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The face of the job market continued to evolve in 2015, as baby boomers retired and millennials became the dominant workforce population segment. The number of part-time workers grew.The recession has been over for a while, and it has clearly left behind a new global employment picture.

Where do you, as a job seeker, fit into this scenario? What were the hottest topics for those looking for work this past year? Interest was highest among our readers in these areas:

Interview Negotiation Strategies

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The time to negotiate your salary is right after you’ve received a firm job offer. Go to bat for yourself – and don’t accept the first package presented.

  • Know your worth. Research your current market value, as well as the going rate for those in comparable positions in your geographic area.
  • The magic word is “hmmm.” You’ve already justified your value and know the competitive market rate. And they already want you. Now, you’re simply volleying back and forth on a price. Don’t hesitate to put your request on the table.

Will Your Career Path Keep You Happy?

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Career planning is a work in progress. You need to create – and recreate – the goals that work for you at any given time in your life.

  • Schedule an annual career planning session. Remove all distractions and take time to focus on where you’re going and what it will take to get there.
  • Reflect on your likes and dislikes. The same thing that you loved about your job when you first started it may now be a source of dissatisfaction. List your likes and dislikes. Is it time for a change?
  • Your career is about making a maximum impact and using your best skills. Write down your goals. Transform seemingly random thoughts into ideas you can use. Then, you can determine which people, companies and jobs will steer you towards your long-term life vision.

How to Rebound from an Interview Mistake

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What do you do if you’ve faltered and said the wrong thing in an interview? You can’t rewind it and have a do-over. But, you can rectify the situation and put a positive spin on the whole experience.

  • Move into triage mode. As soon as you realize your verbal faux pas, relax for a moment and take a deep breath. Think about what you would like to say instead. Then, politely ask your interviewer if you can rephrase your statement.
  • Stay calm. Panic will only make things worse. Maybe you can impress your interviewer with your ability to remain poised under pressure.
  • Redeem yourself. Accept your mistake and move forward. Explain what went wrong later on in your interview or in your follow-up thank-you note. But, don’t apologize or keep reminding the interviewer of what went wrong. It may not be as bad as you think it was.

As the year winds down and you set your job-search strategy in place for 2016, contact PrideStaff Fresno and let us help make your dream career a reality. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.

 

 

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