Archive for July, 2016

Using social media to find Jacksonville jobs

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Social media can be an asset to finding Jacksonville jobs, according to a new Careerbuilder survey.

With job prospects improving, workers are looking to greener pastures, but simple mistakes in the application process may be holding them back from landing a new opportunity.

  • Join an employer’s talent network or talent community – Stay up to date on the latest job opportunities from ideal employers, so you can continue to show interest in working for the company.
  • Social media can be an asset to job seekers, not a weakness – Recruiters using social media to screen candidates have reached an all-time high, but job seekers can use it to their advantage, too. Find out who you know at a potential employer and ask for a referral, or learn about latest company news to make for a more engaging conversation in an interview.
  • Practice your conversation skills with as many people as possible prior to an interview – Excellent written and verbal communication skills are quickly becoming the most sought after talents in job seekers across all industries. Look for ways to highlight these skills in your cover letter, resume and interviews.

Candidates need to take extra care when it comes to all aspects of the hiring process. According to Haefner, avoiding these simple mistakes will get you closer to that job you’re pursuing;

  • 54 percent of job seekers don’t customize their resume for each employer – Employers can spot all-purpose resumes from a mile away. Tailor your resume to match the job description by inserting key words used in the job posting that match your experience. Not only will this catch the eye of the hiring manager, but it can move your resume to the top of the pile if an automated tracking system is scanning resumes for potential candidates.
  • 84 percent of job seekers don’t find out the hiring manager’s name and personalize the application – Applying directly to the hiring managers increases your chances of getting noticed and shows you’ve gone that extra step and invested time in getting to know the company.

What should you know when hiring for Jacksonville jobs?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

A new Careerbuilder study highlights the salient points of what employers should know when hiring for Fayetteville jobs.

Although 76 percent of full-time, employed workers are either actively looking for a job or open to new opportunities, nearly half (48 percent) of employers can’t seem to find the workers they need to fill their job vacancies.

Must Knows for Job Seekers

The seven facts every job seeker should know about job hunting:

1) It may take longer than you think to land the job. The average time it takes to find a job – from the moment a job search begins to the point of accepting an offer – is typically at least two months. Depending on the field and location, it can take even longer, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t get hired right away.

2) Companies aren’t done with you if you don’t get the job offer. Fifty-four percent of employers re-engage with past candidates who were not given job offers. Stay connected by joining an employer’s talent network or signing up to be automatically alerted to new job openings through job sites.

3) Your resume is not enough. More than half (53 percent) of employers say a resume doesn’t provide enough information for them to assess whether someone is a good fit for the job. If you’re just providing a resume, you may lose out. They want to see a cover letter, professional portfolio where applicable, recommendations and links to social media profiles.

4) Companies are looking for skills that may surprise you. Yes, companies want to know your work history and the hard skills associated with a particular job function. But, did you know that 63 percent of employers said one of the top questions they’re trying to answer when looking for candidates is “what are their soft skills?” Make sure to highlight these less tangible skills associated with personality such as having a positive attitude, being dependable and working well under pressure.

5) The competition may be putting in more hours than you. On average, job seekers spend 11 hours a week searching for jobs. Are you putting in more or less time than the competition?

6) You may not work in your field of study. 1 in 3 people (36 percent) don’t work in a career related to their degree. Keep an open mind. Employers focus on relevant skills and whether or not you seem trainable enough for the job, so you likely have more career options than you imagined.

7) Employers will pay more. With competition heating up for positions at all skill levels, two-thirds (66 percent) of employers plan to offer higher starting salaries this year<href=”#_ftn1″ name=”_ftnref1″ title=””>[1].Job seekers are in a better negotiating position, so you want to avoid taking the first offer in most cases.

Must Knows for Employers

The seven facts every employer should know about the candidate job search experience:

1) Candidates are less likely to jump through hoops. The market has become more employee-centric and candidates are quicker to drop off if the application seems too cumbersome. One in five candidates said they are not willing to complete an application that takes them 20 minutes or more, and 76 percent want to know how long it will take them to finish an application before it starts. However, the majority of job seekers said they would be willing to endure a lengthy application process if the company is offering a higher base salary.

2) Candidates move on quickly. An inefficient, slow-moving hiring process will kill your recruiting efforts. Sixty-six percent of job seekers said they will wait less than two weeks to hear back from the employer before considering the opportunity a lost cause and moving on to another.

