Top Resume Tips for 2017

By Natalya Khaykis, ZipJob 

The way resumes are written has changed over the decades. The once widely accepted objective statement is now discouraged by most hiring managers. Resumes also need to be written and formatted to pass the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) most employers use.

An ATS is a software that screens your resume before it’s ever seen by a human. It looks for keywords and other information that match what the employer is looking for. This has replaced the need of manually sorting through hundreds of resumes and has saved companies time and money.

The average corporate position in the United States receives an average of 250 resumes. We’ll show you the top 5 tips for your resume in 2017 which will help you kick-start your job search.

Top 5 Resume Tips for 2017

1.  Accomplishments Over Duties – One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make when writing a resume is simply listing out their job duties. With all that competition, you need to show the employer specific achievements where you went above and beyond.

For example, instead of saying:

“Managed the sales team to ensure sales quotas were met”

Go for something that’s more achievement based:

“Managed a sales team of 8 and developed new marketing campaigns which saw a 34% increase in sales”.

Doesn’t that sound so much better?

One of the best ways to catch the employer’s attention is to use quantifiable achievements. Hiring managers love to see numbers on a resume. It catches their attention and makes your experience look more believable and tangible.

2.  ATS Optimization – Most employers use an automated resume scanner called an Applicant Tracking System. These systems pull information from your resume and determine if you’re a good match for the position.

On average, 75% of resumes are weeded out and never seen by human eyes. The problem is that many candidates are qualified but their resume just isn’t optimized for the ATS.

So how do you optimize your resume?

The first thing you need to do is use a standard resume format. Avoid any fancy colors, graphs, tables, fonts and images which the ATS will have difficulty processing.

You also want to ensure you use the keywords the ATS is looking for. It looks for keywords that relate to the position or qualifications the position seeks. The best place to look for keywords is the job posting itself. Look at some relevant keywords from the job posting and incorporate them in your resume. You need to tell the ATS that you have the skills and qualifications needed for the job.

It’s also a good idea to have your resume reviewed to see how it does in an ATS.

3.  Ditch the Objective – The resume objective was once widely accepted and appeared on almost every resume, not anymore. The objective basically says “Hi, here is what I want out of this job and my career”.

The hiring manager or employer isn’t looking for what you want, but what they need and how you benefit them.

This is best expressed with a resume summary. The resume summary should be a bit about your background, skills and why you’re a great candidate for the position. You can check out this guide for writing a good resume summary.

4.  Skills – This is one of the most important sections job seekers leave off their resume. Your resume should have a “Skills” or “Qualifications” listed in short bullet points. This allows a hiring manager to quickly see relevant qualifications, and it’s also great for including relevant keywords for an ATS. You can easily tailor your resume for each position by swapping relevant keywords.

Here is an example of a skills section on a resume:

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5.  Include a Cover Letter – There has been much debate as to whether cover letters are effective, or even read anymore. The answer is that it depends on the hiring manager but many still do put a lot of emphasis on a cover letter. The cover letter allows you to speak in a more conversational tone and tell the employer your qualifications and why you’d make a good fit for the position.

A well written cover letter would never hurt your chances of landing an interview, and it actually may be the deciding factor.

The best practices for writing a resume are always evolving. We now need to write resumes for both humans and machines. Keep these tips in mind when writing your resume and good luck with your job search!

Ready to get a resume that’s guaranteed to get past the ATS and in to the hiring manager’s hands?  Check out ZipJob!  ZipJob uses professional writers and technology to ensure your resume gets noticed.  Learn More.

Words of Wisdom: Inspiration for Your 2017 Job Search

live-intentionally-aaron-larson-one-love-ministries-vimeo-thumbnail-1Judging from all the headlines, Facebook posts and tweets 2016 has been a pretty rough year.  But rather than reflect on all the gory details, let’s look onward to 2017
with the promise and hope that we’ll be able to turn things around in a new year. That said, hope alone cannot change things. It can’t change who we are and it can’t change how we are. If we want to change we must take action. And in order to take action we need to be inspired.

