5 Hiring Trends for 2015, and How to Prepare for Them

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1. Bigger job market

Expect to see more businesses this year increase their full-time head count, making for a bigger and more competitive job market. According to Chad Brooks at Business News Daily, 36% of employers plan to expand their staff in 2015, compared to just 24% in 2014. That’s a big jump, and means that you’re going to have to be ready with clear job descriptions, competitive salary and benefits, and innovative recruiting tactics.

Stay up to date with 2015's hiring trends to make sure you're recruiting the best.

Stay up to date with 2015’s hiring trends to make sure you’re recruiting the best.

2. Video Interviewing

The time for conducting dozens of personal first-round interviews is over. More and more companies are discovering the time- and money-saving benefits of screening through on-demand digital interviews. Video interviewing can free you up to evaluate a dozen interviews in the time it would normally take to conduct one face-to-face. At TruHire, we utilize HireVue’s powerful platform to help companies hire smarter in a digital age. You will probably recognize some of the companies who hire with the HireVue platform — companies like GE, Under Armour, the Boston Red Sox, Ebay, and many more. If you want to screen more and better candidates more quickly, it’s time to consider on-demand video interviews.

3. Stricter education requirements

Another Business News Daily statistic shows that this year, as in recent years, education requirements will continue to get steeper. As four-year degrees become more prevalent and jobs continue to be increasingly technical, more jobs will require not just BA/BS degrees, but Masters degrees as well. This means that if you’re looking for an edge in your job openings, consider whether you might want to examine candidates without traditional education for your job roles. You might find some great employees that other employers are passing up.

4. Higher salary competition

You won’t be surprised to hear that in 2015 you’ll likely be paying more for new talent, according to Small Business Trends. It may sound like bad news for business owners at first, but don’t underestimate the value of happy, well-compensated employees. Employees who feel adequately paid, and thus highly valued, often rise to meet the expectations and produce stunning work. So while you may have to increase some salaries to get the best talent, it might turn out to be a good thing for your company.

5. Passive candidate recruitment

Vivian Giang of Business Insider notes that with the increasing use of LinkedIn, it is now easier than ever to find great candidates who are not actively looking for work. This kind of “passive candidate recruitment” can help you find employees who are highly valued by their employers, and therefore very likely to be of great value to you. Having your recruitment team shift some of their time looking for happily-employed, talented individuals rather than just sifting through incoming resumes can give you that much-needed edge.

What trends have you noticed, and what are you implementing in your business to adapt?

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5 Ways to Get Your Job Openings Discovered

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now-hiring-stockThere will be millions of US jobs posted this year, which means that as you post new job openings for your company, you need to be strategic about how you get your positions in front of the right people. Everyone is vying for the best talent, so how do you get discovered, let alone stand out? Here are five ways that can help:

1. Think about your brand

This is a long game, but it’s worth the effort. Your brand identity really matters; remember, interviews go two ways! Yours needs to be a company which can be immediately established as not only “legitimate,” but desirable to work for. Having a great website, consistent branding across your channels, great customer service, and established social presence–all these things will go a long way in helping the right candidates find you.

2. Candidate experience

The candidate’s application experience should be consistent with your brand image. Are you a tech company? Make sure your application system isn’t outdated and glitchy! The application process is often a candidate’s first touch point with your company, and like all other touch points, you will want to make sure it’s a smooth, efficient process.

3. Utilize your current team

If you have 500 people in your contact list, and you have an organization of 80 employees, each with 500 more people in their lists, well… chances are, someone who works for you already knows the perfect fit for your opening. Why not leverage that connection? It’s likely that your most remarkable employees know other remarkable candidates in their fields. Ask your team to spread the word through social media, and personally introduce you or your HR team to the superstars in their networks.

4. Appropriate job title

When candidates look for jobs, they use standard job titles they know to find the right fit. So let’s call a duck a duck! If you’re looking for sales staff, “marketing coordinator” probably isn’t going to land you the right hire. Do the research, talk to your current staff, and find the perfect job titles that not only fit the position, but are industry-standard. Your chances of being discovered by qualified people will go way up.

5. Embrace social media

This should go without saying, but when it comes to the job search, social media is your best friend. LinkedIn is the platform most commonly utilized for job-seeking purposes by candidates, so make sure your job postings go up there with great descriptions and clear titles–but don’t neglect Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms! Letting your followers know you’ve got an opening is a great way to hire people already familiar with, and fans of, your company. And a tweet from on organization to someone who looks like they’ve got real talent can go a long way in wooing them to your company.

