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AOL Lays Off Staffers; Impacts Money Department

CommunityJournalismBLogFIWe received an email this afternoon from an AOL insider with the subject line: “AOL lays off Money department.”

We followed up with the source as well as called AOL to obtain details such as how many people this impacts.

Here’s basic information of what we know: apparently editors of Daily Finance and Real Estate were laid off today. They were given a short amount of time clean out their desks.

The fate of contributors is unclear at the moment but as per the source, “top editors” were let go along with the coordinator of the contributors.

Stay tuned as we gather more information…

 

Three Ways to Stand Out During a Job Interview

interviewWant to truly shine during a job interview? Sure, there are always basic reminders like arriving on time and looking incredibly polished, but if you want to go above and beyond to stand out from other candidates, try flexing your interview muscles with these three tips.

1. Ask for an office tour. Go ahead and ask to peruse the hallowed halls of cubicle nation. Express your interest in the company and don’t be shy in asking to take a stroll. We’re not talking five mile walks around the corridors, mind you. Instead, take a few minutes with your interviewer to see where he or she sits. The motive, you see, is to check out the corporate culture.

If you happen to be interviewing at the end of the day, say close to 6 p.m., see if everyone looks like they’re still grinding out work at their desks. Or, maybe they’ve left for the day.

On another note, is the office loud or quiet? Does it seem to be buzzing with creativity or is everyone pigeonholed at their desks? You can learn a lot about the company’s culture by observing. Read more

Majority of Job Seekers Say They Can Outperform Their Boss

Turnober-Intern-Post-FISo, you think you have what it takes to run the ship? An overwhelming majority of employees confidently believe they can do a better job than their current manager.

Monster conducted a survey and asked visitors to their site, “In your current or most recent job, do you think you could do a better job than your manager?”

Over 4,800 responses were tallied and 84 percent of global respondents indicated yes, they can absolutely outperform their boss. While Europeans were most conservative with their answers, the vast majority firmly believed they possess the skills and experience to rise through the ranks. Read more

New Survey Shows Part-Time Workers Struggle to Find Full-Time Jobs

job searchAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, although the unemployment rate continues to drop for full-time workers, part-time workers are still struggling to land jobs.

Per the survey, 32 percent of part-time workers indicated they want to work full-time but they haven’t been able to secure new gigs. One-fourth of part-time workers currently juggle two or more jobs to piece payments together.

The survey was conducted from August until early September and included 301 part-time workers across the country by representing various industries and company sizes. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Colleagues

love my jobThere are a few ways to boost that happiness at work. The folks at Inc. outlined a few tips and interestingly enough, changes don’t have to be drastic in order to create significant results.

1. Talk to someone before checking your email. Seriously. Before you log on in the morning, say hi to a colleague and have a friendly conversation by the water cooler. The piece points out, “You’ll be surprised how your mood changes when you don’t just rush into the digital realm.”

2. Bring a colleague a cup of coffee. If anyone has ever brought you leftover food in the conference room, that gesture probably made you feel pretty good. Well, it works in reverse, too. Why not bring a cup of coffee to your cubicle mate? This will automatically boost his or her mood but it’ll likely put a spring in your step, too. Pay it forward. Read more

Got Manners? New Survey Shows People Have Quit Their Jobs in Bad Environments

multitaskingIf you’ve had a coworker or two ditch the “please” and “thank you” comments for some harsher words, you’re not alone.

That is, a quarter of workers actually resigned from their jobs because they were on the receiving end of bad manners in the office. Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate in conjunction with KRC Research surveyed 1,000 individuals about nastiness in work and in life as well. Read more

CareerBuilder Survey Shows Employers Actively Recruiting Veterans

Veterans DayYes, we’re all about Veterans Day and the latest data reflects employers supporting veterans when it comes to hiring.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, one-third of employers are actively recruiting veterans over the next year. Numbers are slightly higher than last year’s digits and significantly higher than one-fifth reported three years ago.

In addition, 31 percent have hired a veteran who returned from active duty within the past 12 months. This is three percentage points higher than 2013. Read more

Veteran & Pinterest Executive Don Faul Talks Leadership at ‘Got Your 6′

What better way to celebrate veterans during today’s holiday than hear their stories and salute their bravery?

Last week we attended an empowering Got Your 6 event at HBO’s office in midtown Manhattan. In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The initiative helps squash negative misconceptions and myths to civilians about veterans in terms of who they are and what they have to offer. As for veterans, the program ensures they’re empowered to lead by connecting to various veteran organizations.

The storytellers event had a TED talk flair as each veteran took the stage to talk about their career and lessons learned in their own unique delivery.

Let’s take a look at U.S. Marine Corps veteran Don Faul’s talk focusing on leadership in the Silicon Valley. After all, he knows a thing or two about the topic. Faul’s the head of operations at Pinterest and previously worked at Facebook and Google.

New Study Shows Companies Expect Demand for Middle-Skills Jobs to Increase

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…global consulting firm Accenture released data today referencing a job candidate pool that’s often overlooked.

The majority of the American companies surveyed struggle to fill middle-skills jobs. That is, jobs requiring more education than a high school degree but less than a four-year college diploma.

Human resources executives from 18 different industries participated in the survey and 73 percent revealed an uptick in demand for middle-skill workers over the next two to three years. The main challenge? Per the press release, they typically have to hire workers with more education than required on the job description in order to tap into the caliber of talent they need. Read more

Should You Work Late Even When You Don’t Get Paid Overtime?

mentorsAh, the corporate conundrum. We totally get it. You aren’t eligible for overtime pay but your job has a workload that represents more than a standard 9 to 5 gig.

A reader wrote into The New York Post today with the same dilemma. While you may be tempted to leave at 5 p.m. on the dot every single day, unfortunately that may not necessarily further your career for the long-term. Read more

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