While inspiration comes from many places, today we turn to the Holstee Manifesto. Much
greater than a mission statement, the Manifesto was created by three founders of a t-shirt company who not only wanted to put their definition of success and happiness in print, but wanted to share their positive intentions with the world.

It’s a highly relevant piece of work that can be applied to almost anything in your life, especially to your pursuit for a new job. It begins like this:

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit.  If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.

You can read the rest here. While we all have our own individual hopes, goals, wants, and dreams, we all share the same need for work. Work creates our livelihood. It ensures our well-being. No matter what goes on in the world around us, the one thing we can control is how we choose to spend our time working.

Here’s to a happy and successful New Year. We look forward to helping you find your #NewJob2017.  Search, apply, and prosper!

 

It’s Called a Life, Not a Life Sentence! How to Move Forward When You Feel Stuck

By Michaela Alexis, LinkedIn 

If I never let go of my first dream job, I’d still be a can of beans.

Don’t believe me? Here’s proof (no, I wasn’t being cheeky, my hand just moved as this was shot)! This was my very first day of my first marketing job, and I had to walk around a local market like this on Mardi Gras, handing out flyers.

Oh, and at one point, THIS was my dream job, too, when I worked as a bartender at a country bar!

I’ve worked in all sorts of jobs, from a grocery store clerk, professional bubble blower, Disney cast member, and a can of beans, to a legal studies teaching assistant and Marketing Director. Heck, I’ve even spent a few days cleaning carpets and urinals. I have had a spectrum of experiences, ranging from neat-o to nightmare-ish.

We all have to start somewhere. And for some, those experiences shape you, refine you, help you to become a kinder, more compassionate human being. You can talk about them (like I am right now) with humour, fondness, and a little bit of “What was I thinking???”

But what happens when you can’t let go? When you’ve settled into a career that should have been abandoned long ago, but you’re holding on for dear life in fear that you won’t find anything better, that you’re not worthy of your career dreams, or, worst of all, that you deserve unhappiness.

I have never been happier career-wise in my entire life. But not only did it take scrubbing toilets and dressing up as a can of beans to get to this place, it also took willingness to let go, move on, and trust in my abilities when the dream changed.

The most important thing I’ve learned over time is this:

There is nothing more excruciatingly painful than feeling trapped in a life that you’ve drifted into.

So, if it feels impossible to move forward, let’s tackle what’s going on behind those feelings, shall we? Here are the top 5 reasons why you are feeling stuck!

1) You don’t recognize that a career is a relationship, not a task separate from your being.

A career is a relationship. Most of us aren’t fortunate to find “the one” on the first try. It takes time and patience to figure out what your needs are as an employee. I know that I thought I’d love working in an open concept style office, but when I was actually put into that situation, I quickly realized how much I valued my privacy and peace.

The other issue I see popping up with my Linkedin connections is the belief that the culture will change. If the company doesn’t value its employees, if gossip and bullying is the norm, or if the job feels like you’re serving hard time, it’s not going to magically change tomorrow. Focus on the things that you can control, and start examining your wants and needs.

2) You are too busy to focus on what you actually need to

We, as a society, need to stop the glorification of “busy”. Being busy makes you feel important and valued while you’re in the zone, but ends up depleting you of the energy you need to build the life you want. It becomes a vicious, addictive cycle. I remember feeling like I just needed to do more to feel more. But, the only thing I ended up feeling was burnt out.

I would say that most people feel stuck because of this. Think about what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. Think about how hard to is to think clearly and make decisions. The same happens when you are constantly spending your energy in the wrong places. You can’t pour from an empty cup. If you want to take those important first steps, you need to put your mind and body at the very top of your to-do list.

I’ve never seen a tombstone that said “I wish I had written one more work email”. Time is a gift, so focus on what actually matters.

