Hiring Trends: What Can We Expect From the Nanotechnology Field?

Nanotechnology, the study and manipulation of microscopic particles of matter, influences a wide variety of science and engineering endeavors, from medicine to automotive design. The United States leads the world in the area of nanotechnology patent and grant application, with 54% of last year’s applications originating with U.S.-based inventors. With all those inventions and innovative ideas flowing from our best and brightest, it seems intuitive that those companies would be looking to hire in nano-related fields. But what does the competition look like and what can new talent expect during the job-search process?

A Look at the Nanotechnology Industry
According to Wanted Analytics, nanotechnology is a growing industry, although there aren’t as many nano-specific jobs as you might expect given the number of new patents emerging. Here’s a quick look at the current job market:

  • Approximately 190 employers are currently seeking employees with nanotechnology credentials
  • San Jose (CA), Albany (NY), Boston (MA), and New York (NY) currently have the highest number of companies advertising for nanotechnology jobs
  • The most common job openings are in engineering, research, and teaching.

What This Means for Workers
Nanotechnology, although a growing field, is not necessarily a skill that is widely sought across the nation. However, those entering the field can expect to see continual growth based on current trends. The total number of patents and patent applications increased from 14, 250 to nearly 18,900 between 2007 and 2012. And as practical applications continue to be developed and implemented, demand for these skills will continue to rise.

The good news for American workers is that the U.S. continues to outpace other countries in the field of nanotechnology by a significant margin, with the nearest competitor accounting for only 7.8% of new patent applications and grants (South Korea). Most available jobs originate in or near Silicon Valley, a not-unexpected statistic. These positions include mechanical and electrical engineers, research scientists, and developers. Nanotechnology professors are also highly sought-after as new positions demand well-educated and gifted talent to meet the need.

The Bottom Line
The outlook for hiring within the nanotechnology field looks bright. Because openings aren’t widely available, companies within the field must compete for the best and brightest talent in order to remain on the front edge of development. New talent entering the field should expect demanding, challenging positions that require a sharply-honed skill set in order to continue the current development trend.

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Make the Connection: Getting Hired in a Cut-Throat Job Market


It’s not about what you know. It’s about who you know. This little gem can be discouraging for the thousands of recent college graduates who are looking for work but have a small or non-existent network. If you don’t know the right people, it can be nearly impossible to land your dream job. The good news is that making connections isn’t as hard as it seems. Let’s take a look at how you can improve your chances of landing the job you want while building a strong professional network at the same time.

Differentiate Yourself
You’ve heard it before. In order to get noticed in a stack of 1,000 resumes, you have to make yourself stand out. But it’s not just about the resume. It’s also about demonstrating why you are a good fit for the job. Create a YouTube Video, spend time researching the company, and demonstrate knowledge of the company’s needs and how you can meet those needs.

Show, Don’t Tell
Don’t just list your qualifications on your resume. Show the company what you can do by putting together a sample project ahead of time. In her post on getting hired without connections, Karen Cheng describes putting 100 hours of preparation into a single job interview. If you’re going after a high-stakes job in a desirable sector, extensive preparation can set you apart.

Yes, LinkedIn Matters
LinkedIn is foundational for your professional network. If you haven’t created a complete profile, do it now. Then, join groups in your industry, talk to people, ask for endorsements, and post frequent updates highlighting your experience and skills.

Find a Personal Connection
Almost everyone knows someone. You might not know someone who works at the company you’re applying for directly, but you may know a friend of a friend. That’s a place to start. Utilize the connections you already have—friends, teachers, former bosses, co-workers—and let them know what kind of position you’re looking for. You never know when that information will make it to the right person.

Target the Company You Want
If you know where you want to work, go ahead and present yourself to that company. Talk to someone who works there, put together a marketing plan, create a potential solution to a current problem and demonstrate the value you would bring to the company. Recruiting can be a messy process for employers to go through, and by being proactive, you may be able to earn the attention of the hiring manager before he or she has to sift through all those resumes.

Bottom line: In order to get the job, you have to stand out from the crowd. Be creative, be proactive, and demonstrate your unique value in order to land the job you want.


