Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|September 26, 2005|
Are college students working (in jobs) too much?
According to a recent study, today’s college students are working more than previous generations — and working longer hours.
Nearly 48 percent of full-time college students are working (compared to 34 percent in the 1970s), according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
|September 23, 2005|
New Career Doctor column with four new questions and answers.
Dr. Randall Hansen answers questions in these four areas:
Read all the great career advice by reading the September 23, 2005 issue of the Career Doctor.
|September 15, 2005|
Unemployment claims in the U.S. jump dramatically following impact of Hurricane Katrina.
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor, claims for unemployment benefits rose by 71,000 last week, with 68,000 of that total attributed to layoffs due to Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and other areas along the Gulf Coast.
It was the biggest spike in weekly jobless claims since a rise of 82,000 claims the week ending January 20, 1996, when claims soared after a severe winter storm along the East Coast.
The increase pushed total jobless claims to 398,000 last week, the highest weekly total in two years.
Analysts have predicted that Katrina, the country’s worst natural disaster, will trim economic growth by as much as a full percentage point in the second half of this year and cost around 400,000 jobs.
|September 11, 2005|
Job-seekers should expect to be Googled.
According to a recent study, three out of four recruiters conduct Internet searches on candidates — and one in four has dropped candidates based on the results of the search,
The survey of 102 recruiters was conducted by ExecuNet.
Learn how to use a Web presence to your advantage. Read: Taking Networking to the Next Level: Getting Your Name Out There.
|September 5, 2005|
Almost half of Americans will actually be working on Labor Day.
According to a recent study, 42 percent of U.S. workers say they will be doing some kind of work on Labor Day.
The survey of 1,169 workers by Development Dimensions International, a human-resources consulting firm, found that on Labor Day workers will be checking work-related email and voicemail, catching up on old work, going to the office, or traveling for business.
The remaining 58 percent plan to do no work at all.
|September 3, 2005|
Employers add jobs; jobless rate hits four-year low.
The Labor Department reported that the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in August as companies added 169,000 jobs. It is the lowest the rate has been since August 2001.
While the news from last month was a positive sign that the job market continues to improve, the numbers to do not reflect the impact from Katrina, which many expect will be big, causing much slower economic growth and slower hiring (and perhaps increased layoffs).
While factories cut another 14,000 jobs in August, the gains were found in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and construction.
|September 1, 2005|
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|Other Career/Job-Hunting Blogs|
- 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 or Your Career
- 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