Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|October 26, 2006|
Obtaining an education earns job-seekers significantly higher salaries.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on average in 2004:
- High school dropouts earned $19,169
- High school graduates earned $28,645
- College graduates earned $51,554
- People with advanced college degrees earned $78,093
The income gap between adults with a high school diploma and those with a bachelor’s degree declined slightly from five years earlier, but the difference is still significant.
Ready to further your education? Use our College Planning Resources.
|October 17, 2006|
Managers see themselves as much better managers than the people who work for them do.
According to a national survey of more than 1,800 U.S. employees by the Hudson Highland Group, a staffing company, 92 percent of managers stated that they were good or excellent bosses while only 67 percent of workers reported their bosses were either good or excellent.
And on a positive note, about two thirds of all workers have a high regard for their bosses, while only 10 percent of workers said their bosses did a poor job.
|October 8, 2006|
New job creation in the U.S. well below expectations in September.
Employers added only 51,000 jobs last month, according to the Department of Labor — far below expectations for 125,000 new jobs.
September’s weak job creation was the smallest since October 2005, when only 37,000 jobs were added.
Manufacturing and retail were the biggest losers in September, dropping 19,000 and 12,000 jobs respectively.
One piece of good news from the Labor Department was that the national unemployment rate dropped a notch, from 4.7 percent in August to 4.6 percent in September.
|October 5, 2006|
Jobless claims in the U.S. dropped unexpectedly last week to the lowest level since mid-July.
While the Labor Department reported that first time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 302,000 last week, the four-week average of claims (313,500) changed little.
In other labor news to be announced tomorrow, a poll of economists predict that U.S. employers likely added only 125,000 new jobs in September and that the unemployment rate probably held steady at 4.7 percent.
|October 2, 2006|
More career, college, and job-search content keeps getting added as we approach the one-month mark to the QuintCareers 10th anniversary.
We’ll soon be announcing new tools and tutorials for all job-seekers, with our content to soon exceed 3,000 pages of free and expert advice to all our visitors.
One of our newest sections is our personal career branding section — which has all the self-marketing tools you need to get hired or promoted. Check out: Personal Branding & Career Self-Marketing Tools.
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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