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New Survey Reveals Majority of Workers Succumb to Cyber Monday Shopping (at Work)

cyber mondayAh, we know the drill.

You’re at work. A click here, a click there, a click everywhere. After all, it’s Cyber Monday and there are steals and deals to be had!

As per a new CareerBuilder survey (via AOL Jobs), 54 percent of employees expect to spend some time today shopping online for the holidays. This is an increase compared to 49 percent from 2012.

We’re not going to get preachy here to say you should wait until lunchtime or a break before you hop online but we will say to watch the clock so a lot of your day isn’t eaten up by online purchases. Your wallet will thank you and also your boss. One out of five workers will apparently spend between one and three hours browsing for deals during the holiday season and 10 percent will spend more than three hours. Read more

CareerBuilder Survey Says Grads’ Majors Don’t Align With Their Jobs

graduation capRemember when you were in college and perhaps stressed about what to study, thinking it was the ultimate big decision in life? Well, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder, the major itself isn’t so important after all.

Almost half of college-educated employees indicated their very first “real job” after college wasn’t related to their major. In comparison, 32 percent of survey participants indicated they never even found a job relating to their major. And for survey respondents older than 35, that number was 31 percent.

The survey was conducted from August through early September by Harris Interactive for approximately 2,100 employees across the country. Now, we’re not saying a college education is irrelevant by any means but typically the experience and skills students gain in school help propel them into a meaningful career. Well, that and a strong network to get a foot in the door even if it’s not relevent to the course of study at the beginning. Read more

New Survey Reveals Decline in Living Paycheck to Paycheck

moneyThere’s good news to report today!

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the number of U.S. employees who live paycheck to paycheck continues to drop. Per the respondents, 36 percent reported they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck. Last year’s numbers came through at 40 percent. This year’s percentage is even more significant because the 2008 numbers reflected 46 percent!

The survey encompassed almost 3,000 full-time employees in the private sector. There’s more good news because 24 percent of respondents revealed they never live paycheck to paycheck.  Read more

Got ‘Skelz?’ New Survey Reveals Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Need a good chuckle to kick off your weekend?

CareerBuilder’s recent study asked hiring managers, human resources professionals and workers for some of the most unusual and memorable resumes they’ve seen.

Ready for this? Here we go… Read more

Sense of Humor & Keen Sense of Fashion May Give You the Edge for New Job

If you have a razor sharp sense of humor or a keen sense of fashion, listen up. These attributes may land you a job over someone else with a similar resume!

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, even knowledge about pop culture may give you the edge over a similar candidate. The national study was conducted earlier this summer and included 2,076 hiring managers and human resources professionals in various industries. Read more

New Survey Reveals Nearly Half of Job Seekers Do Not Negotiate First Offers

If you’re looking for a job (and hey, even if you’re not), here’s important information to  keep on the brain.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 49 percent of people searching for jobs do not negotiate their offers at first. They simply accept the first offer communicated to them.

But wait, it gets better. They don’t negotiate and yet 45 percent of employers are actually willing to negotiate! Think about all of the money left on the table. Hmmmph. Read more

Got Stunts? New Survey Reveals 10 Ways Candidates Got Employers to Notice

Got your resume wrapped around a chocolate bar? Or maybe you can pay for a billboard instead? If you’re thinking of a quirky way to get noticed by a potential employer, you’re not alone.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, there are certainly positive ways candidates have stood out from their competition. They asked more than 2,000 hiring managers for their best memories of candidates who took that extra step to truly shine.

As per the press release, CareerBuilder’s human resources vice president Rosemary Haefner indicated, “Employers typically aren’t looking for the most outrageous candidate, they’re looking for the best fit.” Read more

Got Cliques? New CareerBuilder Survey Reveals They’re Omnipresent in the Workplace

Is this high school all over again? The nerd, the jock, the princess, oh wait we’re channeling The Breakfast Club

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, we’re not far off with our assumption. Employees who fit into a specific clique in high school are more likely to be in an office one, too. Survey participants were asked to describe their high school selves as one of the following groups: Athlete, honor society, cheerleader, drama club, geek, class clown, student government, teacher’s pet, band/choir.

Participants who didn’t self-identify as having fit into one of the high school personas are actually the least likely employees to be part of a workplace clique. On the contrary, former class clowns, athletes and geeks are most likely to channel their high school days and belong to an office clique. Read more

Thanks to Social Media, New Survey Reveals Employers Discover Reasons Not to Extend Job Offers

By now we all know the importance of cleaning up our social media profiles since it’s not uncommon for recruiters and hiring managers to search but a new survey seconds that notion. In fact, CareerBuilder’s new study shows that a questionable profile can cost job seekers the potential job.

Reflecting an increase from last year’s survey, more than two out of five hiring managers who actively research candidates online indicated they discovered information that caused them not to move forward.

As for the content itself, hiring managers and recruiters found a variety of questionable content such as proof of inappropriate behavior as well as information which contradicted the job seekers’ qualifications for the job. Furthermore, some candidates bad mouthed previous employers and others demonstrated poor communication skills. Read more

New Survey Says One-Fourth of Bosses Want a Direct Report to Leave

This just in…if you’ve ever wanted your boss to take a hike, it works the other way around, too. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 27 percent of bosses revealed they have a direct report they’d rather see leave.

Rosemary Haefner, the vice president of human resources at the job site, explained in the press release,  “It’s important that managers be as direct as possible when dealing with employees that, for whatever reason, aren’t a good fit for their teams.”

She added, “Fortunately, a plurality of managers in our survey were open to confronting the situation through a formal discussion or warning; however, some will do nothing at all, or even resort to passive aggressive behaviors that can only prolong a negative working arrangement. It’s important that workers be aware of such warning signs, and if necessary, take steps to improve their situations.”

Formal warnings have been issued by 42 percent of the managers surveyed. In lieu of a formal warning, other supervisors pointed out shortcomings in their direct report’s performance, reduced responsibilities, moved the person to another area, and hired someone else to eventually replace the worker.

Interestingly enough, one-third of bosses in the survey confessed they simply wouldn’t do any of the items mentioned.

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