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Scenes from a Labor Crunch:
“Hiring Parties,” Better Pay, Older Workers

from CBS News

•    The low unemployment rate makes it tough for companies to recruit and hire talent.
•    The restaurant and hospitality sector has 991,000 job openings.
•    Some employers offer more pay and better benefits while others recruit senior workers, ex-convicts.

     A record number of Americans are employed, and the ensuing labor crunch is forcing companies to either offer workers better pay and benefits, or cast a wider net when recruiting.   MORE

How to Find a Job With LinkedIn
LinkedIn may be primarily for professional networking, but it can also help you
find a job. Here are a few LinkedIn tips for job seekers.

by Lance Whitney at

Are you looking for work? Though LinkedIn is first and foremost a professional networking site, it's also a helpful way to search and apply for job openings. Many companies advertise open positions on LinkedIn and accept applications directly through the site.

    You can search for jobs without having a LinkedIn account by using the site's job search page. However, if you want to apply for a job, you'll need at least a free basic account.

    LinkedIn also offers a premium Career account specifically for job hunters, which offers more options. The Career account starts at $29.99 a month, though you can try it out for free for the first 30 days.

Majority Of Job Seekers Receive
Multiple Employment Offers While Job Searching
Most Candidates Take Two or Fewer Days to Decide Which to Accept

from Yahoo Finance

Companies shouldn't assume that their job offer is a candidate's only option, new research suggests. A new survey of workers from global financial recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting found nearly six in 10 job seekers (59 percent) have received two or more offers simultaneously when applying for jobs.

    The competition for talent is tough, and candidates rarely wait long when they receive a great offer. A majority of professionals surveyed (58 percent) reported making their decision in two or fewer days. The top five reasons job seekers accepted one offer over another include.   MORE

You Don't Need All the Qualifications
Listed in a Job Posting

by Nicole Dieker at

If you’re job hunting and you find a potential job where you only meet some of the requirements, go ahead and apply. Worst-case scenario, you don’t get the job. Best-scenario, you get hired—and find yourself in a position where you can grow.   MORE


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Don’t Drop the Ball
Job seeking is a long and laborious process

Maybe you’ve admired XYZ Company from a distance for a long time. Maybe you’ve even thought, “Gee, I wonder what it would be like to work there.”

    Well, now you find yourself in the job search world and your mind goes back to XYZ Company and you think, “Here’s my chance. I’ll submit my resume to XYZ.”

    You dutifully craft your resume. You do some background research to find out who the appropriate contact would be. You drop off your resume with the company and you’re off and running.

    And now you’re congratulating yourself on a job well done – except you don’t have a job. XYZ hasn’t called back. Or, perhaps you spoken with someone there who told you that they weren’t hiring.

    Do you assume that they’re not interested and move on? For starters, no matter who the company is, or what the situation is, until you actually get a bona fide job offer… you’re still out there. You don’t stop looking.

    But what about XYZ? You really were interested in working there.

    So, here’s the tip:  You can drop off your resume; but don't drop off their radar. Keep in touch. Make them realize that you’re still interested. 

    If you were fortunate enough to speak with someone, ask how often you can follow up. Every two weeks? Wait until the first of the month? If they won’t commit, suggest something. “How about if I contact you the first week of next month?” Rarely will they say, “No.”

    The right amount of time to wait and the frequency of follow-up contacts will vary based on the company, or the individual. Whatever it is, unless you land another job, stay on their radar screen: call, email, drop by. Whatever it takes.

    Persistence pays.

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