Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|June 26, 2005|
U.S. jobless claims dropped last week, but what does it really mean?
The Labor Department reported that Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000 last week — to a new total of 314,000. Analysts had predicted a 3,000 decline.
The decline in jobless claims follows last week’s increase of 1,000 and was the biggest one-week drop since a decline of 33,000 the week of April 16.
The more stable four-week average of jobless claims fell to 333,000 — down from 335,500 the previous week.
Some experts say the decline in jobless claims proves the job market is getting better, but that discounts all the recent news of some very major companies announcing massive layoffs and downsizing over the next few years.
Bottom-line? Stay active in building and maintaining your network of contacts, so that you are aware of potential new job/career opportunities.
|June 22, 2005|
Wondering what different occupations in the U.S. earn annually?
Average annual wages in the U.S.:
- Surgeons, $145,600
- Physicians, general practitioner, $137,700
- Psychiatrists, $136,500
- Airline pilots, $128,100
- Dentists, $120,400
- Engineering managers, $95,600
- Lawyers, $92,700
- Computer and information systems managers, $90,500
- Marketing managers, $85,200
- Pharmacists, $82,500
- Sales managers, $82,000
- Education administrators, $74,000
- Public relations managers, $67,800
- Construction managers, $67,600
- Chiropractors, $66,600
- Computer programmers, $61,700
- Real estate brokers, $54,400
- Registered nurses, $51,000
- Funeral directors, $46,100
- Secondary schoolteachers, $45,000
- Police and sheriff’s patrol officers, $44,500
- Postal service mail carriers, $44,500
- Carpenters, $34,900
- Truck drivers, $33,200
- Correctional officers and jailers, $33,200
- News reporters, analysts and correspondents, $31,700
- Automotive technician and mechanic, $31,600
- Medical assistants, $24,300
Source: Career InfoNet
|June 18, 2005|
Teens choose teacher, doctor, and lawyer as top career paths.
In a recent study, teens aged 13 to 17 were asked to give their three top choices in response to a question about the kind of work they will do for a career.
For teenage girls, the top career choices are: teacher, lawyer, doctor, nurse, fashion designer, scientist/biologist, author/writer, veterinarian, artist, and job in the medical field.
For teenage boys, the top career choices are: career in sports field, doctor, architect, engineer, teacher, businessman, lawyer, the military, scientist/biologist, and a job working with computers.
The Gallop Youth Survey was first conducted in 1977 — and at the time, the top choice for teen girls was secretary and for teen boys skilled worker.
To learn more about career choices, check out these Career Exploration Tools and Resources.
|June 14, 2005|
What’s your raise going to look like this year?
According to a report on CareerJournal.com, workers in the U.S. can expect a 3.7 percent pay raise this year, which will be the second year of increased raises for employees after a three year decline.
And data compiled by Salary.com reveal that 2005 expected increases will be slightly higher than the 3.6 percent average raise last year. Average salary increases bottomed out at a five year low of 3.4 percent in 2003, after hitting a five year high of 4.4 percent in 2001.
Learn how to negotiate a raise in this article on Quintessential Careers: Getting the Raise You Deserve.
|June 9, 2005|
The U.S. government forecasts a rise in new jobs for 2005.
The Bush Administration announced that employment will rise by 2.1 million this year to an annual average of 133.6 million — about the same prediction as they made in December.
Next year, the administration predicts another 2.2 million new jobs will be generated, boosting annual average employment to 135.8 million.
|June 4, 2005|
If you’re in healthcare or construction, there may be a new job for you, otherwise…
…the job market looked bleak with the May new job creation report from the U.S. Department of Labor showing that only 78,000 jobs were created in the U.S. last month — the weakest growth in 21 months (since August 2003), and less than half of the 185,000 new jobs analysts expected to be created.
The only real job gains were in healthcare, with 26,000 new jobs created, and construction, with 20,000 new jobs created.
Factory/manufacturing lost 7,000 jobs — the third straight month of job losses — as producers continue to scale back production to reduce backlogged inventories.
A few bits of good employment news: the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent — the lowest level since September 2001. And the percentage of the working-age population who are holding down a job moved to its highest level since October 2002.
So, the job market continues to be mixed. Anecdotal evidence points to numerous job openings at the entry-level and low-paying dimension, but higher wage positions are still harder to find. And certain industries continue to be stagnant.
Can’t say it often enough: if you are thinking about seeking a new job, in the middle of a job-search, or struggling with finding employment… you must work on developing, expanding, and using your network of contacts to help you track down job leads. Read more about the power of networking here: Networking Your Way to a New Job.
|June 1, 2005|
What’s your outlook on your company and your job there? Compare it to these results.
According to a new poll, 74 percent of working Americans say the company they work for is doing better compared to a year ago, a significant increase over the 57 percent who said the same last year.
In addition, while 45 percent say it’s at least somewhat likely they won’t be working for the same employer within the next 12 months, an overwhelming majority of respondents (96 percent) say it will be of their own choosing.
Other findings from the Maritz Research poll of 1,001 workers across the U.S.:
- Only one-in-ten (10 percent) strongly agree that they look forward to going to work every day.
- Only one-in-ten (11 percent) strongly agree that their company is a ‘fun’ place to work.
- One-in-five (20 percent) feel strongly that their work gives them a strong feeling of personal accomplishment.
- One-in-five (19 percent) strongly agree that their company is the ‘best’ in the industry.
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