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A new book is for those of you searching for your first job. Finding a job can seem daunting, especially when it's a brand new experience. There's a lot to know, and often a lot of pressure. Written by the founder of AfterCollege.com,  Getting Your First Job For Dummies  is designed to take the stress out of the job search process and help you get an offer. Roberto Angulo sent us an excerpt from the book which you can read below. It is  available now on Amazon . From Chapter 5 ... Getting your first job for dummies excerpt from Chris Russell
U.S. employers are anticipating the strongest hiring plans in 10 years as firms across the country look to add staff in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. Hiring momentum continues to strengthen, according to the more than 11,500 U.S. employers surveyed. The seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook* for Q1 2018 is +19%. Job prospects in the Transportation & Utilities sector nationwide are the strongest reported since the survey started in the first quarter of 1982, while employers in Construction and the Durable Goods Manufacturing sectors forecast the strongest Outlooks in more than a decade. Nationwide, employers in all 13 industry sectors expect to add staff in Q1 2018. The top Outlooks by industry are: Leisure & Hospitality (+28%), Transportation & Utilities (+26%), Professional & Business Services (+23%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+23%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+19%) and Construction (+18%). "We're seeing a renaissance in industries like construction and manufacturing in the U.S.," said   Becky Frankiewicz , president of ManpowerGroup North America. "These are not the jobs of the past - many are highly skilled roles that will build America's future. Strong hiring intentions tell us employers have positions to fill, yet we know they're struggling to find people with the right skills to fill them. Technological disruption will touch all industries sooner or later.  It's time for us to embrace this change and do more to invest in American workers. That's what we're doing at ManpowerGroup - from our ground-breaking partnership upskilling veterans for digital manufacturing roles with Rockwell Automation to our nation-wide MyPath program that provides tools for people to accelerate their careers.  We're upskilling people today to prepare the workforce of tomorrow." This marks the 14th consecutive quarter with an Outlook of +15% or stronger. Nationwide hiring prospects are slightly stronger from last quarter and when compared to one year ago. View complete Q1 2018 survey results for the U.S:  www.manpowergroup.us/meos . Quarter  Increase Staff Levels Decrease Staff Levels Maintain Staff Levels Don't Know    Net Employment Outlook (deseasonalized) Q1 2018 (current quarter) 21% 5% 71% 3% +19% Q4 2017 (prior quarter) 21% 6% 71% 2% +17% Q1 2017 (one year ago) 19% 6% 73% 2% +16% U.S. Hiring Plans by Regions, Industry Sectors and Metro Areas/States Nationwide, employers in all 13 industry sectors expect to add staff in Q1 2018. By industry, the Outlooks are: Leisure & Hospitality (+28%), Transportation & Utilities (+26%), Professional & Business Services (+23%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+23%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+19%), Construction (+18%), Education & Health Services (+14%), Financial Activities (+14%), Information (+14%), Mining (+14%), Government (+13%), Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+13%), Other Services (+13%). Employers in all four regions in the U.S. have a positive outlook for their Q1 2018 hiring plans. When compared with the previous quarter, the Net Employment Outlook increased by 2 percentage points. In the Midwest, the Outlook is the strongest reported since the beginning of 2001. Hiring prospects remain stable in the other three regions. For the coming quarter, employers in  Georgia ,  Florida ,  Hawaii  and  Utah  report the strongest Net Employment Outlooks. Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in  Cape Coral, Fla. ;  Ogden, Utah ;  Chattanooga, TN ;  Los Angeles, CA ;  Phoenix, AZ ; and  Charlotte, N.C. Complete results for the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey are available for download at  www.manpowergroup.us/meos . The Q2 2018 survey will be released  March 13, 2018 . To receive email notifications when the survey is available each quarter, visit  http://meos-press.manpowergroup.us .
If you’ve ever sat down to be interviewed for a job, chances are you’ve been hit with this question. What is your biggest weakness? While the question is a predictable move on the interviewer’s part, it does give them insight into your mindset. Can you admit when you are wrong? Are you self-aware enough to know what you need to work on in order to be a better employee? In fact, most employers know this question is cliché, but most ask as a way to gauge your general preparedness. These are the kinds of questions an employer is trying to answer when they ask you this from the other side of the table. By now, most interviewees know this question is coming. So, what kind of answer should we be preparing for it? You may have guessed that we are not equipped to give you a cookie-cutter answer that works perfectly in every interview situation . Point blank, it is important to be as genuine as you can (while preserving professionalism). While we can’t give you a specific weakness to rattle off when the interview is taking place, we can arm you with strategies in order to respond in an honest, yet impressive way. Know the skillsets required for the position Of course, it’s key here to have a good understanding of the position you are interviewing for. That is to say, be aware of what skills are required for the job. For example, if you’re interviewing for a teacher position, don’t admit a weakness in public speaking! However, you can say that you might need some extra time to prepare before lectures. A weakness isn’t necessarily a bad thing People’s weaknesses are just areas that need work. It will be important to frame whatever weakness you choose to reveal in this way. It’s all about context and perspective. If your weakness is that you are bossy in group settings, it might be advisable to say that you are “still learning how to best work in a team.” This shows the interviewer that you are self-aware, and willing to work on yourself in order to perform better in the workplace. Keep things specific When asked what your weakness is, it is very tempting to say something vague. Perhaps if you aren’t clear, the question will be glossed over and you can focus on communicating other things. Unfortunately, interviewers have been using this question as a litmus test for a long time, with no end in sight. In this vein, your best bet is to prepare an appropriate answer. When giving a vague answer, it allows the interviewer a lot of room for interpretation. In fact, this rule of thumb works with a lot of interview questions. It is best to elaborate on points in order to define what you’d like to get across fully. For example, do not say your biggest weakness is that you are shy. This could mean anything to the interviewer! Try stating that you are on the introverted side, but are working on communicating in a group setting. Beyond this, there are certain things you should absolutely never respond when it comes to the weakness question. These include: Being untrustworthy Being a “perfectionist” Having trouble accepting critique Having trouble showing up on time/being reliable In an interview setting, there is no black and white, and there are no surefire answers. It will be crucial for you to flex your communication muscle in preparing to sit down with a potential employer. Focus on being genuine, on appearing prepared to work on yourself, and above all, on showing how you are qualified for the position. Miriam Groom is VP of Sales and Marketing at Groom and Associates , a Canadian recruitment agency specialized in IT recruitment .
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