Top 5 Tips for Impressing Recruiters

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Whether you’re looking to go about your job hunt via employment agencies or by targeting individual companies, it is more than likely you will have contact with a recruiter at some point during the process. Recruiters can be the key for getting your details in front of that all-important hiring manager and ultimately getting that job, so make sure you get noticed with these top tips for impressing recruiters!

 

Be clear

If you’re planning to sign up with a recruitment agency or approach an internal recruiter directly, make sure to provide full details about yourself. Providing detailed, yet concise, information will allow them to ascertain whether you could be a good match for their role. If you’re adding your details to a job board such as CV-Library, make it easy for prospective viewers to understand what it is you’re looking for. Include details about location, salary and role type requirements along with your CV if possible.

Stand out from the crowd

Believe it or not, it is possible to stand out from the crowd when it comes to impressing recruiters. Engage with them directly if you can, ask a question about a role (rather than just sending over your CV) or take initiative by asking if there’s anything else you could provide to strengthen your candidature. A polite and pleasant manner – as well as anything you can do to connect with them on a personal level – will help you stand out from the volume of potential candidates they may be in touch with.

Give them your time

Dedicating time to interfacing with recruiters will essentially mean you’ll find that new job quicker! Take calls when you can, understand they may need to discuss the finer points of your work experience in person or over the phone, and aim to respond to any email correspondence in a timely fashion. Investing time now may mean your application goes a lot further.

Say thank you

Recruiters work hard to please the companies and job hunters they work with. Taking the time to thank them for their efforts (whether they had an instrumental role in securing you a job or were just pleasant to work with) will go a long way.

Keep in touch

Once you’ve found a recruiter you think is great, one of the best things you can do is stay in touch every now and then. It’s likely that the feeling is mutual, and your recruiter will be keen to help you out next time you’re looking for something new. By promising to pop over an email every six months or so, it is less likely they will call you up or approach you about a new role before you’re ready to have that kind of discussion. If you’ve been speaking with a company representative but have missed out on a job, keep in touch about upcoming vacancies – particularly if you really want to work for the company in question.

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 05/09/14

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

Tech investment conference to be held in Wales

Vince Cable has announced an international investment event is to be held in Cardiff’s Newport Celtic Manor in November. The conference will be aimed at creating new jobs and economic growth in the technology and computing sectors.

International law firm creates hundreds of job opportunities in Belfast

US-based international law firm Baker and MacKenzie is set to create up to 250 jobs in Belfast, as plans for a new back-office operations c entre get underway. The office will focus around support roles such as billing and IT.

Zero hour employment contracts are topic in question

The Government plans to review its stance on zero hour employment contracts. You can view the open consultation – to be closed in November – here.

Property company Newcastle move creates jobs

Property build and development firm Story Homes plans to move to newly refurbished Newcastle offices, a decision which will create new jobs within the region. “This new office is a symbol of our expectations in creating quality new homes for people across the North East,” Chief Executive Steve Errington has said.

cv library in the newsRecent independently-sourced data indicates that nearly 80% of job hunters would be more inclined to apply for a job if they could view video content from the company in question. Would it work for you? Find out more about our embedded video content offering, JobStream, here.

Scottish independence could cut 1 million jobs

David Cameron has commented that up to a million jobs could depend on the referendum for Scottish independence. The Prime Minister has argued that trade with the UK supports this large number of jobs which could effectively dry up if Scotland were to go solo. The referendum will be held in two weeks.

Infrastructure spend forecasts construction and transportation jobs boom

Recent government findings suggest that a forecasted £116 billion infrastructure spend within the UK will lead to a boom in construction and transportation jobs.

Local Leicester firm goes global as job opportunities arise

Leicester-based online clothes and textiles firm, Universal Textiles, has recently expanded into international sales, predominantly in Italy and Japan. The Braunstone firm is excelling in foreign markets at the moment and has recently bought a new showroom to house operations. Up to 20 new jobs will be created.

