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Hawaii best jobs 2016 with pay above $70,000

Posted by | February 27, 2016 | Job search, Labor Market Facts Hawaii, Labor Market USA

What are the best job for 2016 in Hawaii and Honolulu. We broke down the best jobs by industry, including the best business jobs for 2016. The top business jobs this year are statistician, operations-research analyst, and accountant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 30% job growth for positions as statisticians and operations-research analysts and more than 10% job growth for positions in accounting.

Check out the 25 best jobs for 2016 in Hawaii below, along with their average annual salary, according to 2014 figures from the BLS. Let’s take a look at the 25 best jobs in Hawaii, which all rate highly among all three categories and pay $70,000 or more. In many cases, the jobs pay six figures.

25. Software Architect

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 653
  • Median Base Salary: $130,000

24. Electrical Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,516
  • Median Base Salary: $76,900

23. Nurse Practitioner

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,624
  • Median Base Salary: $99,500

22. Construction Superintendent

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,054
  • Median Base Salary: $78,000

21. Consultant

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,071
  • Median Base Salary: $84,000

20. Technical Account Manager

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,160
  • Median Base Salary: $69,548

19. Strategy Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 631
  • Median Base Salary: $130,000

18. UX Designer

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 863
  • Median Base Salary: $91,800

17. Business Development Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,906
  • Median Base Salary: $80,000

16. Finance Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,632
  • Median Base Salary: $115,000

15. QA Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,749
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000

14. Marketing Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,560
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000

13. Product Marketing Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,111
  • Median Base Salary: $115,000

12. Software Development Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,199
  • Median Base Salary: $135,000

11. Analytics Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 982
  • Median Base Salary: $105,000

10. Audit Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,001
  • Median Base Salary: $95,000

9. Software Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 49,270
  • Median Base Salary: $95,000

8. Product Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,607
  • Median Base Salary: $106,680

7. Physician Assistant

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,364
  • Median Base Salary: $97,000

6. HR Manager

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,468
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000

5. Mobile Developer

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,251
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000

4. Engagement Manager

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,356
  • Median Base Salary: $125,000

3. Solutions Architect

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,906
  • Median Base Salary: $119,500

2. Tax Manager

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,574
  • Median Base Salary: $108,000

1. Data Scientist

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,736
  • Median Base Salary: $116,840
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Best jobs for people over 50 years in Hawaii

Posted by | December 17, 2015 | Job search, Jobhunting, Labor Market Facts Hawaii

The latest data show the unemployment rate for those over age 55 stands at just 4.1%, compared with 5.7% for the total population and a steep 18.8% for teens (December 2015). Great news for those looking for a second career or a way to earn extra cash. But where to focus your energies? Below is a list of the top 10 best jobs for more senior job seekers in Hawaii. When you think about an ageing population, many of these ideas make perfect sense, but some of them may be new to you. This overview also shows which senior jobs are projected to have the most growth in the coming years. Maybe you already have the skills to enter the job market in one of these areas right away, maybe you need to get another certification under your belt. Either way, these top 10 jobs should help you jump in to your next challenge!

The top 10 Best jobs for people over 50 years in Hawaii:

1). Patient Advocate Jobs

Support patients as they navigate the health care system. Growth projection for health care social workers, which includes some advocates: 26.8 percent.

2). Interpreter

Use your fluency in English and other languages to provide translations in health care and other fields. Growth: 46.1 percent

3). Dietitian

Hospitals, retirement communities and companies with wellness programs hire dietitians to do nutritional screenings and meal planning. Growth: 21.1 percent

4). Fitness trainer Jobs

There’s a big need for trainers who design workouts for people ages 65 to 90. Growth: 12.5 percent

5). Independent contractor

Whatever your occupation, do it on your own and sell your services to others.

6). Massage therapist

Massages are growing at spas, clinics and hotels. Growth: 22.6 percent

7). Eco-landscaper Jobs

Green thumbs willing to train in horticulture and landscape design can join the burgeoning field of “sustainable” gardening, which uses less water. Growth of landscape designers: 14.3 percent

8). Accountant/financial manager

Good with numbers? Help businesses, nonprofits and others with payroll, accounts payable, taxes and financial reports. Growth: 13.1 percent

9). Home modification professional Jobs

Retrofit houses to meet the needs of older homeowners. Growth for construction managers, which includes some home modification professionals: 16.1 percent.

