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Monday is the best day to apply for a jobWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2013 18:51 PM

Monday is the best day to apply for a job Unfortunately for job seekers, the best day of the week to apply for a position is typically not included among the results of an aptitude test. Fortunately, Bright.com, a website designed to match recruiters with those who are looking for work, recently determined that the answer to this question is Monday, according to ABC News.

The news source highlighted the findings of a Bright.com study, which showed that 30 percent of job seekers who submitted their application on a Monday continued on to the hiring process' next stage. Only 20 percent of those who applied on Tuesdays were able to accomplish the same, while 14 percent of individuals who applied on Saturdays advanced.

With the holiday season about to begin, some individuals may not think the day of the week matters all that much in their job search. After all, many people believe that companies are more concerned with taking time off during late November and December than looking for new hires.

"Don't assume everyone has closed up shop for the holidays," Bob Corlett, founder and president of Staffing Advisors, wrote in a guest column in the Baltimore Business Journal. "Lots of employers are actively interviewing right now, and most are hoping you can start work in December or early January."

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Report highlights disconnect between job seekers and hiring managersWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013 15:01 PM

Report highlights disconnect between job seekers and hiring managers After taking an aptitude test, job seekers may have a good sense of what skills they possess. However, these individuals need to be careful not to become overconfident in terms of what they have to offer. Based on the findings contained in a recent Career Advisory Board report, companies may not be as confident in job candidates' abilities.

Differences of opinion
The new report, which was created using survey responses from 507 job seekers and 500 hiring managers, shows that members of these two groups are out of sync. For example, 56 percent of job seekers said they are confident they know what companies are looking for in potential employees, while 72 percent of them are confident in their ability to share their skills and experience with employers.

However, hiring managers are not as confident in job seekers' abilities, and only 15 percent of these company officials said job seekers have the skills they desire. This disconnect is problematic, as people's overconfidence could be standing between them and the positions they desire.

Growing pessimism
The disconnect between job seekers and hiring managers could also affect individuals' outlook on the nation's economy. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the unemployment rate currently sits at 7.2 percent - the lowest it has been since 2008 - many people seeking employment are becoming pessimistic.

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Students don't have to attend top colleges to get a jobTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013 07:35 AM

Students don''t have to attend top colleges to get a job As graduation approaches, college students may take an aptitude test to gain a better sense of what type of career is right for them. However, individuals who do not attend one of the nation's top schools may think they face an uphill battle in an already very competitive job market.

If students believe employers will hold their college's reputation against them, they may be worrying for nothing. According to CBS MoneyWatch, officials at many companies understand that not everybody has the opportunity to attend a top institution. Not having a degree from a big-name college is OK.

"It's better to hire a graduate from a B-level college who had an exceptional academic record, as compared to hiring a graduate from an A-level college who had a mediocre or poor academic record," Ford Myers, author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," told the news source.

New college graduates may be in luck when it comes to their job search, as the National Association of Colleges and Employers recently announced that employers plan to hire 7.8 percent more new degree holders during the 2013-2014 academic year than they did last year.

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