3) Your identity has become intertwined with your career

This is an easy trap for people that are perfectionists or just super passionate about their work, whatever it may be. I’m definitely guilty of this myself. I went to Carleton University for six years for a degree that should have taken four years. I was so wrapped up in the cocoon of being a student that I didn’t want to think about being anything else.

The reason that my Linkedin title doesn’t say “Marketing Manager at Grade A” is because I am acutely aware of how easy it is to mistake who you are for what you do. You are so much more than your job title, and moving on to a different career isn’t going to make you more or less YOU.

4) You feel like hating your job is better than being a “job hopper”

The stigma surrounding “job hopping” is straight up silly. Yes, of course, there are extreme examples of people that just can’t seem to get it together, but for the most part, “job hopping” is just “career experimenting”.

I come from a long line of “career experimenters” and I’m damn proud of it. My mom was a nun that traveled the world, helping in orphanages, before becoming an elementary school teacher and internationally competing as a Masters track and field athlete. My father was a radio DJ and used car salesman before immigrating to Canada and becoming a beloved family doctor. I’ve been blessed to grow up with two parents that truly found their purposes and loved their careers, but were beautifully messy in their journeys towards living their passions.

So if the job is making you miserable, stop obsessing over how it may look to recruiters and/or hiring managers. That can’t be your sole deciding factor. When I was laid off, I was only working at my last job for about 4 months. While, yes, it made me self-conscious, I knew that a resume could never fully capture my capabilities anyhow, and focused on proving that I deserved an awesome career. You are just as deserving!

5) We live in a fear-based culture where joblessness is a like a death sentence

I realized how deep feelings of scarcity were ingrained in me when I turned down four job offers before accepting the role with Grade A. Each time, I felt physically nauseous. I felt irresponsible, irrational, and ungrateful.

I had the student loans office calling me, and I barely had enough cash coming in from Employment Insurance to cover my groceries, gas and parking to get to interviews. For the first time ever, I couldn’t pay my rent on time and had to call my parents to loan me the money. As desperately as I wanted to throw up my hands and throw out my dream job wish list, I knew that my fear was directing me to where I needed to keep going. It was actually my compass.

It’s so easy to doubt your own capacity for awesomeness, to listen when well-meaning friends and family encourage you to stick it out because the job market is brutal. But why cheat yourself?

Stop waiting for the tide to change. You are the tide. You have absolutely everything that you need to create the life you deserve. At some point, you’ll need to decide whether to allow yourself to drift aimlessly and hope for the best, or strap on a life jacket and swim like hell towards the shoreline.

Read the original piece here.

Top 10 Career Costumes for Halloween

dancerWhether you love or loathe dressing up for Halloween there are some occupations that require a standard uniform each working day of the week. We’ve compiled a top 10 list of our favorite career-friendly Halloween costumes along with the occupation’s median salary*. With these numbers in mind, you might consider a career change or at the very least, a last-minute costume idea!

  1. Doctor – Ranked #1 for the salary alone, General Practitioners make an average of $184,390.
  2. Nurse – Continuing with the medical theme, RN’s make $67,490.
  3. Police Officer – Although not for everyone, some people prefer upholding the law for a living. The average Law Enforcement Officer makes $58,320.
  4. Firefighter – Notoriously known for their modest pay of $46,870 Firefighters typically find satisfaction in their heroic job duties opposed to their actual salary.
  5. Chef – The rise of reality cooking shows has made the chef costume relevant once again. The annual salary for a chef or head cook is $41,500.
  6. Farmer – Another tried and true costume is the overall clad, straw-hat wearing farmer. Whether an animal breeder or one of the agricultural kind, farmers make an average of $45,340.
  7. Construction Worker – Popular during the days of the song “YMCA” by the Village People, a job in construction will get you anything from $31,910 as a laborer to $62,070 as a supervisor.
  8.  Dancer – From ballet to tap, dancers use dance performances to express ideas and stories.  Anyone who has ever had to purchase a costume for a recital can repurpose it for Halloween, granted  it still fits! Dancers make an average of $14.44 an hour.
  9. Scientist – Most commonly portrayed as “mad,” there are quite a variety of them. From animal to food and political to health, Scientists make an average of $62,160.
  10. Maid – While the French Maid outfit is more suitable for a night of burlesque than cleaning toilets at the Holiday Inn, the costume has always been a staple at Halloween stores across the country. With the vast amount of hotels in cities small and large, housekeeping jobs are always in demand at an average salary of $20,740.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2015

