The kununu Job Seeker Round Up: October 2017

Sofia Kathryn Coon

It’s been a busy month for kununu with trade shows, product releases and more, so we’re back with our round up, but have tips, best practices and happenings from the whole month of October. There’s a lot that went down, so be sure to take it all in.

kununu’s resident newsie – Sofia

How to improve your ‘Google resume’
MarketWatch, Richard N. Boles, October 28, 2017

These days, the new résumé is called Google. What an employer finds out about you simply by googling your name helps determine whether you get hired. Sometimes, an employer will offer someone a job because it liked what Google turned up about the person.


Career Advice: Here’s the Best Day and Time to Apply to a job If you Want to Get an Interview
MIC, Gina Ragusa, October 26, 2017

Those who apply early in the day are more likely to get a response and interview. Like most professionals, recruiters get busier as the day goes on; inboxes become more cluttered, which may put late applicants at a disadvantage.


Why Don’t Women Move Up At Work? This New Study Put Sensors on Men & Women For Six Months To Find Answers
Bustle, Mia Mercado, October 24, 2017

Data implies that gender differences may lie not in how women act but in how people perceive their actions, the study states. Researchers also suggest societal pressures outside of the workplace (e.g. leaving work to take care of family) could have an effect on women being promoted at work and their wages.


How Millennials Can Get Unstuck And Find Their Niche
Forbes, Jessica Lutz, October 21, 2017

It’s a question on a lot of millennials’ minds. With little savings, a lot of debt and potentially few prospects, a lot of college graduates end up taking the first job they’re offered. Rather than taking the time to be intentional about what kind of job to take, many are overwhelmed at the prospect of moving back in their their parents, for example, and so they rush to take whatever they can get.The Niche Movement has been working to create “a community of young professionals helping you find the work you love, powered by storytelling, authenticity, and practical resources”.


When Is the Best Time to Talk Salary During the Interview Process?
PayScale, Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, October 20, 2017

When’s the right time to bring it up? Keep these guidelines in mind: don’t discuss it during the initial phone screen unless the hiring manager brings it up first, wait until the salary negotiation phase — meaning, after you have an offer in hand, and focus on what’s important (Hint: not your salary history.)


6 Science-backed Way to Make Your Office More Productive
Entrepreneur, Moe Kittahneh, October 17, 2017

When you devote yourself to an activity that brings you joy, you get more creativity, more confidence, and more ways to expand and express your passion. Most hobbies tend to involve bumping into other enthusiasts of the same activity or project now and then. If you’re lucky enough to have a hobby you love, you can go to your hobby/happy place, throw yourself into it, and see if it helps you look at a situation with new eyes.


Having hobbies outside of work is key of your professional success
USA Today, Peter Jones, October 16, 2017

When you devote yourself to an activity that brings you joy, you get more creativity, more confidence, and more ways to expand and express your passion. Most hobbies tend to involve bumping into other enthusiasts of the same activity or project now and then. If you’re lucky enough to have a hobby you love, you can go to your hobby/happy place, throw yourself into it, and see if it helps you look at a situation with new eyes.


What research says about how your boss impacts your personal life
Quartz @ Work, Michael Ford, October 16, 2017

Solutions to work-family balance fall not only on supervisors but on organizational leadership. Giving supervisors time, supportive treatment, knowledge about work-life balance, and adequate staffing to perform the group’s work can go a long way toward improving work-family culture and a more balanced life for all of us.


5 ways to turn getting rejected from a job into a good thing
Hello Giggles, Kenya Foy, October 12, 2017

If you’re employed but looking, you’ll might think that getting rejected from a new job means your career will remain perpetually stagnant. Obviously, rejection is such a disappointing end to a job search. While you’re nursing your rejection wounds, you’re a step ahead of others who are still struggling to move past their fear of looking for a job.


5 Things You Must Look For In Your Next Job
Forbes, Shelley Zalis, October 6, 2017

Looking for your next job can be tough, however when you are looking for these 5 things, the search becomes less difficult. Always look to see if the company allows growth and room for movement. If you are a working mom, see if the work environment is kid friendly. If so, then that answers your next question, if the workplace has empathetic managers. Most likely, if the work-place is kid friendly, your time is flexible.

Entering the job market with little to no experience can be frustrating for any worker — even entry-level job descriptions often require a solid set of skills. While a sparse resume can make for a discouraging job search, there are ways to use what you already know to land that first job you need to boost your experience.


You Should Really Consider This Before Giving a Friend a Referral
Create&Cultivate, Michelle Lando, October 5, 2017

Referrals are a huge part of our society. If you’re asking a friend or acquaintance for a referral, make sure that you can show them that you’re worth it. One of the hardest parts about referring someone or getting a referral from a friend is that it can make for some awkward conversations if things don’t go as planned. Referring your friend to a job should be done wisely. If not, it could affect your relationship with your job, friend, and career.

For graduates, finding their first role can feel like a searching for a needle in a haystack. Periods of unemployment can take their toll on anybody’s wellbeing, especially a recent graduate going through the transition of student to jobseeker, working hard to find their first graduate job. Get up early and fill your days with productive activities such as job-searching, up-skilling and networking.


How to Follow Up the Right Way In 4 Job Search Stages
Vault, Susan P. Joyce, October 3, 2017

From application to offer, you need to know how to appropriately follow up with potential employers at every step of the job search. Job-Hunt conducted a survey in April 2017 to look at what employers and HR professionals look for after you submit your application and research found that 51% of them say they don’t consider candidates who don’t follow up after they submit an application. Make the most out of your job search by being proactive.


100 Women: Do women on boards increase company profits?
BBC News, October 2, 2017

“Having women on company boards leads to better financial performance” came the headlines from report after report, highlighting a business statistic guaranteed to capture the imagination and prompt debate. This is because companies with more women on boards are different in other ways, too.


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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.