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Skilling Them Softly: How to Evaluate Candidates’ Soft Skills

Looking for candidates with soft skills? There’s one type of question you must ask.

Watch out, hard skills and technical know-how: You’ve got competition. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, the vast majority (77 percent) of employers consider soft skills just as important as hard skills when it comes to evaluating candidates for a job, and 16 percent even say they’re more important. Continue reading >>

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The 10 Fastest Growing Transportation Jobs

We could say that jobs in the transportation industry are growing at a, ahem, fast and furious rate…but we won’t, because we have more respect for the late Paul Walker, the transportation industry and ourselves to make such a terrible pun.

Job growth in the transportation industry is growing quickly, however. In fact, it’s outpacing the national average, according to a new analysis from CareerBuilder and JobsInMotion.com. Continue reading >>

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Employers’ Top 10 Staffing Challenges by Industry

The recession may have ended nearly five years ago, but try telling that to IT, retail and financial services employers. Employers in these industries are still struggling to meet their staffing needs and get back to pre-recession levels. Three recent studies look at the state of these industries and their most pressing staffing challenges right now.

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Companies currently hiring more college educated workers for jobs formerly held by high school grads.

Sorry, Pink Floyd — More Than 1 in 4 Want Increasingly More Educated Workers

Even if you don’t remember the rest of the Pink Floyd anthem, the lyrics “We don’t need no education!” are probably emblazoned in your brain. Turns out if you want to land a job in 2014, you DO need an education — and a pretty good one at that. Just ask the 27 percent of employers who have increased their educational requirements for job seekers over the past five years. Continue reading >>

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Let’s Play a Game of Hiring ‘Taboo:’ Best and Worst Résumé Keywords

If you’ve been to a house party, chances are you’ve played the word-guessing game Taboo, where you provide verbal clues while avoiding a list of forbidden words so as not to rack up penalty points. Similarly, hiring managers have a sort of “taboo” list of résumé terms to help guide them through seemingly countless stacks to find the best candidates. Continue reading >>

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Skills Gap 2014: The High Cost of Unfilled Positions

A new study looks at the financial impact of the skills gap.

What is the skills gap really costing employers? According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, employers estimate that, on average, they lose more than $14,000 for every job that stays vacant for three months or longer, and 1 in 6 companies say they lose $25,000 or more.

This is the first post in a multi-part series on The Hiring Site focused on the effects of the skills gap and what you can do to help bridge the divide.  Continue reading >>

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49 Percent of Employers to Offer Higher Starting Salaries This Year

Perhaps due to their ongoing struggle to find qualified candidates, more employers are ready to offer bigger paychecks for new talent.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Job Forecast, 49 percent of employers will offer higher starting salaries for new employees – up from 47 percent last year. The finding indicates that employers are realizing more and more the need to offer competitive compensation rates in order to attract better workers and stay ahead of their competitors. Continue reading >>

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Make Room, Florida: Fewer Workers Delaying Retirement

Much like Kevin Costner, retirement seems to be making a (slight) comeback this year.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual survey on retirement, the number of workers delaying retirement is on a downward trend. Though 58 percent of workers age 60 or older say they are currently putting off retirement, the figure is down from 61 percent in 2013 and a peak of 66 percent in 2010. Continue reading >>

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The Year’s Most Outrageous ‘Late for Work’ Excuses, Rated

If there’s one thing you need to take away from CareerBuilder’s most recent study, it’s this: Sometimes, when an employee says a wild animal made him late, you need to give him the benefit of the doubt. For its most recent survey, CareerBuilder asked employers to share the most common – and the most outrageous – “late for work” excuses they’ve heard this year. Continue reading >>

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Biggest staffing challenges employers are facing

The Biggest Staffing Challenges Employers Are Facing

If you hear one more weather update about the billionth snowstorm or deep freeze, you’ll stab yourself in the eye, right? It’s getting old and you’re ready for the spring. (You and me both.) Similarly, when it comes to information or updates about the recession, you’re probably like “Enough already!”

But the unfortunate part is that more than half of U.S. Continue reading >>

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