Job Search Tips and Strategies

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 […]

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 […]

Resume Cover Letter

Resume cover letters are indispensable in your job search. Employers expect every resume to come with a matching cover letter. Like your resume, your cover letter should be an advertizement for you. It should not just be an introduction to your resume or a summary of your resume!

Today, cover letters are often e-mailed, so some of the rules you grew up with have changed. Others, such as basic courtesy, have withstood the test of time. This article will take you through the 8 steps to writing an excellent cover letter that will make you stand out from the crowd.

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The Great Recession – Employment Situation

The employment situation in the United States is difficult right now, as any American can tell you. Job growth slowed significantly in June 2011, according to a Labor Department report published earlier this month. Only 18,000 nonfarm payroll positions were added, far fewer than the 150,000 jobs per month needed to keep pace with regular population growth.

If we are recovering from what many are calling the Great Recession, the recovery has been slow and erratic. This isn’t what any job seeker wants to hear, but it’s practical information. The following article will cover some important statistics on the current employment situation […]