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Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|August 29, 2005|
Jobless benefits in the U.S. hit a 4-year low last week.
The number of Americans making new claims for jobless benefits fell 4,000 last week, the Labor Department reported, a sign that many took that the job market remains strong.
The number of unemployed workers receiving jobless benefits averaged 2.58 million over the last four weeks, the lowest four-week averaged since March 2001.
|August 26, 2005|
Four new career questions — and answers — in the latest Career Doctor column.
Summer has been a little slow in career and job-search news, but the latest Career Doctor advice column was published today. In it, Dr. Hansen addresses four issues:
- Providing some job interviewing do’s and don’ts
- Finding a job when job-seeker has diverse background
- Managing and succeeding in situational job interviews
- Handling sending thank-you letter to a panel of interviewers
Go to the August 26 Career Doctor Column.
|August 13, 2005|
Fewer people than expected filed claims for state unemployment insurance last week.
The U.S. Labor Department reported that 308,000 filed jobless claims, which defied analyst expectations for a rise to 315,000, and brought a four-week moving average of claims — a closely watched barometer of the pace of layoffs — down to 309,250 — its lowest level since late February.
And in another positive sign for the job market, the number of people who stayed on the benefit rolls after drawing an initial week of aid also declined.
|August 6, 2005|
U.S. employers beat the estimates by adding more than 200,000 jobs in July.
The Labor Department reported that 207,000 new jobs were created in July, the highest increase in job creation since April — and well more than the 180,000 that experts had predicted.
While jobs were created across a range of industries, the one piece of bad news is that manufacturing jobs declined for a second month in a row. Retailers added 50,000 workers, the biggest gain in that sector since April 2000.
The stronger job growth last month pushed this year’s average monthly payroll gain to 191,000, a pace economists see as strong enough to slowly tighten the labor market.
In other employment-related news, the unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent, and average hourly wages rose to $16.13 in July.
|August 3, 2005|
Check out our new resume and cover letter tips blog, with new tips daily.
The Quintessential Resume and Cover Letter Tips Blog offers daily tips on resume and cover letter writing, design and strategy.
The blog is a great resource for all levels of job-seekers, and a must-read if you are actively seeking employment.
|August 1, 2005|
U.S. jobless claims rose less than expected last week and newspaper help-wanted ads were up slightly in June.
The U.S. Labor Department reported that new claims for state unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to 310,000 — below Wall Street forecasts for a rise to 317,000 claims and a definite improvement from 340,000 for the same period a year earlier.
The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths weekly volatility to provide a better sense of the pace of layoffs, declined for the second straight week, dropping to 318,250 from 318,500 in the previous week.
The monthly employment report, will be released August 5, and economists expect 180,000 new jobs were created in July, while the unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 5.0 percent.
A separate report from The Conference Board showed the number of help-wanted ads in U.S. newspapers edged up in June after declining in May.
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- Quintessential Resume & Cover Letter Tips, a blog from our sister site, with new resume and cover letter tips daily. A must-see for any active job-seeker.
- 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.
- 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.
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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