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How to Pass an Employment Assessment Test – Part 2

Employment assessment testing was the topic of one of our previous blog articles. We discussed how to avoid completing employment assessment tests in ways that would send red flags to hiring managers. Today, we’re going to cover how to answer job assessment tests in a way that sends positive signals to employers.

Again, if we want to understand how to answer employment assessment questionnaires in a way that emphasizes desirable qualities, we need to understand what those qualities are. According to Josh Bersin, CEO of California research company Bersin & Associates, in Oakland, California, these hiring tests are most often used […]

How to Pass an Employment Assessment Test – Part 1

Employment assessment tests are becoming more popular as companies seek to filter out applicants in today’s crowded market. You may have experienced one of these employment personality tests yourself after filling out an online job application. After entering information relevant to the job, you were asked to answer between 50 and 200 questions about yourself, many of which required you to agree or disagree with various statements that had little to do with the job you applied for. You may have been confused as to what some of these questions were actually trying to find out or why you were […]

Resume Writing

Resume writing is an art. Like other forms of art, resume writing is subjective. However, you can make your resume as pleasing as possible to the average hiring manager by following some commonly accepted guidelines. This article will give you 7 resume writing hints to make your resume more attractive.

1. Begin your resume with a clear focus.
You want the hiring manager to quickly understand your profession and capabilities. One way to do this is to center the name of your profession under your name and street address, then follow up with a skills summary. You could also write an executive […]

The Great Recession Continues: Employment Situation Update

The Employment Situation update presented by the Labor Department for July of 2011 is slightly better than the bleak June report, but it’s still pretty unpleasant. With the current employment situation, it’s no wonder Americans are continuing to call this period in our history the Great Recession.

In July of 2011, overall private employment increased by 154,000, a modest rise. Most measures used to assess the employment situation showed little change. In this article, we’ll break down some of the important numbers that affect you as a job seeker.

How high was the unemployment rate in July?
According to the July Employment Situation, […]

Employment News: Zero Job Growth in August

The employment situation in America isn’t getting any better, revealed the Labor Department’s August Employment Situation report. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.1% and there was no significant change in nonfarm payroll employment. Keep in mind that about 150,000 jobs need to be added per month to keep pace with population growth, so no job growth means the employment situation actually got worse. This article will cover relevant statistics on the U.S. employment situation.

How many U.S. residents were out of work in August?
In August, 14 million people were unemployed, about the same number as in July. The size of […]

Personal SWOT Analysis for Resume Writing

As a businessperson, you may have heard of a SWOT Analysis. It’s a planning method used to evaluate a project or business venture’s related Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The strengths and weaknesses are internal to the project or business venture and can be controlled, to some extent. Opportunities and threats are external to the project or venture and can’t be significantly controlled.

In this article, I’m going to tell you my personal experience with a different kind of SWOT analysis I was asked to do as an undergraduate business student. One of my professors invited each student in her marketing […]