Utilizing LinkedIn for Your Job Search

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Gigats provides you with an excellent job seeking tool box designed to allow you to stop searching and start working. Additionally, we provide information and tips on how to navigate your job search to find your best match. LinkedIn and other social media sites are excellent resources for landing a job, but the key is knowing how to use them. Read below to find out about how you can utilize LinkedIn in your job search.

Your LinkedIn home screen is compiled of the posts that everyone in your network has recently made. The updates are constantly changing and providing insight to what other people you know are doing. The tool is especially beneficial to learn about other companies, the type of people who work there, and how to go about applying for a position. Often, people may post about their company hiring or provide insight to the work culture of a business. When you find something of interest that a person you know has posted, you can contact them directly to find out more. LinkedIn also allows you the opportunity to be a part of up to 50 groups. When you are part of a group you can see menus for discussions, promotions, jobs, members and search. The menu can reveal job discussions and positions. Joining groups allows you to engage in conversations about companies and can provide an indication of where to look next for a job.

Navigating LinkedIn and other social media sites can help boost your job search by providing you with primary source information about a company or a particular job position. Once you’ve used LinkedIn to have a better feel for the type of company you want to work for, visit Gigats to see what opportunities may be available for you!

 

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Million-Worker Mystery

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Gigats recently looked into what is being referred to as the “million-worker mystery.” A large portion of American adults are no longer in the labor force and many Economists are left arguing and wondering why. Are they voluntarily not working? Or have the workers been forced out of because they couldn’t find a job? For the most part, the verdict is that it’s a combination of both factors that has led to a large portion of Americans being unemployed.

Economists feel that is necessary to determine whether these people are leaving the workplace on purpose, or getting left out as the economy improves. Understanding the distinction between the two prevalent occurrences is necessary for economists to determine whether or not the job market is truly recovering or if the current unemployment rate of 6.7% is an underestimation of how many Americans need a job. Since 2000, the labor force participation rate (the share of Americans ages 16 or over who are working or actively looked for a job in the past 4 weeks) has been generally decreasing. The natural change will occur as an aging population heads towards retirement and more young Americans spend time in college before entering the workforce; however the number accelerated when the recession began in December 2007. Determining why individuals are leaving the workplace is made even more challenging due to the unique nature of our complex lives. A mother may leave work because it is more cost efficient to stay at home than to pay for child care and an older man at age 61 may have been let go and opted to retire 4 years early. There isn’t one single reason for someone to opt to leave the workforce, but rather numerous varying situations.

Heidy Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, believes that there are more than 5 million missing workers, who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work. Shierholz believes that the number would not be as large if the job market were stronger. Most economists agree with her; however the general consensus is that the labor market is heading back towards a relatively healthy situation.

Do you think that American workers are opting out or being left out of the job force?

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Squashing Job Search Stress

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There is no denying that searching for a job can be stressful. Uncontrolled anxiety and worry naturally emerge during a job transition regardless of experience, compensation level or industry. Stress can hinder your search, making interview performance worse, squashing  negotiation ability, and resulting in some job seekers wanting to forfeit the process altogether. There are several reasons why we stress over finding that perfect new job, and some effective measures for preventing yourself from buckling under the pressure.

Aside from the obvious concern of money, there are several factors that contribute to job search stress. Often, job seekers feel a lack of control during the job search process. The frustration of not knowing why you didn’t receive a callback, who your competition is, or being kept in the dark during interview phases can become overwhelming. Stress can also come from a lack of confidence. Practicing for interviews or perfecting your job search can help alleviate the anxiety. It’s important to work towards reducing your level of stress in order to improve your job search. Anxiety can lessen your ability to answer interview questions with intelligent responses, increasing rejection, and creating a snowball effect on your job search.

To minimize your job search stress start with the basics- exercise, diet and proper sleep. In addition, you have to change the way you think and adopt a positive mental attitude.  Focus less on problems that occur and more on possible solutions. Turn letdowns into ambition instead of inaction. Most importantly, don’t make every rejection a catastrophe; you won’t get every job you go for, but that isn’t reason to give up.