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Passion vs. Purpose

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Passion vs. Purpose – finding the perfect balance between these two means finding the perfect job… or at least close to it.

Finding this balance can be a difficult task – to find that equal balance of passion and purpose in your work life. It’s the happy middle that so many search for, but few find. Passion vs. financial support – love vs. dread – skill set vs. learning curve: these are all items you have to take into consideration when determining the perfect balance for the perfect job.

So, how do you get to this point? How do you determine if you should move forward in your current position or make a move in your career path?

Take these eight questions into consideration when determining passion and purpose, and by the end we bet you will have your answer.

1. What is the first thing you do when you walk into your office every day? Are you going straight to your desk to knock out things ASAP or do you grab a cup of coffee and catch up real quick with co-workers before hitting the to-do list for the day? Your environment is everything. Growth, excitement and passion are a reflection of your state of happiness and a piece of it should be visible every day.

2. Do you struggle to pick a path or to get things done? When you make your “to-do” list via calendar, notepad or computer – what’s on your list? Is your list determined by “what can I do to get through the day?” or “what’s going to make this the most successful/productive day?!”

3. Do you think about quality or quantity? With a job, quantity can often be a mark of success in the eyes of leadership; however, a focus of both quality and quantity far surpasses the numbers game when it comes to being productive and getting things done in the most efficient way. Growth and profit can happen, but will only continue to happen if the brand is reliable and trustworthy.

4. Do you stress about meetings or enjoy meetings?  Do you dread going to meetings and just try to give the shortest, most politically correct answers or do you enjoy meeting and discussing ideas, issues and solutions? Don’t get me wrong- there can be disagreements and they can sometimes be frustrating, but if the overall flow & mutual goals aren’t there, it will never work.

5. How much does your personal and work life intertwine? Yes, there should always be a good separation between the two; however, if you truly love your job, you will see an intertwining of the two as well. Do you have have friends or couples over for dinner that you’ve met through work or do you bring your husband/wife to company barbecues? If you love your job, you will want to intertwine the two, but if you have bitterness or resentment building up, you will want to keep them completely separate.

6. Do your moods change or stay the same?  Work can sometimes be stressful, but let’s be honest… being at home can sometimes be stressful too. If you are dreading coming into the office 3 or more days a week and you can tell you are “clamming up”, but you are happy at home, this could be a sign that maybe it’s not the best place for you.

7. Do you think about surviving or being successful? Are you working for the paycheck or are you working to make the most of your position and the company you are working for? Do you truly have a passion for the mission & goals of the company?

8. And finally… Are you happy? I mean truly happy. Work can be stressful, but if it taking a toll on your physical and emotional health, then it’s definitely time to consider making a move.

There will never be a “perfect job,” but in order to do great work, be successful and be truly happy, you have to find a job that is not only financially supportive, but also something that you are completely passionate about, and if you don’t have the skills, you will be able to learn the skills.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

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The 7 Best Hiring Practices for Successful Businesses

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Tips and Tricks for Best Hiring Practices

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There is no doubt that the job market pool of qualified applicants is abundant these days. With a plethora of candidates to choose from, the process of choosing the right candidate can seem overwhelming. So what can you do to make that search more fruitful? Here are 7 of the best hiring practices for successful businesses.

1. Seek Out Candidates Who Are Not Seeking You

The most talented workers tend to work in jobs they like, with people they like, and on projects that they like. If these candidates are already working in a job they enjoy, chances are they are not seeking out employment elsewhere. This means that an open job posting is likely to attract  “active job seekers” which might consist of candidates who are less content with their work and therefore mediocre performers. In order to find the “passive job seekers”, you are going to have to work hard to persuade them to come work for you. This becomes less daunting if you create a recruiting culture within your company. This means people in all parts of the organization, not just human resources, are on the lookout for new talent to bring to your company.

2. Look for Potential Employees Even if You Do Not Have Any Openings

Even if you do not currently have open positions in your company, do not miss the opportunity to meet with anyone who comes recommended by someone you respect and trust. It does not have to be a formal interview, but talking with people who are recommended is important because it builds a relationship with them before it comes time to hire. This can benefit you in a few ways. First, you won’t be starting from scratch in the process. If you have a prospect in mind already, you can move the interview process along more quickly when a position becomes open. Secondly, the candidate feels valued right from the beginning.

