Why You Should Stay Connected with a Recruiter While Not Actively Job Seeking

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If you previously connected with a job recruiter but found a role with a company, should you keep in touch with him or her? Ultimately, a job recruiter is a valuable resource, even if you are not actively seeking a new career opportunity. In fact, there are many reasons to stay connected with a recruiter,…

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How Often Should I Update My Resume?

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Your resume highlights your skills, industry experience, education, and more. But if you do not update your resume at appropriate times, your resume could become “stale.” In this instance, you could miss out on opportunities to achieve your career goals. There is no telling when new career opportunities will arise. If you keep your resume…

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3 Essential Skills for a Career in Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineering offers a rewarding career path, and individuals who pursue a job in this field could capitalize on many opportunities in the foreseeable future. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the number of mechanical engineering jobs nationwide to increase 4% between 2018 and 2028 — a positive sign for individuals…

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Ready or Not — 5 Signs That It’s Time to Look for a New Job

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Let’s face it — searching for a new job can be stressful, exhausting, and overwhelming. Yet if you are unhappy in your current role, now may be the right time to kick off a job search. The job market offers no guarantees, but there is no reason to stay with a company that does not…

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Don’t Burn Bridges — 10 Tips to Stay Connected When You Leave Your Job

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Quitting a job can be a rewarding experience, one that shows you are moving closer to accomplishing your career goals. On the other hand, if you leave your superiors and colleagues high and dry, you risk burning bridges with these individuals. And in the long run, burning bridges is unlikely to do you any favors…

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3 Soft Skills Essential to Advancing Your Manufacturing Career

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The manufacturing sector is growing — approximately 264,000 manufacturing jobs were added in the United States in 2018, and the U.S. manufacturing market shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Meanwhile, individuals who want to advance their manufacturing careers now require both hard and soft skills. Hard skills refer to those related to…

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Cover Letters Are Not Dead

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Cover Letters Are Not Dead   News flash: Recruiters still read cover letters. At Tech Needs, solid, professional cover letters are a great way to get you to the next step. A recent applicant comes to mind. The resume did not have a “wow” factor and, based on the resume alone, the candidate would not…

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Pros and Cons of Including Salary in Job Postings

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According to a recent Harris/Glassdoor candidate poll, American job seekers named the top three factors in searches: salary (67 percent), benefits (63 percent) and location (59 percent). Yet, the majority of descriptions on job boards do not include a salary range. Why, when salary is the top deciding factor for applicants?   There are many…

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LinkedIn Best Practices

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    Many job seekers already have a LinkedIn page because they heard it was a great way for employers to find them. It is. But, just copying and pasting your resume onto your profile is not going to impress hiring managers.   Here are five ways to step up your profile and make it…

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