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Labor Department Says Jobless Claims Fall to Four-Month Low

ImproveJobProspectsThere’s cause for a mini celebration as we close out the week.

As per Reuters, the number of Americans filing new unemployment benefits has fallen. Not only that but it’s dropped to the lowest level in almost four months.

 

Yesterday the Labor Department indicated the key number was 311,000 — the lowest number of claims for state unemployment benefits since November. Read more

Unemployed & Pounding the Pavement? Survey Says Only 11 Percent Will Land Full-Time Jobs

unhappy-computer-keyAs we roll into the weekend, we want to end the week on a good note. Alas, the economy doesn’t make that easy. Per a new study conducted by three Princeton University economists, Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months are in the minority of landing a full-time job.

That is, 11 percent of this population will regain steady employment. The number of long-term unemployed equates to 3.8 million people which is technically 37 percent of Americans who are unemployed.

Furthermore, the long-term unemployed are more than twice as likely to stop looking for a new job than to find one. Researchers also mentioned when this population leaves the labor force, they’re more likely to say they don’t even want a job any more. Read more

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

Four Ways to Ask for an Informational Interview

job interviewWhether or not you’re pounding the pavement for a new job, expanding your network and asking for an informational interview is always a good move.

You’ll not only have key conversations about areas you want to pursue, you’ll simultaneously get a foot in the door by making that face-to-face connection. According to The Daily Muse, there are a few ways to make this happen.

1. Ask for help. Seriously. This is one of the fastest way to get ahead. Plus, people typically like helping for other people so if you ask for help, others will likely rise to the occasion. You can start by saying, “I hope you’ll be able to help me out.” Read more

The Key Ingredient to Negotiating Your Next Salary: Simply Ask

money bagsWhen we used to work in recruiting, we always used to cringe when we extended a job offer and the candidate excitedly accepted on the spot.

“Don’t you have any questions?” I would inquire. “Are you sure there isn’t something else you want to find out?” I would prod.

Ho hum, the answer was typically no. If they only knew they were leaving money on the table! Hiring managers often told me what amount I would be able to go up to and if there was an issue, there was typically sign-on bonus money available, too.

That’s why this piece from SavingsAccount.com really resonated. Read more

Interviews? Check. Thank-You Notes? Check. So Why Aren’t You Landing The Job?

noCongratulations! You’ve made it through the gatekeepers to land a coveted job interview. Not only that, you landed another one. And another one. And sent those thank-you notes.

And bam. Rejection letter arrives several weeks later. What’s the deal?

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there may be signals that you’re not picking up during the interview itself. 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

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