Nov 272012

We have often seen job seekers show up to an interview and one of the most common mistakes people can make is not having enough copies of their resume for the interview. Here are a few suggestions about how to properly prepare for this all important step in getting a job.

Bring 3-5 copies of your resume.

Be sure to have enough copies of your resume. Many job seekers assume that since they have emailed their resume, the employer will have it for the interview. Although this is often the case, don’t leave anything to chance.

We recommend bringing at least 3 copies of your resume. Here is why:

  • You want a copy for the interviewer
  • You want a copy for yourself so you can easily reference any points the interviewer may ask about
  • You want at least one other copy in case additional person is brought in to interview you (meaning the interview is going well!)

The Paper Illusion

Use a decent paper but don’t spend big dollars on special paper. Many people are under the assumption that high dollar, linen paper is needed for resumes. Consider it a “nice to have” but certainly not a must. The answers you provide during the interview will be the difference maker in the experience, not the paper.

Also be certain to spellcheck the resume, especially if you have made edits to the document prior to the interview.

Good luck, go get that job!

Nov 262012

Ever notice that when you are waiting for an interview, your hands may get cold? If not, the interviewer might

Whether it is a result of nerves or just the fact it is cold outside or in the location you are interviewing, your hands might get cold. Best to not have cold hands when you shake the hand of the interviewer. While you wait to meet him or her take a couple of minutes to warm up your right hand. Easy enough to do, just cross your legs and put your right hand in between them to get the temperature up.

One of the little things people don’t think about that can make you memorable in the wrong way in an interview. Remember part of the description of a handshake is warmth…a cold, clammy hand is not in your best interests.

Nov 222012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Mass Layoffs report for October and things are trending in the wrong direction. Keep an eye on these stats as we move past the holiday season and companies tighten up their purse strings. You can read the entire report here but as always, GigSpire gives you the highlights below. Stay educated!

  • Employers took 1,360 mass layoff actions in October involving 131,173 workers as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month
  • Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer.
  • Mass layoff events in October increased by 44 from September
  • The number of associated initial claims increased by 8,711.
  • In October, 344 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector resulting in 42,946 initial claims.


Nov 162012

18,500 jobs, or close to it, will comes to an end today along with several iconic snack foods. If you haven’t heard the news, Hostess, the makers of the famous Twinkie, Devil Dogs, Wonder Bread and many other popular snack items will shut down operations seeking protection in Federal bankruptcy court.

You can read an article about the issues on almost any news medium, here is a link to CNNMoney’s take on the subject. The most powerful line in the article in our opinion is the number of people who are affected by this move.

“The closing will result in Hostess’ nearly 18,500 workers losing their jobs as the company shuts 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide. The bakers’ union represents around 5,000.”

Lesson to be learned, no job is safe. Get yourself ready to find work and constantly build your network of contacts.

Nov 132012

Are you currently using Twitter to find job leads? If not there is a whole universe for you to discover…

Twitter took the world by storm a few years ago when it became a novel way to broadcast your thoughts and interact with organizations, celebrities and other professionals. For many, the idea of using Twitter just doesn’t seem to make sense. People use a funny language, poor grammar, shorten words (i.e. “you” = “u”) and having just 140 characters seems to limit what you can broadcast. Other people just don’t feel like broadcasting information about themselves in a public forum.

GigSpire is here to tell you that there are jobs on Twitter. If you aren’t participating in the space you are behind the curve and missing the boat on many opportunities that may be a fit for your job search.

We aren’t going to teach you all of the in’s and out’s of using this valuable platform. We are going to make a case that if you have been resistant to using Twitter, you should re-think your position. For those beginners (and even for those who have used Twitter a little) this link on Mashable (a very popular news site for social media) is a great “how to” on the basics of the platform. Take a look and read through it to get started.

Once you get registered and begin using Twitter, search for jobs. Simply put the job title you are seeking in the search box and see what comes up. You will find people who broadcast jobs (i.e. recruiters and head hunters) as well as companies and staffing agencies that are looking for people just like you.

