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In New Survey, Execs Point Out Job Interview Blunders

mistakeEver wonder why you didn’t get the job? It may not have anything to do with your skills or experience but rather, how you handled the interview process itself.

Per a new survey published by Accountemps, 43 percent (43!) of chief financial officers said candidates make most mistakes during job interviews. Candidates also make faux pas while writing their resumes, according to 19 percent of executives. Read more

Job Market Hits Milestone as Per Department of Labor Statistics

Find a JobIt’s jobs report Friday! And that only means one thing. Data.

According to the latest job report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March and the unemployment remained flat at 6.7 percent.

This is actually a milestone because the private sector has apparently recovered all of the jobs that were lost in the meltdown better known as 2008. Considering this signals a labor market at its pre-recession point, according to a piece on CNN, this is good news indeed. Read more

Four Unique Jobs for Millennials

love my jobHappy Friday one and all! If you’re a job seeker and you’re a Millennial, we have a treat for you. The folks at SheFinds outlined a few quirky jobs of potential interest to this generation.

1. Digital recipe producer. Like food? Good. Like to write? Great. Add some tech savviness to the mix and a pinch of HTML and you’re good to go. Read more

Paternity Leave Takes Center Stage as Announcers Chastise Baseball Player

bball diamondThis story grabbed our attention like you wouldn’t believe.

Maybe that’s because maternity leave in America seems rather succinct compared to various countries. And no one really talks about the understated yet valuable leave as well for the father.

According to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, women are entitled to 12 weeks off from work. Technically they don’t have to be paid during that time and exceptions occur within some small companies. Per this infographic from Huffington Post, most countries offer at least three months of paid time off and offer benefits for fathers as well.

This is all the more reason why the New York broadcasters took it too far with New York Mets’ second baseman, Dan Murphy. Although the team’s opening day was on Monday, he went to Florida to be with his wife as she delivered their son. Oh, the travesty! Read more

Court Reporter Botches Transcripts: Writes ‘Hate My Job’ & Damages 30 Cases

hangoverIf you hate your job, please oh please don’t put it in writing.

Here’s what went down — according to The New York Post, a court stenographer based in New York City kind of botched his own work. Instead of typing normal content during a criminal trial he decided to type, “I hate my job.” Repeatedly. Read more

MTV Set to Air New Show: ‘Jobs That Don’t Suck’

heartWe get a little excited when we hear about a show that’s all about jobs. After all, that’s our jam!

Imagine our delight when we heard MTV 2 has a new show airing on April 16 called Jobs That Don’t Suck.

Focused on young people finding their dream job, it seems like it’s going to focus on teenage entrepreneurs and Millennials leaving corporate America and making their mark.

The trailer quips, “Just tons of people with one thing in common: they love their jobs.”

And remember, per a lawyer turned entrepreneurial chef in the same clip, it’s important to rock out to what makes you distinctly you. “The things that make you weird make you money.”

Check out the trailer after the jump! Read more

Good News! ADP Report Shows Uptick in Hiring

job searchWhile we’re awaiting the Department of Labor’s job report, there’s good news on the hiring front. According to payroll processor ADP, businesses have added 191,000 jobs in March — not too shabby!

This shows the job market may have bounced back from a weak winter and bad weather which significantly impacted businesses across the country.

According to a piece in USA Today, economists had forecasted a gain of 189,000 jobs in the ADP report. The same economists are expecting 195,000 gains according to the government’s report covering business, federal, state and local government jobs.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, explained in the piece, “The job market is coming out from its deep winter slumber. Even better numbers are likely in coming months as the weather warms.”

Federal Reserve Chair Says Job Market is ‘Tougher Now Than in Any Recession’

jobsYesterday Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke about helping “Main Street, not Wall Street.”

She didn’t just focus on the unemployment rate but she did talk about a variety of economic indicators pointing to the weak job market.

Are numbers as bleak as they were five years ago? Thankfully, no. Could they be a lot better than they are now? Yes!

Per CNN, she dished about wages rising too slowly. Get this — since the recession, compensation has typically increased two percent each year. Two percent! Read more

Colleges Offer Photo Shoots; Students Can Discard the LinkedIn Selfie

selfieHave you ever seen a colleague upload a new LinkedIn profile photo and said to yourself, “A selfie? Really?!”

What you really wanted to tell them how unprofessional it looked but alas, you held your breath instead.

Well, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, schools like Lawrence University are offering professional headshots to their students for free. Here’s the thing — per the social media site, profiles with photos are 11 times more likely to be viewed than profiles without pictures. Read more

Tips for the Chronically Tardy

timerIf you’ve ever been late to the office occasionally, that’s no big deal. As for chronic tardiness? Um, big deal.

Here’s the situation as per a piece in The New York Post. An employee has been written up a few times about being late to work. Sure, there’s a long commute involved and timing can vary up to 45 minutes each time. Although someone else on staff is often late, she hasn’t been reprimanded. What gives? Read more

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