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Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|November 23, 2005|
Employee loyalty hits six-year high.
The percentage of employees in the U.S. who are committed to their companies and plan to stay for at least two years hit 34 percent, up four points from 2003 and 10 points from the 1999, the first year the study was conducted.
The Walker Loyalty Report is a biennial report that compares the percentage of loyal employees with trapped employees (not committed but staying) and high-risk employees (neither committed to company nor staying), and is produced by Walker Information, a business research and consulting firm based in Indianapolis.
The percentage of trapped and high-risk employees were both down three points from 2003, at 28 percent and 31 percent, respectively.
The report is the result of feedback from more than 2,500 employees nationwide, 18 or older, working in companies with at least 50 employees.
|November 18, 2005|
November marks the ninth anniversary of the founding of Quintessential Careers!
And we are celebrating by adding more career content for you! Check back on Monday for two great new articles, and the “official” anniversary celebration with the publication of our e-zine, QuintZine.
For now, let’s start with the topics of today’s Career Doctor column:
- Contemplating development of online career portfolio
- Telling current employer about job interview
- Mastering the art of following-up job leads
- Deciding whether to keep 4-month job on resume
|November 9, 2005|
Can you do a better job than your boss?
According to a recent study, almost two-thirds of workers (63 percent) said they did not think they could do a better job than their current boss.
Furthermore, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) reported that they did not want to be the boss.
The study was released by OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company specializing in temporary staffing for administrative professionals.
And if you’re stuck with a bad boss? Read some advice in our article, Dealing With a Bad Boss: Strategies for Coping.
|November 5, 2005|
U.S. job growth weaker than expected in October, but wages up.
There was mixed news on the employment front. First, the Labor Department reported that only 56,000 jobs were created in October, about half of the 100,000 jobs Wall Street economists had forecast to be created.
On the plus side, though, wages grew at the strongest pace in 2 1/2 years — the 0.5 percent gain in average hourly earnings to $16.27 from $16.19 in September was the largest increase since a matching 0.5 percent in February 2003.
|November 3, 2005|
Where do you stand on the shifting attitudes about work?
A recent study found that workers born before 1964 are willing to put work as your top priority, compared with younger workers. More workers born after 1965 tend to make family their top priority — or seek more balance between work and family.
The study was conducted by the Families and Work Institute of New York.
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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