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FlexJobs’ Survey Suggests Benefits of Flexible Jobs Extend to Personal Health and Romantic Relationships
99 percent say a job with work flexibility would make them a happier person in general
With Valentine’s Day approaching, FlexJobs conducted a Work-Life-Relationship survey of over 1,400 flexible job seekers to determine how flexible work arrangements might impact not only the mental and physical health of workers, but also their friendships and romantic relationships. The findings indicate that flexible jobs can significantly improve overall personal health and happiness for workers. A “flexible job” is defined as a professional-level job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, freelance, or part-time component.
“Flexible work arrangements can reduce the tension many workers experience between trying to manage a multitude of competing personal and professional responsibilities," said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “While it’s commonly understood that work flexibility can improve work-life balance, it’s important to also realize that flexible work also offers very real positive impacts on our ability to take care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our relationships through, for example, reducing commute-related stress and time, less conflict in scheduling between our work and personal lives, and the ability to better control our work environments to increase productivity. The benefits of work flexibility can make us happier, healthier, and more engaged in both our personal AND work lives, and smart companies are increasingly realizing this helps their bottom lines as well.”
In the FlexJobs Work-Life-Relationship survey, more than half (55 percent) of job seekers report their work-life balance is terrible or needs improvement and 68 percent feel stressed by their current work-life balance. The top reasons they are interested in flexible work include work-life balance (69 percent), money/cost savings (51 percent), time savings (50 percent) and stress reduction (40 percent).
When it comes to their personal health and non-romantic relationships:
Regarding their romantic relationships:
From among the audiences surveyed, working parents in particular show great interest in flexible work arrangements, as many struggle to balance the pressing demands of both their career and raising children. In fact, of the more than 550 respondents with children 18 and under living at home, 93 percent thought having a job with work flexibility would help them be a more involved parent.
Working parents also anticipated greater benefits of work flexibility to their romantic relationships:
*Demographic breakdown of respondents: Generation: Millennial (23 percent); Gen X (42 percent); Baby Boomer 27 percent and The Silent Generation (8 percent). Relationship status: Not currently in a relationship (24 percent), Dating (3 percent), Serious/Engaged (18 percent), Married (55 percent). Children: 63 percent have children and 37 percent do not have children.
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over two million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN, CNBC and Marketplace Money and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Conference (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.
The beginning of a new calendar year normally marks the beginning of the job search rush. January and February might even be considered the busiest months of the year with regard to the number of applications that are submitted through job search portals. Coming out of the holiday season, people are eager to refocus on their search. Thousands of people set New Year's Resolutions in January, and finding a more fulfilling or better paying job is high on the list of popular resolutions. Employers often have to wait for budgeting approval at the end of the year, meaning they hold off on posting new jobs until the turn of the new year.
According to a U.S. News and World Report*, “Simply being qualified won’t get you an interview in today’s job market. Employers are being inundated with applications from qualified candidates. If you don’t differentiate yourself, you will not attract the attention of hiring managers or recruiters." Therefore, you must find ways to stand out by proving your value and worth to potential employers.
What will it take to be noticed? Below are 4 tips on how to stand out during your job search, from the experts at IMPACT Group HR, an organization that works with leading companies around the world to coach employees and their families through every career transition
1. Your value: Consider the value you bring beyond your prior work history. In some cases, you may have to think deeply about this question to find an answer. For instance, living in a foreign country and not speaking the native language would be considered an obstacle. But, perhaps you speak a language that is valuable to the company. If you speak Chinese and the company has dealings in Asia, you may be of greater value to them then if you spoke the native language. Find out what your target company's mission statement or business model is and think about what hard / soft skills you have that are either directly or indirectly related. Make sure to include all of this in your CV / resume. Keep notes on your thoughts so you can convey the same information during your interview.
2. Your CV/resume: Due to a high volume of applications being submitted, you will need to catch the reader's attention very quickly. Always err on the side of professionalism when it comes to font and structure of your CV / resume, but do use metrics – concrete examples of the quantifiable affects you have had on your previous company, team or department. List these closer to the top of your CV / resume. Adding numbers and specifics to your accomplishments will help you stand out to the hiring manager.
3. Videos and visuals: If appropriate in your country, you may consider using more than just text type in your CV / resume. Infographics, colour and company logos can tell your story in an engaging way. You may also wish to send a video "thank you" message after your interview, instead of the standard email follow up.
4. LinkedIn excellence: You will most likely be "googled" by the employer, and LinkedIn will be one of the top results if so. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and engaging. Work with your IMPACT Group coach to create a compelling headline and summary of your experience. A professional profile picture is key, as well.
Remember to take advantage of every opportunity to showcase what you have to offer beyond your qualifications. Rising above the crowd and making an impact on a potential employer during these busy job search months may take a little more time and effort, but it will be worth it in the end!
*U.S. News and World Report, "What's Different About Job Searching in 2015?"
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It’s a new year and you are finally ready to make the leap and find a new job.
An updated resume that best reflects your most recent achievements and successes is the key to getting noticed, and standing out from other applicants.
What's the best way to get your resume noticed? We checked in with Stacey Stratton, President of True Talent Group, the fastest growing marketing, creative and interactive placement firm in the Twin Cities. True Talent Group specializes in staffing and recruitment services for marketing, creative, and interactive.
Here are 5 simple things you can do right now to have a resume that is sure to get you your dream job, according to Stratton:
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