Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|July 29, 2005|
Four more questions are answered in the newest Career Doctor career column.
This issue covers these four issues:
- Dealing with issues of job stress and job burnout
- Using first job as a stepping stone to the next
- Building network and planning career change
- Using cold calling method of job-hunting in job-search
|July 20, 2005|
We don’t mean to brag, but we have direct links to hundreds of employer career centers, now including all the major pharmaceutical companies …
Our Quintessential Directory of Company Career Centers has direct links the career/employment center of all types of employers, helping job-seekers go directly to the source of job listings. Our directory of employers includes:
- Fortune 500
- Best Companies to Work For
- Top Private Companies
- Top Public Companies
- Top Multicultural Companies
- Top Companies for Older/Mature Workers
- Top Canadian Companies
- Top Global Companies
- Pharmaceutical Companies
|July 13, 2005|
Lots of job-seekers would love a part-time job that comes with benefits, but how many employers are that generous?
After reading a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, the crack QuintCareers.com staff did a little Googling and other research, and here’s what we found out.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers seem about four to five times more likely to have what we consider the key benefits of medical care, paid sick leave, dental care, and life insurance. A larger number do get some paid holidays or paid leave.
Furthermore, medium and large companies (defined as those employing 100 or more workers) are also much more likely to offer health-related benefits than smaller companies (defined as employing fewer than 100 workers) — by an almost 5 to 1 ratio. For example, about 28 percent of part-time employees in medium and large companies offer benefits, while only 6 percent do in small companies.
So… we’re developing a list of companies that offer part-time employees benefits… and here is our start:
- Bank One/Chase
- Land’s End
And if you’re an employer and want to be added to this list, not only will we add it to the blog, but we are going to start a whole section just to tout employers that take care of their part-time employees. Just send us an email.
|July 8, 2005|
U.S. employers added only 146,000 jobs in June, mostly in the service sector.
June’s reported employment growth fell short of analyst expectations for 188,500 new jobs in the month.
The U.S. Labor Department also announced revised up job growth in April and May to 292,000 and 104,000, respectively, boosting the two-month count by 44,000 payroll jobs.
But a decline in the unemployment rate to 5.0 percent was a surprise, since Wall Street had expected it to hold at 5.1 percent. The drop was mostly due to a paltry 1,000 increase in the work force, which includes those looking for work as well as those who have jobs.
|July 7, 2005|
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose last week
First-time claims for state aid rose to 319,000 in the week ended July 2, from a revised 312,000 in the prior week, the U.S. Labor Department reported.
A Labor Department analyst attributed a “significant portion” of the increase in claims to layoffs in the automobile industry, which has begun its annual shutdown for model changes, and to layoffs of temporary employees of the school system such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers.
The closely watched four-week moving average of claims fell for the third straight week, slipping to 320,500 from 324,000 the previous week. That was the lowest level since March 5.
|July 5, 2005|
The best small and medium companies to work for in America have been announced.
Software company Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, Pa., and biotech firm Genencor International of Palo Alto, Calif., have respectively been named the number one “Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America.”
The second annual rankings were released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and recognize the top 25 small companies (50-250 employees) and the top 25 medium companies (251-999 employees) to work for in America.
The companies were selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work® Institute (GPTW).
So… here are the top 10 from each category.
10 Best Small Companies
- Analytical Graphics Inc., Exton, PA
- Triage Consulting Group, San Francisco, CA
- Insomniac Games, Inc., Burbank, CA
- Empower MediaMarketing, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
- archer>malmo, Memphis, TN
- Root Learning Inc., Maumee, OH
- Northeast Delta Dental, Concord, NH
- Pacific Service Credit Union, Walnut Creek, CA
- Kahler Slater, Milwaukee, WI
- Landrum Human Resources Company, Pensacola, FL
10 Best Medium Companies
- Genencor International, Inc., Palo Alto, CA
- ACUITY, A Mutual Insurance Company, Sheboygan, WI
- Sage Products Inc., Cary, IL
- Hypertherm, Inc., Hanover, NH
- The Integer Group, Lakewood, CO
- CALIBRE, Alexandria, VA
- Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Liberty Lake, WA
- The Hospice of Marion County Healthcare Alliance, Ocala, FL
- Kyphon Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
- Holder Construction Company, Atlanta, GA
Find the full list and related stories in the July 2005 issue of HR Magazine.
|July 2, 2005|
With 4th of July, the summer holidays in the U.S. are in full swing, and so your job-search strategy needs a summer schedule too.
The U.S. job market has been so unpredictable over the last few years that we have to wait and see if the typical summer pattern emerges… and if so, it means the market will be quite slow for the rest of the summer until after Labor Day.
So, if the market is slow and job leads are scarce, what can you do if you are looking for a new job? The good part of the summer is the number of social activities — weddings, beach parties, cookouts, picnics, sporting events, and company-related outings.
What do all these social outings mean for you? All great chances for networking! Learn more in our article, Networking Your Way to a New Job.
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|Other Career/Job-Hunting Blogs|
- Job Stu f, A Blog for Your Care r, from Stephen Harris. Stephen’s blog is a great resource for t ose 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.
- Blue Sky Resumes Blog, from career expert Louise Fletcher, a general career and job-search blog that covers all aspects of the job-hunt.
- Career Transition Discussion, a blog that deals with the issue of mid-career change… for job-seekers 40+.
- LifeWork Design — a conversation about topics related to career counseling and coaching.
And for our entire list of favorites, go here: Career-Related Blogs for Job-Seekers.
|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