No one wants to work on a project with a bad communicator, entrust a budget to a weak negotiator or promote an employee with a poor work ethic. Yet too often, hard skills take up more space than soft skills on resumes and in the job descriptions that prompt them.
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Unemployment reached record lows in 2019, but the competition for government jobs is always fierce. Federal employees, for example, often don’t secure positions the first or even second time they apply for one.
Many online job listings state that a cover letter is optional. Meanwhile, some employment writers have suggested that cover letters are obsolete. Neither is true. A well-written cover letter is still an essential job-seeking tool.
The federal government is the country’s largest employer, with more than 2.7 million nonmilitary employees and as many as 90,000 new hires each year. On any given day, the government has as many as 10,000 job openings in areas as diverse as health care, law enforcement, engineering, tech support, and landscaping.
If you’re feeling unappreciated and underutilized in your current job, you’re not alone. According to the Conference Board, nearly half of all American workers report some degree of dissatisfaction at work, particularly in the areas of professional development, recognition, and promotion — all good reasons to consider changing employers or even industries.
For years the reigning wisdom in resume writing has been that less is more. Not only were recent college graduates encouraged to keep their resume to one page, but even senior-level professionals were assured that hiring managers would never read past the first page. Could a longer resume be better?
With LinkedIn poised to launch its new automated Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in 2019, it’s likely many small and mid-sized companies will join larger employers in using an algorithm to sift through the first round of applicant resumes. That makes the new year the perfect time to refresh your resume with an up-to-date design and strategic focus.
No one looks at more resumes than human resources specialists, so crafting or revamping their own resumes must be a breeze for these savvy professionals. Then again, it’s easy to feel pressured when instead of evaluating someone else’s background and potential you are trying to showcase your own.
The public relies on civil engineers to ensure that shared structures and systems, from roads and airports to power generation and delivery, are efficient and safe. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for this essential profession is expected to grow by 11 percent by 2026, faster than the 8 percent growth rate projected for the field of engineering overall, and 7 percent job growth outlook for all occupations.
If you are adept at making quick decisions, physically fit, and able to maintain your cool in stressful and even dangerous situations, then a career as a correctional officer may be worth considering. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for the estimated 450,000 correction officers in the United States is $43,540.