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Jobless Claims Fall for Fourth Consecutive Week

extra extraThis year is shaping up to be a very good one! Here’s why: the Labor Department reported jobless claims totaling 280,000 for the week ending December 20. This is a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s level of 289,000.

This is also a lower number than economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Their original projection? 290,000! This marks the fourth consecutive week of a decline in unemployment claims. Read more

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Three Signs You Bombed the Job Interview

Job interviewWe’re all about being positive here at MediaJobsDaily, but let’s face it. Sometimes the interview just did not go as well as planned.

Maybe you were nervous. Maybe the interviewer behaved badly and was completely disinterested and/or distracted. Maybe the role wasn’t clearly defined.

Whatever the reason, there are several ways to read the signs and trust your gut this just isn’t the job for you. Sometimes it’s not as clear so this piece on Monster outlined a few signs it was a bust. Read more

Survey Reveals Job Hopping Stigma No Longer Exists

job-interviewIf you’re concerned about staying at your current employer for at least two years for fear of being perceived as a job hopper, this news may brighten your day.

According to an Accountemps survey, 57 percent of workers between 18 and 34-years-old believe job hopping isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, they believe it can actually help their careers!

Percentages decrease as age increases but are still higher than what we originally anticipated: 38 percent of workers between 35 and 54 mentioned job hopping isn’t bad and 22 percent of the 55+ crowd felt that way, too. Read more

Pew Center Reports Positive Attitudes Regarding Job Market

Job-SearchWe were going to type “‘tudes” but figured that may be taking it a little too far but ’tis indeed true! The Pew Center reports positive attitudes on the street regarding views of the job market.

This marks the first time in at least five years that Americans are hearing good news (26 percent) compared to  those hearing bad news (25 percent). And technically, a 45 percent plurality hears a mixture of both good and bad.

Looking at the sunny side up, this is the first time that more than 20 percent of respondents have indicated positive attitudes surrounding jobs since…wait for it…2009. Read more

New Recruiter Survey Says Current Job Market is Candidate Driven

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re a job seeker, there’s no need to fret. According to a recruiter sentiment study published by the MRINetwork, 83 percent of recruiters describe the current market as candidate driven. Essentially, candidates are calling the shots in the driver’s seat.

The report notes candidates are leading the charge even though employers are still operating under the same processes and procedures when it was an employer driven market.

It’s getting harder for recruiters to entice job seekers as competition spikes for skilled talent. Candidates aren’t spending as much time as they previously have comparing offers. They’re rejecting offers early in the process as well. In fact, three-quarters of job offers inevitably rejected by candidates occurred after the second or third interview.  Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Strong Numbers

jobsHappy Friday one and all! For those of us watching the monthly jobs report, it’s a happy Friday indeed.

The Department of Labor showed an addition of 321,000 jobs last month.

This is the biggest increase in almost three years! And it looks like 2014 is winding down on a high note — November signifies the 10th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000. This means 2014 has been the best hiring year since 1999.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases White Paper to Close Skills Gap

ImproveJobProspectsWe literally just received word that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has forged a partnership with USA Funds. They released a white paper outlining a program to close the skills gap.

In a nutshell, it outlines the concept of talent pipeline management to transform the relationship between our businesses, education and workforce providers. Read more

CareerBuilder Releases Hot Occupations For 2015

visionThe new year is literally right around the corner and as such, CareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists International in order to compile a list of sizzling jobs for 2015.

It’s based on supply and demand and features various companies and the jobs they post on a monthly basis compared with the actual people they can physically hire.

Per the press release, Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, explained:

“For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S., the rate at which workers are being hired isn’t keeping up with the frequency and volume of open positions being advertised. By drawing attention to talent deficits, our list underscores opportunities in everything from technology and health care to sales and transportation for job seekers looking to make a change.” Read more

Job Applicant Stabs Potential Boss During Interview

CommunityJournalismBLogFIWe cringed when we first heard about this story. What is this world coming to?

Jose Lopez apparently showed up to a job interview yesterday. Check that — he showed up drunk. The business owner smelled alcohol on his breath and you can guess what happened next.

The boss did what any hiring manager should do — he confronted Lopez about it. According to NBC San Diego, the job seeker got angry and then he started to get physical. A fight ensued and the boss ended up putting the suspect into a headlock! Read more

Good Labor News! Employees Gain Confidence to Quit Jobs

jobsWe feel a little funny writing this but what the heck — good news!

Americans are quitting their jobs fast and furiously. Turnover is increasing.

Actually, as it turns out this is fantastic news for the economy. In fact, we’re quitting our jobs at the fastest pace since early 2008! Read more

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