Survey finds what employers are looking for in a job candidate

Do you want to know what employers are looking for in a job candidate? It’s potential. According to a recent survey, employers are super interested in your capacity to become something in the future, more so than they are in your experience, personality and education. 45% of hiring managers look for potential above all else…

How to prep your references. Yes, you have to!

Prep your references before the hiring manager calls. Don’t skip this step. Here’s how to do it. I recently heard yet another story from an acquaintance about getting a surprise call from an employer to be a reference for someone about whom they really didn’t have much good to say. “I thought, ‘really?’” he said….

How to answer “what are your salary expectations?”

One of the most common job search conundrums is how to answer the “what are your salary expectations?” question. This question might come up at any time. For example, when submitting your application, if the employer has given instructions to, say, “submit your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to (email address).” Or it might…

Don’t make any big career decisions when hungry (study)

Study find making decisions when hungry is a bad idea. If you receive a job offer and aren’t sure whether to accept it or not, don’t make any rash decisions. Have a snack first. New research from the University of Dundee suggests that making important decisions about the future on an empty stomach is a…

Overqualified? New study says you should probably hide it

The job search: you just can’t win. You work hard, improve your skillset, and add to your qualifications. Then what? Employers just think you’re a flake. Wait… what? Yeah. A new study has found that being overqualified can cost candidates job opportunities because hiring managers will suspect you of “lacking commitment.” Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s…

New research finds dishonesty is viewed as an asset for certain jobs

They always say not to lie during the job search, but new research suggests that maybe being perceived as less than entirely honest is not such a bad thing, especially if the job you want requires a lot of selling. New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that the ability…

80% of Canadians are stressed about pay

This probably won’t come as a shock to many of you, but new research finds that most Canadians are stressed out about their pay. Ceridian, a Human Resources software company, partnered with Hanover Research to survey 909 full-time, part-time, and freelance employees in Canada and find out how we feel about the pay experience. And…

Study finds attractive women viewed as less truthful, more fireable

If you’re a woman and you’ve been fired, maybe it’s because you’re too darn gorgeous. Attractive businesswomen are seen as less trustworthy, less truthful, and more worthy of being fired than less attractive women. This is according to new research from CU Boulder and Washington State University. Stefanie Johnson, associate professor at CU Boulder’s Leeds…