3) If you’re hard to find online, candidates will be too. Most candidates (64 percent) said after reading a job posting, they will spend time researching before applying. If they can’t find the info they need on the company, 37 percent of all candidates will just move on to the next company or job listing. Your company career site and social presence must be strong.

Better wages for Jacksonville jobs?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Hiring for Jacksonville jobs may include better wages, according to a new study from Careerbuilder.

The U.S. hiring outlook for the next six months is expected to mirror the same period in 2015 — but paychecks will likely become a little bigger — according to CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast. More than half of employers will raise wages for current employees while 2 in 5 will offer higher starting salaries on job offers in the second half of the year.

The nearly 1 in 4 workers (23 percent) who plan to change jobs before the end of the year will see new job openings for full-time, part-time and temporary work. In the second half of 2016:

  • 50 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, on par with 49 percent last year
  • 29 percent of employers plan to hire part-time employees, on par with 28 percent last year
  • 32 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers, down slightly from 34 percent last year

Looking at a subset of human resources managers, 70 percent feel their companies will have to start paying workers higher wages because the market has become increasingly competitive for the talent needed.

Among all employers (hiring managers and human resources managers), 39 percent reported they plan to offer higher starting salaries for new employees over the next six months; 20 percent of all employers plan to increase starting salaries on job offers by 5 percent or more. More than half (53 percent) of employers plan to increase compensation levels for current employees before year end and, similar to salaries on new job offers, 21 percent said the compensation increase for existing staff will likely be 5 percent or more.

Paramedic jobs in Jacksonville are unsung heroes

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Careerbuilder is highlighting the importance of paramedic jobs in Jacksonville by describing these jobs in a new survey.


  • Number employed: 4,031,658
  • Ration to U.S. population: 1 teacher for every 80 people
  • Median income: $55,557
  • Why we can’t live without them: Teachers give our children knowledge and understanding of the world around them, while preparing them for adulthood. This number includes teachers from kindergarten through secondary education, including Special Education.

Construction Laborers

  • Number employed: 1,335,944
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 construction worker for every 242 people
  • Median income: $31,658
  • Why we can’t live without them: One of the most physical occupations on this list, construction workers can be found operating a wide variety of hand and power tools – from a hammer and nails to cement mixers – at construction sites around the country. They build our bridges, skyscrapers, houses and just about everything else.

Electrical and Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

  • Number employed: 238,922
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 line worker for every 1,355 people
  • Median income: $60,965
  • Why we can’t live without them: Electronic devices are part of our everyday lives. Cables travel long distances from power stations to provide electricity and phone communications to almost every structure in the U.S. When the power goes out, we also rely on these workers to locate and fix the problem as quickly as possible.

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

  • Number employed: 134,250
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 collector for every 2,412 people
  • Median income: $34,258
  • Why we can’t live without them: Researchers from Yale University estimated that Americans throw out about five pounds of trash per person, per day. That’s a lot of garbage we don’t want crowding our streets, so we need these individuals to keep our neighborhoods sanitary.

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

  • Number employed: 675,939
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 officer for every 479 people
  • Median income: $60,466
  • Why we can’t live without them: Police officers across the country maintain order and respond to emergency situations at a moment’s notice to apprehend criminals every day.


  • Number employed: 314,928
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 firefighter for every 1,028 people
  • Median income: $48,859
  • Why we can’t live without them: Firefighters keep communities safe from one of the most destructive natural forces on the planet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires were responsible for 3,275 civilian deaths and $11.5 billion in property damage in 2014.

EMTs, Paramedics and Ambulance Drivers

  • Number employed: 266,853
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 worker for every 1,214 people
  • Median income: $32,510
  • Why we can’t live without them: Workers in these professions provide emergency medical treatment and patient transportation to medical facilities in dire situations. These professionals are trained to move fast, think quickly and they may just save your life someday.

Registered Nurses

  • Number employed: 2,870,340
  • Ratio to U.S. population: 1 nurse for every 113 people
  • Median income: $69,077
  • Why we can’t live without them: Nurses are the lifeblood of most medical operations from hospitals and nursing homes to home care. Workers in this profession typically interact with patients more frequently than doctors and provide hands-on assistance in a number of ways.