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The Scoop on Employer Background Checks — What You Need to Know

interviewEvery now and then we have to cover a somewhat dry topic here at MediaJobsDaily. This post is one of them.

The government recently updated their site regarding background checks so it’s our duty as your friend to fill you in.

For starters, on the employment application or during an interview (or both), an employer may ask you about your employment history including dates, salaries and titles. They may ask you about your education, criminal record or your usage of social media.

In case you were wondering, no, it’s not okay for employers to ask you about medical information. They’re not allowed to ask you about genetic information either including your family’s medical history. Read more

Per CareerBuilder, It’s Time to Ditch ‘Go Getter’ & More Clichés on Resumes

successIf you’re accustomed to including words like “team player” and “go-getter” on your resume, it’s time to ditch them.

At least CareerBuilder says so. Per a recent survey, 17 percent of hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing a resume. Considering they spend such a short amount of time on each CV, job seekers should focus on strong action words that are more definitive. Avoid clichés because they don’t really convey anything substantial. Read more

Should You Continue to File Unemployment Claims After Being Denied?

rejectionHere’s the situation on a Monday afternoon. A reader wrote into The New York Post to indicate he or she was denied unemployment claims during a hearing.

The reader appealed and during the hearing, a former boss refused to be sworn in and whispered answers.

Although they were “full of lies,” the answers were being told to the other boss who was indeed sworn in. Well, the former employee was denied the claim yet again. After appealing again and asking the unemployment office to listen to the recorded hearing again, the office agreed and listened to the call. Although they agreed the boss who wasn’t sworn in gave all the answers, alas, the ruling didn’t change. Read more

Department of Labor’s Monthly Jobs Report Reveals Decent News

megaphoneThree cheers for Friday! And the monthly jobs report from the U.S. Departmetn of Labor which marked an improvement from January.

As per CNN, the 175,000 new jobs last month topped economists’ anticipations. Considering the winter has been colder than normal, economists were expecting smaller numbers. It’s amazing how weather can impact the bottom line whether it’s closed offices or cancelled flights. Businesses can lose power, consumers may stay inside instead of eating out and your productivity may plummet as you temporarily “work” from home (and by that, we mean surfing social media).

In particular, for industries impacted by weather such as construction, numbers were surprisingly decent. Construction added 15,000 jobs whereas restaurants and bars added 20,100 jobs and education and health services added 33,000 new opportunities. Read more

ADP Report Reveals Slow Job Movement in February

ImproveJobProspectsThe monthly jobs report will be released this Friday by the Department of Labor but if ADP’s news is any indication, it won’t exactly be strong.

Per a private report based on various payrolls, companies apparently added less workers in February than experts initially projected. Read more

Politicians Duel Over Raising Minimum Wage

Earlier in the week the Democrats proposed to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2016 and this has apparently set off arguments from both camps about whether or not to raise the wage.

SixFigureFreelancerAccording to the proposal, the new hourly wage would boost 900,000 families above the poverty line and increase the income of 16.5 million workers. The pay increase though could also slash 500,000 jobs, per an analysis conducted by the Congressional Budget Office.

For instance, House Speaker John Boehner, explained, “While helping some, mandating higher wages has real costs, including fewer people working.”

The Republican from Ohio added, “With unemployment Americans’ top concern, our focus should be creating — not destroying — jobs for those who need them most.”

To the contrary, supporters of the proposal defended the increase. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, revealed, “Zero is a perfectly reasonable estimate of the impact of the minimum wage on employment.”

In fact, 600 economists signed a letter to support the hike and according to CNN, in a separate conference call they mentioned the Congressional Budget Office “underestimated the benefits and overestimated the costs.”

We’ll be closely watching to see how this plays out. Later this year the Senate is supposed to vote on the matter.

Got Referrals? Some Employers Start Paying Bonuses to External Referrers

moneyIf you’ve ever been jilted from an employee referral bonus internally, you’re not alone.

Maybe that’s because you worked in another area of HR so it was excluded. Maybe the person was a temp-to-hire situation and not a full-on full-time hire. Whatever the case, the program didn’t pay out like it should have. (No, we’re not bitter or anything.)

That’s why we’re pumped to share news about innovative employee referral programs which have been extended externally. That’s right — we said externally. As in bonuses are being awarded to people off the street for referring A-list candidates who get hired. Cha-ching! Read more

Per New Survey, Executives Continue to Age in Roles & Delay Retirement

older execsIf you look around at executives and notice they may be a bit older than leadership in the past, you’re right. A new study shows that their age is on the rise. Perhaps we can attribute that to a delayed retirement courtesy of the recession.

According to The Wall Street Journal, research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Madrid’s IE Business School shows executives’ ages are on the rise. Not only that, the time spent in each role is also increasing as they’re staying longer in their current roles. Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Reveals Weak Numbers

HiredIt’s that time of month again! According to the Department of Labor, 113,000 jobs were added to the economy last month.

The good news? It’s an improvement from December.

The bad news? It’s weaker than experts had anticipated. As per CNN, economists were hoping for a number around 178,000.

As experts referred to the report as “weak” and “disappointing,” we need to look at the bright side. Read more

Decrease in Number of Self-Employed Workers Since Recession

LifeAsFreelancerAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, self-employment grew tremendously between 2001 and 2006 but has been on the decline lately.

There are approximately 10 million self-employed jobs in our country representing 6.6 percent of all jobs but that number is down from 7.2 percent in 2006. Read more

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