Are you thinking of the seasonal career of a professional Santa Claus? If your answer is yes but you don’t know how to start to get hired, then keep reading the article. Being Santa means bringing joy to parents and kids during the most wonderful period of the year. You will have to sit in a bulky red chair, speak in a deep jolly voice, smile, laugh, and "ho ho ho", but becoming a professional Santa requires a lot of time and efforts, so get familiar with our guide that will help you on your way to Santa Claus career.
How often have you looked around for another job while employed? All the time, once or never? Telling the truth, there’s no right answer. Everyone has faced job hunting process at least once and we know there’re no easy way to find a job you like and suite. Not having a job while you're looking for one could be a thorny period and takes time, forces and patience. Especially when you get to know that according to the New York Fed Center for Microeconomic Data’s Job Search survey, already-employed workers got job offers worth 23% more on average than those without jobs. So, it’s time to stop, look, and listen to what you’ve been doing and most likely make some changes.
Let’s dig deeper, The New York Fed study shows almost half of job offers (48.7%) in a given four-week period went to people who already had jobs but were actively looking for others. But 26% of offers went to currently employed people who hadn’t even been looking for work. Another 8.5% went to students, retired people, or others out of the labor force. Looks like, employed people shouldn’t even have to be actively seeking work to get preferential recruiting.
As blood-boiling and unfair as it is, some hiring managers won’t even look at candidates who have been out of the workforce for long stretches of time.
But why is it so hard to find a job? Here’re some explanations.
1. Career gap
The first reason why your resume may be rejected is a gaping hole in your work history. The fact of having a gap in your resume makes HR confused and unconfident in your professional competencies and abilities. The issue of gaps in employment history becomes a real problem when a recruiter starts to scan your resume. The gap gives the wrong impression about your abilities and ambitions, implies that you're not capable or that you were “dishonorably discharged” (as some careers experts used to say) from your previous job and didn't know how to get back into a position. Or what is worst - it can create you an image of a lazy person who’s not even actively looking for a job. Moreover, a recruiter never knows the reason for the gap. For example, a regular job change may put a blur of job hopper on your personality. Nobody likes employees who jump from one company to another. That’s why according to U of Michigan Law & Econ research, some companies force their employees to sign "non-compete" clauses. It means that workers have no chance to go to work for a rival company.
“Sounds great”, “That’s perfect”, “Right for me” - this is not a full list of common answers for unemployed candidates, who are too eager about getting a job. While employers want to find candidates who are enthusiastic, passionate and have a desire to be at their organization, unemployed candidates often stand out as taking it a little too far. They are overly agreeable, ask superficial questions, sometimes stretch their abilities to look under-qualified but in fact, it sounds silly and inappropriate. They’re worrying a lot and try to find out when is the best time to look for a job. Obviously, not employed candidates are “easy” to attract in comparison to employed, who spend their time evaluating the employer as much as the employer is evaluating them, they are not afraid to negotiate, ask questions they’re interested in and are much more confident.
3. Engagement in the process
If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch (let’s say, more than a year), you’re going to face up with an uphill climb than those who are looking for a job while employed. Employed candidates attract recruiters more because of their awareness and involvement in the working process. A steady engagement, endless networking, close contact with new technologies makes employers want to hire them, instead of unemployed, whose professional skills have been atrophied.
The final advice: you should start looking for job opportunities from the very first thought that you need a new job, when you start feeling uncomfortable in a current work environment, have no professional development, and feels your personality becomes poor. These are the triggers to stand up and start changing something.
In the nerve wrecking and time consuming process of searching for a new place of work one always makes use of two vital things, that is, a resume and an interview. You can never omit these stages of job search, which serve as guarantee of an actual possibility to get a job offer. However, we could not help but wonder, how important is a resume and what are the advantages of interviews? Let`s take a closer look at this issue.
Why do we work? What motivates people to go to work each day? Nowadays such questions are common in the society especially for young people who have not grasped the meaning of working. With the different personalities that people express, it is possible to establish the various reasons why people really go to work. In this article, we will highlight some of the common reasons to work.
Resume objective and resume summary are integral parts of a great application. However, don’t think that both of them mean the same thing. There is a difference between these two notions and in this article, we will help you figure out which one is the best for you and how to write impressive resume objectives and resume summaries.
Open space office design, which is so popular nowadays, does not always cope with its mission - to ensure better communication and encourage idea sharing. At the same time, employees are increasingly complaining about the noise, lack of privacy and other inconveniences. But what if you are forced to work in an open cubicle which doesn’t seem to be an incredible office and you are constantly getting distracted by the noisy coworkers? Let’s discuss how to survive in an open space office and remain calm and composed at work.
A few decades ago sex-related bias was commonplace. Unfortunately, gender discrimination in the workplace continues to be a major issue for both male and female despite the fact that it is prohibited by federal law (also known as the Civil Rights Act of 1964). Nowadays gender discrimination can be direct and indirect.
It seems easy to write your resume’s languages section, but it can make or break your entire application. Language skills levels is a valuable information to have on your resume, as more and more US companies enter the global marketplace and search for candidates who have language proficiency levels. Before listing language knowledge on a resume, you should think twice what to include and what not.
Spend hours working on your resume? Want to get it noticed and land your dream job? But how can you get selected for the desired interview?
Now, from video job interviews to candidate facial recognition, there is more to expect from the evolution of Artificial Intelligence in recruitment. However, regardless of any developments, here is what you can do improve your employment search strategies in the AI age.
Knowledge of appropriate manners and body language for an interview may help you with overcoming nervousness and used as a powerful tool to make a great first impression. Recent statistics show that 93% of all daily communication is nonverbal. Those numbers are astonishing and prove that non verbal communication is more precise and sincere than actual words. Words can be deceiving because verbal communication lies in the field of our consciousness while using body language we reveal our unconscious. It is poorly controlled or not controlled at all, showing our true feelings and intentions.