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Jobs

Clinton and Trump have distinctive plans to bring back jobs

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shared their views on what it will take to create new jobs during last night’s presidential debate.

Last night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their final presidential debate. Jobs and the candidate’s plans for creating them were one of the hot topics discussed.

Like most issues, Clinton and Trump have two different views on what it will take to bring jobs back to the U.S.  Since it can be hard to hear through all the name calling and low blows we decided to break down each candidate’s ideas for job growth.

To keep things civil we’ll lay out the former first lady’s plans first.

Hillary Clinton’s Jobs Plan

Mission:  Making the Largest Investment in Good-Paying Jobs Since World War II

# Jobs created:  10.4 million jobs in the first term alone

The Plan:  

Throughout her campaign Clinton has promised to invest in the country’s youth as well as education.  Beginning with a $20 billion initiative Clinton is aiming to create new jobs specifically for millenials.  Within the initiative lies a $1,500 tax credit for employers that create apprenticeships. This credit will increase for employers that bring on young adults.

Clinton believes that student debt is preventing millenials from contributing to our economy.  She is committing to create a program that lets anyone with a college loan to refinance and enroll in income-based repayments.  She’s also pledging to make community college free, while enabling working families to continue their education with free tuition at public four-year-colleges.

Clean energy is also a priority for Clinton.  She vows to install half a billion solar panels by the end of her first term.  If she can set out to achieve these goals, there will be jobs created in the renewable energy sector.

She wants to do more to support small business. While her website points out that she is to “cut taxes, reduce red tape, and support innovation so that small businesses can grow and hire,” it’s not entirely clear how she will do this.  Though, It’s worth noting she wants young entrepreneurs to be able to defer their loans without payments or interest for up to three years to help them get their businesses off the ground.

Supporting scientific research and technological innovation are also on the agenda for the former Secretary. Clinton believes new industries will be created by investing in the two.

America’s infrastructure is another area Clinton wants to invest in. The repairing of roads, bridges, and schools, for example, will create jobs in a variety of industries.

Last but not least, Clinton wants to invest in American manufacturing.  She plans on encouraging U.S. companies to keep jobs on our soil by charging companies that move overseas an “exit tax”. She also wants to enforce companies to “pay us back” when they take tax breaks as well as hire overseas workers. 

On the subject of trade, Clinton wants to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership as it does not put U.S. job creation first.

While Clinton’s well rounded jobs plan sounds promising, it does come at a cost. How will she pay for this elaborate plan exactly?  Tax hikes on the wealthy. For example, Clinton’s proposed tax plan includes a new tax bracket for those making $5 million and over.

Critics of her tax plan have some serious concerns.  They fear her proposal to raise the business investment tax rates will kill jobs, reduce wages and hurt the economy. 

But whether you agree with Clinton’s jobs plan or not, any tax plan changes must get passed by Congress.  Which leads us to…

Donald Trump’s Jobs Plan

Mission:  To be the Greatest Jobs President God Ever Created

# Jobs Created:   25 million in next decade

The Plan:

Donald Trump’s job creation plan is based on his pro-growth economic policy.  It begins with a completely revised tax plan that cuts rates for everyone.  Trump proposes that the current seven tax brackets be reduced to just three with anyone making $29,000 a year or less paying nothing at all.

His tax plan also includes a lowering of the business tax.   Trump believes companies will want to keep business in the U.S. by reducing the business tax rate from 35% to 15%.

