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All-too-common mistakes can sink the best job search techniques

Last week’s JobsSunday feature focused on what job candidates could do to re-energize and re-focus their attitude through their job search techniques.

This week the focus is on the opposite—what job candidates should make sure they avoid as they look for work.

The phrase “shoot yourself in the foot” didn’t create itself. Although it didn’t originate with job seekers, it might as well have.
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Employers bring in more contract employees as hiring slowly climbs

After two and a half years of economic turmoil, businesses are once again beginning to hire, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor. As employers begin to cautiously hire again, a new contingent of the work force is beginning to emerge. The contract, or freelance employee, is becoming more of a rule rather than an exception. For many businesses, contract or freelance workers could become a permanent solution.

From the company perspective, it is usually cheaper to bring in contract workers. They do not have to pay freelancers health care and other employee benefits. Plus, there is the added flexibility in regards to sheer numbers. Resizing the workforce is much easier when the company has a number of workers on hand who are contractors.

The hiring statistics back up the findings. Over the last two years, Monster.com realized a 46 percent increase in contract job openings. Overall job listings rose 32 percent.
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Switching careers can be beneficial if the move is well thought out

Last week’s topic dealt with baby boomers looking for bridge jobs into different career paths to extend their working time. But they are not the only ones looking for a different career path to help them find work.

Because of the dynamics of the current economy, many job candidates are looking into the prospects of a career change. Many candidates look at which careers are hot, and go for training or schooling that will help them get their foot in the door of that particular career path. But choosing a career path for the wrong reason backfires for some candidates, who find they are not happy in that line of work, or who find the career is not all it is cracked up to be.
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Job-hopping can benefit both employers and employees

Last week the discussion focused on college grads entering the job market with little or no job experience. This week the focus switches to those who use their experience to jump jobs.

Conventional wisdom has held that it’s bad news to hop from job to job. Some would go as far as to say it is career suicide, especially during a recession.

Workers are always told to stay at a job for a minimum of at least two years. They are also told that the longer they stay in one place, the more dependable they will appear. Which means the better the chances for success when they do look for a new job.
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Job cuts leave remaining employees with guilt, anxiety

In July of this year, the government jobs report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reported a loss of 7.9 million jobs during the Great Recession.

Unfortunately, at the end of each calendar year, many companies determine the size of their workforce for the upcoming year. During the Great Recession of the past three years, that has resulted in many workers losing their jobs during the holiday season.
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Effective communication in the workplace is key to company success

Last week’s feature discussed annual performance reviews. In some of the examples given, employees and their managers had very different opinions regarding performance results. Frequently, employees and managers go through the annual process and have different views on value and achievements.

This is more often a difference in effective communication than it is anything else.
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Annual performance review is an opportunity for employee to quantify contributions

As the year draws to an end, many companies embark on annual performance reviews for both the business and the employees.

The business performance review can be relatively straightforward-did the business make a profit? Increase sales? Improve customer performance? Grow market share?

The employee performance review is not always as easy to define. Goals that were established at the beginning of the year may be harder to tie into the business performance. Frequently, it is harder to quantify an employee’s contribution to the bottom line, especially if a business has multiple facilities worldwide.
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Job candidates need to sell themselves in job interview

With competition for good jobs at an all-time high, job candidates need an edge. One edge that many can acquire is the ability to sell themselves during the interview process.

Many job candidates dutifully attend job fairs, trying to talk to as many hiring managers as possible. It’s a great method to increase the quantity of jobs they apply for.

Equally important is the quality with which they interview with the hiring managers and recruiters at those job fairs. To get to the top of the list, job candidates need to apply these essential sales skills.
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Employers, hiring managers change for Generation Y

Employment experts have warned hiring managers and recruiters for years about the impending brain drain as baby boomers, the heart and soul of many companies for the last thirty years, leave corporate America for retirement and encore career options.

But amidst all of the gloom and doom associated with the baby boomers’ exit comes the hope of a new generation of workers. Roughly the same size as the boomers, Generation Y is the foundation for the next three decades of employment and leadership.

Sound scary?
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A strong network can be the difference between unemployment and a new career

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 10 to 15 percent of the available jobs in America are classified as “visible”. That means they are open to anyone and everyone via help-wanted ads, Internet postings, job fairs and the like.

The other 85 percent of available jobs are classified as “invisible”, meaning that they are mainly found through networking with people who know of the openings.

In a recent survey by Robert Half International, 60 percent of new employees interviewed stated that their online job network helped them land their current job.

There are reasons why a business, hiring manager, or human resource person would prefer to keep a job “invisible” while they try to find the perfect candidate. No matter how high-tech society has become, the truth is hiring managers like a reference from a trusted co-worker, partner or subordinate.
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