7 Facts Job Seeker should know in searching process

Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound; as you wondered perhaps, you got the interview but the job went to someone else. Moreover, there is no lack of online experts. A recent Google search for “job search tips” yielded a whopping 246 million results. Chances are that there are any number of people who have had responsibilities similar to yours. In order to distinguish from your competition, you require to communicate what you actually have done, how you did it, with whom you interacted and what you actually accomplished in specified time.

Here are the 7 Facts for job seeker to understand before beginning the job search.

  1. There were 3.6 million job openings at the end of 2012. About 80% of available jobs are never advertised.
  2. The average number of people who apply for any given job: 118. Twenty-percent of those applicants get an interview.
  3. Many companies use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50% of applications before anyone ever looks at a resume or cover letter.
  4. On average, interviews last 40 minutes. After that, it usually takes 24 hours to two weeks to hear from the company with their decision.
  5. What do employees look for before making an offer? About 36% look for multitasking skills; 31% look for initiative; 21% look for creative thinking; and 12% look for something else in the candidate.
  6. 42% of professionals are uncomfortable negotiating salary. By not negotiating, an individual stands to lose more than $500,000 by the time they reach 60.
  7. More than half (56%) of all employers reported that a candidate rejected their job offer in 2012.


4 Common Negotiating Disciplines and Mistakes To Avoid

Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Either you are manager or being managed in business, or lawyer by profession or Customer representative in any banking sector. Skills for conducting daily-life Negotiation and bargaining is essential part of your career and as well as personal life. In other words I would say ‘you can attain highest IQ level in your IQ test or maybe a Cambridge university degree in International Relation but still one needs to develop a simple logical principle at inter-personal level in order to become expert in negotiation.

Taking my own example, I had worked on customer-ends positions in IT sector. And it’s my professional experience that; almost every client requires to be attended with considerable level of negotiation. If client is angry because service which company provides has more downtime or maintenance issues, then for sure a good negotiator is required to clear the mist of understanding between client and company to make sure to put alternative deal to client. If client is not happy then senior management is not happy. Continue reading 4 Common Negotiating Disciplines and Mistakes To Avoid

Stress and Self-esteem Test: Interesting Situational Multiple Questions

Take as much time as you need to answer each of the questions. On average the test takes about fifteen minutes. There are no right or wrong answers. It is important that you take the test before you read the analysis which follows it, in order to assure that your answer will not be biased.

Read the description of each situation and vividly imagine it happening to you. You have probably not experienced some of the situations, but that doesn`t matter. Perhaps neither response will seem to fit; go ahead anyway and circle either A or B, choosing the cause likelier to apply to you. You may not like the way some of the responses sound, but don`t choose what you think you should say or what would sound right to other people; choose the response you`d be likelier to have.

Circle only one response for each question. Ignore the letter and number codes for now.

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Great lies of our time: “journalists and coders should sit together to create amazing stuff” (updated)

The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say

The Thomson Reuters newsroom. Note papers stacked all over the place. No idea if journalists and developers “sit together” here – but I’d bet they don’t. Photo by Targuman on Flickr.

I keep seeing people saying “you know how journalism and the internet can work better? Have the news org’s journalists and coders sit beside each other. Wonderful things will happen.”

Postscript, but at the top: this post generated a lot of reaction – so be sure to read the followup, which pulls together the many people saying that it can and does work./Postscript.

Let me tell you: when someone spins you this line, it’s pure unadulterated 100% bullshit. Anyone who says this has never looked at what happens when you do this, or considered the differences in work patterns between the two. (It pains me to point out that Wolfgang Blau is only the latest to suggest…

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