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Creating a Successful Employee Referral Strategy

October 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Employee Retention, Employees, Staffing 

Are you looking for top talent to fill an open position in your company? Traditional job advertisements can yield poor results and may overlook passive candidates who are not actively job-seeking. That’s why many companies are looking within their own ranks for job candidate referrals. Employee referral strategies have become an integral part of the sourcing process for many companies. Here’s why.

Your Current Employees Are Your Best Source of Referrals
Current employees know your company from the inside. They also most likely know someone who can fill the positions you have open right now. That’s why many businesses are increasingly looking to their own employees for information about who might be right for the job.

  • Employees know the candidate’s true skill set. It’s easy to pad your resume or give an interviewer the impression that you have more advanced skills than you really do. Employees likely know the actual skills of the person they have in mind for the job and can suggest people who are truly qualified.
  • Employees know the culture of your company. Employees who leave a new job within the first year often cite workplace conflicts as part of their reason for leaving. Current employees have a good feel for how your company works on a day-to-day basis, and they can help potential job candidates determine whether the job would be a good fit.
  • Employee referrals can help reduce recruitment costs. Because the candidates referred by employees often prove to be better quality than those who respond to traditional job board ads, many companies have been able to offset recruitment costs even after considering any incentive programs offered for referrals.

How to Encourage Employees to Participate
If you want to make the most of an employee referral program, you need to make it worthwhile for your workers to participate:

  • Provide rewards and incentives. Incentives don’t always have to be monetary. Rewards and recognition can also be excellent ways to encourage people to provide referrals.
  • Make it easy. Give employees a way to refer people online by uploading resumes or providing contact information. Keep them apprised of open positions and let them know you value their contributions.
  • Consider an added incentive for quality referrals. One problem that occasionally surfaces is that employees suggest people who aren’t really qualified for the job in an effort to earn the incentive. One way to approach this problem is to provide an added incentive for employees if the candidate remains in the position for at least six months after hiring.

Employee referrals allow you to increase your network of contacts, making you aware of both active and passive candidates you may not have encountered otherwise. Take advantage of the pool of knowledge at your fingertips to help you find the best person for the job.


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Becoming a Full-Time Worker in a Part-Time Economy

It’s reality these days. Most of the job growth taking place is for part-time positions—97%, according to Business Examiner. In fact, finding a full-time job can be an elusive and seemingly impossible goal, depending on which field you’re entering. But the good news is that full-time positions are out there if you know what steps to take and how to find them.
Why All the Part-Time Work?
There are two primary reasons businesses are offering part-time positions more frequently than full-time:

  • Healthcare Costs—With the implementation of Obamacare, the cost of health benefits is expected to surge. To avoid the pain in the pocketbook, many companies have chosen to reduce the number of full-time positions available and cover the hours with part-time workers instead.
  • Economic Struggles—As the economy continues to limp along, businesses have to make concessions by cutting staff, reducing hours, and streamlining the budget.

What Can You Do to Increase Your Chances of Working Full-Time?
Some companies simply won’t hire full-time in the current job market. But that doesn’t mean you have to remain stuck in a part-time position forever. You can increase your marketability and your chances of obtaining a full-time position by following these guidelines:

  • Consider Flexible Work Arrangements—Are you willing to work the night shift? Weekends? Split shifts? All of these arrangements make you more desirable, since these hours are typically harder to fill. In some industries (like retail) flexibility is mandatory. Also, consider working from home or remotely to help address potential job difficulties.
  • Keep Your Professional Networks Active—Maintain an active profile on LinkedIn and other social media networks in order to keep yourself in the loop. When a desirable position crops up, you’ll be more likely to be considered if you stay visible.
  • Apply for Open Positions Within the Company—It’s often better for a company to hire from within than to bring in a new person that has to be trained. Stay up to date on available full-time positions and keep improving your skills so you’ll be a desirable candidate.
  • Be Willing to Move—Landing the job of your dreams often means pulling up stakes and settling in a new location. If you’re not willing to go where the jobs are, it might be tough to get the hours you want.

