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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Laid Off Workers Often Rehired by Company!

According to Right Management, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm that surveyed 14,000 displaced workers from nearly 5,000 companies, "13 percent of workers who lost their job as part of downsizings in 2005 were later rehired by the same employer." Rehiring employees who were victims of a numbers game, rather than being let go for performance reasons, enables companies to bring back people who have known qualities that fit the culture of their organizations, experts say. The research also... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Finding a New Job When You Are Over 50 (You can do it!)

Finding jobs at 50+: You can do it! How the over 50 job seekers stack up against younger and older job seekers: Age Category Age base salary in prior job Average time to find new position in months 35 - 40 $83,450 5.00 41 - 45 123,461 4.96 46 - 50 125,161 5.51 51 - 55 115,100 6.33 56 - 60 96,444 5.94 61+ 94,600 6.13 All (ave. age 50.2) $112,552 5.62 Source: http://www.careerjournal.com/myc/fifty/20060328-capell.html ============================================================== For some fun and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 25, 2005

U.S. EMPLOYEES WORK MORE THAN 50 HOURS/WEEK, & THAT HURTS BUSINESS!

Those long hours lead to more stress and an off-kilter work/life balance, and they can lead to lessened confidence in corporate leadership. That lack of confidence also can hurt a business’s bottom line, according to data ISR collected in 2004 and its poll of more than 50,000 U.S. employees at financially high-performing companies. Among the findings: * Employees reporting high stress levels and poor work/life balance said their leaders did an inadequate job of setting clear direction; only 63... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 18, 2005

US Worker Leisure Time Declines

A sad commentary on our work lives: According to a Harris survey, the amount of leisure time enjoyed by the average American has shrunk 37% since 1973. A 37% decline! ============================================================== For some fun and laughing about careers, see my blog, CAREER, JOB, EMPLOYMENT & RESUME HUMOR and JOKES! at http://www.blogit.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/CAREER_JOB_HUMOR/ This E-newsletter is from Frankly Speaking: Resumes that Work! The editor is a Nationally Certified Resume... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Employees Ready to Jump Ship (Career and Employment Survey Results)

Ready To Jump Ship?: The Insight Track: Exclusive Job Seeker Research for HR Professionals, published by careerbuilder.com, released these results from a survey of more than 2,500 workers (the sample consisted of members of SurveySite Web Panel. Of the 2,500 surveyed, 1,000-plus were hiring managers): 48% of workers say they do not look forward to going to work 23% say they are dissatisfied overall with their jobs 47% of workers are dissatisfied with their pay 61% say their workloads have... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Are You Happy with Your Job?

Are You Happy with Your Job? Some employment fields have "happier" employees than other fields. A quarterly report on job satisfaction and dissatisfaction in the first quarter of 2005 from the report, Hands on Research, published by Career Builder.com predicts the following: * Healthcare is one of the leaders in job satisfaction. An increase in satisfaction from 62% to 71%; dissatisfaction remained at 7%. The biggest improvement was worker’s perception of how well senior management is leading... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

JOB-SEEKING IS A COMPETITION! Why hire a professional resume writer

JOB-SEEKING IS A COMPETITION! Why you should hire a professional resume writer Are you the best candidate for that new job? You might be the best one. You might be the most qualified. But if your resume doesn't present you just right--if you don't make the correct first impression--you won't get an interview. And without an interview, you won't get a new job. Job-hunting is a competition. The problem is that your competitors are hidden from your sight. You have no way to gauge who is competing... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 27, 2005

HIRING TRENDS: 2005 Second Quarter Projections

Hiring Trends for Quarter 2 in 2005: Hiring activity is expected to peak at 27% in the second quarter, according to the Spring 2005 "Hands on Research" report by CareerBuilder.com. The top industries for new jobs are: * Healthcare * Retail * Sales * Accounting/Finance, and * Information Technology The report goes on to say that: * 31% of hiring managers report difficulties finding qualified candidates, especially those with specialized skill sets. * 30% of hiring managers plan to seek candidates... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Top 10 Trends in Human Resources

Top 10 Trends in Human Resources The Society of Human Resource Management revealed the top 10 human resources trends in its SHRM 2004-2005 Workplace Forecast: A Strategic Outlook. As you review these trends, consider how they might or could impact your work and chosen career paths. Is a change in YOUR future? 1. Rise in health care costs 2. Focus on domestic safety and security 3. Use of technology to communicate with employees 4. Growing complexity of legal compliance 5. Use of technology to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 15, 2005