10). Personal financial adviser

Help consumers with taxes, investments and estate planning. Growth projection: 27 percent.

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Most common and available jobs in Hawaii

Posted by | December 12, 2014 | Job search, Labor Market Facts Hawaii

What are the most common and available jobs in Hawaii ? What are the salaries and the number of jobs (index) available in Hawaii? The table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state of Hawaii. Because Hawaii is tourist destination (big time) there are mostly jobs in this field: restaurants, retail etc.

Rank Job description / titel job Hawaii Local Jobs Mean Local Salary Local Popularity Index
1 Retail salespersons 18,630 $21,980 1.3
2 Office clerks, general 11,320 $23,700 1.2
3 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 9,690 $20,750 1.4
4 Waiters and waitresses 9,530 $21,320 1.3
5 Cashiers 8,810 $18,270 0.8
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 7,750 $17,270 1.1
7 Registered nurses 7,370 $66,230 1.0
8 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 6,270 $31,500 1.1
9 Security guards 5,890 $20,910 1.7
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 5,620 $31,780 1.0
11 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 5,410 $24,860 2.0
12 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 5,200 $48,250 1.2
13 Elementary school teachers, except special education 5,040 $42,480 1.2
14 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 4,980 $27,910 0.7
15 Customer service representatives 4,860 $30,890 0.7
16 General and operations managers 4,830 $96,370 0.9
17 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 4,760 $15,820 3.0
18 Stock clerks and order fillers 4,710 $24,020 0.9
19 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 4,660 $46,760 1.7
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 4,460 $24,450 1.5
21 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 4,020 $32,430 10.0
22 Accountants and auditors 4,020 $49,690 1.1
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 4,000 $37,370 1.2
24 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 3,970 $26,630 1.3
25 Food preparation workers 3,920 $20,190 1.4
26 Cooks, restaurant 3,820 $22,790 1.5
27 Maintenance and repair workers, general 3,810 $34,730 0.9
28 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 3,680 $42,210 0.8
29 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 3,640 $25,190 0.9
30 Carpenters 3,370 $53,220 1.1
31 Business operations specialists 3,340 $58,720 1.1
32 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 3,200 $40,960 0.7
33 Receptionists and information clerks 3,100 $23,430 0.9
34 Dishwashers 2,980 $17,420 1.9
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 2,770 $33,740 1.2
36 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 2,480 $20,790 1.9
37 Packers and packagers, hand 2,250 $18,330 0.9
38 Word processors and typists 2,040 $27,510 4.4
39 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 2,000 $27,630 0.8
40 Teacher assistants 1,970 $19,870 0.5
41 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 1,930 $34,110 5.5
42 Bartenders 1,930 $23,500 1.3
43 Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 1,920 $42,660 1.2
44 Financial managers 1,920 $89,100 1.2
45 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,920 $37,540 0.4
46 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 1,850 $43,530 1.4
47 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 1,840 $37,230 0.9
48 Property, real estate, and community association managers 1,790 $60,310 3.5
49 Parking lot attendants 1,760 $15,220 4.4
50 Computer systems analysts 1,750 $68,900 1.0
51 Lawyers 1,700 $93,430 0.9
52 Protective service workers 1,630 $27,950 3.8
53 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 1,620 $29,370 1.0
54 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 1,610 $22,630 1.5
55 Home health aides 1,610 $21,370 0.8
56 Civil engineers 1,600 $64,140 2.1
57 Tellers 1,600 $22,400 0.9
58 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 1,550 $61,000 1.1
59 Managers 1,540 $78,030 1.4
60 Electricians 1,540 $59,250 0.8
61 Social and human service assistants 1,520 $27,650 1.6
62 Cooks, fast food 1,520 $16,710 0.8
63 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 1,460 $72,100 0.8
64 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 1,420 $18,280 1.3
65 Child care workers 1,420 $16,340 0.8
66 Preschool teachers, except special education 1,390 $26,290 1.3
67 Computer support specialists 1,390 $38,100 0.8
68 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 1,380 $38,680 0.6
69 Painters, construction and maintenance 1,320 $42,440 1.6
70 Office and administrative support workers 1,290 $24,320 1.5
71 Sales representatives, services 1,290 $51,850 0.9
72 Medical assistants 1,280 $29,520 1.0
73 All other information and record clerks 1,240 $48,060 1.3
74 Counter and rental clerks 1,240 $19,090 0.8
75 Sales managers 1,210 $76,900 1.1
76 Management analysts 1,210 $68,340 0.8
77 Medical secretaries 1,160 $33,940 1.1
78 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 1,130 $63,560 1.1
79 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 1,120 $53,680 1.6
80 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 1,120 $58,790 1.0
81 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 1,110 $50,140 0.5
82 Fire fighters 1,100 $42,690 2.0
83 Loan officers 1,090 $65,630 1.0
84 Industrial truck and tractor operators 1,080 $37,430 0.6
85 Tour guides and escorts 1,040 $21,300 18.9
86 Correctional officers and jailers 1,030 $37,420 1.4
87 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 1,020 $33,640 1.7
88 Dental assistants 1,020 $29,870 1.2
89 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 1,010 $53,210 1.1
90 Self-enrichment education teachers 980 $37,750 2.4
91 Public relations specialists 980 $44,800 1.5
92 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 970 $19,280 2.2
93 Cooks, short order 970 $20,310 1.8
94 Paralegals and legal assistants 970 $41,030 1.3
95 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 970 $27,760 0.9
96 Computer programmers 970 $55,910 0.7
97 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 950 $30,310 1.6
98 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 940 $25,700 0.8
99 Food service managers 930 $51,390 1.5
100 Baggage porters and bellhops 920 $17,560 6.4
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Wanna work at the FBI Honolulu?

