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Monthly Jobs Report Shows Strong Numbers

jobsHappy Friday one and all! For those of us watching the monthly jobs report, it’s a happy Friday indeed.

The Department of Labor showed an addition of 321,000 jobs last month.

This is the biggest increase in almost three years! And it looks like 2014 is winding down on a high note — November signifies the 10th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000. This means 2014 has been the best hiring year since 1999.

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Good Labor News! Employees Gain Confidence to Quit Jobs

jobsWe feel a little funny writing this but what the heck — good news!

Americans are quitting their jobs fast and furiously. Turnover is increasing.

Actually, as it turns out this is fantastic news for the economy. In fact, we’re quitting our jobs at the fastest pace since early 2008! Read more

Survey Reveals Majority of College Grads are Underemployed

graduation capAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, 51 percent of employed graduates from the class of 2014 are working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. That said, nine out of 10 mentioned college is worth the investment for the long-term and four out of 10 said college didn’t prepare them for the real world.

Let’s backtrack, shall we? For starters, 65 percent of the recent graduating class has found work whereas four percent are immersed in internships and 31 percent aren’t working at all. The 65 percent is comprised of 36 percent in full-time positions, 17 percent in part-time positions and 12 percent in temporary or contract positions.

As for the 31 percent not working, 43 percent from this population is currently actively looking for a job. It sounds like the remaining grads are either not actively looking or they’re attending or pursuing graduate school. Read more

On Cusp of Monthly Jobs Report, ADP Reports Good News

Job-SearchThe Department of Labor will release its monthly data tomorrow and ADP is sharing news that September turned out better than expected!

The payroll company says private sector hiring picked up a little in September. This marks the sixth consecutive month of gains surpassing 200,000. What does this mean exactly? According to a MarketWatch piece, this signifies a sign of strength and growth for our economy.

In September, the private sector added 213,000 jobs. In August they added 202,000 jobs. Economists originally expected a gain of 209,000 last month, so the actual number of 213,000 sounds pretty darn good to us!

Play Ball! Sports Industry Employment’s On the Rise

sportsIf you’re hitting a brick wall in looking for media, advertising and creative opportunities, you may want to look into sports-related jobs.

That’s because sports employment overall is on the rise. It’s hot-hot-hot according to a new survey released by CareerBuilder. Read more

How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

suitcaseIf you think taking a gap year is just for high school kids before they jaunt off to college, think again.

According to the Brazen Careerist, experienced professionals have blazed a trail well into their careers and they’ve done it on small budgets to boot.

For starters, you should look into your employer’s sabbatical policy. If you’ve already been at your employer for a few years, you may qualify for a sabbatical. Another option entails taking an unpaid leave of absence in exchange for a guaranteed job when you return home.
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How to Handle a Shady Job Offer

moneyPicture it. You’re extended a part-time offer for a job thinking it’s going to become a full-time position. So, you work diligently and expect the offer and just like that, it arrives.

The only catch? It’s $10,000 less than the original offer before you joined as a part-timer. What should you do? The employer says there may be potential bonuses but nothing’s confirmed. Were they really honest? Can you renegotiate?  Read more

New Survey Shows Educational Requirements on the Rise for Hiring

graduation capJust when you were getting concerned our country is dumbing down a la the new changes to the SAT, educational requirements for employment is putting faith back in America again.

Okay, kinda.

Per a new survey on CareerBuilder, an associate or bachelor’s degree is becoming the new high school diploma. Read more

Buffalo Bills Fan Loses Job After Falling Out of Upper Deck

pink slipIf you think your behavior outside the office doesn’t impact your employment, think again.

You may have already seen the cringeworthy video but in case you haven’t, Rob Hopkins attended Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday’s game when the Bills took on the New York Jets.

After sliding down a safety railing in the 300 level seats, he lost his balance and fell over the railing into 200 level seats, thereby plummeting an astonishing 30 feet. Read more

Uptick in February Hiring Looks Good for Economic Recovery

There’s good news on the horizon for everyone keeping score with the economy.

As per CareerCast’.com/JobSerf’s Employment Index, national hiring climbed by 4.9 points in February. What exactly does this mean? Compared to a 2.2 increase in January it’s on the way up and reflects job growth across the country. Read more