And some news from across the pond…

A recent review of the video games industry in the US has revealed that whilst more women are getting jobs within the industry, the gender gap still persists, particularly in engineering roles. Alongside the growth in the female workforce, the video games industry has reported that women make up the fastest-growing consumer segment, too.

see you next week

 

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The Benefits of Working for a Small Company

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In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at the benefits of working for a small company.

In 2013, the number of small businesses in the UK saw an increase of 127,000 from the previous year. With the economy set to grow further, the figure is due to rise to higher heights in 2014. While some employees and career enhancers might be put off by the idea of working for a small company, others are reaping in the benefits to be had and excelling in their careers. So how can you make the most of opportunities in a small company?

Small company, big opportunities

A common off-putting factor or misconception of small companies is that the chances for promotion or progression are less than in their larger counterparts. Realistically, with a smaller number of staff, there will be less movement and smaller recruitment drives. However, when opportunities arise, the competition for them is greatly lessened. As a result, employees in a small company find themselves rising through the ranks a lot quicker than their peers working for large corporations. Big companies can have band systems, competency structures and policies that dictate how and when their employees can progress. Small companies often use a more subjective approach, and allow advancement when they think an employee is ready.

Better Pay and Conditions

You may have heard tales of large companies and how they treat their staff – fun team-building days, generous holiday, healthcare, etc. Small companies often offer benefits for their staff too, except they aren’t as well advertised. This matter will therefore always take some investigating. In reality, you could have great or poor benefits in either a small or a large company. It is worth asking at interview stage what the benefits are of working for the organisation. Just be careful to make it clear you’re not just interested in the holiday allowance or salary.

Ease of living

Recently, BBC employees in Scotland expressed their frustration over having to call an office in England to open their electronic blinds, after the organisation outsourced the running of the building’s facilities to a different company. While this doesn’t seem like a major issue, it’s an example of a modern-day frustration that seems to be occurring more and more in large businesses. As most big organisations outsource at least some aspect of their business – be it HR, IT support or blind control – the chain of personnel that a task is passed through becomes longer and longer. This isn’t the best catalyst for productivity. Plus, it’s much easier to just close the blinds yourself and have a chat with Dan from accounts on the way back to your desk.

Work Closely

Similarly, a major benefit of working in a small company is the ability to work closely with your team and managers. When an issue arises that you need help with or a different pair of eyes to look at, the right person is often never too far away. Differing greatly from a large company, where the person you need could be on a different floor, building or even another country! Furthermore, working a bit more closely with your senior staff can have a great effect on your career prospects. It becomes easier for you to be noticed and therefore acknowledged for your efforts. It also helps to learn by osmosis, and when spending most days working with more experienced staff, it’s surprising how much you can absorb.
 

All in all, working for a small company can be great fun, offering good opportunities as well as an enjoyable working life. So don’t be put off and give it a whirl!

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Top 5 Tips for Getting Back into Work After Maternity Leave

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It’s a hard decision for every mother to make.

You’ve given birth, weaned your child, helped them with their first steps and listened in awe to their first words. Now, you’re looking at nurseries and wondering whether you should be using those hours away from your offspring to get back on the career ladder. Perhaps you’re even in the position where your family or a nanny can help look after the apple of your eye while you get back to work full time.

In some lucky cases, it will be the right move for you to go back to your previous company, however there are times when it will not be as cut and dried as picking up from where you left off.

At CV-Library we have put together this list of tips to help inform mothers who are looking to get back to work after maternity leave.

Update your credentials

Getting your CV up to scratch is an important first step. It may have been some time since you used it last, so take a critical look over the layout and content – get external help if needed. Use short, concise sentences and format your CV so that it is easy to read. If you have spent some time away from work, fill in the recent gaps with information about personal projects which may be of relevance.

