8 Ways To Learn New Job Skills

General Job Search Advice, Resources for Job Seekers
Are you a “jack of all trades”? A “renaissance man”? Someone of many talents, but an expert in none? The job market that we are seeing today has been and will continue to be shaped by changing technology. Look at the skills gap that we currently have. Yes, it might be greater in some areas and less in others, but regardless of the industry, we are seeing knowledge gaps being created due to the need for specific and changing skill sets. There are many opinions on the ways that our society as a whole can work together to close these skills/knowledge gaps; many beginning with the education that we receive needing to be more geared to STEM skills. Bridging the gap for the future of our workforce is very important.…
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Hiring Challenges – The Job Hopper

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Job Hopping has been getting a lot of attention lately; recently an article noted that job hopping was becoming a thing of the past. The article discussed various professionals who believe that it is not detrimental to a career and that it is good for professional development. There is proof that job hopping has led to greater financial gains in a shorter period of time, and that the “stigma” of the job hopper as a red flag, disloyal or uncommitted is changing some.   However, this is something that has been a topic of debate by people in the recruiting and talent acquisition business for a while now. It may not have the same connotations associated with it as it used to, but a resume with the implication of being a…
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3 Ways To Manage Time Like A Pro

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
Time, it’s one of those things that we are never truly happy with, unless we are making the best of it. We need to do our best to manage time to make the most of it; to efficiently and effectively complete our work. Sometimes the stress we feel from being overburdened is not a result of having too much work or not enough time to complete it all, but rather from our inefficient use of the time we do have. We all get busy, overwhelmed and distracted at times, but with a little effort, we can overcome these issues to better manage our time. Here are a few starting points to help you take back control and manage your time like a pro: Prioritization – Having multiple tasks that need…
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8 Habits You Can Change to Help Your Career!

How to Survive the '9-5'
We talk a lot about continuous self-improvement in relation to our careers, with good reason, we are recruiters here! Any improvements you make which can lead to career progress are good for both you and for us. Not to mention that you feel accomplished, more self-assured and confident in the activities that you participate in throughout your daily life. What are you doing on a daily basis that helps you improve for the future and assist in your career progress? Are there things that you are doing that inhibit self-improvement? We are often doing little things that can benefit or inhibit our self-improvement. Some of them may be obvious, while others may not be but, in many cases there are small habits that inhibit our forward progression both in and out…
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What Job Seekers & Employers Can Expect in 2016

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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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