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With 6.2 million job openings, and 7 million unemployed, it’s never been more important for job seekers to stay one step ahead of the competition. More than half of U.S. workers (55 percent) feel they have just a job, not a career, and 38 percent of these workers are likely to change jobs in the back half of 2017, according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey.

Almost three in 10 workers (28 percent) tolerate or hate their job. Of those who tolerate or hate their job, some of the top reasons for staying in a current position are the need to pay the bills (74 percent), its proximity to home (41 percent), needing the insurance (35 percent), it pays well (30 percent), or the job market is too tough (27 percent).

The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from May 24 to June 16, 2017, included representative samples of 2,369 full-time employers and 3,462 full-time U.S. workers across industries and company sizes in the private sector.

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“Unfortunately, more than half of workers feel they have just a job, not a career, and almost three in 10 say they dislike their job,” said Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer at CareerBuilder. “When workers don’t enjoy what they are doing, they are more inclined to pursue other options, and there are many routes for them to take as the U.S. continues to add jobs. Arming themselves with what employers are looking for will help job seekers stand out from the competition — ultimately landing a new opportunity that will be more personally rewarding for them.”

According to Haefner, to get the right attention from a hiring manager, job seekers should stay away from crazy stunts and keep it simple. She goes ahead to share five tips that every worker needs to remember when hunting for a new gig. “Customize your application and resume for the job.” Approximately a third of employers review resumes for less than one minute (32 percent), but 49 percent of employers say they would pay more attention to job applications with a resume customized for the open position. Take the time to personalize — it might just get you to the next round. Also, “review your references.” Think through your references – pick colleagues who can speak to your strengths. More than half of employers (51 percent) say that a candidate’s reference has not given positive feedback about the candidate, and 54 percent have changed their mind about a candidate after speaking with a reference. Again you have to “tell the truth.” More than half of employers (55 percent) have caught a lie on a resume, and over a third (39 percent) have caught someone providing a fake reference. The truth is always your best bet then you “Provide your profiles.” Seventy percent of employers use social media to screen candidates — and 57 percent of employers are less likely to interview a candidate they cannot find online. Do their work for them by providing handles to your online portfolio, website and social media handles — just be sure you are presenting a professional image and “Prepare for the interview.” So you got the interview — congrats, but the work does not stop there. Fifty-nine percent of employers said asking good questions in the interview is important to them when considering a candidate for a job, and 48 percent said it was important to come to an interview prepared with ideas.


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