Be proactive

If you know you’ll be off work for some time, why don’t you look into completing a home-based qualification? Perhaps you could partake in some casual volunteering, or exercise your creativity and take on some freelance home working such as writing or research? If you’re able to bulk up your CV with recent, relevant experience this will show that you have been proactive in keeping your brain ticking over. Don’t push yourself too hard, though!

Network

Now’s the time to update (or create) that Linkedin, G+ or Twitter account. By having online visibility it will be easier for potential employers to find you. Similarly, make friends and contacts aware that you’re looking for work – you never know who might know about that perfect opportunity.

Target relevant jobs

Recent studies have suggested that flexible working is not often seen as a bonus to male employees. However, for women, it can be the sweetener in an already great job offer. Being able to work part time or alter your core hours to fit in your children’s schedule can be a godsend. Jobs to look at include Administration roles, Receptionist work, Office Manager positions, Telesales or even Support Worker posts. You may even find yourself job sharing with another mum!

Use job alerts

At CV-Library we know that time is of the essence, particularly for parents. That’s why we invented Jobs by Email and Jobs by Twitter. Sign up for our job alerts, and after letting us know what sort of thing you’re looking for, we will send relevant jobs directly to your inbox – meaning you can get on with your life while the jobs find you!

Job board CV-Library has around 300 part time jobs in the London area alone.

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 29/08/14

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

Gov.uk releases new careers guidance for colleges

The Government has newly released (27th August) a guidance document entitled Careers Guidance for Colleges. Have a look at their advice here.

Business trips to UK tops 8 million

The VisitBritain International Passenger Survey has found that the number of business trips being taken to the UK has increased by 5% over the last year. International flights for business purposes are now sitting at around 8 million a year, the study has shown.

Construction careers campaign unfolds across social media

A new social media campaign has been launched by Construction organisation UK Contractors Group to enhance the reach of construction careers opportunities, and to ensure industry careers are portrayed in a positive light. The campaign is called Born to Build.

cv library in the newsCV-Library have contributed to the newest issue of employment advice magazine Career Savvy. Check out their September issue here.

Data operator boss receives huge termination payout plus £45,000 careers fund

Data operator Telecity is due to see the departure of their CEO, Michael Tobin. The London-based firm will lose their boss of 10 years, who is due to receive a payout of over £750,000 and an additional £45,000 to pursue careers advice alone!

Armed Forces holds first ever careers fair in Belfast

The Armed Forces are holding their first ever careers fair at Kings Hall, Belfast. The event will take place on the 30th and 31st of August and will aim to recruit applicants for regular and reserve posts across Northern Ireland.

Pasta firm goes into administration as 170 jobs are lost

Crawley-based pasta manufacturer Pasta Reale has gone into administration, causing the loss of around 170 jobs. Administrator BDO moved in, after 35 years of trading.

Automotive industry targets school leavers in recruitment campaign

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is due to launch a week long social media campaign to steer young people, including school leavers, towards a career within the automotive industry. The campaign is backed by over 30 companies.

And some news from across the pond…

A few dozen fire fighting job opportunities in the Las Vegas region have seen an unusually high number of applicants, with more to come, authorities have revealed. The jobs are thought to be so popular due to their good pay and benefits and the fact they don’t require candidates to hold university degrees.

see you next week

 

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8 Top Career Tips for Freshers

CS 8 TOP In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at career tips for freshers.

For many of you, the start of university is just around the corner. This exciting time in your life is something to relish, and fresher’s week is the ideal time for memories to be made. Although you might view it as being a while off, the start of your career is closer than you think. So we’ve assembled some top tips that will enable you to be a career savvy student and make sure you’re ahead of the game.

Identify your interests

You may have an idea of what you’d like to do after university, or perhaps not. Either way, your degree is the ideal opportunity to figure this out. Using the skills you pick up during your studies, acknowledge the areas you enjoy and are strong at against the ones you struggle in. For instance, you could resent writing essays but love giving presentations and being involved in discussions, meaning your skills may lend themselves to a client-facing or sales role.

