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Good News! Monthly Jobs Report Shows Another Dip in Unemployment

ImproveJobProspectsWhat a way to end the week on a high note! The monthly jobs report was issued today and employment looks really good.

For the ninth consecutive month, more than 200,000 jobs were created. In October alone 214,000 new jobs were added. Plus, unemployment decreased to 5.8 percent. We should point out that’s the lowest it’s been in six years. Read more

Survey Shows Most New Hires Leave Within 12 Months

graduation capRemember back in the day when you felt you had to stay with an employer at least two to three years to look loyal and steady?

Well, it’s not uncommon for Millennials to jump around prior to that timing and a new survey proves it. Approximately 77 percent of businesses expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year. Read more

Survey Reveals Majority of College Grads are Underemployed

graduation capAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, 51 percent of employed graduates from the class of 2014 are working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. That said, nine out of 10 mentioned college is worth the investment for the long-term and four out of 10 said college didn’t prepare them for the real world.

Let’s backtrack, shall we? For starters, 65 percent of the recent graduating class has found work whereas four percent are immersed in internships and 31 percent aren’t working at all. The 65 percent is comprised of 36 percent in full-time positions, 17 percent in part-time positions and 12 percent in temporary or contract positions.

As for the 31 percent not working, 43 percent from this population is currently actively looking for a job. It sounds like the remaining grads are either not actively looking or they’re attending or pursuing graduate school. Read more

New Survey Shows Global Job Seekers List America as Top Destination

independenceWhere would you relocate for your job? A beach in Hawaii perhaps? An office in downtown Berlin? (Oktoberfest’s on the mind, friends)

According to data released by The Boston Consulting Group and The Network, an alliance of global recruiting websites, more than 200,000 workers revealed a lot when it comes to their destination of choice.

For starters, out of the 189 countries included in the survey, nearly 64 percent would be willing to move to another country for their job. The most popular destination? The good ol’ U.S. Next came the U.K. and then Canada. Read more

Forecast Reveals Strong Hiring Throughout 2014

ImproveJobProspectsGood news for job seekers! If you’re in the market for a new gig, listen up.

Per a forecast published by CareerBuilder, almost three out of 10 employers plan to hire full-time employees prior to December 31.

This number is four percentage higher than last year’s data. Let’s not forget about seasonal opportunities either. One out of four employers anticipate hiring seasonal workers. This includes 43 percent of retailers. Read more

Five Benefits to Joining a Job Club

jobsWhether a job club forms organically at a local library or town hall, chances are the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. For starters, it gets job seekers from behind their computer and in front of people. As in real conversations, as in information gathering and sharing.

Per a piece on AOL Jobs, there are several ways to make the most out of local job club meetings. Read more

Study Shows Majority of Employers Not Prepared for Future Objectives

workplace bullyHappy Friday one and all! Thanks for being here. As you know from our posts, we try to be upbeat! Optimistic! Insightful!

But alas, we need to call it like we see it and this new study by Oxford Economics and SAP is a prime example. In fact, just yesterday SAP released it during their SuccessConnect conference.

They surveyed 2,700 executives and 2,700 employees worldwide and discovered two-thirds of businesses will not have made strides in order to build a workforce to meet their future business objectives. Two-thirds!

The main culprit? Misunderstandings between management and employees regarding workplace priorities. Read more

Three Resume Tips for ‘International Update Your Resume Month’

resume mistakesWhen we think of September we think of back to school, getting back into routines and beautiful cool temperatures.

We don’t think of resumes but maybe we should. After all, apparently September is “International Update Your Resume Month!” This makes sense when you stop to think about how many job searches were likely halted in order to make room for beaches and personal time instead. Now it’s time to pound the pavement again!

With that spirit, here are three resume reminders from Ford R. Myers, president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm and Get the Job you Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

1. Be brief. For starters, he says less is always more! Per the press release, he says a career summary section is where brevity counts the most. He points out, “Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention.”

2. Be specific. If you’ve ever been very general about your job search as well as expertise, we wonder how that’s working out. We’re assuming not to good since specifics always whine and get noticed. Be specific with your experience and quantify past jobs in terms of budgets managed and money saved as well as how many clients you juggled.

He mentions, “It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time.”

3. Be active. Use action words instead of passive words. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for.’”

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Economy Plodding Along

relocate jobOn Friday the Department of Labor released its monthly data and let’s just say things seem to be plodding along.

Employers added 142,000 jobs in August which is below the 226,000 average increase from previous months. In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent which represents the lowest level in nearly six years. Read more

Four Myth Busters About Temporary Work

ImproveJobProspectsIf you think a temp job looks shady on your resume, listen up. Opportunities are thriving in this area and hiring managers aren’t really thinking your resume is tarnished if temporary assignments are part of your portfolio. If you focus on the job itself and not the duration, you should be good to go.

Plus, the numbers tell all: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, temporary services have added more than 100,000 jobs from January 1 until now and has added more than 200,000 jobs over the course of an entire year.

Companies are looking to staffing firms for temporary needs and they’re seeing the value of temporary workers. And as a temporary worker if you’re currently on the bench for full-time work, at least your skills are remaining sharp and you’re making new connections. Read more

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