3. Include Other Employees in the Decision Process 

Don’t leave the entire hiring process up to just one person. You will have far more success hiring the right candidate if you involve multiple people in the decision process. Bring in other members of the team to screen potential candidates, conduct interviews, and take part in post-interview discussions and decisions. Try to get more than one employee involved at each stage of the process. This helps you get different perspectives on potential hires rather than relying solely on your own. Make sure to emphasize to your interview team prior to the interviewing process that new hires should share the company values.

4. Be Up Front About the Challenges of the Job

It makes sense that you would want to make the job seem as glamorous as possible, but don’t be shy  about the challenges of it and areas that need improvement in your company. If you fail to be upfront about these things in the interviewing process, candidates are more likely to experience dissatisfaction and disappointment once they are hired. If they feel you withheld information from them at the start, it might make them eager to seek out employment elsewhere. Being honest about the challenges also allows you to see how the candidate responds and get a sense for how they may be part of the solution.

5. Pay Attention to Email Exchanges

Paying attention to the manner in which candidates express themselves through email exchanges, as well as noting their timeliness in follow-up emails, can give you a good indication of their level of interest in the job. It can also provide you with a sense of their communication style.

6. Be Honest with “Leap of Faith” Candidates

You may interview someone who doesn’t have all the skills you are looking for, the preferred years of experience, or maybe just isn’t the ideal fit for the company, but yet they spark an interest in you. They are not your perfect candidate for the job, but you decide to take a “leap of faith” and hire them anyway. This can be a perfectly rational course of action and might even pay off big time for you. You should be as up front as possible about areas in which you would like to see them improve or develop. This will allow you to set clear expectations from the beginning and give the candidate the opportunity to step up to the challenge.

7. Check References

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK REFERENCES! Get in touch with a potential candidate’s previous bosses and co-workers. Sure, most people are only going to list reference who will speak highly of them, but it’s still important to make contact with those people. Listen for nonverbal cues, such as their tone of voice, which can be more telling than what they’re actually saying. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions. If you feel a reference is being vague in their response, try to pull more out of them by asking open-ended follow-up questions.

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5 Digital Interview Tips You Can’t Avoid

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To shy to be on camera?

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The world changes and evolves daily, and one evolution within the human resources world is happening rapidly. The days of traditional interviews have long sense passed, and digital interviews are taking over the hiring world. Because of this, interviewees are having to adapt to their camera shy ways to ensure they book the job. In today’s article we’re going to take a look at 5 digital interview techniques that will ensure you’re hired. After all, your resume doesn’t speak to your abilities quite like the interview.

#1 – Look at the camera

While it may seem very uncomfortable, you’ve got to remember to look at the webcam. This is to avoid your face being lowered and the interviewer unable to look into your eyes. Look directly into the webcam and maintain eye contact with that. Sure, you’ll be seeing yourself on the screen below, and if it’s a live digital interview, you’ll be seeing the other person, but maintaining eye contact is key. When the other person is talking feel free to look down at the screen.

#2 – Speak very clearly

There’s no secret computers don’t have the clearest of microphones. Still, it’s important that you speak up and clearly to ensure your answers are heard. When you’re asked a question, take a breath and answer slowly. Don’t feel you have to rush through the questions to get to the end of the interview. The best thing you can do it take your time and develop your answers in your head. There’s nothing worse than rambling on and on for 2 minutes off topic and having to bring it around full circle.

#3 – Sit still

Don’t make a lot of movements as it becomes very distracting to the person watching your interview. Instead, sit still in a chair that you are comfortable in and don’t move too far side to side. Also, you may find it tempting to lean in to the camera, but you shouldn’t. On the other end, this gives off a sort of “fish eye” effect. When you remain still you’re allowing your interviewer to focus on you and the things you’re saying, not on why you’re rocking from side to side occasionally.

#4 – Be careful of your location

You may think it clever to film your digital interview in your bathroom, but it’s not. It raises serious questions about your level of seriousness. Instead, pick an empty room with no background noise and a blank wall behind you. Don’t have anything distracting on the walls. Your black-light poster from 8th grade does not show that you are mature enough to handle the job functions.

#5 – Stay calm

Digital interviews can be scary. They’re new, they’re unexpected, and it can be uncomfortable to watch yourself answering questions. Still, it’s important that you stay calm and relax. There’s nothing to worry about. Think of this as the pre-interview. Chances are you’ve been chosen to take the digital interview because you’re talented, dedicated, and have a superb resume with all the skills you need to thrive When you are completing your digital interview relax and know that you can do this.