Plan Ahead

To be career ready when you graduate, you need to take some time during your degree to add to your CV. The value of work experience cannot be underestimated, and many employers now expect graduates to have completed some while at university. As many graduates are aware of this, placements can be competitive and are booked up far in advance. This is why it pays to start locating and applying for opportunities as early as possible.

Manage Your Work/Life Balance

Many of you will look for a part-time job during university to help pay for the cost of living. This is a good idea, as long as you can ensure it will fit around your studies. It is important that you don’t put pressure on yourself to take on too many hours and end up struggling with your course workload. If finance becomes too much of a concern, universities have student advice centres where you can seek the right help. Many will lend their students emergency loans with little (or no) interest – there will always be somewhere you can go for help.

Get Involved

There are a wealth of exciting activities and events going on at university outside of lectures, and a lot of them can help your career along too. Involvement in societies and volunteering is excellent for your CV. This experience can help you gain essential workplace skills, such as teamwork and organisation, expanding your knowledge and learning new skills. Fresher’s week is the ideal time to find out what’s on offer and what you can get involved with, as societies will be recruiting new members.

Create Contacts and Network

You may be less aware that there are often great opportunities during university for professional networking. Keep your eyes peeled for any kind of opportunity: attend talks from guest speakers and stay to the end to ask them questions. If you can connect with them on LinkedIn or Twitter, even better. Look out for and visit careers fairs or employment events on campus – they happen often and can be useful, even if the companies attending don’t seem like the type you might want to work for.

Use your Resources

It’s surprising how many students don’t visit their university’s careers centre. The careers team are not just there for final year students and they can help you with a wealth of things, including CVs, interviews and assisting you with your career decisions. They will have contacts that you don’t have, and are contacted by companies looking for student interns or work experience which you can get involved with. All in all, they are a resource to be utilised to the max!

Find a Mentor

As a student, this is a great time to obtain a career mentor. You can speak to someone already in your desired industry and gain a valuable insight into how they got there, what their role is like and what kind of opportunities the industry holds. A lot of universities now run mentoring schemes, so you can talk to your career centre about this. Alternatively, you could locate a mentor yourself in the form of a tutor or lecturer. You could also find one online, on www.mentormatchme.com.

Prepare Yourself

Don’t wait until you graduate to experience going for interviews, writing cover letters and perfecting your CV. These next few years are your perfect chance to become career-ready. Do practise interviews to make yourself well-rehearsed. Also, get your university tutors or careers advisors to read your CV and cover letters and critique them for you. If you can nail the basics in plenty of time, the rest of the recruitment process becomes less daunting and a lot more manageable after you graduate.

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Top 7 Ways to Excel in a Telesales Career

It takes a certain type of candidate to make it big in the world of telesales. Motivation, Confidence and Likeability all rank highly on the list of personality traits would-be employers look for. Here are our top nuggets of advice for excelling within a telesales career:

 

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Be yourself

Imagine you’re a prospective client who has been canvassed by 10 cold callers in the last week. The last thing you want is to pick up the phone and hear another robotic run through of costs and statistics. What will make you prick up your ears and stay on the phone for longer is a Telesales Consultant who exudes confidence, personality and warmth.

Set your goals

Top Sales Consultants visualise what it is they want to achieve, and know how hard they have to work to get it! Whether it’s a new car or house, or simply some extra spending money for your holiday next month, having this kind of mentality can provide motivation and a benchmark to measure your progress and achievements.

Enjoy your achievements

Telesales jobs are all about attaining wins – short and longer term. Companies will often reward high performers with benefits or a commission structure. Similarly, those just getting their feet under the table in this type of role can enjoy the praise which comes from beginning to excel in a competitive atmosphere.

Love to talk

It sounds obvious, but this type of career is not for wallflowers! If you are most happy when you’re having a natter on the phone with friends or family, or have often been described as a ‘chatterbox’, then perhaps you are halfway there! To succeed in a Telesales team you will be confident and fearless in picking up the phone and selling yourself and your business to prospective clients.

