What Job Seekers & Employers Can Expect in 2016

General Job Search Advice
With each passing year the job market landscape continues to change thanks to the changing economy, technology and consumer needs. With 2016 here and underway we cannot help but wonder what this year will have in store for us, especially when it comes to the job market and hiring trends. Right now, it seems as though the job market will continue to improve throughout next year as it did in 2015. Ziprecruiter.com has ranked the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area as number 4 in its list of top job markets for 2016 with its top 5 industries being Healthcare, Insurance, Retail, Events and Hospitality/Restaurant. We can agree there, and can add that we personally saw more Technology and Accounting jobs coming through our office in 2015 as well. The article mentions that “low job…
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The Importance of Being Open to Inspiration

General Job Search Advice
Beyond the hustle and bustle of the holidays and busy work schedules this time of year presents many of us with the opportunity to think of the different things and people that we appreciate and are thankful for. This is great, as it helps to close out the year on a high note and can help to inspire us. Sometimes, it’s not even the big things that people do, but the small things that can truly inspire us and encourage us to be our best selves. We just have to be open to these experiences and allow them to stimulate our actions. Take a moment to look around and to think about, the things or people that inspire you. Can you think of a few? It is important to understand…
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How to Prepare for Career Obstacles

How to Survive the '9-5'
The New Year is around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about what changes you want to make next year. Of all the things you can think about that shape your life your career is more than likely one of the “bigger” contributors. Think about it, if employed full-time, you are probably spending about 40 hours of your week at work. That is a lot of time, time which affects the quality of your life. You may be perfectly happy where you are, love your employer and what you are doing, and wouldn’t want to change a thing. That’s great and it is a goal that many of us strive after. However, there are often bumps in the road on the way to that goal. Even if…
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Five Ways to Prevent Holiday Stress in the Work Place

How to Survive the '9-5'
Stay Physically Healthy The holiday season is full of stress, obligations, fun and family time. None of which you’ll be able to participate in if you get sick.  It is important that you are eating healthy and regularly. Do not skip meals. Regardless of how busy you get, make time for at least a healthy snack. Eating regularly will keep your immune system strong, and your mind full and focused. Exercise is also a key part of keeping up physically during the holiday chaos. Making time to work out, will not only help minimize your guilty conscience about those extra holiday treats, but it also releases a chemical in the brain that stimulates happiness and positive energy (endorphins), eliminating stress and improving sleep. Positive Attitude Be careful not to sulk…
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The Unconventional Guide to the Proper Resume

General Job Search Advice
Before choosing exactly how to say everything you need to on your resume you will first need to decide on a resume format. The way in which you present your information will help to define its importance and help you in they way your story is told. Objective Statements Page structure is very important, but lets make one think clear; first things first. One of the more common ways to begin a resume is with an “objective statement” but you shouldn’t….JUST DON’T; unless you are a new job seeker fresh out of school and you have no prior experience. Wait, that’s still not a good reason to have an objective statement. Basically, the recruiter/hiring manager reviewing your resume understands that you are trying to get a job and grow as…
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Are you satisfied, dissatisfied or complacent with your job?

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
Are you satisfied, dissatisfied or complacent with your job; is it time to jump ship? Photo Credit: _dChris via Compfight cc Job satisfaction has been studied and theorized about for years and both employers and employees alike have pursued many different paths in order to produce or obtain it. However, even with all the studies that have been completed, there is no uniform formula for finding job satisfaction. It is unique, dependent on a variety of factors, each weighted differently by everyone. It all depends on personal preferences, goals and aspirations. Our jobs are often viewed as a defining station in our lives; as they can provide extrinsic value, such as wealth and status, as well as intrinsic value, such as happiness and accomplishment. All of which may have some…
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Do Not Stop Your Job Search During The Holiday Season!

General Job Search Advice
It’s that time of year again. We have reached the beginning of November and the holiday season is quickly approaching! What a great time of year, there are so many opportunities to see friends and family that you may have not seen in a while, maybe take a trip, and let’s not forget all of the amazing food we get to eat, football to watch, events to attend, etc.! Wow, when you break it down there is a lot going on, over these next couple of months, and that’s not to mention everything you need to get accomplished at work, or in order to get work (a job). Earlier this year we spoke, briefly about the potential for a slowdown in hiring and job seeking during the summer months. This…
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How Recruiters Use LinkedIn

All About Recruiters
As recruiters, we get to help people advance in their careers on a daily basis, and this can be very emotionally rewarding. I like to think that most recruiters would like to help every job seeker they can. The truth however, when recruiting for a variety of clients or internally for human resources is that we cannot help every job seeker. Our job requires us to “seek out” the best candidates for the positions we are currently working on. Seek; is the key word here. We hope that our advertisements reach the right candidates and that the message we project will bring them to our door step; however more often than not we have to independently search for those candidates. If you are a job seeker and are having trouble…
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Long Distance Job Search Tips

General Job Search Advice
The 2012-2013 US Census population survey recorded that 35.9 million people moved in the US. 19.4% of those people claimed that they were moving for employment reasons, and most commonly these people moved long distance. Relocating for employment is fairly common to do. It may be due to a spouse getting a new job, family needs, maybe the relocation of an existing employer or for a new job entirely. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few things to be aware of when you are personally going through a long distance job search. Where are you relocating to? Ideally, when looking to relocate you have an idea of where you would like to go, but it may not work that way. Moving to a new city in the next state…
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3 Impossible Interview Questions and How to Respond

Acing the Interview, All About Recruiters
At times interviewing can be interesting, difficult, or even daunting, all depending on the questions being asked. At Walrath Recruiting, Inc., we are primarily performing prescreen and in office interviews to get to know our candidates, what their skills are what their personality is like, and what they are interested in doing. These types of interviews help us to not only find jobs that they would like but jobs that they will fit. We do our best to get to know our candidates and ask a variety of questions to do so but, we keep our questioning pretty standard and in a somewhat conversational format. Adversely, hiring managers may take an entirely different approach to identifying new employees. Their questions may be more detailed (according to the given position they are…
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