If you’re on the job hunt chances are you’re going to have a digital interview. It’s time to master these techniques and book the job. If you’re a Human Resources Manager, let us help you bring digital interviewing into your process to make your life easer. Contact us today to try out the platform!

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First-round In-person Interviews Are Dying Out

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Digital interviewsIt’s time to accept that regular old walk into the office, shake a hand, and sit nervously while answering mundane questions style interviews are dying, and quickly. With all the new policies and procedures being put into place almost on a daily basis, Human Resource managers have a lot on their plate. These three reasons are proof that digital interviews are the way of the future, and they’ll take over regular interviews soon. Are you prepared?

Interviews are time-consuming.

You’re a busy, busy person. You probably spend a lot of time sifting through resumes and attempting to find the right person to call into your office, but often you call someone that just doesn’t fit the job personality-wise, but fits the bill on paper. While qualifications are absolutely important, so is personality. So, how can you avoid wasting time on regular interviews? Digital interviews are on-demand. Take your time watching candidates and analyzing how they act on camera. Don’t waste your time setting up an appointment.

Interviews are costly.

This one really does go back to the time issue, but for your employer, this is your selling point. Let’s look at the average process for finding a candidate for any particular position. First, you’ve got to create the ad, put it out there (probably on a service that costs you hundreds of dollars per day) and hope that someone decides to send in their resume. This process might be an hour to two hours. Once you’ve received 20 resumes (in this economy, if you’re lucky, it will only be 20) you’ve got to go through each of them and determine which of these candidates is worthy of an interview. This maybe takes you three to four hours. Next, you’ve got to follow up with all of these candidates, schedule interviews, and email back and forth while working through details. Now, lets consider that maybe you won’t be the only person in the interview. Now you’ve got extra schedules to coordinate. Finally, you’ve got the interviews themselves. Total, we’re looking at a full time job finding the right candidate. Sure, this gives you job security, but what about your current work load?

Interviews add to your workload.

If you’re spending countless hours trying to find the right candidate for a position, you’re not able to work on other tasks, like running the entire Human Resources department of your company. Lets face it, you’re busy, busy person. Letting digital interviews take over the hiring process for you allows you to focus on the day to day projects that you’ve got to complete to keep things running smoothly.

We could certainly go on and on about how digital interviews will help make your job easier, but we think it might be time for you to experience it yourself. After all, you’ll never know the power of the HireView platform, as brought to you by TruHire until you experience it yourself. Once you’ve hired someone using digital interviews, you’ll never want to do impersonal, cold, face-to-face first-round interviews again. Contact us for more information on how you can see the power of digital interviews.

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Interview Fashion: What Should I Wear?

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Your Go-To Guide for Interview Fashion

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You have your on-demand digital interview and you may be wondering what in the world you should be wearing. Do you wear stripes or a solid? What about pants? So many different thoughts running through your head could leave you confused and frustrated. Don’t worry though, we are here to help you through the process. Because digital interviews require you to put a little bit more thought into your interview fashion, we have comprised a list of do’s and don’ts you should follow for your on-demand digital interview.

What not to wear:

  • Patterns – Stripes, checks, houndstooth, or other patterns can cause a moiré pattern to occur and ultimately be distracting to the person watching your interview.
  • Black/Navy, white & red – White can make you “glow” and stand out – not in a good way. Black and navy looks harsh on camera. Red are also distracting on camera.
  • Flashy jewelry – Jewelry can be distracting on camera. The camera will pick up any jingling your jewelry causes or catch the light reflected off of your jewelry.
  • Casual clothing – You may think that it will go unnoticed if you wear jeans during your on camera interview, but you shouldn’t.
  • If you have a choice, choose contacts over glasses. The light can reflect off of your glasses causing a distraction to the person watching your interview.
  • Tight, short, uncomfortable clothing – Yes, that shirt may be cute, but if you feel uncomfortable, you will come across as uncomfortable on camera.
  • Logos- Your clothing should not have any logos or name brands on them.

Now that we have the don’ts out of the way, let’s take a few moments to talk about what you should wear for your on-demand digital interview.

  • Solid colors work best on-camera. Pastel colors should be a good option, but a blue lighter than navy is your best bet.
  • If you do wear jewelry, try to limit it to simple pieces that do not jingle when you move.
  • Makeup is suggested for men and women. This will help reduce any shine you may have. No need to pack the makeup on, a little bit goes a long way.
  • Simple really is a good idea. No need to get flashy with your clothing – remain more on the conservative side.
  • Make sure your hair is styled out of your face. If you will need to push your hair out of your face, consider pinning it back instead. Also, make sure your hair is freshly cleaned. Just like your skin, oily hair will show up more on camera.