More elements of Trump’s tax plan include the closing of special interest tax breaks, the elimination of the carried interest loophole for Wall Street and a child care deduction.

The reform of government regulations is another component of Trump’s plan to bring back jobs.  He wants agency and department heads to identify all job killing regulations.  Any that are not compelled by Congress or public safety will be removed.

To be specific, Trump gives examples such as the Waters of The U.S. Rule and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Both would be wiped out under Trump’s presidency.

Trump is pledging an America-first trade policy.  He believes the fastest way to bring back America’s lost manufacturing jobs is to renegotiate our current trade deals.   For example, he is adamant about renegotiating NAFTA and wants to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership entirely.  

Trump has also been extremely vocal about putting an end to the abuse of trade agreements.  He will have China labeled as a currency manipulator.  In the event China does not stop its illegal trade activities, Trump will use every lawful presidential power to resolve trade disputes and apply tariffs.

The final piece of Trump’s jobs plan revolves around energy production.  Trump wants the U.S. to not only be energy independent, but become the world’s leader in this field.  He wants to lift current restrictions on all sources of energy including coal and onshore and offshore oil and gas.

Trump will also support hydraulic fracturing, and allow energy production on federal lands. By lifting the existing energy restrictions, Trump estimates over 500,000 new jobs will be added annually.

With vastly different views from his opponent, Trump’s plans to reform tax, trade, energy and regulatory policies are his plans to create new jobs. The Trump campaign’s economist estimates that the economy will see a boost under his plan, ultimately creating 25 million jobs over the next decade.

However, critics of the dubbed “Trump Economy” fear that while he may create jobs in the short-term, the federal debt created from his tax plan could slow job-creation down over the next decade.

Remember, any changes to tax policy have to get passed through Congress.  While the subject of Congress passing laws is a controversial one, it is important to stay informed on who’s running for the Senate and what they stand for.  After all, the Congressional election is on November 6th as well.  If you’re unsure as to whether Clinton or Trump can produce jobs, you still have the power to vote for your congressman or congresswoman!

 Editor’s Note:  This article contains the highlights of each of the candidate’s jobs plans.  You can find their full plans for job creation on their campaign websites.

Sources:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/08/08/hillary-clintons-jobs-plan-for-millennials/

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/fact-sheet-donald-j.-trumps-pro-growth-economic-policy-will-create-25-milli

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/08/01/hillary-clintons-100-day-jobs-plan/

http://taxfoundation.org/sites/default/files/docs/TaxFoundation-FF496.pdf

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/28/hillary-clintons-bad-tax-plan/

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2015/06/16/donald-trump-will-be-greatest-jobs-president-god-ever-created.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37013670

http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2016/06/28/trumps-7-steps-to-bring-back-u-s-jobs.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-10-17/trump-tax-plan-seen-adding-jobs-then-costing-them-long-term

Presidential debate stirs up heated response on social media over job creation ideas

whitehouseThe Internet’s abuzz today with social media reactions to last night’s first presidential debate. The event spurred the “most tweeted debate ever” for Twitter according to spokesman Nick Pacilio.  Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook said the debate generated 73.8 million likes, posts, comments and shares.

While many comments were focused on the issues of taxes, ISIS, the economy, and crime, we found a lot of uncommon ground on the subject of job creation.

In fact, our timeline began blowing up with a bevy of mixed reactions just seconds after asking  fans who they thought would bring more jobs back to the U.S.

First came swings from Trump supporters:

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But then we heard from Hillary supporters:

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In the end, an overwhelming majority of respondents favored Trump’s ideas for job creation. And for the undecided few, they’re leaving it up to us, and of course, the Gods.

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This Week’s Job Search Trends

trendingThe Job search market is heating up this week in the southwest.
However, we’re still seeing job seekers in all corners of the
country in pursuit of an all-american job. After doing a little
digging in Google Trends, we’ve identified the most popular job-related search terms
along with the regions with the most active job seekers. Check out
our list below.