Landing a full-time job isn’t easy, especially if you work in retail or a service industry. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Staying in the loop, getting creative, and remaining flexible are the best ways to find the position you’re looking for.


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Which Marketing Skills Are Most In Demand in 2013?

July 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Hiring, Jobs, Marketing, Recruiting, Staffing 

As marketing demand continues to shift toward digital commerce, the skills needed to successfully fill marketing positions are evolving as well. For employees, that means keeping a close eye on the skills that are currently in demand as well as watching the trends in order to remain relevant. Let’s take a look at five of Wanted Analytic’s most sought-after marketing skills for 2013.

1.  Project Management
The lightening pace of digital marketing means that project managers must keep their eyes on multiple elements of a given project that can change in the blink of an eye. Effective project managers must have excellent multitasking skills, an eye for details, and a sixth sense that instinctively knows how to keep the project on track while juggling budgets, designs, and implementation.

2.  Market Analytics
Analysts must take the streams of data that are constantly pouring into their computers, parse them, and interpret them in order to create relevant action strategies. Accurate data interpretation is essential to the success of any business, especially as online commerce has taken center stage. And that means that skilled analysts will always be in demand.

3. Marketing Strategy
Taking all that data and creating a cohesive marketing strategy requires a unique set of skills. Workers with the ability to creatively implement a successful marketing strategy will prove invaluable to every business. Online marketing, social media, email, direct marketing—every piece of the marketing pie has the potential to offer lucrative positions to those with the right skill set.

4. Sales Experience
Sales positions seem to have an expected amount of turnover—either you’re really good at it or you’re not. Those with the skills to persuade a client and clinch the sale will never find themselves lacking for a desirable position.

5. Account Management
The demand for account managers expands and contracts with the economy. That said, however, these positions tend to have fewer lay-offs than other positions. In order to remain competitive, companies need strong client relationships, meaning they need employees who are skilled at handling client accounts and at communicating with the clients themselves.

As digital marketing becomes increasingly essential to a successful business strategy, the demand for these skills will grow. Specific areas of expertise such as social media, mobile, e-mail, and paid online advertising will remain in high demand as well, creating a healthy job climate for those who have taken the time to become knowledgeable in their fields.


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Seven Top Jobs and How to Land Them

Looking for a job? Whether you’re a college student planning to enter the workforce soon or you’re a casualty of cutbacks in your company, job openings are scarce and you’ll most likely be competing with dozens or hundreds of other applicants. But it is possible to find a job you love, even in this tough economy.

Making the Job Hunt Easier
If you want to catch a fish, you have to go where the fish are. The same is true of job-hunting. You can’t randomly pick a career and hope you’ll find an opening. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the following jobs are the fastest-growing careers out there which means qualified applicants will be in high demand. Even better, they’re expected to continue showing strong growth over the next ten years, and qualified workers aren’t as readily available as you might think:

  • Accountant or Auditor
  • Medical Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Health Services Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Paralegal

According to Wanted Analytics, social workers and accountants were in highest demand during the month of February, while paralegals had the least number of available openings.

How to Land a Great Job
The first step to landing the job of your choice is choosing a career option that is likely to have a higher number of positions to fill. After that, it’s your job to make yourself an attractive job candidate. Here are a few tips on how to fit the bill:

  • Find out what training employers expect—It’s not always necessary or even desirable to pursue a four-year college degree in your field. It’s expensive, takes a large chunk of time, and may not increase your chances of getting hired all that much. Some companies will be looking for that college degree, while others look for technical school training, job experience, and skills. If you don’t have the degree but you do have the skills, it’s still worth trying to land the job based on merit.
  • Beef up your LinkedIn profile—LinkedIn has become the go-to resource for professionals looking to hire. Flesh out your profile, join some groups, and actively participate in discussions to showcase your qualifications and knowledge of the field.
  • Add job experience to your education—For many companies, a great education just isn’t enough. Businesses want experience as well. You can gain experience by applying for an internship or a workforce development program.

These seven careers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. By making sure you have the right qualifications, you can increase your chances of landing the job you want.


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