Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|June 25, 2004|
What are ten occupations that are bright spots in an otherwise still very mixed employment situation? The editors at The Wall Street Journal wanted to know, so they poured over the statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor and came up with this list:
- Forensic Accountant
- Critical-Care Nurse
- IT Security Specialist
- High-School Math Teacher
- Automotive Technician
- Funeral Director
- Community-College Professor
- Corporate Librarian
Read all the details, including job requirements and salary ranges, in the full article published on CareerJournal.com.
And whether you are looking for a job in one of these occupations — or any others — do two things today to increase your chances for job-search success:
- First. Network, network, network. Learn more about it, including how to network online and off, in The Art of Networking.
- Second. Search for jobs on our job board.
|June 18, 2004|
The U.S. Labor Department reported today that new applications for unemployment insurance dropped last week by 15,000 to 336,000… the lowest level since last May.
As companies continue to evaluate their employment needs, remember that they often hire temporary workers first, especially when they are uncertain about future demand.
Find articles, resources, and more in this section of Quintessential Careers: Temporary Employment/Temping Jobs.
|June 12, 2004|
A recent poll of register voters showed that the majority (57 percent) responded that the U.S. had lost jobs in the last six months, even though statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show the opposite to be the case.
Part of the discrepancy deals with the types of new jobs being added — many in occupations that are low-wage and offer only part-time opportunities — and in the fact that many job-seekers have not seen the labor market open, as many job experts have predicted.
You can still boost your chances by increasing your networking efforts and by using a small number of online job boards (including one or two of the broad job boards and a few occupation or geographic specific niche boards).
Resources that can help you:
- The Art of Networking
- Top Ten Best Job Sites (including our own)
- Industry-Specific Job Sites
- Geographic-Specific Job Sites
And find out more about low-wage jobs and low-wage workers in this new section of Quintessential Careers: Low Wage Jobs: Tools, Statistics, Resources.
|June 10, 2004|
The U.S. Labor Department reported today that new applications for unemployment insurance increased by 12,000 to 352,000 for the week ending June 5th — after two straight weeks of declines in benefit claims.
The good news is that the number of claims is still far below the 424,000 filed for the same week a year ago.
It is time to be optimistic about a job-search, but remember that some job-seekers will have a much easier time than others — based on location, occupation, experience, and education.
|June 4, 2004|
In the latest employment news, released today by the U.S. Department of Labor, May was another good month for many job-seekers as employers added almost a quarter million workers — and accommodated enough new job-seekers to keep the national unemployment rate steady at 5.6 percent.
In fact, when including revised hiring figures for March and April, payrolls have swelled by almost 1 million in the last three months.
The May increase of 248,000 new jobs reflected hiring across most industries, with construction, healthcare, hospitality (hotels and restaurants), and business services (including mainly temporary agencies) having the largest increases.
While these numbers are very solid, looking at the industries with the most new jobs does bring into question the quality of the jobs… are they high-paying white collar jobs or the ever-increasing low-wage jobs that require little education and experience?
With all the good news, it is still important to note that 8.2 million people remained unemployed. While the overall jobless rate stayed at 5.6 percent, it was much higher among blacks, at 9.9 percent and Hispanics, at 7 percent.
And the average duration of unemployment rose to 20 weeks last month, up from 19.7 weeks in April. Almost 22 percent of all jobless workers have been without work for 27 weeks or more.
|June 2, 2004|
Here’s some depressing data for job-seekers. Of the 20 largest growing occupations from 2002 to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 17 of those occupations require minimal education and only on-the-job training… so called low-wage jobs.
In fact, a total of 80 percent of all the jobs created by these 20 largest occupations — about 6 million jobs in total — will be low-wage, including these:
- Retail salespersons — 596,000 new jobs
- Customer service reps — 460,000 new jobs
- Food preparation — 454,000 new jobs
- Cashiers — 454,000 new jobs
- Janitors — 414,000 new jobs
- Wait staff — 367,000 new jobs
- Nursing aides and attendants — 343,000 new jobs
Get all the details of the top 20 occupations in Largest Growth Occupations: 2002-2012.
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|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