Over one million Americans lost their extended unemployment benefits today because a federal government program in place since 2008 has expired. That must only add to the urgency of their job search, but whether you're among those who lost benefits or not, if you're searching for a job we have some resources you may find helpful. (On the plus side, keep in mind that it looks like bias against unemployed job seekers may actually not be as big an issue as previously thought. The important thing to do is keep your skills as current as possible.)
- In your resume, focus more on work experience than education. Based our study of the most important words in job postings vs resumes, recruiters are more concerned with the quality of your experience and how you work with others, whereas jobseekers put more emphasis on education in their resumes. (See the full study here.)
- Take a look at our interactive job title map at Bright Labs. You can see the relationships between job titles to see what titles are most closely related to the titles you've held in the past. You may get better results in your search by focusing on those titles.
- Keep your resume format simple and easy to read. You don't need to keep your resume to one page, but pay attention to the number of words on a page. The "magic number" seems to be about 390 per page. Too many more and it looks cluttered; too few and it looks sparse.
We're also putting the finishing touches on our recommendations for the occupations and skills to focus on the top cities in the US for the beginning of 2014. Keep an eye out for that just after the clock strikes 2014. Meanwhile, to everyone who's searching, best of luck; to everyone, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.