With unemployment reaching a rare low, the job market is in a unique place. If you have the right set of skills, it’s a great opportunity for you to find a company that will value you. In this week’s Link Roundup, we pulled our favorite links that will help you understand the state of the current job market. Also, we’ve collected some of our favorite articles with job search advice. Check out the links below!
In the latest job market news, the unemployment rate has continued to drop. This has tightened the market, and employers are having more trouble than ever finding the right candidates for their open positions. This puts job seekers in a great place if they have the right skill set. If jobs in your field are hard to fill, you now hold significantly more power when it comes time to negotiate a job offer. If you want a full update on the status of the job market and all the forces influencing it, this is a great comprehensive read.
It’s entirely possible that the competitive job market is the reason that company review and job posting site Glassdoor is seen as so valuable. The site was recently acquired for an impressive $1.2 billion by Recruit Holdings, who also own Indeed. Empowering job seekers and candidates has apparently been lucrative, and brought more attention to the postings native to Glassdoor. It will be interesting to see if this causes further integration between Indeed and Glassdoor, and how competitors will respond.
Unfortunately, the competitive market isn’t always going to work for everyone. If you are continuing your search and feeling somewhat defeated, this article should help lift your spirits. Getting down on yourself when job searching only becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think you may be assuming the worst, this article will help straighten out that thinking and get you back on track for success.
Although it’s usually not realized until it’s too late, updating your resume can be one of the most difficult tasks related to job searching. When you actually sit down to update your resume, it’s very common to struggle to remember everything you’ve done in your last position. However, if you are thinking ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of trouble. This article has some great advice that will help you become more efficient in updating your resume. Employing the recommended tactics will also ensure that your resume represents you the best it possibly can.
When working in a professional environment, you have to be particularly aware of what you say. It’s very easy for someone to take something the wrong way. On the other hand, it’s also very easy to say something that makes you look bad. This article attempts to keep any of that from happening, by addressing common communication missteps.
If you’ve ever heard of the term ‘managing your boss’, you should know what this article is all about. Knowing how your boss works best and vice versa helps you both work better as a team. The same goes for communication. If you don’t have good communication between you and your supervisor, it’s going to seriously impede productivity. If you feel that type of disconnect with your boss, give this article a quick read, and try to improve.
Tech companies are well known for their innovative (and sometimes over the top) hiring practices. Apple has a reputation for asking some odd interview questions, and they’re certainly not alone. However, these unique approaches sometimes help companies realize what new tactics work well. In this article, Facebook’s Recruiting Director Liz Wamai reveals three questions that they commonly ask, and why. It’s an interesting read, and will give you some perspective from the other side of the interview table.
That’s all we have for this week! Understanding the current state of the job market can inform your search, and help you realize the type of bargaining position you are in. We hope the links included help you realize what position you are in, and where the best opportunities may be. Best of luck in your career and job search!