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The U.S. Department of Labor released its monthly job report this morning and although the unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent, the good news is that employers have added 204,000 jobs.
This number of job addition was significantly higher than original estimates.
If you feel like you’re being forced to sign a resignation letter courtesy of your employer providing it, a piece on AOL Jobs attempts to set the record straight with several important items to think about.
1. Are you being offered a package? If you’re not, what’s the benefit to your resignation? The piece suggests letting them fire you instead so you’ll “at least get unemployment.” Read more
We shouldn’t live in a bubble so what you’re about to read will bring a new perspective to a basic conference room. While some Japanese companies are reluctant to show employees the door, they embrace banishment rooms.
Looking to pink slip an employee? Fughettaboutit! As per the Asahi Shimbun, companies are transferring surplus employees and giving them mundane tasks to accomplish. The goal is for employees to reach a point of despair and simply quit on their own.
And we’re not talking about boutique companies. As mentioned in the piece, two subsidiaries of Panasonic Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Sony Corp., an NEC Corp. subsidiary and Seiko Instruments, Inc. have all employed banishment rooms. Read more
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
Maybe this week will end on a good note? According to data released by the Labor Department, last week weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 37,000.
The seasonally adjusted number of 335,000 is technically the lowest level since January 2008!
This could perhaps mean that the job market is finally on the upswing.
That said, as per a piece by The Associated Press, applications in January can be misleading. Pink slips sometimes occur in the middle of the month when restaurants and retail companies let go of their holiday workers.
Ever wonder if stints on your resume adding up to less than 12 months each look bad in the eyes of a recruiter? Wonder no more.
According to a new Bullhorn survey of 1,500 hiring managers and recruiters, 39 percent of recruiters indicate job hopping is indeed a problem to landing a new gig.
They say “the single biggest obstacle for an unemployed candidate in regaining employment is having a history of ‘hopping jobs,’ or leaving a company before one year of tenure.” Read more
Happy Friday one and all! At the end of a laborious week (kind of ironic since after all, it was Labor Day on Monday), the new numbers have been released.
According to the latest job report, American employers added 96,000 jobs last month which could be viewed as a weak stat. That said, unemployment dipped to 8.1 percent; in July the percentage was 8.3. However, it could be interpreted the number dropped because more people stalled their job searches.
Okay, the summer is officially in full gear which isn’t such a good thing for job seekers. Although more temporary assignments may be available, this means hiring managers are away, job requisitions are on hold, and it seems like everything may be on hold until Labor Day and beyond.
Never fear! For unemployed job seekers, there are five ways to make the most of your down time.
According to a piece on Forbes, for starters, you can take temporary work. Andy Teach, the author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, explained to Forbes, “If you do a great job, even if it’s for a temporary job, whoever hired you is more likely to recommend you for a permanent position.” Read more
Sure, we all know being unemployed can impact your well being, social life, and of course, your wallet. Well, a new study proves it!
According to survey conducted by It’s Just Lunch, three-quarters of women in the survey revealed they were unlikely to date a man who is unemployed whereas one-third of guys reported they were not likely to date women who don’t currently work.
According to the survey, 925 women were included and it’s unknown as to how many men were included (mainly because it’s not included in the company’s press release.) When asked if they would go out on a date with someone who was unemployed, literally 33 percent said no, they wouldn’t. Although 42 percent answered “maybe” they also added they wouldn’t want to invest a lot of time into it unless their potential mate “had a game plan for getting back on track.”
It should be noted that 21 percent of women responded yes with a stipulation including being curious to see how they’re keeping occupied in the meantime.
Irene LaCota, spokesperson for the dating company, summed up the results: “Not having a job will definitely make it harder for men to date someone they don’t already know.”
She added, “This is the rare area, compared to other topics we’ve done surveys on, where women’s old-fashioned beliefs about sex roles seem to apply.”
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