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How To Beat The Job Market in 2013

Make 2013 your year to return to the work force strong. Find out the 2013 job market trends and which fields are expected to hire more people.

Looking for a job in 2013 may not be the best position to be in, but it is all the more reason to push harder and smarter this time of the year. The good thing is employers are hiring and there are fields posting positive growth with employment up. So, where do you look?

For employers, 2013 brings a promise of hope as the economy rebounds at a slow and steady pace. This brings optimism though it is definitely no reason to let down guards. But in the event there are no major disruptions to hit the economy this year, the prediction for the 2013 job sector is positive. According to the statistics, more employers are keen on hiring this year more than the past years, though companies are still expected to be cautious about their decisions as the global market is still relatively weak.

A recent survey by a job board reveals that 60% of employers have experienced better financial growth last year compared to the previous ones and as a result, 26% of them are more keen on taking on new employees, both full time and permanent; in fact, the statistics in hiring in these areas have risen 3% last year. With the economy performing the same steady growth, this trend will stretch into this coming year and people looking for a job will surely benefit.

However, there are some employers who are still trying to downsize. The same survey reveals an increase in the number of employers, around 9%, considering and preparing for reducing headcount this year. This is an alarming number as it is a growth of 2% from the previous year, and for these employers, the threat of the country inching closer and closer to a fiscal cliff may play a huge part in their decision making in terms of hiring new people in their work force.

In this scenario, it is likely that employers will look to hire through staffing and recruiting companies so that they stay clear of major hiring commitments themselves. For job seekers, this means temporary and contract hiring will increase and as much as 40% of employers polled in the survey claim they are planning to hire this way this 2013.

The good news is once temporary workers perform well in a job, employers are willing to transition them from temporary workers to full time and permanent employees after one year. Naturally, there is no guarantee to this interest and it will be determined by the way the economy continues to move forward this 2013 but for people looking for jobs, the mere interest should inspire them to keep on pursuing their job goals this year, particularly for those in the fields on sales, information technology, customer service, engineering, and production as these industries are atop those preparing for expansion this 2013.

Trends: Employers Hiring Despite Fiscal Cliff Fears

Job hunters are under a bit more stress this year but a new report shows very positive trends. Find out which industries are hiring and why you should go to them fast.

Many job seekers this 2013 are feeling more pressured than usual to land a job as quickly as possible as unemployment continues to hound the country. However, the data from December 2012 regarding the current state of the job market has arrived and it proves to be bringing good news for individuals looking for work this year.

Amidst fears of a rumored fiscal cliff secondary to the budget impasse in Washington, the US job market held its ground for the last month of last year to prevent the economy from plunging closer towards the dreaded fiscal cliff that will have tremendous repercussions such as mega increases in taxes and huge cuts in spending.

The numbers from December 2012 are not spectacular but they were on par with the number of jobs added by employers in the last couple of years. The registered number of new jobs is at 155,000 last month. It is a solid figure though far from the amount needed to fill in all the gaps in the unemployment statistics which is still at a high 7.8% from the previous month’s tally at 7.7%.

The good thing is despite fears of a fiscal cliff, employers are hiring — and for individuals trying to land a job and get back into the work force, this is indeed very welcome news. The stable pace of the job hiring from the employers is a positive sign and one that will hopefully carry on into the next few months of the New Year.

According to the experts, employers are keen on hiring despite talks of fiscal cliff fears as they are anticipating higher customer demand. Senior economist Robert Kavcic for BMO Capital Markets says, “What would hiring have been if we had not been facing the fiscal cliff in December? We might have seen quite a bit stronger job growth.”

How much growth is involved here? Around 200,000 jobs. But there is one more thing to watch out for coming this month and that is the vote by the Congress regarding the $16.4 trillion borrowing limit of the country. What is at risk here is the possibility that the government will default on its debts.

According to the statistics that came in last month, the growth posted in December of 2012 came from the construction and manufacturing industry. For job seekers this 2013, there is a chance these two industries will open the doors to that elusive employment. In fact, construction jobs have risen to outperform its hiring in the past year and a quarter, registering 30,000 new jobs. The same goes for manufacturing which poured in 25,000 jobs, again a record in the past nine months.

This report is definitely hopeful as it reflects more work hours for people at 34.5 hours a week plus a pay that outgrows inflation with the hourly rate increasing to $23.73 which is at 2.1% against inflation’s 1.8%.

Get your résumé in shape

Staying in shape is good for your body and your résumé, and in both areas you want to push yourself. Just like fitness, not every approach in job-searching works for everybody. Some people do better with groups, others have personalized goals or sometimes an old routine has worn itself out. Decide which goal you want to focus on and you’ll learn how to find a job without breaking a sweat.

You’re just getting started
If you’ve been out of the job search for a while or are just getting started, begin with the basics. Most job-searching is done online now and requires a résumé that can be uploaded. Many positions require a cover letter as well. Establish a list of references you can count on for support and check in with them. Keep your job search organized by tracking the jobs you apply to in a spreadsheet document, as well as the date applied and the materials you sent. Also investigate social media tools and mobile apps that can help job seekers.