KEYS TO WRITING A RESUME YOURSELF: TIPS FROM A TOP OUTPLACEMENT FIRM

KEYS TO WRITING A RESUME YOURSELF: TIPS FROM A TOP OUTPLACEMENT FIRM Summary: While many career professionals hire a professional resume writer, many more attempt to draft their resume themselves. People who write a lot for business usually have more success in putting together a sharp, targeted presentation; however, anyone can learn the basic steps to resume presentation. Resume writers and outplacement professionals see many examples of resume styles and presentations, some of which help the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 4, 2005

Why Women Leave the "Fast Lane" (Employment Facts)

Why Women Leave the "Fast Lane": Harvard Business Review featured an interesting article on what keeps talented women on the road to success in its March 2005 issue. In a survey of highly qualified professionals, these statistics emerged: Top five reasons women leave the fast lane: * Family time – 44% * Earn a degree, other training – 23% * Work not enjoyable/satisfying – 17% * Moved away – 17% * Change careers – 16% Top five reasons men leave the fast lane: * Change careers – 29% * Earn a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

HANDLING THE REFERENCE QUESTION DURING AN INTERVIEW

HANDLING THE REFERENCE QUESTION DURING AN INTERVIEW "Do you have references?" the interviewer asks during the initial interview. What should you do? Hand them right over? For most companies, reference checking is an important and necessary part of the hiring process. With the costs of hiring an employee ranging from $6,000 to over $25,000 (if relocation is involved), employers want to make sure that their investment pays off. Understanding the value of the reference, preparing the references,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 28, 2005

EMPLOYERS ARE HUMAN TOO! INTERVIEWING TIPS FOR THE NERVOUS

EMPLOYERS ARE HUMAN TOO! INTERVIEWING TIPS FOR THE NERVOUS It's time for your interview to begin. Your palms are sweaty and you are nervous. You are sure that you wore the wrong outfit/can't answer the tough questions/will stumble over your accomplishments/start tapping your fingers nervously/be asked to leave the interview/completely fail. STOP! Take a second to remove the focus from yourself and put it on the interviewer. They may have the same fears too, plus a few more. Interviewers are... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 25, 2005

BUILD A NETWORK BEFORE YOU NEED ONE! (CAREER NETWORKING TIPS)

BUILD A NETWORK BEFORE YOU NEED ONE! By Gail Frank, Frankly Speaking: Resumes That Work! Ó 2003 As Barbra Streisand sings, "People….people who need people…are the luckiest people..." If you found yourself suddenly out of work, faced with empty days and the challenge of finding a new job, what would you do? Who could you call? In short, do you have a professional network of contacts ready to help? WHY DO YOU NEED A NETWORK NOW? If you think you are not in jeopardy of losing your job, think again.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRAID TO LEAVE THEIR JOBS (ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MISERABLE)

FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRAID TO LEAVE THEIR JOBS (ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MISERABLE) By Gail Frank, Frankly Speaking: Resumes That Work! Ó 2003 The alarm rang at 6:00 am on Monday morning, and Tom Martin hit the snooze button. The knot in his stomach tightened as he envisioned heading to the office for yet another day in corporate agony. He sighed, swung his legs over the edge of the bed and willed himself to get moving. Sound familiar? Many American workers stay in jobs they hate. According to a recent... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Q: Sent Cover Letter and Didn't Get a Response...Call the Employer?

" ASK THE CAREER COACH" A column to answer your questions about job, careers, resumes and employment. QUESTION: I sent a resume and a cover letter to a company in response to an open position they had, but I have not heard back from them. Should I call them? How long should I wait and what should I say? ANSWER: Great question. Many people are hesitant to do follow ups because they feel they are being pests by calling. That is a myth. A key component of a pro-active job search is doing regular... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

GET RESUME CREDIT FOR VOLUNTEERING!

GET RESUME CREDIT FOR VOLUNTEERING! By Gail Frank, Frankly Speaking: Resumes That Work! Ó 1999 Summary: Take credit for all of your life accomplishments. Just because you were not paid, do not relegate your volunteer experience to the end of your resume. As anyone who has ever crammed volunteer work into a life full of work and family obligations will attest: volunteering IS WORK! So why not include it on your resume? You should. People often choose volunteer work which either: Capitalizes on... Sign in to see full entry.

HOW TO TRANSFORM A JOB FAIR INTO A JOB OFFER!

HOW TO TRANSFORM A JOB FAIR INTO A JOB OFFER! By Gail Frank, Frankly Speaking: Resumes That Work! Ó 2003 Imagine starving in the desert. Suddenly, you see a sumptuous buffet. Your mouth salivates. Where to start? With the desserts, dripping with chocolate? Or the appetizers… Welcome to the world of job fairs: a buffet of delights for the serious job seeker. Like attacking a buffet, you need a strategy for working a career fair, so you don't "fill up" on the appetizers and never get to the... Sign in to see full entry.

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