Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|January 31, 2005|
The new issue of our online career magazine, QuintZine, is now available.
This issue’s focus is on helping job-seekers who want to work in multiple jobs, perhaps in multiple career fields, to find the resources and tools needed to succeed.
In portfolio careers, you work several part-time jobs that when combined is the equivalent of a full-time position.
Other items in this issue include the Quintessential Site of the Issue, the latest Career Doctor Q&A column, job-seeker tips, and more.
|January 26, 2005|
A new report shows more of us are working more than one job.
The number of multiple job holders in the U.S. increased to 7.8 million in 2004, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The percentage of workers holding two jobs now stands at 5.6 percent.
If you are currently working multiple jobs — or considering working a second or third job — check out our article, Moonlighting in America: Strategies for Managing Working Multiple Jobs.
|January 21, 2005|
“At the end of the day,” do you “think outside the box” searching for a new “paradigm?”
If so — or if you talk this way — you may be in trouble.
In a study of 150 senior executives from the 1,000 largest companies in the U.S. conducted by Accountemps… the respondents were asked about the most annoying or overused phrase or buzzword in workplace. Their responses included:
|January 17, 2005|
Do you have good enough credit to get your next job?
What does a job -seeker’s credit history have to do with getting a job, performing on the job?
Some employers think plenty.
More than a third (35 percent) of employers now consider an applicent’s credit history in hiring decisions, up from 19 percent in 1996, according to a recent report from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Background checks continue to grow. Check out these Job References & Portfolio Services for Job-Seekers.
|January 14, 2005|
Setting career goals for the new year is just one of the questions…
… in the latest Career Doctor Q&A column written by Dr. Randall Hansen.
You’ll also find questions involving:
|January 12, 2005|
Employers are increasingly using various psychometric tests on prospective job-seekers.
While the debate rages on whether these tests are fair and/or accurate, more employers appear to be using one or more of these “personality” tests on prospective job-seekers to aid in the screening process.
Employers are using these tests to make sure that potential employees have the right skills and personality to fit into their workplace culture.
|January 9, 2005|
December’s increase in jobs makes 2004 the best year for job growth since 1999.
While the 157,000 new jobs added in December was a smaller number than the 175,000 Wall Street expected, hiring for the year was at the fastest pace in five years, reported the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday.
In 2003, there was a net reduction of 61,000 jobs.
The U.S. unemployment rate in December was unchanged at 5.4 percent.
Some analysts expect the employment picture to be even stronger in 2005.
|January 6, 2005|
U.S. jobless claims surged unexpectedly last week.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Americans filing first-time claims for state unemployment insurance aid rose 43,000 to 364,000 in the week ended January 1, up from a revised 321,000 in the previous week.
It was the largest one-week gain in nearly three years and far surpassed Wall Street expectations for a rise to 331,000 from the originally reported 326,000 in the prior week.
The surge, however, had little impact on the four-week moving average of claims, which smoothes weekly volatility, and climbed to 333,000 from 332,250 in the prior week.
And the Labor Department’s employment December report due out Friday is still expected to show 175,000 jobs were created last month after November’s 112,000 gain. The unemployment rate is expected to be unchanged at 5.4 percent.
|January 4, 2005|
Did you make a resolution to find a new job in 2005? Achieve better work-life balance?
If so, you are not alone… at least according to a recent survey of job-seekers.
In the Monster.com survey of 8,044 people, 93 percent of the respondents said they plan to job-hop in 2005.
Furthermore, when asked to describe their most important New Year’s resolut on, 59 percent of t e responde ts a swered “get a new job”; 19 percent said “losing weight”; 14 percent said they would like to improve rk-life balance; and 8 percent said they planned to get more organized in the coming year.
Looking for a new job? Find all the tools you need to sharpen that resume and polish those interviewing skills in our Career Resources Toolkit.
Is your life in balance? Take our Work/Life Balance Quiz.
|January 1, 2005|
Four more questions and four more answers from the Career Doctor…
- Getting the salary increase you deserve
- Choosing between two career paths
- Contemplating dramatic career change
- Making the case for workplace flexibility
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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