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What You Need to Know About Looking for a Job in 2018


Feb. 1, 2018 Entrepreneur

The beginning of the year is often accompanied by a sense of change. People try out new habits and new routines, and think about new directions for their careers. So if you are in the market for a new job this year, we want to help you put yourself in the best possible position to find the role that is the right fit for you.

1. Focus your efforts on this day

Data from SmartRecruiters, a company that makes recruiting and applicant tracking software, found that Tuesdays are the most popular day for companies to post job listings. It’s also the day when the greatest number of people send in their applications and the most popular day to get hired. They also found that 60 percent of applicants apply within the first week of the job listing being posted.

2. Get your timing right.

A study from recruiting firm TalentWorks identified the best times of day to send in your resume. Essentially, the earlier in the day the better. You’re five times more likely to land a job interview if you submit your application before 10 a.m. Your chances decrease by 10 percent every half hour. You get another window during lunch, but otherwise you’re out of luck. Use your time wisely. Send completed resumes in the morning, and in the afternoon, work on cover letters so you can them send out with your application materials the next day.

3. These are the highest paying jobs

U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual best jobs rankings. Of the overall best 100 jobs, looking at the number of available positions, pay and unemployment rate, the top 10 are software developer, dentist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, orthodontist, statistician, pediatrician, obstetrician and gynecologist, oral surgeon and physician. If you’re interested in healthcare, now is a good a time as any to jump in.

Many opportunities can also be found in the tech industry. According to recent data from career site Comparably, there are a variety of positions that pay anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 a year. From an analysis of 9,000 salaries, the company found that engineering managers, principal engineers and senior product manager can make $150,000, group engineering managers bring in $155,000 and IT security director make $160,000. Director of product and director of engineering roles make about $170,000 and VP of operations earn $190,000.

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