You need immediate results
Sometimes the most important factor in job-searching is how quickly a paycheck will be available. If your focus is on the money first, entry-level positions and jobs that provide on-the-job training are a good place to start. These roles are more lenient about prior experience requirements and often can lead to new career paths. If you do have prior experience and have a specialized talent, consider freelance, consultant or contract work, which gives you the power to choose your clients and salary, as well as how often you want to work.

You’re trying to bulk up your résumé
Is your résumé on the lean side? A crowded page doesn’t necessarily equal a qualified job candidate, but hiring managers do look for candidates with experience and demonstrated knowledge. Include education and relevant experience and know the importance of résumé keywords. Also look for ways to add muscle to your résumé by finding relevant volunteer opportunities, related certifications you can complete and professional associations or groups you can join. Your goal should be to create a balanced, well-rounded résumé that highlights your experience and capabilities that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

You’re trying to slim down your résumé
If your résumé has gained excessive information over the years, it may be time to cut the fat. The first step is to remove all content that’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for. If you can’t make a direct connection to how a previous role prepared you for the prospective job, it shouldn’t take up your résumé’s valuable room. Also cut out dated résumé categories like your “objective” or the inclusion of references—even the line “References available upon request.” Your goal size should be keeping your résumé to one page, as hiring managers rarely take the time to do more than skim your information and likely won’t look at a second page.

You need outside support to see progress
Having the discipline to dedicate time and effort to job-searching can be tough, and making the right contacts to find a job can be equally challenging. Sometimes outside help is the answer. If one-on-one might work better for you, consider finding a job-search mentor or working with a recruiter. These options can provide the same discipline and encouragement as working with a personal trainer, and offer equally impressive results. Also consider networking, volunteer opportunities or group workshops to make potentially beneficial connections and learn new skills.

Your old routine isn’t working and you want something new
Sometimes a dramatic change is just the answer for a stale routine. If you’re feeling burnt out from your current role or industry, a career change is worth considering. Identify your strengths and interests and strategize how you can connect your current skill set to a different industry. Try volunteering or shadowing roles that you may be interested in to find out what you do and don’t like, then start switching careers.

Just like any fitness routine, a commitment to progress and hard work will be the most successful way to see success and transform yourself. Find what approach works for you and dedicate your time to your plan. You’re sure to see impressive results.



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6 ways to kill your chances in the interview

From applicant tracking systems to appropriate résumés, there are more than enough hurdles to overcome before making it to the interview in a job search. However, this may feel like the greatest challenge for some job seekers, as many have come out of interviews without the slightest clue how it went.

CareerBuilder surveyed hiring managers to find out what’s going on in job interviews and why a promising candidate for a job may not get picked. Six major factors were a part of why interviews go badly for some, and while these mistakes may not seem substantial on their own, the job market is still too competitive to allow these simple errors. Learn from these six ways to kill your chances in the interview and how to avoid certain death.

When asked to identify the top detrimental mistakes in job interviews, hiring managers reported:

Mistake No. 1: Appearing disinterested is a top turnoff, according to 62 percentof employers.
Tip: Body language and how you respond to the interviewer’s questions may be sending a different message than what you mean. Be attentive during the interview, sit up straight and make eye contact with your interviewer. Also take your time responding to give thoughtful answers that will make it clear you’re interested.

Mistake No. 2: Answering a cell phone or texting – 60 percent
Tip: As soon as you enter the company’s building or the site for your interview, turn your phone off and put it away. While it may be tempting to use your phone while you’re waiting or leave it on silent, don’t risk your chances of getting the job because you wanted to check your phone. Give your attention to the interview and focus.

Mistake No. 3: Dressing inappropriately – 60 percent
Tip: While what you wear on the job will vary by industry and company, the standard and most appropriate look for a job interview is a business suit or a version of “business casual,” a collared shirt and dress pants. You should look and feel professional so both you and the interviewer can focus on your answers and not your clothing.

Mistake No. 4: Talking negatively about a current or previous employer – 58 percent
Tip: Interview answers walk a fine line between appreciating your past employers and making it clear that this job opportunity is preferable. Stay positive during your interview and concentrate on how your past roles and employers have prepared you for this current role, and if you do have a negative experience, keep your answer short and end on a positive, like what you learned and have done better since.

Mistake No. 5: Failure to make eye contact (72 percent) or smile (42 percent), bad posture (38 percent) and a weak handshake (28 percent)
Tip: While a certain amount of stress is understandable for an interview, do your best to appear confident and friendly by preparing for your interview and practicing your answers ahead of time. When you feel adequately prepared, your confidence and smart answers will wow the hiring manager.

Mistake No. 6: Not providing specific examples – 34 percent
Tip: When answering your interviewer’s questions, remember that they’re trying to make a smart business decision about who to hire. While you may feel that you’re the most creative, capable and task-oriented candidate, it’s better to provide quantifiable proof of your worth, like how much new business you brought in or the top ways you saved your company money.

What else can job seekers do to prepare for interviews? “A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences out there, so it’s important to plan and practice,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Have a friend run through a mock interview with you, asking questions you think will come up and some curve balls you’re not expecting.  Thoroughly research the company ahead of time and draft responses that incorporate your accomplishments.  The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to run into mishaps.”


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