Work with your friends

What could be better than getting to spend every day with people you love? The Telesales environment is a great place to make new friends and take part in social activities outside of working hours.

Choose wisely

You will find the most success in a Telesales role if you’re selling a product you’re passionate about, or at least find interesting. If you’re knowledgeable about the services your company can provide, your enthusiasm will rub off and translate into sales success!

Create a work/life balance

Whilst it can be lots of fun, Telesales can often be hard work, too! Make sure to also prioritise your down time, and make the most of lunch breaks and evenings to ensure you stay relaxed and motivated.

 

The best thing about working in Telesales is that induction and success are attainable for everyone. Whether you have come straight from education, have had previous Sales experience, or are looking for a career change – it will be your soft skills and personality traits which help you to excel in this type of role.

 

Check out CV-Library’s current Telesales roles here.

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 22/08/14

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

Careers in accountancy – new initiative piloted in Sheffield

A scheme hoping to provide an alternative to university for young adults interested in accountancy is to be piloted in Sheffield next month. The programme will enable students to train in an apprenticeship instead of taking the traditional higher education route. If successful, the scheme will be rolled out nationwide.

Huge meat firm investment to open hundreds of jobs in Cornwall

Meat producers Tulip – child company of Danish Crown – have announced de-boning operations will move from Denmark to Bugle in Cornwall following a huge investment. Up to 250 jobs will be created.

Financial firm creates major employment opportunity for Cardiff professionals

New financial company, Open Resolution, have chosen Cardiff for the location of their head office. With the business focussing on credit file correction, there will be nearly 90 opportunities for financially-minded individuals once the office has been set up.

Council opens up new apprentice roles

North Lincolnshire Council is set to open up 10 new council apprenticeships in Scunthorpe. The roles will last at least 12 months and are open to candidates from any educational background.

 

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Our analysis of the Engineering Job Market based on our independently-sourced statistics can be found here. Have a read to learn more about available job numbers and nationwide job hunting behaviour.

 

Jobs could be lost as Norwich insurers shake up business

East Anglia insurance brokers Towergate Insurance have announced plans to restructure its organisation, meaning up to 80 jobs may be lost in Norwich. The shake up could involve office moves and rebranding which could see 12 national sites consolidated to only five.

Forestry Commission creates up to 1,000 jobs

Plans which propose a £23 million investment and nearly 1,000 job prospects have begun. ‘Roots to Prosperity’ is a new action plan based around sustainable economic development, and is the brain child of the Forestry Commission in the north of England.

Self-employment report reveals work beyond pension age has doubled

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a report analysing self-employment in the UK. The study reveals that recent years have shown the lowest outflow rate from self-employment in recent history. Additionally, more people are continuing to work in self-employment beyond the state pension age, with those aged 65 and over in self-employment doubling between the years of 2009 and 2014, from 241,000 to 248,000.

Government study reveals employment amongst older workers across the UK

A recent government study has revealed that certain parts of the country exhibit high rates of employment amongst older workers. The promising statistics show locations such as The Shetlands (88%) and Dorset (87%) have the highest number of 50-64 year olds in work, whereas locations such as Tower Hamlets and Barrow-in-Furness have an unemployment rate in this age group of nearly half.

And some news from across the pond…

Tech giant Google plans to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former employee. Amazon are currently seeking to prevent former employee Zoltan Szabadi from working with Google Cloud Platform, citing their worries about the sharing of trade secrets.

see you next week

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Flexible Working – Would It Suit You?

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In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at flexible working, and how to figure out whether it would suit you.

At the close of June we saw new rules passed on the subject of flexible working: now any employee can ask their boss about the potential of working flexible hours, working from home, job sharing and shift work – a privilege previously only permitted to carers and those who look after children. So what are the facts and how could you benefit from these changes?

