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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 Ways to Make the Most Out of Downtime at Work

ImproveJobProspectsHello, holidays! Helllllllo, downtime.

If your office is getting more and more quiet by the hour, rejoice! Enjoy the peace and quiet and downtime. Now, we’re not saying to take a two-hour lunch at Macy’s for last minute sales. Rather, enjoy the lighter workload and empty in-box by taking advantage of productive time that’s not too intense.

1. Set new goals. For starters, take this focused, quiet time for some introspection. Where do you want your career to be one year from now when you’re recapping 2015? Are you looking for a new job in the new year? Promotion? New responsibilities? Contemplating a lateral move to redirect your career for a more powerful position? Or maybe you’re considering going freelance full-time. Read more

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

If You Get Fired, Can You Still Get Your Job Back?

Turnober-Intern-Post-FIA similar headline in today’s New York Post caught our attention. At first glance we’re thinking wait a second, if you’re fired why would you ever want to work for that same employer again? Dignity, people!

But then the question got more interesting. The reader was hired by a grocery store owner to work for the produce manager who — a-ha! — did not interview the reader.

“From day one he treated me like a clerk instead of as an assistant manager, rejecting every suggestion I made for improvements.”

Well, the reader got fired and the owner admitted it wasn’t the assistant manager’s fault — they were paying him or her too much for what they actually needed to get done. 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

Could You Imagine Zip Lining to Work? Meet One Village in China

no carsThe next time you’re frustrated by the daily grind of your commute whether it’s being stuck in traffic or stuck on a train incredibly close to your neighbors (and by that, we mean total strangers sporting pickle breath), think about a less than stellar alternative.

That is, residents of the Yushan village in China live remotely. So remotely, in fact, they need to be transported via a tiny cable car. Essentially, the zip line is suspended over 1,500-feet and acts as the ultimate way to literally access the outside world! Read more

Jobless Claims Drop; Economists Rejoice

job searchGood news on the job market front! The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped last week.

For the week ending December 13, the fewest claims were made since early November, according to the Department of Labor. The magic number was 289,000 and we simply have to mention claims have been less than 300,000 for the past 14 weeks!

This means just what you think — employers aren’t giving pink slips as fast and furiously as they previously were and hiring is as its strongest since 1999.

According to a piece on Bloomberg, Stephen Stanley indicated, “Labor demand has in fact picked up a bit.”

The chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities mentioned in a research note, “Chair Yellen set continued improvement in labor market conditions as the key requirement to justify liftoff at some point next year, and the data continue to support that scenario.”

Relationship & Tension With Cuba Lessens But How Will That Impact Journalists?

flagIn today’s historic agreement between our country and Cuba, relations with that country  have certainly made strides.

In addition to easing up on travel restrictions (not for tourists but primarily for humanitarian, religious, cultural or athletic purposes), it sounds like journalism restrictions will be eased up as well. Per a blog post on the Society of Professional Journalists’ site, strict entrance requirements for journalists on assignment have been in place since 1961.

President Obama revealed in today’s broadcast overall, “These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It’s time for a new approach.”

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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