Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|October 28, 2005|
Hurricanes continue to wreak havoc on job market.
Job losses from hurricanes Katrina and Rita have passed the half-million mark — with further increases likely to come from Wilma, as these Atlantic hurricanes continue to affect the Southeastern U.S. economy.
The Labor Department announced that an additional 24,000 workers filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, pushing the total over the last eight weeks to 502,000 hurricane-related claims.
|October 24, 2005|
According to a new study, qualifications count more than connections.
Workforce Management Week recently asked human resource professionals “How would you describe the hiring practices at your organization?” Of the 625 respondents, results indicated the following:
- 57 percent stated that candidates are hired only if they’re qualified for the job, even if they know someone at the company
- 25 percent said sometimes, but not often, candidates are hired because of who they know, regardless of how good they would be at the job
- 14 percent said they very often hire people based more on who they know than what they know
|October 15, 2005|
Finances are the biggest stressor for U.S. workers.
According to a new study by LifeCare, Inc., a work/life benefits provider, here are the responses workers gave when asked what causes them the most stress:
- Finances: 23 percent
- Job and career: 21 percent
- Lack of control over schedule: 12 percent
- Problems with spouse/significant other: 12 percent
- Parenting issues: 8 percent
- Personal issues: 7 percent
- Home maintenance: 5 percent
- Medical issues: 4 percent
- Eldercare issues: 3 percent
|October 8, 2005|
The U.S. economy lost 35,000 jobs in September, far less than expected.
The Labor Department reported the September job loss yesterday, which was far less than the decline of 143,000 jobs anticipated by Wall Street economists — largely due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The Labor Department also reported that more jobs were created in both July and August than previously thought. It said there were 211,000 jobs created in August instead 169,000 and 277,000 in July rather than 242,000.
However, the national unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent last month — highest since May — from 4.9 percent in August.
September marked the first month in more than two years in which here were job losses. In May 2003, 26,000 were cut.
|October 6, 2005|
In the last year, almost half of us called in sick when we were feeling well.
A recent study found that 43 percent of workers took a sick day when they felt well during the last year, up from 35 percent in a similar study in 2004.
According to the CareerBuilder.com “Out of the Office 2005” study, the most popular day for calling in sick when really not was Wednesday (27 percent), followed closely by Monday (26 percent).
As for reasons for missing work, 23 percent said it was the desire to relax and catch up on sleep, 16 percent simply did not feel like going to work, 16 percent had a doctor’s appointment, and 9 percent had housework or personal errands.
Not surprisingly, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of hiring managers said they are more suspicious of employees calling in sick on a Monday or Friday.
|October 2, 2005|
We’re working more hours than we ever have before. Is it worth it?
According to a recent Business Week report, more than 31 percent of college-educated male workers are regularly putting in 50 or more hours a week at work, up from 22 percent in 1980. And big surprise… we’re also getting less sleep; about 40 percent of American adults get less than seven hours of sleep on weekdays, up from 34 percent in 2001.
If you feel you are working too much, perhaps now is the time for some self-reflection. Consider reading: Knowing Yourself and Knowing How to Create Your Own Good Luck Are Keys to Career Planning, by David P. Helfand.
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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 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.
|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