Top 5 Job Search Terms

  1. USA Jobs – Maybe all 121 Medals won at the Olympics
    have job seekers chanting “U-S-A”. Or perhaps the upcoming Labor Day
    holiday is encouraging people to pick up the pace on their job search.
    Whatever the reason, this was the #1 search term for this week. If
    this is what you’re seeking as well, sign up on AmericanJobs.com.  It’s the most patriotic job site on the web
  2. Jobs Near Me – Job Seekers today are savvier than ever. With the
    mobile usage on the rise, job searchers are leveraging mobile technology
    to find jobs fast. Looking for a job near you?  Start your search now.
  3. Government Jobs – is historically a trending job
    search term. And with a historical election season just around the corner,
    more and more citizens are likely to want to work for Uncle Sam.
  4. USPS Jobs – Job seekers interested in a job with the USPS know that now’s
    the time to start applying. While it’s not quite fall job search season
    many companies who see a spike in business during the holidays are starting
    to staff up right now.
  5. Work From Home Jobs –  From those who are embracing the gig economy, to
    stay-at-home parents that want some extra cash, the idea of working from
    home is indeed rising in popularity.

Top Job Search Regions

  1. Mississippi
  2. New Mexico
  3. Oklahoma
  4. West Virginia
  5. North Dakota
  6. Wyoming
  7. Arkansas
  8. Louisiana
  9. South Carolina
  10. Alabama
  11. North Carolina
  12. Alaska
  13. Virgnia
  14. Arizona
  15. Texas
  16. Maryland
  17. Tennessee
  18. Kentucky
  19. Kansas
  20. Nevada

Ready for a Career Upgrade? You May Already Have the Skills

hammerIf you’re a women looking for a more profitable and fulfilling line of work, you may want to consider a career in the skilled trades. Skilled trade jobs typically pay better than child care, accounting, and administrative work—some of the jobs women tend to gravitate toward. They also offer plenty of room for career advancement and don’t require a costly, time-consuming university degree. Women in conventionally female-dominated jobs often already have the skills needed to transition to higher paying positions in traditionally male-dominated fields like welding, HVAC, and electrical work.

Choosing a Skilled Trade
Consider your existing skill set when choosing a skilled trade. Women who work as packaging and filling machine operators in manufacturing, for instance, often have good hand-arm steadiness, manual dexterity, and the control precision needed to become welders. With welding training, they could upgrade from earning about $26,000 a year to a median $39,000 annually.

 
Getting Training
Trade schools offer training in welding, electrical wiring, plumbing, pipe fitting, HVAC work, and a host of other professions. It typically takes less than a year to complete a trade school program and the average cost is $33,000; this is significantly lower than the expense of going to a 4-year college or university, which could run you $127,000.

Selecting Your Career Path
Once you know what you want to do, take a moment to consider your future career path. HVAC technicians and electricians can, for instance, climb the ladder to become managers or engineers, respectively. Alternatively, you could opt to work for the Federal Government. The U.S. Government employed over 170,000 blue-collar workers in 2013, and they not only enjoyed great job security but also generous benefits and a median annual wage of over $50,000 a year.

Yet another career path to consider is working for an employer for a number of years and then striking out on your own to become a contractor, small business owner, or entrepreneur. As Tulsa Welding School points out in the below illustration, 15 percent of HVAC mechanics, 11 percent of electricians, and 7 percent of welders are self-employed.

Skilled trade jobs have much to offer women of all ages and walks of life. If you are a young woman who is choosing a career path for the first time or already have job experience but are looking for a better line of work, take some time to consider skilled trade job options and see which one may be right for you personally.

Job Tips & News – Your Weekly Round Up

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The jobs are hot in these summer months

From an improving job market to talk of Google being the next big job board, this week’s round up is sure to leave you full of optimism and maybe even ice cream.

New Jobs Up By 287,000 in June

Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second-largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000.