You won’t be able to eliminate stress altogether but working on your stress responses will improve the speed at which you complete your job search and the quality of the position that you find.

 

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Gigats Employer Review of MillerCoors

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By providing effective job hunting tools, Gigats is able to help you make informed decisions about the right job for you and the companies to work for. Read below to see our employer review of MillerCoors and visit our website to see your personalized job matches.

Ranked as one of the top selling American Breweries, MillerCoors also makes our list of cool companies to work for. Offering an employee “perk six-pack,” flexible opportunities, and rich history, MillerCoors provides employees with several great benefits. According to Glassdoor.com, MillerCoors receives a 3.0 rating and more than 50% of employees would recommend the company to a friend. The Director of Integrated Talent Management at MillerCoors describes the extensive benefits offered, as a “perk six-pack.” The perks that make up the six-pack of benefits include career development, community involvement, beer (obviously), diversity and inclusion, more beer (seriously-employees receive a monthly gratis beer), and a team of talented people. MillerCoors also offers flexible opportunities and a wide range of job positions, including Tour Guides, Customer Service Representatives, Warehouse Operators and Marketing Representatives. MillerCoors is a company with three hundred years of combined brewing history and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The company offers a rich history and established foundation that offers a source of pride that would be difficult to find with another company.

With courses designed to help build careers, extensive perks including free beer and events, and a diverse and talented group of employees, there are several great reasons to join the MillerCoors team. Visit Gigats.com to see what opportunities may be available to you with MillerCoors and other top companies!

 

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Business Creation Declines as Job Market Improves

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Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs during the month of March. As the job market improves, changes and trends begin to occur. One of which is that fewer Americans apparently felt the need to create their own jobs last year, as a result of the suggested improvement in our economy.

The Kauffman Foundation, which studies entrepreneurship, published findings that more individuals are landing jobs and are no longer starting their own businesses out of necessity. The groups of individuals who in the past have chosen to forgo the job-search and begin their own company out of need are referred to as “necessity entrepreneurs”. As the economy has improved the number of businesses created has declined and returned to pre-recession levels. In fact, in 2013 the business-creation rate dropped to .28 percent, a number that is not too far off from the .26 percent rate we had in 2001.

The Kauffman Foundations’ vice president of research and policy, Dane Stangler, believes that the reason for the decline in business-creation is due to the labor market beginning to attract people back into it. As the market improves, the job search is becoming less daunting and individuals no longer feel the need to create their own jobs out of necessity. Those that are still choosing to create start-ups are, for the most part, employed and starting businesses because of the perceived opportunities- not because they were forced into it.

The decrease in the number of businesses created suggests that the job market is beginning to recover and that opportunities for employment are becoming more readily available. To take a look at an abundance of jobs available to you, visit Gigats.com!

 

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Myths of Telework

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Gigats recently reported a rise in telecommuting across several job sectors. Telework, the ability to work remotely from an alternative worksite, is aiming to make the balance between work duties and family obligations a bit easier. There are several misconceptions about telework that prevent people from exploring their options and how the transition can help employers and employees alike.

Read below to see the most common myths about telework and the truth behind them:

Myth: Telework is only for mothers and women
The truth is that men are more likely to telework than women. In a Flex + Strategy Group telephone survey of 556 full-time U.S. employees in 2013, men comprised 71% of respondents who said they did most of their work from a remote location. Flexibility and telework isn’t just a desire for a mom or a woman, men seek the same opportunities.

Myth: Telework is only for parents who want to be with their children
According to the survey, there is no significant difference between those who had children and those who didn’t have kids. Of the individuals surveyed, 29% who telework don’t have children, and 32% do. While telecommuting parents can gain time with their children, it isn’t meant to serve as a substitute for child care.

Myth: Only millennials are interested in working remotely
Teleworking spans across several generations and it isn’t just reserved for Gen Y or millennials. For those that work remotely, 35% are millennials, 30% are Generation Xers, and 30% percent were baby boomers.

