Going back to work after maternity leave is always a frightening and stressful process. There’re plenty of things young mothers worry about. Nevertheless, there is a way reentering the workforce after a long absence easily and without extra worries. The secret is – consider everything in advance. That is why we prepared a list of things to pay attention when time to go to work comes.
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.
The New 2019 Year has come to our houses. Now it’s time to strike the balance, count the statistics and set new goals. The past year has brought many surprises to us. Some of the careers have grown up, and on the contrary, demand on the others has reduced significantly. Based on these results, analytics are ready to make their predictions as for the job market development in the upcoming year.
There are many options to boost your career, especially, if you already have a degree. In reality, there are much, much more career paths without college than you would think. So, here are some ideas on what to do, if you think your resume does not look as strong as it should be.
Facial recognition technology and other AI-powered systems break into hiring and have a huge influence on the job search market. Find out how these changes will impact your life.
Employers nowadays tend to improve their workers’ work-life balance and overall working conditions. That is why requests for flexible work schedule are becoming more popular. The number of companies with flexible work arrangements is growing, according to The Personnel Today. But what should you do if there is no flexibility in the workplace at your company? Don’t be afraid. We will tell you how to ask for flexible working hours without any risk to lose your job.
Sometimes, it is not enough to be an outstanding professional to build a successful career. Networking is important. And in order to socialize successfully in a business environment, one should know the rules of business etiquette. Therefore, if you want to earn respect at work and demonstrate perfect professionalism in the workplace, follow this list of good manners.
Volunteering has seen quite a jump in popularity in recent years. It seems like the people of today are becoming more and more aware of their own local problems and far-reaching worldwide problems and uses volunteering not only to explain their employment gaps. Volunteering is the commitment of one’s time and energy, for the better good of society and the community, the environment. You could say that you are giving back the community for all it has done for you. However, there are many benefits of volunteering that can be very valuable to you.
Ah, the age-old routine: you’ve found yourself unemployed, in need of a job, and wanting to not starve to death. Great! What do you do? How do you look for the next job? You might go to an online job board service, such as LinkedIn or Monster, and skim through all the hundreds of jobs. You might get out your newspaper and examine the job listings section. You might even attend a job fair.
But what if I told you there was another way to find yourself a job? No, this is not one of those freelance markets like UpWork, Freelancer, and Fiverr. I present to you the giant of a site, Facebook.
“Hello! My name is Mr. Turkey and I would like to express my interest in White House Thanksgiving Turkey position.”
If a Thanksgiving turkey had ever written a cover letter, it would probably start like this. Probably, each turkey dreams to go to the White House for a Thanksgiving Day, as this is the only way for them to escape their cruel fate and dive into the luxurious life. And we are going to tell you why!
What is success? It’s been defined many times so far. Scientists used to attribute it to wealth, great career, happy family and self-realization. If only it has been that easy! In fact, it means different things to everyone. The real answer is inside of you—not in Google or encyclopedia. What is success to you? Let’s give you some time to think it over and focus on myths of it instead.