If you’ve been on the chopping block, perhaps you’ve seen the pink slip signs coming. You know, the ones which reveal themselves to you in due time like colleagues who start rescheduling meetings with you three and four times.
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According to the Department of Labor, the number of Americans filing new unemployment benefit claims last week suddenly dropped. This is particularly good news to signify the labor market recovery.
Essentially, initial claims by state dropped 3,000 to a total of 302,000 for the week ending July 12. Per Reuters, economists forecasted first-time applications for jobless benefits at 310,000. And the four-week average of claims is in the vicinity of 309,000. That’s the lowest level since June 2007! Read more
If you’re an aspiring newspaper reporter, listen up. You may want to know about what a little birdie told us. (And by that, we mean a new report issued by CareerCast on the most endangered jobs.)
Yeah, that’s because newspaper reporter is one of them. Based on 200 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career site projected the least promising career paths relative to job growth, income and existing employment. Read more
If you’ve been underemployed for a while, this post is for you. According to a piece on today’s New York Post, a reader demonstrated frustration in being underemployed for approximately seven years.
Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes:
“It is possible your temp work is affecting your job search for a full-time position — but you’ve been getting interviews. That means the length of your temp work isn’t preventing prospective employers from considering you initially. It might have more to do with how you are performing on those interviews.”
Maybe the energy given off during interviews is thwarting efforts for a new full-time gig. Giangrande says if you come across as negative, that may be why you’re not getting hired. Read more
We’re in the home stretch now! Time is certainly flying and according to this CareerBuilder survey, the latter part of 2014 will be sizzlin’. That is, in terms of permanent and temporary hiring.
Per the survey, nearly half of U.S. employers intend to add full-time employees through December 31st and one-third of them plan to hire temporary workers. Both aspects bode well not just because it’s good news but because it’s higher than last year’s numbers, too. Read more
Want some good news on this Monday afternoon? Who doesn’t, right? Let’s face it we’re going to dish it out anyway.
According to MarketWatch, the economy isn’t just adding jobs at a fast pace. It’s adding jobs that pay even better than they have in previous years!
More than half of the new jobs created in 2014 are paying higher than the hourly U.S. wage. Per the data, 58 percent of the new jobs pay more than the average hourly wage of $24.45. This is comparison to last year’s numbers of 48 percent.
Per the piece, this year businesses are focusing on extending job offers to more white collar employees. Health care is still strong and financial services has picked up its pace.
As we head into the holiday weekend, there’s good new to report as per the Department of Labor.
In June, employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. Can we get a woo-hoo? In addition, the number of jobs created in May was boosted to 224,000 from the original number of 217,000.
Let’s keep in mind 2014 got off to a very slow start thanks to an abysmal winter — in turn, frigid temps and horrid conditions ultimately froze hiring. According to a CBS piece, the new jobs should expedite economic growth. The math is simple: More jobs lead to more money lead to more products and services being purchased. Read more
Have you ever tried to wing it during a job interview? How’d that go for you? Not too well, probably.
Well, according to Marc Cosentino, author of Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation, there are a few common blunders people make during job interviews.
It’s that time of month!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data this morning that looks mighty fine. Non-farm payrolls added 217,000 jobs last month which exceeded expectations of 215,000 by economists. In addition, the unemployment remained unchanged at 6.3 percent. Read more
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