Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|August 27, 2006|
Americans waste an average of two hours of work each day. How do you spend your day?
The top time-wasting activities done by American workers includes:
- Surfing the Net (45 percent)
- Socializing with co-workers (23 percent)
- Conducting persona business (7 percent)
- Spacing out (4 percent)
- Running personal errands (3 percent)
- Making personal calls (2 percent)
- Applying for other jobs (1 percent)
- Planning personal events (1 percent)
- Arriving late or leaving early (1 percent)
- Other activities (13 percent)
The survey, with more than 10,000 respondents, was taken by America Online and Salary.com.
|August 18, 2006|
Almost 50 percent of business professionals think their resume needs improvement.
In a poll of 1,600 business professionals by Beyond.com, 48.2 percent of respondents reported that their resume needed improvement. Another third (33.6 percent) stated they could live with the resume they had. Only 18.2 percent indicated that they were confident in their resume and deemed it “perfect.”
Wondering about your resume? Is your resume distinctive? Will prospective employers take notice and invite you for an interview based on your current resume?
Start with our Resume Critique Worksheet for Job-Seekers and conduct your own analysis. And if you decide you need some professional help, consider using a professional resume writing service, such as the Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters Resume Writing Service.
|August 14, 2006|
Here are the sources where employers are finding that applicants are coming from.
According to DirectEmployers.com and Booz Allen Hamilton, companies reported INCREASES in these recruiting sources for 2006:
- Organization’s Web site: 74 percent increase
- Employee referrals: 68 percent increase
- Social networking technology: 60 percent increase
- Campus recruiting: 48 percent increase
- Niche job boards: 51 percent increase
- General job boards: 29 percent increase
- Commercial resume databases: 24 percent increase
- Career fairs: 21 percent increase
- Search firms: 16 percent increase
- Other: 12 percent increase
- Newspapers: 4 percent increase
|August 4, 2006|
U.S. unemployment rate hit 5-month high in July.
Hiring companies, possibly experiencing the typical summer lull in hiring — combined with higher energy costs — added just 113,000 new jobs last month, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Employers had added 124,000 new jobs in June, while adding only 100,000 in May.
The slowdown in new job creation caused the unemployment rate to rise to a five-month high of 4.8 percent (from 4.6 percent in June).
Experts had forecast a gain of about 145,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.
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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