamara Seiler has great insight for government contractors to comply with requirements and compete for government funding, as well as leverage the data you are required to collect to improve your recruitment efforts. Seiler is Director of Compliance and Marketing Strategy at HudsonMann, and she is very familiar with challenges and trends related to affirmative action.  (more…)

Posted May 09, 2016 by

6 common mistakes grads make when searching for entry-level jobs

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Recently, research from the Australian government shows how the shift from college education to full-time employment is becoming more challenging. Job prospects for young Australians are decreasing and on the other hand, recent graduates are making key mistakes when searching for entry-level jobs. Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading online educators, has gathered information from a variety of recruiters to help recent graduates understand their mistakes when applying for entry-level jobs. Avoid these most common mistakes to avoid when searching for entry-level jobs.

1. Negative attitude towards work

Australian government research confirmed young people do not have enough of a positive attitude towards work. Recruiters recommend job seekers be more motivated and demonstrate enthusiasm to potential employers.

According to the study, young people need to be more responsible and reliable concerning their behavior and approach to their jobs. Recruiters suggest working with a business for a while, coming in to shifts, being punctual, and showing respect to colleagues, and customers or clients.

2. Think learning is over after college

Recruiters ask young professionals to be more open to learning when they start their first entry-level jobs. We all need to continue learning during our professional lives to stay updated with industry changes. But when starting a new job, it is especially important to have the right attitude towards learning because everything is new; employees will need to gain knowledge of the working process in their new companies and the different procedures to complete work correctly and in a timely manner. Your first employer is giving you an excellent opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience, so absorb as much as you can.

3. Underestimate the importance of previous work experience

Even though job seekers are applying for their first full-time entry-level jobs, having some related work experience will give them a competitive advantage. This may be some volunteer work done while still in school or some unpaid jobs during the summer. Don’t underestimate this experience; include it on your resume and tell your interviewers about it.

Studies are essential, but having first-hand experience shows employers that you have some practical skills and a better understanding of work responsibilities and professional work life.

4. Failure to make a good first impression

Whoever says his opinion is not influenced by the first impression is lying. In an interview, job seekers only have a few seconds to convince interviewers that they are the right candidates, so along with their studies, work experience, and the right attitude, their presentations during interviews will play an important role in their success in landing their first full-time jobs.

According to the research, recent graduates often dress inappropriately for work and have untidy hair, so recruiters recommend paying special attention to appearance. Not every company’s dress code is the same, so make sure to verify details about the company culture before an interview in order to dress appropriately.

5. Poor job search and application skills

When looking for their first jobs, Australian young professionals are making very common mistakes, according to research. These skills improve with time and practice, but a couple pieces of advice recruiters give are: make sure each application (resume and cover letter) is tailored to the position for which you are applying, and always double check your application’s spelling and grammar. Recruiters see these types of mistakes as a lack of attention to detail and unacceptable in today’s marketplace.

Recruiters also suggest job seekers approach employers directly after providing their resumes and personally following up with them.

6. Unrealistic work expectations

When applying for their first entry-level jobs after college, recent graduates need to understand they cannot “start at the top.” They have to make an effort to work their way up through the business.

Another common mistake is to expect high compensation. This will also come with time as employees gain experience and assume more responsibilities. The nature of the work they do may not be exactly what they want initially, but as long as workers are learning and doing something they like, they are on the right path.

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Maria Onzain, guest writer

Maria Onzain, guest writer

Maria Onzain is a content marketing expert writing for Open Colleges about education, career, and productivity. She is passionate about all things digital, loves technology, social media, start-ups, travelling, and good food.

Posted February 23, 2015 by

How to Make a Strong Career in Debt Settlement?

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Debt settlement can be considered as the process where a huge, one-time payment can be offered in exchange of forgiving the remaining debt from your balance. The best debt settlement activities can be done by the financial professionals in this field. To make a strong career in this arena, you must keep a few things in mind. (more…)

Posted February 06, 2015 by

Highest Paying Jobs for 2015 College Grads

Highest Paying Industries for 2015 College GradsIf you are or are soon to be a recent graduate or an employer who plans to hire one, then this salary survey information should be of great interest to you.

The highest paying industry for 2015 graduates from four-year colleges and universities is oil and gas extraction, according to NACE’s January 2015 Salary Survey. The rest of the top five top-paying industries all deal with manufacturing. Employers in oil and gas extraction expect to pay their new college graduate hires starting salaries that average nearly $68,000.

Other industries that project to be top-paying for these graduates are motor vehicle manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, and computer and electronics manufacturing, all of which are offering salaries that average more than $61,000.

Posted January 14, 2015 by

New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier Career

Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

The ball has dropped, the champagne dried up, and it’s time to follow through with the New Year’s resolution you made to your blurry reflection in the bathroom mirror.

If you’re like many people, that resolution has to do with moving forward in post-graduate education. However, you may be conflicted about just how (or even why) to do this. Graduate school is a tempting option when you feel in a rut career-wise, but splash some water on your face and consider: What are your reasons for looking at further academics? Is it in an attempt to prolong the golden years of your college life? And if you are already working on a track that you enjoy, will this mean putting your career on hold? Is it worth it? (more…)

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Job Offer on the Table? 5 Things to Think about Before Saying Yes

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Retro red round rubber stamp “Job Offer”. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Congratulations, new job seeker!  After all of your hard work in your job search, you have finally landed an offer.  Even though you are happy about that, there are some things you may want to consider before accepting a new position.

People – Who will you be working with?  In order to be productive in the workplace, it is essential to get along with your boss and your colleagues.  Understand that everyone on the job does not have to be your best friend.  Just be professional by treating everyone the way you want to be treated. (more…)

Posted October 10, 2014 by

9 Things You Should Never Say In a Job Interview

Aaron Gouveia

Aaron Gouveia, Salary.com contributing writer

Is it any wonder job interviews are such fertile ground for disaster?

Just think about it for a second. The hiring manager has to fill the position quickly and with the right person, and has to choose from a pool of candidates who are more than likely desperate to find employment and pay bills. Applicants have an hour or so to present themselves in the best possible light, and if you believe some experts it only takes a few seconds following a first impression for people to make their final judgments. Finally, throw in a hefty portion of self-doubt and amped up nerves, and it becomes pretty clear why there are so many job interview horror stories. (more…)

Posted October 08, 2014 by

When Should a Job Candidate Ask about Salary?

If you are able to land an interview for an entry level job or other position, you may be tempted to ask about how much it pays.  By the way, it is a good idea to do some research ahead of time so will have some knowledge about the average income for the job.  So, when should a job candidate ask about salary?  The following infographic shares results from a survey done by Robert Half. (more…)

Posted October 08, 2014 by

7 Simple Ways To Make Employees Love Their Jobs

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Group of hardware store workers giving thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Contrary to popular opinion, employees are not necessarily motivated by position, power, or prosperity. Instead, the highest order of incentives come from raising employee self-esteem and offering work that stimulates a sense of self-actualization. In many businesses, office problems arise because of a high turnover rate due to front-line managers and supervisors not being aware of how to provide employees with meaningful work incentives. Proprietary office staffing offers the the ability to strategically recruit employees at all levels of management. (more…)