Myth: Everyone can telework or work remotely
Unfortunately, not every company or job allows telecommuting- a Doctor can’t expect patients to come to their home. In fact, Premiere Global Services State of Telecommuting 2014 survey found that 20% of companies don’t allow it. Organizations have to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach and instead determine on a case-to-case basis which job positions are an ideal fit for remote work.

Myth: Telework can be successful without formal training and policies
In order for telecommuting to be successful a company must have the framework, training and technology necessary. Sending a person to their home to perform their work without any form of checks and balances will likely hurt a companies’ productivity. Teleworking has become easier for companies to implement due to technology and the growth in tools that enable the opportunity, but companies should still establish guidelines for the expectations of the position.

Myth: Providing the equipment for teleworking isn’t worth the cost
The reality is that Teleworking is fairly inexpensive to adopt and might save money. Companies that are able to save on real estate overhead are moving towards embracing telework. Additionally, companies are seeing more than just monetary gains. Telecommuting can result in personal productivity gains because employees no longer have to commute as often or face frequent disruptions in the office.

Teleworking can be mutually beneficial for an employee and employer when the right policies are set in place. While it isn’t for everyone, telecommuting is easy to adopt, can drive better benefits for employees, and can provide growth for companies.

 

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How to Lose your Boss’ Trust

It’s a bit harsh, but trust is much easier to lose than it is to gain. Building a reputation as a hardworking, excellent and dependable employee can take years and it can call crumble in just a few minutes. You’ve worked hard to earn yourself a title as your boss’ go-to person, so make sure you secure it by avoiding the 4 small habits that can lose your boss’ trust.

The first way to lose your boss’ trust is to promise something that you can’t deliver. Often, we will say pretty much anything to get us out of a tough situation. While this may serve as an effective short-term solution, it doesn’t take long for others to realize that we are unable to follow through. If you are unable to provide realistic information to your manager, he or she probably won’t trust you with any additional responsibilities. It’s better to safely provide a solution that you can execute, than to make promises you can’t keep.

Failing to return calls or emails is another way to drop down to the bottom of the trust totem pole. It’s easy for an email to get buried in an overflowing inbox or for a voicemail to accidentally get deleted, but when this becomes a habit, your manager will likely find out. Your boss may begin to question whether she or he can trust you with important clients and big projects. If you’re unable to respond to calls or emails in a timely manner, how can they expect you to complete big deadlines that carry greater responsibility?

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When your boss comes to you with an explicit task and deadline it’s safe to say you should get it done. Not tomorrow, or the next day, but immediately. Ignoring the importance of urgency in a task is a sure-fire way to lose your boss’ trust. If you are ever unsure of what you are supposed to do and when it should be done by, it’s much safer to clarify at the time of the initial request instead of waiting to see what happens when you procrastinate.

Resolving a situation on your own before unnecessarily involving your manager can demonstrate initiative, but it’s important to keep them in the loop. Dumping a problem into your boss’ lap that he or see had no indication of isn’t the wisest idea and can result in your boss becoming less likely to trust your instincts and more likely to check up on you. It is important to keep your boss informed as a situation progresses.

By asking for what you need, keeping your boss informed, and taking responsibility for your work you can prove to your boss that you can be trusted with anything and you should see some excellent benefits, whether that’s greater opportunities, bigger projects or an overall boost in your career.

 

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Job Seeker Technology

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The job market is constantly changing and along with it is the way we navigate a job search. The advent of new technology constantly affects the way companies choose to isolate, recruit and hire the best employees. Staying on top of technology trends and their relationship to the job search is just one of the ways that Gigats provides you with the best job hunting tool box available. Read below to see the 4 major ways that technology is mixing up the job search:

The Twesume
And you thought that writing a resume was hard enough; now try doing it in 140 characters. According to USA Today, companies are looking to Twitter to find their next employees. When companies began using Twitter to publicize their job postings with links to their career site and relevant hashtags, potential employees couldn’t help but wonder why they couldn’t respond using the same medium. A Twesume is a 140-character resume that typically includes links to a job seeker’s relevant professional social media profile, resume, or website. Don’t believe us? Check out the hashtag #twesume to see what we are talking about.