Taking these extra little steps will help you feel and look your best allowing you to focus on why you are putting all this effort in – finding your dream job. There is a little saying that goes “when you look good, you feel good” and when you feel good about yourself you are more confident. This confidence is going to translate onto the camera!

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Turn your Internship Into a Job

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…with these simple steps.

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As summer is winding down, you may be trying to hold onto every last moment you possibly can. Days of freedom, sunshine, and tanned skin are almost gone only to be replaced with pumpkins, orange and yellow foliage, and crisp autumn mornings. Mmhhhmm, fall. It can also mean that it is time to start searching for that perfect fall internship as you head back to school.

Trying to find the perfect internship that leads to a permanent position can be difficult in this economy, but if you are fortunate enough to find that lucky internship, what can you do to set yourself up for being offered a job after?

Check out these tips to land a job offer after your internship.

1. Be smart about the internship that you choose.

The first step in this whole process is making sure you are careful about what internship you choose. Not all internships are created equal. Evaluate your goals and desires for an intership and match them up with what the internship has to offer. Does the work environment or dress code suit your personality? Can you see yourself working here for one, two, or five years?

2. Do your research on the company.

If you are passionate about what the organization does, you are more likely to be able to translate that eagerness into the work you do in your internship. Things to consider include company culture, history, employees – basically anything you can find out about the company. A simple Google search should lead you to a plethora of information. Is community service an important quality you look for? Determine your values and seek out companies that fit within those values.

3. Network. Network. Network.

While you are in the throes of your internship, take the time to meet various people within the company. Show interest and ask questions (at the right time) about their positions. You may even want to consider taking on a mentor.

4. Set goals for yourself.

At the beginning of your internship, set personal goals for your internship. Some things to consider include a learning a specific tool of the trade, or perhaps you are trying to figure out if this is the career path you want to go down. Whatever the case may be, having goals will help you achieve results in your internship that could lead to a full-time position down the road.

5. Ask questions.

If you are given a task and not quite sure what to do, do not be afraid to ask questions. You are there to learn and there will always be some sort of learning curve during an internship – if there isn’t then you most likely need to re-evaluate why you are at this internship.

6. Produce quality work.

This goes back to the ask questions section. If you do not know how to do something, ask for advice. Strive to do your best on every task you are given, even if it is grunt work. Keeping a positive attitude while doing your work will help you produce quality work, which will get noticed by your internship manager, or even higher up!

7. Act the part.

You know how the old saying goes: dress for the job you want. Metaphorically speaking, the same applies to the work you do. If you want the job, act the part. Be professional, dress like other employees do, and take pride in how you represent the company you are interning for.

8. Stay connected.

At the end of your internship it is a good idea to stay in touch with your intern supervisor and co-workers. It may even be appropriate to send your intern supervisor and any other mentors during your internship a personal thank you note. After that, periodically check in to stay connected. Let them know about the skills you learned and how they are helping you out in your new endeavors. Keeping these contacts fresh, may pay off in the end.

9. Ask for feedback – make changes if necessary.

One important aspect of any job, internship or permanent position, is the ability to take constructive criticism and make appropriate changes. Be the type of person that rolls with the punches and changes their game plan if it isn’t working. Proactively seek out feedback and LISTEN to what your supervisor has to say. If they can see that you can handle feedback AND take make changes with it, you may find yourself with an offer for permanent employment at the end of your internship.

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3 Ways to Explain Gaps In Your Resume

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Ways Around the Awkward Questions

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We’ve all had employment gaps. Maybe you’ve decided to focus on your family for a while, or perhaps you took some time off to travel. Maybe you were a victim of the poor economy and were laid off and are just now starting to get back into the swing of things. At any rate, gaps in your resume are always a red flag to potential employers if there isn’t a logical excuse.

What constitutes a logical excuse, you ask? Well, lets take a look at 3 ways to explain those resume gaps and ways you can spin negative aspects of your employment history to your favor.

#1 – I decided to dedicate time to my family.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this legitimate excuse for the resume gap. However, in a market where younger people are graduating college and heading into the work force at a rate faster than the economy is creating jobs, it’s important that this excuse not come off that you’ve been out of the work force for too long and that you are no longer connected with workplace politics, practices, and the ever-changing job market.

Instead, talk about the scholarly publications you’ve read during your break, and how, while you were at home doing the most important job of taking care of your family, you were still keeping up with work trends and industry standards. You’re not behind. You’ve got real life experiences that will improve your abilities to provide for your potential employer.