The really exciting thing is that Twitter allows you to have direct interaction with people and organizations about these jobs. You can ask questions, discuss specifics and make yourself known beyond sending a resume. As a matter of fact if you are using Twitter correctly (the way we teach it’s use in the GigSpire Program’s workshop) you will begin “tweeting” about your area of speciality. If you have a series of “tweets” that discuss your knowledge of your industry and profession, you will help to establish yourself as a knowledgeable candidate. As a matter of fact, the more you tweet the more people will begin finding and following you. You may even find yourself being contacted by a potential employer about a new position…Just sayin…

Good luck and get tweeting!


Nov 092012

Did you know that if you have certain email addresses you can appear outdated? It’s true.

Certain email addresses can be viewed by the general population as an indicator that you are out of touch. Fair or not, it is a reality. And this information is particular important to be aware of when on job search.

Emails that end in ““, ““, ““, “” and many others from the advent of email can very quickly get you discarded as a candidate. Often I hear people say things like:

  • “This person is clearly out of touch.”
  • “Who still uses this email?”
  • “Clearly this person isn’t in touch with today’s world.”

Discrimination is not only limited to the traditional categories of racism, ageism and sexism. Call it “emailism” if you wish but what ever label you put on it, if you are on job search and using one of these kinds of emails you could be jeopardizing your possibilities of getting a job.

Our recommendation is to get an email address that is more “in touch” with today’s world. Consider using gmail, yahoo (yes it is one of the originals but has maintained relevancy for whatever reason) or even get an email that is personalized. Don’t ruin your chances at an interview due to an incorrect but very real perception from employers and recruiters based on your email address!

Nov 072012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released The Employment Situation report for October of 2012 last week. The unemployment rate was unchanged, holding steady at 7.9% for the month, equating to 12.3 million people. Keep in mind that there is another group of people who are not being counted in this statistic because they have run out of benefits and are no longer being tracked by the BLS. You can read the entire report here but as always, the summary is below.

  • The civilian labor force rose by 578,000 to 155.6 million in October
  • Employment growth has averaged 157,000 per month thus far in 2012, about the same as the average monthly gain of 153,000 in 2011

Job Growth

  • Professional and business services added 51,000 jobs in October
    • Services to buildings and dwellings (+13,000)
    • Computer systems design (+7,000)
    • Employment in professional and business services has grown by 1.6 million since its most recent low point in September 2009
  • Health care added 31,000 jobs in October
    • Ambulatory health care services (+25,000)
    • Hospitals (+6,000)
    • Over the past year, employment in health care has risen by 296,000
  • Retail trade added 36,000 jobs in October
    • Motor vehicles and parts dealers (+7,000)
    • Furniture and home furnishings stores (+4,000)
    • Retail trade has added 82,000 jobs over the past 3 months
  • Employment in leisure and hospitality continued to trend up (+28,000)
    • This industry has added 811,000 jobs since a recent low point in January 2010
  • Employment in construction edged up in October
    • The gain was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+17,000)

Job Losses

  • Mining lost 9,000 jobs in October
    • Most of the decline occurring in support activities for mining
    • Since May of this year, employment in mining has decreased by 17,000

Keep in mind that we may see a decline over the next few months as the holiday season approaches and retail/seasonal hiring ramps up to support the demand. Do not be surprised if we see improvement followed by a drop in employment after the first of the year.

Nov 012012

According to the latest report released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors of America, the top four areas in the country over the last year for job growth in the construction industry:

  • Houston area with 12,300 new construction jobs
  • The Seattle area came in second place with the addition of 6,000 new jobs
  • Boston’s ranked third with 5,200 new jobs compared with last year
  • and the Phoenix had the fourth-biggest jump adding 4,500 new jobs

You may see a spike over the next 60 days in construction jobs as the east coast (particularly the northeast) begin to rebuild from Sandy.