Posted by | July 23, 2014 | Job search

Yes? This is serieus … the FBI in Honolulu – Hawaii is looking for new staff. This is the ad. For more info visit the website:

Please consider joining us. We are looking for a range of bright, talented Americans to fill both special agent and non-agent positions—from intelligence analysts to cyber experts, from scientists to accountants, from translators to engineers.

At this time, there are no New Agent classes planned for the remainder of fiscal years 2013 or 2014. The first proposed class is planned for February 2015 (contingent on the DOJ freeze being lifted and being able to afford new hires).

In order to better prepare for a career with the FBI, recruiting presentations will continue and will be held at various military installations, colleges, and universities.

For current available employment opportunities, qualification requirements, and online submissions of applications, please visit

More presentation dates and times can be found on our additional presentation schedule.

If you reside in the state of Hawaii or a Pacific U.S. Territory, contact:

Applicant Coordinator Tyrone Arnold or
an administrative specialist

91-1300 Enterprise Avenue
, Hawaii 96707
(808) 566-4300


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Government jobs Honolulu, Hawaii?

Posted by | April 15, 2014 | Job search

Looking for a job with the Government of Hawaii?


There are many government websites with vacancies and jobs. Fore example:




Just google it and you will find many …

This website has a nice overview with all the government jobs:


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The fastest growing industries in USA 2013-2016

Posted by | September 25, 2013 | Job search, Labor Market USA

The fastest growing industries in USA 2013

Below is a list, compiled by Economic Modeling Specialists, with the five industries that are expected to grow the fastest between 2013 and 2016, along with examples of the projected fastest-growing occupations within those industries. If you’re looking for a career that is growing and can offer job security, one of these occupations may be the right fit for you.

Industry: Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction

1. Rotary drill operators, oil and gas
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 16 percent
Education level: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $24.24

2. Industrial machinery mechanics
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 14 percent
Education level: Long-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $22.59

3. Petroleum engineers
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 13 percent
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Median hourly pay: $63.67

Industry: Health care and social assistance

1. Personal care aides
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 18 percent
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $9.77

2. Home health aides
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 17 percent
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $9.97

3. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 14 percent
Education level: Doctoral degree
Median hourly pay: $36.95

Industry: Educational services (private)

1. Educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 13 percent
Education level: Master’s degree
Median hourly pay: $26.16

2. Training and development specialists
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 11 percent
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Median hourly pay: $27.14

3. Education, training and library workers (all other)
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 11 percent
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Median hourly pay: $18.02

Industry: Professional, scientific and technical services

1. Logisticians
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 19 percent
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Median hourly pay: $35.08

2. Software developers, systems software
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 17 percent
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Median hourly pay: $47.64

3. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 16 percent
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Median hourly pay: $29.10

Industry: Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

1. Correctional officers and jailers
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 12 percent
Education level: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $20.55

2. Billing and posting clerks
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 10 percent
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $16.21

3. Customer service representatives
Projected employment change from 2013-2016: 9 percent
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $14.91

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Jobs in other areas – cities

Posted by | September 25, 2013 | Job search, Jobhunting, Jobs in other cities

Los angeles is the second biggest city of the USA. So there are jobs available, many jobs … And 5 hours away from Hawaii the closest and best there is if you need a job or career opportunity. How to find a job online in Los Angeles and make your search more effective?

1). Find an area that interests you. A hobby or personal interest may lead to your next career.

2). Search your niche. Save time by focusing on sites that list openings exclusively in your area of interest. For example, if you work in the design industry, check out, which lists only jobs at in this field. Have your sights set on high pay? Search boards that advertise only jobs paying a minimum salary of $80,000. For Jobs in the LA area, look on nich sites like (free jobboard) with only jobs in the city LA and area.

3). Find a hook. When a recruiter lists a Job, research the person’s background for making a special connection.

4). Be prepared for compensation adjustments. A change of industry may affect your bottom line; prepare your financial strategy in private and show that you can adjust.

5). Post your resume. Consider uploading your resume to job boards in addition to scanning their ads. Their resume databases are a first stop in a candidate search for many hiring managers. They find you! Also: many times there are email systems which notify you with the newest jobs.

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Top 25 highest paying jobs Hawaii

Posted by | February 23, 2013 | Job search, Labor Market Facts Hawaii

Top 25 highest paying jobs Hawaii

Here the top 25 highest paying jobs in Hawaii in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The list of Top 25 highest paying jobs Hawaiian islands. The best job in dollars and year income.

Occupation Title Annual
Median Level Wage
Anesthesiologists $165,360.00
Family and General Practitioners $163,340.00
Chief Executives $153,580.00
Psychiatrists $152,760.00
Internists, General $138,440.00
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $135,620.00
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $116,700.00
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $109,160.00
Dentists, General $109,130.00
Sales Engineers $108,930.00
Engineering Managers $107,950.00
Pharmacists $106,180.00
Optometrists $101,670.00
Construction Managers $99,130.00
Computer and Information Scientists, Research $97,580.00
Natural Sciences Managers $97,560.00
Education Administrators, Postsecondary $97,310.00
Medical and Health Services Managers $96,780.00
Veterinarians $96,220.00
Education Administrators, All Other $95,840.00
Computer and Information Systems Managers $95,650.00
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $89,380.00
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $89,060.00
Lawyers $88,700.00
Food Scientists and Technologists $121,310.00


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How to find a job during economic crisis Honolulu – Hawaii?

Posted by | February 16, 2013 | Job search, Jobhunting

Finding a job can seem impossible during economic crisis, Honolulu – Hawaii. However, businesses still need employees. Times are totaly different and needs a different frame of mind. Maybe this is not the best time to get that new, high paid job, with lots of potentials etc. When times are rough, being picky will prevent you from maintaining your lifestyle.

I want to discuss the most important methods of how to find a job during economic crisis Honolulu – Hawaii:

1. Target high demand Businesses

Target businesses that are always in high demand. For example: hospitals and. Contact these businesses directly and find out when there will be new job openings. Even if you’re not a dockter, there might be other positions available.

2. Use your own network, friends and family

Simple: Post a message that you’re looking for a (particular) job on Facebook etc.
Better: Do you know smart, well conected people? Go visit them in person and ask for help. Remind them if necessary.

3.Online job boards and classifieds

Online job boards are now a standard recruitment method. They’re hundreds of different job boards. Filters on job boards can help narrow results to the most relevant jobs. I suggest using skills, interests, and location, as well as salary requirements, when searching for jobs.

Another route to explore is a niche job board, which specializes in particular job functions and industries. They often list positions that don’t appear on some of the larger, general boards, so they can offer access to openings with smaller applicant pools. Applying for a job through a niche board can also give you a leg up over someone using a broad-based site because it identifies you as more of an industry insider.

