This just in…Enable America has launched their official online jobs board for people with disabilities. As companies continue to assemble diverse teams, they can provide their mission statement online and their latest career opportunities for candidates to review.
Imagine a world, if you will, where candidates not only upload their resume to a job site but they upload a video as well.
Well, across the pond in Leeds, a new job site called “Hello My Name Is” requires job seekers to post videos of themselves. After they create a profile, they can attach a resume and relevant documents and then upload a three-minute video. Read more
Want to be in the right place at the right time? Who doesn’t, right?
Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO, says another key driver to a job search is having the right skills and the bility to showcase them. ”This year, the key drivers of success with a job search are location, timing and skills.”
The challenge of course is finding an opportunity to match your skills and showcase the demand for your excellent skills.
Per the press release, he adds, “And more importantly, act quickly to connect with employers as open positions are often fleeting.”
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter demonstrates hiring optimism across the board. Their numbers represent the strongest Outlook Survey data since 2008. Keep in mind though each market has its own ups and downs. Some markets are going to be up while others won’t be as hot. He points out the “lumpy” hiring: “The hiring outlook is clearly more positive; however it’s uneven across the U.S.”
If you’re looking for a new job, you’re not alone. Actually, you’ll be among a pack of job seekers seeking better opportunities this year, thanks to new data from a CareerBuilder survey.
That is, one in five workers revealed they want a new job this year. We must admit, we’re not sure what to make of these numbers — yes, that’s great people feel confident in the market to move on but why are so many people unhappy? Maybe they’ve been waiting things out in their current job for too long and feel like the time is right to move on?
According to the statistics, only 59 percent of workers indicated they’re satisfied with their jobs. This is a significant drop from last year’s percentage of 66. Digging deeper, people claiming dissatisfaction pointed to salary concerns and not feeling valued as the top two reasons. Read more
It’s that time of month again! Per the Department of Labor, employers added 74,000 jobs in December which isn’t exactly a reason to rejoice.
Per Forbes, economists were anticipating 197,000 new jobs. Yikes.
As for the somewhat good news? The unemployment rate dropped from seven percent to 6.7. We say somewhat because the unemployment survey takes people into account who actually seek employment. People who are frustrated or distracted by the holidays may have left the labor market in December. Also, labor force participation dropped from 63 percent to 62.8 percent, the lowest rate in over 30 years.
Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief of Bankrate.com, told Forbes, “This has been a two steps forward and one step back recovery.”
Maybe one of your parents or even their parents can remember working for the same company for 25 years.
Well, that was then and this is now. Even working for the same company for five consecutive years may feel like an eternity (and a milestone).
According to a white paper released by Execu|Search, an executive recruiting firm, the contingent workforce isn’t only here to stay, it’s on the rise. Per the paper, data from NBC News revealed 33 percent of all wage-earners in the U.S. are technically freelancers or contract workers. Let’s repeat that for emphasis — 33 percent! Read more
If employers want to do their due diligence on potential new hires, they should just scope out your Facebook page, right?
Um, not quite. Per Forbes, rsearchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University and Accenture got 416 college students involved in their study. The students were applying for full-time employment and agreed to participate which meant researchers captured screenshots of their Facebook walls, info pages, photos and interests.
Next, the researchers asked 86 recruiters in attendance at the school’s career fair to review the Facebook pages and judge the job seekers’ personality traits. Oh yeah, they also had to rate how employable the candidates seemed. Keep in mind judgments were based on Facebook alone; resumes and transcripts were not included. A year later researchers followed up with the graduates who had landed jobs. Actually, the researchers asked the grads’ supervisors to review job performance. Although only 34 percent of supervisors from the original job pool got involved, the small number isn’t as significant as the findings.
One of the researchers wrote, “Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance.” Read more
Considering Spain has the second highest unemployment rate in the European Union at 26 percent (only Greece’s rate is higher), it’s breathing a sigh of relief today. According to CNN, the number of registered unemployed folks dropped by 107,600 last month. Currently the number of their folks out of work is approximately six million people. We would be myopic if we only wrote about U.S. News but their numbers are quite staggering, aren’t they?
Government officials sound optimistic. Per the piece, their prime minister has predicted a recovery for this year and earlier this week in a radio interview their economy minister indicated job creation could potentially surpass forecasts.
Numbers are misleading though since labor unions point to temporary and part-time opportunities as providing relief, not full-time ones. In fact, their data reflects new employment contracts as temporary ones. Technically the number of permanent jobs that are new and available to job seekers has remained flat the past year.
Per the piece, Victor Echevarria at BNP Paribas, explained, ”Employment in Spain has traditionally only seen sustained increases when the economy has posted solid growth; it remains to be seen whether this will also be the case this time around.”
Happy New Year, dear MediaJobsDaily readers! We’re happy to be back in the zone and hope you are as well.
In the spirit of job news, this just in from CareerBuilder…their annual forecast remains cautious though we’d like to think of it as cautiously optimistic.
Here’s why: 24 percent of companies in their poll indicated they’ll add full-time employees this coming year. It’s down two percentage points from last year but we still think 24 percent is a pretty decent number. Read more
If you’re like us, you’re setting mega resolutions for the new year. After all, if the resolutions are within reach, they’re not lofty enough, right?
That’s why this piece in The New York Post makes us pause. Columnist and HR executive Greg Giangrande offers succinct tips that pack a punch. It sounds like the key to making resolutions and goal-setting stick is to be focused and persistent in small, simple steps.
1. Start small with your networking. If you’re not exactly into working the room, he suggests resolving “to make just one new connection each quarter.” Whether you attend one industry event, reach out to a new contact or invite a connection on LinkedIn out for breakfast, it’ll get you into a really good habit.
2. Update your resume. This is so true especially if you’re not even looking for a new job. He writes in the piece, “It’s always smart to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what skills you have. You don’t have to do anything with it — but you’ll be amazed at what you may be inspired to do next once you’ve done that simple task.” Read more