Career and Job-Hunting Blog — January 2004
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|January 28, 2004|
While the employment numbers continue to show mixed signals, one interesting statistic is the increase in people reporting their incomes using 1099 forms rather than W2s — that more businesses are hiring freelancers and temporary workers, which some economists are calling the workforce of the future. Being a freelancer gives you much more flexibility, but it also comes without any kind of benefits or job security.
Is freelancing for you? Take our Consultant/Free Agent Quiz.
|January 27, 2004|
Some signs that the job market, including manufacturing jobs, may be indeed be stronger in 2004 (finally): The National Association for Business Economics reported that more than a third (34 percent) of the companies they surveyed expect to add jobs in the next six months (an increase from only 21 percent in the previous survey conducted in the fourth quarter of 2003).
|January 21, 2004|
About one-quarter of workers say they are currently dissatisfied with their jobs, a 20% increase over 2001. And six-in-ten workers say they plan to leave their jobs for other pursuits in the next two years.
These statistics and others can be found in CareerBuilder.com’s new report on worker trends and aspirations titled “At Work 2003: Past, Present, and Future.” The in-depth report compares workers’ attitudes and opinions between 2001 and 2003, discusses trends in select industries and job functions, and explores gender differences in perceptions of work.
|January 18, 2004|
Looks like workers are not going to see any big pay increases in 2004. According to compliance publisher Business & Legal Reports (BLR), most employers are planning their smallest pay increases since at least 1985.
In its annual Pay Budget Survey, BLR found employers nationwide budgeting for pay increases averaging well below 4% for 2004.
Based on the results, exempt and nonexempt white-collar employees can expect merit increases of 3.4%, unionized plant employees 3.2%, and non-unionized plant employees 3.3%. General increases will be slightly lower in each category.
|January 10, 2004|
Topjobsites.com (using Alexa.com rankings) categorizes and ranks the top job sites in the world. Here are the top three ranked sites in several categories:
General Job Sites:
#1 – Monster.com
#2 – CareerBuilder
#3 – HotJobs
College Job Sites:
#1 – CollegeGrad.com
#2 – NACElink
#3 – Experience.com
Executive Job Sites:
#1 – 6FigureJobs
#2 – CareerJounal.com
#3 – Execunet
Diversity Job Sites:
#1 – LatPro
#2 – Hire Diversity
#3 – IMDiversity.com
|Other Career/Job-Hunting Blogs|
- Job Stuff, A Blog for Your Career, from Stephen Harris. Stephen’s blog is a great resource for those job-seekers who find yourselves in transition, searching for guidance and reassurance.
- The Occupational Adventure Blog, from Curt Rosengren, a Passion Catalyst. Curt’s blog is great for finding encouraging ideas (and resources) for moving forward with your career… a career that lights your fire.
- TrueCareers Career Blog, from the career and job site dedicated to professional and college-educated job-seekers… where they say you get the real scoop on how to get the job you want faster — with insider tips and more.
|Quintessential Career and Job Resources|
Other topical resources for job-seekers:
- QuintZine: A Career and Job-Hunting Newsletter
- Q-Tips: Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
- Q&A with Career & College Experts
- The Career Doctor Career Advice Column
- College, Career, and Job-Related Articles
- Career and Job-Related Tutorials