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Who’s Hiring in 2016?

Posted: December 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm

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If you want to know who’s hiring in 2016, then you’re in luck! Every year, we take a look at what’s happening in the job market. There were some surprising changes this year with a surge in demand for truck drivers and retail sales workers. Read on to see what other fields are in demand as well. They might inspire you to think differently about your employment possibilities in the New Year!

Truck Drivers Tractor-trailer truck drivers have taken the top spot this year with approximately 228,000 jobs that need to be filled here in the U.S. Most successful applicants possess a high school diploma, a commercial driving license, and taken educational courses specifically in truck driving. One important caveat is simply in regards to lifestyle. A full-time job means you’ll be spending most of your time on the road. People who prefer to stick closer to home should steer clear and explore other options.

Registered Nurses Demand for registered nurses consistently outweighs the number of available applicants year after year. Obviously, the demands of patient care and the hours that go with them are not for everybody which might explain the staggering availability of jobs in this field. Currently, there are over 200,000 open positions for registered nurses in the U.S.

Customer Service Representatives  Working as a customer service representative is no joke. Fielding customer complaints, processing orders, and acting as a liaison between a company and the public can be a stressful and demanding job.  There are over 100,000 positions waiting to be filled this year if you’re a people person who can take the heat!

Retail Sales Workers We were shocked to see retail sales workers on the list this year even after adjusting for the increased demand for employees due to the holidays. If you have a flair for moving merchandise, polish off those resumes because they’re looking for you!


Job Interview Thank You Notes: Email or Letter?

Posted: December 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

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There was a time not that long ago when a job candidate would NEVER have sent a thank you note using anything other than a handwritten letter on heavy stationary. Email was considered informal, rude, tacky and disrespectful. How things have changed! Everything moves faster now including hiring decisions, which typically happen within forty-eight hours. Of course, you want your thank you note to arrive before any hiring decisions have been made. Unfortunately, that leaves snail mail out in the cold. Well…most of the time.

When To Send Email. In most cases, there’s simply not enough time to write and send a handwritten thank you note via traditional channels. While it may not be ideal, email will have to do. Compose and send your thank you email no later than 5:00PM  on the same day of your interview. Take the time to sit down at your desktop or laptop computer to avoid the errors that may crop up easily when you hunt and peck on a smartphone or tablet.

When To Mail A Letter. If you’re a stickler for tradition, then you may want to write and hand deliver a handwritten thank you note on the day of your interview. You can get it done if you write some of the content ahead of time, and then customize and personalize your thank you note right afterwards. However, that’s obviously not an easy trick to pull off. You might also want to consider first sending an email followed by a formal letter. That kind of attention to detail is sure to make a strong impression on your recruiter.

Whether you choose email or a formal letter, make sure you use your thank you note as an opportunity to enhance your consideration as a job candidate. Touch upon the highlights of your interview, revisit your strengths as a job candidate, and directly express your desire for the job. Good luck!