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Body language and Vegas jobs take on whole new meaning

Friday, January 29th, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder demonstrates how body language may have an impact on getting Vegas jobs.

An impressive resume and cover letter can get a candidate an interview; however, body language mistakes can completely undermine these assets and derail a candidate’s chances of getting hired. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make, hiring managers named the following:

  1. Failing to make eye contact: 67 percent
  2. Failing to smile: 39 percent
  3. Playing with something on the table: 33 percent
  4. Having bad posture: 30 percent
  5. Fidgeting too much in their seats: 30 percent
  6. Crossing their arms over their chests: 29 percent
  7. Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 27 percent
  8. Having a weak handshake: 21 percent
  9. Using too many hand gestures: 11 percent
  10. Having a handshake that was too strong: 7 percent
  11. What are the common mistakes you need to avoid to ace your interview? Here are five instant deal breakers, according to employers:
    1. Candidate is caught lying about something: 69 percent
    2. Candidate answers a cell phone or text during the interview: 68 percent
    3. Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 60 percent
    4. Candidate dresses inappropriately: 50 percent
    5. Candidate swears: 50 percent

    “Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling answers to common interview questions,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Candidates have to make a great first impression appearance-wise, have a solid understanding of the target company, know exactly how to convey that they’re the perfect fit for the job and control their body language.”

Before the interview, ask yourself: “Why am I a good fit for this job?” Then practice answering typical interview questions with a friend, colleague or coach. According to the CareerBuilder survey, the most common questions include:

  • Tell me about yourself: 55 percent
  • Why do you want this job?: 50 percent
  • Why did you leave your last job?: 50 percent
  • What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness?: 49 percent
  • Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it: 48 percent

Looking at jobs in Vegas in the coming year

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

The new Challenger, Gray, and Christmas outlook takes a look at jobs in Vegas, among other locations, for the coming year.

While 2015 job cuts are expected to reach a six year high, the pace of downsizing should slow in the new year, while hiring and wages continue to make gains, according to a new outlook released Monday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Heavy downsizing was also recorded in the public sector, where military cutbacks claimed 57,000 troops and civilian personnel.

“Cuts related to oil prices were heaviest in the first half of year, dropping by more than 50 percent in the second half. With oil prices expected to remain low for the foreseeable future, we could continue to see the industry workforce shrink in 2016, though probably not at the rate we saw in the first part of 2015,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“A decline in oil cuts is expected to result in an overall slowdown in downsizing activity in 2016. Job cuts may not reach the previous post-recession low, achieved in 2014, when year-end cuts fell to 483,171. However, even if job cuts don’t fall to post-recession lows, increased hiring and wages are expected to offset the losses,” he said.

The nation’s non-farm payrolls grew by an average of 210,000 jobs per month through November, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is down from the 260,000 new jobs averaged per month in 2014.

“Part of the slowdown in job creation last year may have been related to a weakened energy sector, which was one of the strong growth areas in 2013 and 2014. However, another contributor to the slower job gains this year may have been a shrinking supply of available talent,” said Challenger.

“All of this churn, whether it’s related Baby Boomers or companies shifting strategies, creates opportunities. This does not mean finding a job will be easy in 2016. Employers are still being selective and the hiring process is taking longer, as a result. Job seekers should not expect to send out a bunch of resumes and job offers will simply come pouring in,” he said.

“Job seekers will still be required to do the hard leg work. Cold calling, networking, meeting with people on a daily basis, and all of the other activities necessary to uncover the hidden job market and find the best opportunities.

Are Linux jobs in Vegas in high demand?

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A survey from Dice.com shows that Linux jobs in Vegas may be in high demand.

Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, according to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals.

Hiring managers are also looking more to evidence of formal training and certifications to identify qualified prospects.

Key statistics from the report include:

  • Nearly all hiring managers are looking to recruit Linux professionals in the next six months. With new Linux-based systems, projects and products constantly emerging, hiring the right talent to support all the growth continues to be a priority amongst employers. Ninety-seven percent of hiring managers report they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months.
  • The rise of open cloud platforms is creating even more demand for Linux professionals with the right expertise. Forty-two percent of hiring managers say that experience in OpenStack and CloudStack will have a major impact on their hiring decisions, while 23 percent report security is a sought-after area of expertise and 19 percent are looking for Linux talent with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) skills.
  • Linux-certified professionals will be especially well positioned in the job market this year, with 44 percent of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification, and 54 percent expecting either certification or formal training of their SysAdmin candidates.