The Video Interview
Face-to-Face versus Webcam-to-Webcam. The popularity of the video interview has been rising in the last few years, with more than 60% of companies using video interviewing in their hiring efforts. How does this help you as a job seeker? It’s easier for employers to schedule interviews around the packed schedules of candidates because there is no commute needed. Video interviews are cutting down on time-to-hire and allowing companies to fill positions more quickly.

The Mobile Interview
Taking the Video Interview one step further, companies have developed a one-way video interview in which they pose questions and then job seekers answer on video. Job seekers are able to answer questions directly from their mobile devices allowing employers to cut down on time-consuming phone screens and initial screening interviews. The Mobile Interview allows companies to focus on the most qualified candidates by quickly weeding out the rest.

The Job Search Campaign
Forget politicians, job seekers are becoming the masters of campaigns. More and more potential employees are using new technology in order to start their own campaigns for their dream jobs. Employers are nabbing these people up because of the value and out-of-the-box thinking that they display during the application process. Companies are creating new ways to find talent by starting campaigns where candidates must create a webpage, outline a marketing campaign, and other projects that challenge potential employees to think creatively and innovatively.

Stay on top of your competition by staying ahead of technology. Embrace the new ways of connecting with employers so you can stop searching and start working.

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Gigats Employer Review of Whole Foods Market

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Gigats equips you with a job hunting tool box designed to help you make educated decisions about where to work. Read below to see our employer review of Whole Foods Market and visit our website to find which opportunities may be the best match for you.

In 2011, CNN Money published an article outlining the five reasons why it’s great to work at Whole Foods. According to the article, Whole Foods promotes healthy habits, encourages transparency, provides a “kumbaya culture,” encourages employees to submit ideas, and provides plenty of extra perks.  Since 2011, it has become evident that Whole Foods continues to earn its ranking as one of the best companies to work for.

According to Glassdoor.com, Whole Foods earns a 3.6 rating from employees and almost ¾ of their employees would recommend the company to a friend. Setting itself even further apart from the competition, Whole Foods is considered innovative when it comes to employee health care. Whole Foods provides a health insurance plan, healthy discount incentive program- which offers an additional discount based on each team members’ wellness on top of the standard 20% off of store products that employees receive, and total health immersion to eligible employees.

Whole Foods, “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” offers various employment opportunities ranging from customer service positions to food preparation team members. By offering numerous opportunities to join the Whole Foods team and creating an exciting work environment chock-full of perks, Whole Foods continues to solidify its place as one of the best companies to work for.

 

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Debunking Job Search Myths

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A successful job hunt requires up-to-date knowledge about how employers look for talent, and insight into the process. Gigats is here to provide that. Often, job seekers experience frustration due to preconceived ideas and job search advice from uninformed sources. There are several common job search myths that can hurt your chances of securing a new career. Read below to see them debunked and how to stop searching and start working.

The first common job search myth is that your resume is all about you. While it’s true that you are the main subject of the resume, there is more to it than just that. Your resume should demonstrate how you represent the answer to an employer’s needs. Prior to applying, you should read the position description, select important keywords and incorporate them into your own personal accomplishments and skills.

Another common job search misconception is that it is equally as important that an employer sell themselves to you as you sell yourself to them. If this is the case- you haven’t done your research. An interview isn’t the time to learn the basics about a company or its opportunities. Be sure to research the company before going, that way you can focus more confidently on portraying yourself as the right candidate.

Finally, many incorrectly believe that networking is about obtaining help from others. Why is this the wrong outlook? Networking is about building relationships, not about viewing people as the assistance they might provide. Networking takes time and involves getting to know other people. It should be a mutual arrangement in which you are able to help them in similar ways that they help you. Pay it forward and you’ll find your job search to come with a little more ease.

Ditch these outdated words of advice and you should be well on your way to improving your job search and finding your perfect job match.

 

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