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As always, we’re back with another group of links regarding all kinds of professional advice. This week focuses  specifically on job search advice. So if you’re currently playing the job market, make sure you check out the links from this week! They cover not just resumes and interviews, but also broader topics like job satisfaction and job market scams. 

3 Job-Interview Red Flags I Can’t Believe I Almost Overlooked

The longer you’re unemployed, the better a job opportunity will look. However, even in desperation, there are certain opportunities to be wary of. Some shady companies will try to use you for free work, and some are just after your personal information. If they ask for your social security number early on in the process, it should sound an alarm in your head. This article will point out some other occurrences that should give you pause with a new opportunity.

Research: The More Essential Your Job is to Your Company, the Happier You’ll Be

For quite a few years now both managers and employees have been trying to figure out what brings forth job satisfaction and happiness. The happier the employee, the more likely they are to stick around! A new study conducted by the Harvard Business Review has found a new catalyst for job related happiness. They recognize that there are other factors such as salary and work life balance, but their research suggests that anyone in position considered essential by the company will find more happiness. As always, their examination of all the different factors is exhaustive and interesting, definitely a recommended reading.

How to Become the Candidate Recruiters Can’t Resist

Help me, help you. The line from Jerry Maguire is incredibly relevant to this article! There are a few steps you can take to make yourself stand out as a great candidate for recruiters, and encourage them to reach out. Once you position yourself properly, recruiters may bring opportunities to you! This can save you a lot of work, and is definitely beneficial to both parties. Also, the tips here make you a tempting candidate not only to recruiters, but also anyone hiring. This is great advice whether or not you want to work with a recruiter.

U.S. Has 5.7 Million Job Openings, Near Record High

As you can tell from the title, the U.S. job market is currently flooded with potential opportunities for job seekers. This is a great sign of a healthy job market, but it also could be the symptom of a disconnect between candidates and job requirements. Given how close we are to full employment, employers are likely starved for quality candidates. It’s a job seeker’s market, so if you have the right skills and experience, you’re a commodity to anyone looking to hire. Keep that in mind during your search!

5 Social Media Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search

Although we’ve discussed this topic previously, it’s always helpful to be reminded of the weight social media carries today. Hiring managers will use it to screen you, and having inappropriate content can and will hurt your chances. It’s a simple truth these days that you have to hold yourself accountable for professionalism on social media. Otherwise, it can wind up hurting your chances with new job opportunities. Play it smart and watch what you upload and say online.

How to Decode a Resume

Despite advice columns constantly stressing job seekers to avoid cliches in their resumes, those pesky phrases still manage to find their way in. You may think every hiring manager wants a ‘team player’, but they’ve likely grown tired of seeing ‘jack of all trades’ on resumes. These phrases are overused and overdone on resumes, and they don’t speak to the core of who a candidate truly is. Whether you’re writing or reading a resume, this valuable link will help you decode those frustrating cliches and uncover what they’re really trying to say.

4 Essential Pieces of Career Advice for the Class of 2017

Hopefully any soon-to-be grads are reading this blog, because if you are, this is the link for you! USA TODAY’s ‘College’ subdomain has some great advice for any job seekers fresh out of college, and this article is no different. Taking the first steps in a post-grad job search can be confusing. The change in lifestyle dynamic is as significant as that transitioning from high school to college. It can be disorienting and challenging, so picking up some advice can help you hit the ground running in your job search. How you approach your job search significantly impacts your results, so make sure you read up before you begin applying haphazardly. If any recent graduates have specific questions regarding job hunting, please let us know in the comments and we’d be happy to help!