A recent survey by Timewise has discovered that around 40% of full-time employees in the UK would prefer to work more flexibly. This could mean working part-time or different hours, job sharing or working from home. The idea is that more flexible working hours would help employees to establish a better work-life balance, as juggling work and family duties wouldn’t be so difficult. Furthermore, flexible working can also help young workers as they can use their time out of the workplace to complete further training.

Timewise also found that employers are actually open to the idea of flexible working hours as 91% claimed they’re happy to consider it. In addition, they also admitted that skilled flexible workers would have been suitable for 48% of the vacancies they’d advertised for in the past year. However, many of these employers didn’t display the option of flexible working in their jobs ads, therefore they will have missed out on perfectly good talent. Instead of withholding the potential to work on a more flexible basis in their job adverts, employers should be using it to attract gifted candidates. The good news for jobseekers is that even if the vacancy is not advertised as flexible, there is scope for it to become so.
So what must you consider before asking your employer for more flexible working hours? First, you need to have been working at the company for six months or more. Note, the new regulations only require employers to consider your request; they’re not forced to say yes. You don’t have to give a specific reason for requesting flexible working hours, but it could help your cause if you’re able to put forward a good case. Your employer will then have three months to make their decision (or longer if you have agreed to this) and if they agree then your contract must be changed. However, if they refuse, they must present a document with the reasons for declining your request.

Unfortunately, many employees are reluctant to ask their boss about the potential to work flexible terms, as they’re afraid they’ll appear less committed to the company. If more employers showed their support for flexible working hours they would help to break down the cultural barriers surrounding this topic, as employees would feel more comfortable inquiring about flexible opportunities. This would improve the relationship between employers and staff, as well as boost productivity thanks to the positive change in the working environment. It shouldn’t matter how many hours you put in or how you reach your goals, as long as you’re hitting your targets and achievements are made, your hard work should be appreciated.

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Engineering Job Market Thrives!

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Over the last twelve months, professionals within the engineering industry have been able to enjoy the highest number of job opportunities in comparison to 31 other major job sectors, a recent study by CV-Library regarding the engineering job market has shown.

 
When compared with top employment sectors including construction, administration, education and distribution, the engineering industry exhibited the highest number of advertised jobs in both Q2 of 2013 and 2014. With a 23% increase in the number of jobs available for industry professionals between these two periods, the second quarter saw nearly 50,000 engineering jobs posted by recruiters across the UK.

 
The question is, with the vast number of job opportunities available to them, what trends have become apparent amongst engineering professionals themselves?

 
Whilst the number of job applications has decreased across a number of sectors over the last quarter, engineering roles have witnessed an 18% year on year increase in level of applications. This means that whilst other industries are seeing a stagnation in applicant activity, engineering professionals are keen to move within the market, and are more forthcoming in applying to new opportunities whilst in employment. With the industry skills shortage widely reported over recent years, this upsurge in applicant activity could be evidence of professionals utilising their established skills to move up the employment ladder and on to better opportunities.

 
The increase in job applications could also indicate a surge in engineers joining the active workforce – with young professionals looking for their first job, and those previously in unemployment looking to get back into work.

 
As the number of jobs increased in tandem with the number of applications, the jobs:applications ratio for Q2 of this year remained almost in line with findings from 2013. The competition for individual opportunities has taken a marginal downturn – in Q2 2013 there were approximately 11.5 applicants for each role, whilst Q2 2014 saw an average of 11 applicants in each case. Whilst we have witnessed a 43% increase in total job searches in the last year, candidates are being more selective about which jobs they choose to apply for, and as a result competition for engineering openings is decreasing.

 
Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, says of the study:
“Our independent findings reveal some fundamental trends regarding the engineering sector. At the moment, the North East is the UK’s hotspot for applicant activity, but we are seeing an upward trend across all areas of the country. There has been a growing interest in job hunting from industry professionals, which could reflect a commitment to gaining a greater variety of industry experience, or a desire to move up the professional food chain.
Along with commitment from applicants, we are seeing an increase in the number of job opportunities available; revealing that demand for industry talent still outweighs candidate availability.”

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