This morning’s report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also said that unemployment ticked up from 4.7 percent to 4.9 percent, in part due to an influx of workers — many of them new grads — joining the labor force.

Some of June’s increase is due to the end of a Verizon strike that idled 35,000 workers, which the government counted as lost jobs in May. On the other side of the ledger, June’s numbers don’t reflect any impact from Britain’s vote to exit the Economic Union, a result that rocked the world’s economic markets. Any effect there won’t be known until the government issues its report for July’s employment.

Still, June’s numbers will help calm fears of a stalling jobs market. Except for softness in the oil and gas industry, and a 9,400 drop in transportation and warehousing, all major sectors showed job growth. The leisure and hospitality sector and healthcare had the largest increases. Seasonal recreation increases accounted for 27,200 jobs and bars and restaurants added another 21,900 workers. Healthcare grew by 38,500 jobs.

The private sector accounted for 265,000 of the new jobs, well above what economists were expecting and better, even, than what ADP reported Thursday in its National Employment Report.

A CareerBuilder forecast for the rest of this year predicts the second half will look a lot like the first half in terms of job growth. Based on a survey of 2,153 hiring and HR managers, CareerBuilder says:

50 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, on par with 49 percent last year
29 percent of employers plan to hire part-time employees, on par with 28 percent last year
32 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers, down slightly from 34 percent last year.

For the current quarter, 34 percent of the surveyed employers reported they plan to add full-time, permanent headcount, the same that said that last year.

One difference between the coming six months and the prior, says the CareerBuilder report, will be higher wages. About 40 percent of employers said they will pay higher starting salaries to new employees brought on in the next six months; 20 percent will pay at least 5 percent more. Current employees, too, will get a boost; 53 percent of employers said they plan raises for all workers before the end of the year.

That echoes what the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggests may be the start of a general wage increase, long expected by economists. In its June report, the BLS said, average hourly earnings for all employees on private non-farm payrolls increased 2 cents to $25.61, following a 6-cent increase in May. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.6 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.51 in June.

This article first appeared on EREMedia.com

The Sweetest cities in the world

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More than 400 cities around the world share in the frozen fun.  See if your city is bringing treats to the streets.

U.S. & Canada

Albany, NY
Ann Arbor, MI
Asheville, NC
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Beaumont, TX
Bellingham, WA
Birmingham, AL
Boise, ID
Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Central Atlantic Coast, FL
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
College Station, TX
Columbia, SC
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Delaware, MD
Denver, CO
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Edmonton, AB
El Paso, TX
Erie, PA
Fairfield County, CT
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This announcement first appeared on Uber.com

Rumor Has It

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Google’s getting in to the job board game. Listen. It’s blasphemy here at the Job to
overly push another job site. After all, why send our seekers elsewhere when they can
access jobs from over 30 different career sites right on Job.com? Over 4 million searchable jobs and counting. But this news is so juicy the blogosphere has blown up with posts all week, and I’m feeling like Selena Gomez and can’t keep my news to myself. I mean I could, but why would I want to?!

Here’s the Scoop

An industry vet alerted everyone of the news after conducting a Google search for “aviation jobs”.   The search results revealed job snippets listed above all standard search results. The snippet was extracted from the site Aviation Week. Annnnnd that’s all we know.
Ok so there’s a little more to the story than that. Approximately 10 years ago the search giant had a product called Google Base in which they provided classified listings for anyone with “jobs” or “rent”, for example, in their search. The catch was that the information was limited to whatever anyone had uploaded into Google directly. This manual process proved to be too daunting for users, ultimately leading to the product’s demise.

Google, How Do You Plead?

Google’s taking the 5th on this one. But we found out about this on
the Internet and you know anything you read on the Internet is most certainly true. My take:It’s likely Google is testing out a classified product for jobs. Bear in mind Google tests a lot of things that never see the light of the day so time shall tell.

Check out one of the many articles we were inundated with this week to learn more>>