Have You Considered Working a Temp Job?
by Joe Turner - Nov, 2010
If you’ve thought before about working a temp job, here’s some further ammo for considering it. Today the US unemployment rate rose to 9.8%, the highest this country has experienced since June 1983. That’s 15.1 million Americans now out of work. According to the US Labor Department, another 263,000 jobs were lost last month, higher than expected. Additionally, if those who were already laid off and have had to settle fo...
The New Norm – High Jobless Rates
by Joe Turner - Nov, 2010
Yesterday’s AP article from Tom Raum only highlights more reasons why the current high jobless rates might well be the norm for the next several years. Many economists believe the recession has technically ended and the nation’s GDP may show a modest uptick in the next few years. Yet almost everyone acknowledges that the unemployment rate, already at 9.8%, may actually top 10% by year’s end. Don’t look for help from the us...
Being “Assertive” in Job Interviews
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2010
I received a note from someone that said: “I was told I was not assertive enough in an interview I just had. How do you do that?” Good question, and one that I think affects a number of job seekers. How do you express assertiveness without being over-bearing or offensive? And what does being “assertive” really mean? One nice result of this encounter, is that the employer gave an honest critique that most people are n...
Blue-Collar or White-Collar… Different Strategies???
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2010
As job seekers hear various job search tactics and strategies, they often think… “That doesn’t really apply to me. Those techniques are for different kinds of jobs.” Is that true? Are there different “rules” for ‘Blue-Collar’ vs. ‘White-Collar’ jobs? Well… Yes… and No! Here are some things to consider… Online tools. While LinkedIn and other online resources are “must-haves” for an effective white-collar job search...
What’s an Employer Really Looking For in Your Resume?
by Teena Rose - Nov, 2010
Most job-seekers write their resumes with one thing in mind—themselves! They toot their own horn so loud the interviewer is blown away by the sound. The “I did this” and “I achieved that” approach is important, of course. The hiring manager wants to know what you’ve accomplished in your previous line of work and how you can benefit his or her company in the new position. Reading Between the Lines BUT—he or she is also lo...
Putting the Sizzle in Your Next Interview
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Nov, 2010
Did your last interview sizzle like bacon on the grill, or did it fizzle like a bottle of champagne left on the counter December 31? Who wins when you seize the opportunity to shine? You, your future co-workers and the hiring manager do. Use the following tips to put the snap, crackle and pop into your next interview. Build interest before the interview by crafting a well-written résumé and cover letter. Use your cov...
Three Terrific Job-Search Tactics
by Kevin Donlin - Nov, 2010
The following three job search tips have one thing in common. Can you guess what? First read, then guess … 1) Time Management “Time isn’t money. Time is everything.” - Dr. Bernie Siegel We each get 24 hours in a day. How you use this precious resource largely determines your success in finding a job ... and everything else you do. If you’re unhappy with how you manage your time, why not try a different app...
Students Must Stand Out To Make Out
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2010
When college students simply tell employers what they can do and what they have done, they are putting themselves in the middle of a very large pool of job applicants. However, the best candidates will stand out when they describe the exceptional “results” that they have previously achieved. That?s important because employers believe that past results are the best predictors of future results. Which statement of stu...
Holiday Time Means Seasonal Jobs
by Anne Jabusch - Nov, 2010
With the holidays right around the corner, many companies are starting to advertise for additional workers to help them get through the rush. If you are unemployed, work part-time or just need some extra cash, this is a great time to find seasonal work. Even if the seasonal position doesn’t align with your skill set or background, it is still a good opportunity to fill any employment gaps on your resume. You also never k...
Stupid Mistakes Job Hunters Make
by Thomas J. Denham - Nov, 2010
1. Being Negative – Number 1 is not having a positive, upbeat and enthusiastic attitude. Evict any thoughts that are excuses, self-defeating, limiting, or roadblocks. Forget about what’s not working. Focus on what IS working for you. Put out positive energy. Key to your success is staying mentally and physically fit with a good diet, exercise, sound sleep and a dose of fun. 2. Insufficient Reflecting – STOP and really...
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