#2 – I was a victim of the economy.

We’ve all faced the horrible realities of the economic crisis of 2008 and the subsequent unemployment rates rising. However, the economy is recovering and we’re starting to see real results in building the small business job market. How will you explain a gap in your relative industry employment? Simple. Don’t have one.

One thing that hasn’t stopped is the public’s dependency on the jobs not many people want to do. Chances are you’ve done something to make up for the $287 average pay per week of unemployment. Maybe you’ve taken to cutting grass for your neighbors. Perhaps you’re currently a freelance graphic designer. Slap a fancy name on your resume like “A Cut Above Lawn Care” and call yourself the owner. It’ll show that you didn’t sit around watching day time talk shows and soap operas.

#3 – I took time away to travel.

There’s nothing wrong with taking some time for yourself and traveling around the world. When faced with the issue of unemployment or the inability to decide what to do with your life post-employment, people often take time to work with charity organizations, see the world, and couch surf. Does this look good to potential employers? It can.

Try explaining this gap by telling your potential employer that you were seeing the world to gain a different perspective on the industry you’re working in. If you decided to join City Year or the Peace Corps, by all means mention that. Employers love those that give their time freely to charity organizations. You should always include charitable work on your resume, but if you’ve spent two years assisting a school for underprivileged children in Peru, by all means take advantage of your good work.

Gaps in your employment don’t have to be a bad thing. By telling the truth, selling yourself in the best light, and remembering that any activity during your job break is better than nothing, you will surely impress your potential employer with your dedication to activity during down time.

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Should You Relocate for a Job?

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5 things you need to consider before you relocate

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With the rise of on-demand digital interviews, chances are you may find yourself applying for a job far away from the comforts of home. While the excitement of landing your dream job is all you can think about, actually making the decision to relocate, sometimes across the country, can seem overwhelming and scary. Not only do you have your future to think about, you have to consider many other factors, such as cost of living in your new city and what is the best for your family. If you are just graduating from college, this could also be the first big step towards your future career. With the prospect of moving and what seems like so much on the line, check out these things to consider before you make the decision to relocate.

1. What will your budget be?

Creating a budget is the absolute first step in this process. Not only will it help you determine if you can afford the actual move and your new city, it will also give you a realistic look at how much money you will make, put towards bills, and how much money you will have left over or can save. If you already have a job offer on the table, then you may have an idea of what your salary may be. If not, use a salary tool to help you determine average salaries in your specific industry. Researching what the cost of living in your new city is crucial in this process. The last thing you want during this major life transition is to arrive in your new city and get sticker shock from the cost. Websites, such as this, have a cost of living comparison that will help you gain a better understanding of what exactly you are getting into.

2. What does your future look like at this new job?

This is especially important to ask yourself if you are moving across the country, which can cost you quite a bit of money. Cross country moves raise the stakes quite a bit higher than if you were moving closer to home. If there is opportunity to grow within the company and you can see yourself making a career out it, then the move might make more sense. Not only are you accepting the position, you are accepting the opportunity that comes with it and if there is no opportunity, you need to look at the decision more realistically instead of emotionally.

3. Determine if the city fits your needs.

Looking at the culture of the city you are moving to is also important. If you grew up in a small town, is a big city the right fit for you? Perhaps it is the opposite, you grew up in a large city and living in a small town may prove difficult. Regardless, visiting the city you are considering making a move to is a great step in determining if the culture of the city is a right fit for you. Create a check list of must have’s in your new city before you go and use that as a base for exploring the city.

4. What is the weather like in your new city?

To relocate from Los Angeles, CA with dry, hot summers to Nashville, TN with humid summers may prove challenging for some. Will you have to learn to drive in the snow or ice? Can you handle the extreme heat or constant cloud covering and rain? It is easy to forget to factor in weather, but it is just as important as the culture of the city. You may even decide that weather is a deal breaker.

5. Is your family on board?

If you are thinking of relocating your family, you have another level to consider than someone who is just uprooting themselves. Things to consider include the school districts and if your spouse can find a new job. Getting your family behind the move may take some time, but by showing them the benefits of moving could move the process along much quicker. Take them for a visit to the new city to show them all the opportunities they will have if you make the move.

After you ask yourself these questions and are still undecided, try making a check list of the pros and cons and discuss them with a mentor who can help you look at the decision objectively. Moving can be stressful and you will want to be fully prepared for the implications of the move to make the transition much smoother for everyone.

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