Overqualified for the Job You Want?

Jane had just moved to Austin and was working in retail while hunting for a position in her field of marketing communications. She had been out of school for only two years but had already been promoted twice and was making an impressive salary before she moved. After five drawn-out interviews at an Austin ad […]

Hate Open Office Spaces? Read This.

Are you an open office or closed-door type of worker? Do you work with earbuds in, or do you prefer to hang out at the water cooler? Determining your ideal work environment can help you identify the types of jobs and the company cultures you should pursue. Studies have shown that an employee’s physical workspace—down […]

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Is Now the Best Time to Find a Job?

Ask any hiring manager, any recruiter, any warm body with a paycheck, and you’ll get different opinions about the best time to find a job. But what does the research say? That’s what we set out to uncover. And some answers even surprised us.   Best Time of Year to Look Let’s be clear: The […]

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How to Decide Between Competing Job Offers

Congratulations, you got the job offer! But, wait: You got another one! In cities like Austin, competing job offers are increasingly common. That’s because Austin currently has 42,000 job openings but only 36,000 unemployed people, so jobs are abundant. So how do you choose? We compiled a list of questions that can help you decide. […]

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Surprising Blockchain Jobs Outside of Bitcoin

With the rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain jobs are some of the most in-demand positions around. In fact, jobs that involve blockchain development have increased nearly 200% over the past year.   But while cryptocurrency development is rooted in blockchain, not all blockchain jobs directly relate to the cryptocurrency industry. Blockchain is […]

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4 Tech Jobs You Should Consider Right Now

Cisco and IDC recently released what they consider the most significant roles in IT right now. Among the 20 they list, what’s relevant for Austin? The nation’s unemployment is at an all-time low (4%) but, in Austin, it’s even lower (2.8%). Rumor has it that the Austin tech sector boasts unemployment even lower than that—at […]

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Words That Make Job Candidates Sound Stupider

Listen, we get it: English is a tough language to master. Even native speakers have a tough time getting it right. Chances are, you’re getting a few grammatical rules tragically wrong. Some of these simple mistakes sprinkled into your cover letter, resume, or even your job interview vocabulary could be costing you jobs.   We […]

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Is It the Perfect Telecommuting Job? 7 Questions to Find Out

Are your facing the prospect of telecommuting fulltime? If not, you might be soon. Dell, Inc. declared it wants half of its workforce to work remotely by 2020 while other Texas companies like AT&T, Freeman, Rackspace, Medecision and even government entities like the City of Austin employ a substantial number of remote workers. And while […]

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Is the Cover Letter Dead?

The demise of the cover letter is a polarizing topic. Some hiring managers will tell you it’s worthless and others will tell you they won’t consider a job applicant without it. The problem is, it can be impossible to tell what camp each hiring manager is in when you apply. Adding to the frustration is […]

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5 Ways to Lose a Job Offer After Nailing the Interview

Imagine this: You’re finishing up a job interview, and the hiring manager leans back and says, “Love that you’re a former bowling pro. It’ll be great to have another ace on the company’s team.” That’s a great sign you nailed the interview: The employer is already envisioning you on the team. Glassdoor compiled these other […]

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Looking for a Side Hustle? Take This Advice

At least one in every three U.S. workers now freelances or contracts. By 2020, that number is projected to rise to 43%. Many of these jobs are considered “side hustles” to earn extra income. Participating in the gig economy in this way can be empowering…or, if you don’t approach it with good business sense, it can […]

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Top Secrets of Superstar Temps

The gig economy has brought rise to independent consultants and freelancers who thrive without the restraints of a fulltime job. But those “gigs” aren’t suited for everyone who yearns for variety. Many business consultants, writers, and graphic designers are empowered by this type of work, but what about those who specialize in administrative and receptionist […]

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The HT Group Helps Soon-to-Be Graduates Prepare for Life After High School

Graduation season is here! Graduating is an achievement worthy of celebration, but amid the excitement, many soon-to-be graduates are planning their next steps as they move into higher education and the job field. The students at Texans Can Academy – Austin are no exception. That’s why The HT Group is hosting a workshop at Texans […]

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3 Reasons to Quit a Job Before It Even Starts

Congratulations! You’re at the end of your job search and have either accepted or are close to accepting a job offer. But wait! Your gut is telling you to back away. Do you listen?   “You don’t want to make a habit of rescinding job acceptances, but there are some very rare instances in which […]

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Beard or No Beard on the Job Hunt?

About 10 years ago, men’s beards grew back. As if overnight, wild and untamed “lumbersexual” beards and more coifed hipster beards hit the streets, and we all thought, “Well, that’s interesting. But it won’t last.” Fast-forward to 2018 and, while beards have stuck around, they’ve mostly morphed into a clean, closely groomed look that most […]