The kununu Job Seeker News Roundup: Week of July 3rd

Sofia Kathryn Coon

Happy Fourth of July Readers!

Here’s the latest in this week’s news to help with your job search. There is a great mixture of tips on resumes, career mistakes to avoid, how to best research your next employer and more.

Take a look:

16 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Job Search
CheatSheet, Lauren Hamer, July 02, 2017

Your job search is not going so well because you are not sending your resume in PDF format, you’re not using social media and if you are, the posts are in inappropriate. For those that do have Facebook, Twitter, etc.. you’re using them as consistently. You might be mis-using LinkedIn. Also, delaying job interviews is never a good habit and when you do go into a job interview you’re not actively listening. The list continues and it’s important to double check these 16 ways you might be causing your own failure during your job search.

4 Reasons You’re Ambivalent About The Job Search (And How To Tackle Each One)
Forbes, The Muse, June 30, 2017

Job searching can be tedious work and it can be quite hard to get the ball rolling. However, here are some plausible reasons why you’re not feeling as motivated. For one, you’re ambivalent to what you want and you’re more happy than you think at your current job. You’re a feeling a little fearful which in turns makes you feel less motivated to search for a job. All these factors contribute to negative approach to your job search.

How To Achieve Work-Life Balance Before 9 AM Every Day
Forbes, Rachel Ritlop, June 29, 2017

This article begins with an interesting take on work-life balance, which is, to think of it as work-life integration instead. There are 7 steps for achieving such before 9am, which include; preparing the previous night, get moving, laugh, and several others.

6 Overlooked Job Search Resources To Help You
Forbes, Georgene Huang, June  27, 2017

Sometimes your job search toolbox is missing a few helpful resources. Before you begin your rapid consistent search, make sure you are also looking here: your alumni association. Industry association, industry rags, Facebook groups, passive candidate sites. Don’t limit your job search to the most popular marketplaces.

The 5-Minute Resume Rundown You Need (Checklist Included!)
Hacker News, Kate Boggard, June 23, 2017

Before sending out their resumes, recent graduates need to double check their personal information before sending it out to potential employers. They need to go over their contact information, verb tense, punctuation, and formatting. Once these items are closely examined, they can then can send it off.

Google launches its AI-powered jobs search engine
TechWorm, Delwyn Pinto, June 22, 2017

Google has made job searching a whole lot easier, faster, and smoother. It has enabled job searchers to find a job through only 1 platform. Instead of having to hop from multiple platforms to find a job nearby, they have a “job near me” feature. Google adds and shifts all the employers postings and then will direct you to sites with the most detailed descriptions of jobs suited for you. Google is helping job seekers define their job criteria which is then creating a competition between companies to gain high SEO.

Career mistakes to avoid: These 7 unconscious bad habits are ruining your job search, Christy Rakoczy, June 22, 2017

Job searchers, don’t make make these 7 mistakes that could be potentially ruining your job search! Job seekers should be networking even when they are not job hunting, and once you build that connection, don’t forget it and leave it unattended. Also, continue to think creatively, and look for jobs that actually interest you and fit your personality. As you search, look out for red flags and any bad remarks before you send your resume out. Lastly, don’t forget about good karma, offer something in return to your contacts.

This CEO sends 7,400 birthday cards to staff every year
HR Grapevine, Daniel Cave, June 22, 2017

This CEO of BELFOR Holdings ensures that every member of his staff receives a birthday card. He has created the ideal company culture because he treats his employees as human beings. He creates this humanizing element that most CEOs unfortunately forget. He adds a sense of gratitude and addresses every single employee.

8 essential sites for researching your next employer
CIO, Sarah K. White & Rich Hein, June 21, 2017

Get to know your future employer before the interview. These are 8 sites that will enable a closer look at the company and the employers. This article defines what questions you should ask, what you should specifically look for in terms of expectations and growth potential within the company.

20 Companies Where You Can Work and Play
The Muse, Kat Boogaard, June 21, 2017

These companies are the furthest from boring based on the perks, traditions, and outings that set them apart. From “fun committees” to rodeo trips, this list includes some of the most creative work experiences. Embracing the “work hard play hard” mentality is a motto on all of their minds.

Why I Quit My Highly-Coveted Job When I Was 8 Months Pregnant
Create & Cultivate, Arianna Schioldager, June 20, 2017

In the U.S., maternity leave duration ranks last among all developing countries. This article explains the struggles and inconveniences pregnant working women face, especially when they can’t take off as much time as desired. When discussing long-term investments, investing in a mother and her soon-to-be child’s future should be at the top of U.S companies’ lists.

Here Are 3 Ways to Prepare For Negotiating Family Care Benefits At Work
Forbes, Tanya Tarr, June 19, 2017

Based on this writer’s conversation with the VP of Global Account Management at Care@Work, she discovered how employees can best prepare for a conversation about family care benefits with employers. This advice includes comparing competitor benefits, teaming up with others for a stronger argument, and focusing on results.

Using social media to find the right job  
The Economic Times, Abhijit Bhaduri, June 18, 2017

Social media isn’t just for catching up with old friends, but rather a platform for job searching. For example, among your network of family and friends on Facebook there may be someone that works at a company you’re interested in, and referrals are the best way to land your next job. Using Indeed, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms with the unique methods in this article can potentially lead you to your next employment opportunity.

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Sofia Kathryn Coon is the US PR Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. When she’s not engaging with media or pulling data, she is constantly reading with the hopes of reaching 100 books in a calendar year. She loves hard cider and is a die-hard Syracuse Orange fan. Follow her @Sofia_Kathryn