5. Direct approach to potential employers

Make a list of firms and companies that you would like to work for. Browse the internet for interessting companies, ask friends, read newspapers and make a list. Then analyse eash company. Visit the company website and find everything about their products, people, mission etc. Write down all pros and cons. Maybe you have an idea of how to improve their production. Write this idea in your CV summary and send your CV to that company. Do so with all the companies, that you think you could be useful working at. Make is personal and do your homework.

Good luck ….

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How to apply online for Jobs / Tips

Posted by | September 16, 2012 | Job search

There isn’t any room for guesswork in applying for jobs online. It’s really simple. Follow the instructions in the job posting. Companies think less (or will ignore) applicants who don’t follow the instructions. If the listing says send a cover letter, write one. If the listing says apply online at Honolulu Job Board, do so. When the help wanted ad says send a PDF, don’t send a Word document.

How Employers Accept Applications:

  • Directly at their company web site.
  • By email, to a general human resources email box or to an individual.
  • From a job site (you will have uploaded your resume to the site).
  • By Mail.

Follow the instructions in the job posting. Keep track, as I said, of where you applied, so you can manage your job search.

Online Job Applications

When companies want you to apply for jobs at the company web site, you may probably need to complete an online application rather than submitting your resume. That’s because the company is using a hiring system that tracks applicants from the time they apply to the time they get hired.

The easiest way to complete these applications is to copy and paste the information from your resume into the application. If there’s an option to upload your cover letter, write a letter, then paste it into the box provided.

How to Follow Up

Following up when you have applied for a job online can be tricky. Many companies don’t list a contact person because they don’t want to be bombarded with phone calls and emails. They want to follow up with those candidates they are interested in and not have to deal with the rest of them.

There is a school of thought that believes you should track down a contact person (hiring manager, supervisor, etc.) and follow up on your application, regardless of what’s listed in the help wanted ad. I don’t think that makes sense. It’s better to be respectful of the employer’s wishes and if the ad says no calls, don’t call. Rather, follow up with an email a week or so after you’ve submitted your materials to check on the status of your application.

Follow Up Timing

When you follow up by email, send a message a week or two after you applied. Unless the message bounced, and if it did you’ll get a copy in your email In Box, presume the recruiter or hiring manager got it. Don’t bombard them with email messages.

If you follow up with a phone call, try and call early in the morning. People are more likely to pick up their phone before they are caught up in a busy workload. Again, call a week or so after you applied.

When You Don’t Hear Back

Unfortunately, many employers are really bad at following up. I know people who have sent hundreds of resumes and only received a few replies. If you don’t hear back soon after applying, follow up, and if you still don’t get a response, forget it.

The trend is for companies to follow up only with candidates they are interested in. In the past, you’d get a letter or a postcard saying the job was filled. Now, you’re lucky if you get an email. Part of the reason is that with the changeover to online recruiting, there are many more applications than are manageable for every job opening.

If you have a connection at the company, ask him or her if they can check on the status of your resume. They may also be able to give it a closer look and get you into contention for the job.

Don’t feel badly if you don’t get a response, even though it is annoying when you put a lot of work into your cover letter and you think the job is perfect for you. Your idea of perfect may not come close to the employer’s vision of the perfect employee. This is the nature of the job search business, right or wrong, that’s how it works.

Don’t Stop and Don’t Wait

There is a danger when you’ve sent a couple of resumes, when the interviews start trickling in, and when it looks like you might get an offer, to stop and wait to see what happens. What’s dangerous is that you don’t know for certain that you’ve got a job until you have a definitive offer.

One job seeker I worked with did a really good job of juggling multiple potential jobs. She scheduled first and second interviews, delayed some when she thought she was close to getting an offer on another, and overall, she did all the right things. Then she thought she had a offer from a company, so she declined further interviews with the others and stopped sending her resume.

What she had wasn’t an offer. It was a vague e-mail saying we are interested in hiring you. There was no salary mentioned, no benefits listed, nothing definitive that she should have construed as an offer that met her requirements. It took her two weeks to get an actual dollar and cents offer from the hiring manager. It wasn’t even close to what she had expected to get and wasn’t a salary she would accept under any circumstances.

The moral of the story is to keep plugging away; look for jobs, apply for jobs, interview, until you have the right (salary, benefits, perks, hours) written offer from a company that you want to work for. That’s when you can consider yourself hired.