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|September 27, 2006|
Here’s a partial list of the top places to work, according to Working Mother magazine.
The magazine, which has reviewed companies for the past 20 years, uses five main criteria as a basis for its rankings: flexibility, leave time for new parents, child care, elder care, and number of women occupying top jobs.
The top 10 companies, according to the magazine:
- Abbott Laboratories
- Bon Secours Richmond Health System
- Ernst & Young LLP
- HSBC USA, Inc.
- IBM Corp.
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Patagonia, Inc.
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
- Principal Financial Group
- S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
To research these companies or apply directly to their corporate career centers, go to the Quintessential Directory of Company Career Centers.
|September 22, 2006|
Florida maintains its position as one of the nation’s top states for new jobs.
According to data released by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, more than 243,000 jobs were created during the 12 months that ended in August, giving the state a growth rate of 3.1 percent — well ahead of the national average of 1.3 percent.
Job growth was strongest in the areas of professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, construction, and hospitality.
Find the Florida job of your dreams by using this Quintessential Careers resource: Florida Job and Career Resources for Job-Seekers.
|September 17, 2006|
Fall is always a good time for job-hunting, but do it now rather than later in the season.
And experts say this fall will be even better for job-seekers than the past couple of seasons.
OK, while it is not technically autumn according to the calendar until next weekend, the period from Labor Day to Thanksgiving is a great time for job-hunting, perhaps second only to right after the start of a new year (when budgets replenished and jobs are more plentiful).
Now that all the summer holidays and vacations are over, it’s back to business for companies, which means that projects that were delayed or postponed are being started and companies are planning for next year — so it is important for job-seekers to strike while employers are open to new hires.
If you’re a little rusty with your job-search skills, then take advantage of all the free tools, tips, and tutorials we offer by going to our Career Resources Toolkit for Job-Seekers.
|September 8, 2006|
The number of jobless claims dropped more than expected last week.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits totaled 310,000 — down 9,000 from the previous week, and the biggest decline in seven weeks.
Because of a slowing economy, economists had expected a higher number of claims as companies reduce their workforce.
The four-week average for jobless claims went down to 315,250, compared to 318,250 for the previous week.
New York, Kentucky, and North Carolina had the biggest increase in unemployment, while Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan fared the best.
|September 4, 2006|
New jobs added in August, and some (U.S.) Labor Day facts and figures.
The observance of Labor Day has been going on for more than a hundred years, although there is a debate about when the first observance actually occurred.
Labor Day, now the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have happened on this same date in 1882, in New York City, with a parade possibly organized by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor.
However, others believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.
Regardless of the actual origin, state legislatures began passing laws marking a day to observe the holiday, and in 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being the U.S.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the civilian workforce, as of August 2006, was 151.7 million strong, with about 81 million working men and 70.5 working women. The unemployment rate stands at 4.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent in July. Employers added 128,000 new jobs in August, mainly in education, financial services, and healthcare. Job cuts occurred in manufacturing, retailing, and trucking.
|September 2, 2006|
Here are six ways to jump-start your career.
According to a recent Fortune Magazine story about outgrowing your job and having no where to get promoted to because a glut of older workers not leaving their job, here are six things anyone can do to move ahead in your career:
- Look for a fast-growing industry
- Gain international experience
- Consider employment with a smaller company
- Seek out a mentor
- Be the problem-solver for the toughest problems
- Become an entrepreneur and start your own business
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