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‘Hey, How Soon Can I Take a Vacation?’ & Other Questions to Avoid Asking During an Interview

interviewHave you ever asked an interviewer at the conclusion of the interview for feedback as in, “Hey man, how’d I do?”

Probably not, right? And if you did ask the question, how’d that work out for you?

Okay, we’re in a punchy mood right now but so important as it is to ask questions at the end of each job interview, it’s just as important to steer clear from any questions that are downright inappropriate. They lack tact.

And most of all, some of the questions can be transparent in terms of your priorities as in asking if you resign if you can get paid out for your unused personal time (yes, it has been done and no, that candidate did not get the offer.) Read more

TheLadders’ Study Shows 35 Percent of Job Seekers Want to Move

US mapIf you’re looking for a new job, you may be among the 35 percent of job seekers who are looking to make a big move. Literally.

TheLadders data team looked into how often job seekers in their database look to move outside their current location. Known as the designated market area (or “DMA”), the results were significant. Read more

How to Juggle a Job Offer With a New Opportunity to Interview

judgeWhen it rains, it pours and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to job interviewing.

If you’ve been looking for a job and all of the sudden you get one job interview, immediately it seems like you land three others. Well, it’s no surprise this can happen once you get a job offer, too.

According to a piece on AOL Jobs there are ways to handle this exciting situation with tact and professionalism. Read more

Stumped During an Interview? Here are 10 Questions to Ask

job-interviewHave you ever experienced that awkward “sound” of silence during an interview? You know, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions and by the time the fifth interviewer meets you, you’re pretty much out of ammo? Cue crickets.

And then, of course, he or she looks at you quizzically like how is it possible to not even have one question?  Read more

Jobless Claims Rise During Holiday Week

job searchAccording to a story on Bloomberg, more Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week than originally anticipated. Apparently the Easter holiday break made it difficult to ascertain data for seasonal deviations.

For the week ending April 29, jobless claims increased by 24,000 for a total of 329,000. As per 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, they predicted a number of 315,000. A Labor Department spokesperson indicated to the press that it’s hard to quantify numbers from year to year during spring holidays. Read more

Denver Job Fair Connects Marijuana-Related Employers With Job Seekers

Find a JobWe’ve just about seen everything but this is certainly a first in terms of hiring. Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, is it really such a surprise that CannaSearch, a cannabis-related job fair, emerged?

According to local station KUSA in Denver, last month hundreds of job seekers stood in line for more than an hour to pursue a variety of opportunities.

Yes, you read that right — a marijuana industry-related job fair. Several marijuana-related employers attended to recruit candidates for their plethora of jobs. And when we say candidates we mean to the tune of 1,240 attendees!

As per the piece, Tim Cullen of O.PenVape explained, “We are actually hiring all across the board. We’re looking for receptionists, front of the house people, bud tenders, managers…and there are new opportunities. There are lots of sales positions [as well as] marketing, the bookkeeping the legal team, CPAs there’s a lot of behind the scenes that the public doesn’t actually see.” Read more

CareerCast Announces List of Top 10 Jobs in 2014

happy signIn a new list from CareerCast, the job-search website has revealed top occupations in high demand.

To that point, we must say nothing media-related appeared in the top 10 list. Sadly, we must point out journalists are among the occupations sitting at the bottom of the list.

Mathematics took the number one spot and it’s no surprise that math-related jobs followed suit. Statisticians and actuaries also made the list as did computer systems analysts.

According to the site, mathematicians earn approximately $101,360 per year. In addition, the field is booming and anticipates a growth rate of 23 percent through 2022.  Read more

Job Market Hits Milestone as Per Department of Labor Statistics

Find a JobIt’s jobs report Friday! And that only means one thing. Data.

According to the latest job report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March and the unemployment remained flat at 6.7 percent.

This is actually a milestone because the private sector has apparently recovered all of the jobs that were lost in the meltdown better known as 2008. Considering this signals a labor market at its pre-recession point, according to a piece on CNN, this is good news indeed. Read more

Four Unique Jobs for Millennials

love my jobHappy Friday one and all! If you’re a job seeker and you’re a Millennial, we have a treat for you. The folks at SheFinds outlined a few quirky jobs of potential interest to this generation.

1. Digital recipe producer. Like food? Good. Like to write? Great. Add some tech savviness to the mix and a pinch of HTML and you’re good to go. Read more

Good News! ADP Report Shows Uptick in Hiring

job searchWhile we’re awaiting the Department of Labor’s job report, there’s good news on the hiring front. According to payroll processor ADP, businesses have added 191,000 jobs in March — not too shabby!

This shows the job market may have bounced back from a weak winter and bad weather which significantly impacted businesses across the country.

According to a piece in USA Today, economists had forecasted a gain of 189,000 jobs in the ADP report. The same economists are expecting 195,000 gains according to the government’s report covering business, federal, state and local government jobs.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, explained in the piece, “The job market is coming out from its deep winter slumber. Even better numbers are likely in coming months as the weather warms.”

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