The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its unemployment figures for May on June 7. Bloomberg News says economists expect to hear that the jobless rate held steady at 7.5 percent.
Mercy Eyadiel, executive director of employer relations at Wake Forest University, is available to talk about what employers are looking for in new hires. From the recently graduated to those seeking post-recession employment, Eyadiel offers suggestions to help jobseekers secure an interview by highlighting 21st century job skills.
In a resume and cover letter, Eyadiel advises stressing expertise in the following areas to help jumpstart a new career:
• Give examples of ways you excel at working in teams (especially with people different from yourself)
• Show that you understand the global context in which work is done
• Offer a creative or innovative method you used to solve a problem
• Explain how you have adjusted to a challenging situation by being flexible when faced with uncertainty
• Highlight your ability to communicate well by making sure your application materials are free of typos and well written.
Eyadiel has been quoted in national media outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Parents magazine.