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|December 22, 2006|
Pay projected to rise in 2007 in larger companies.
Both workers and management at mid-size and large companies can expect a decent pay raise in 2007 if all goes according to the results of a recent survey.
Executives, management, professional, and white collar workers will see average raises of 3.7 percent, while workers in the trades, production, and service can expect raises of 3.6 percent — according to a survey by Mercer Human Resources Consulting.
|December 11, 2006|
U.S. employers added more than 100,000 jobs in November, as seasonal jobs kick in.
November ended with mixed employment numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
On the plus side, the nation’s employers added 132,000 jobs to their payrolls, an improvement from the 79,000 generated in October.
On the down side, as more displaced job-seekers re-entered the workforce, the nation’s unemployment rate actually increased to 4.5 percent, from 4.4 percent in October — a still relatively low rate by historical standards.
Job gains were reported in retailing, bars and restaurants, hotels and motels, health-care providers, financial firms, and computer-designs, architectural, and engineering companies. Their increases made up for job losses in construction and manufacturing.
Are you in a seasonal job? Hope to make it permanent? Read this article on Quintessential Careers: Converting Your Seasonal Job to a Permanent Position: Tips for Success.
|December 7, 2006|
Just because its the holidays doesn’t mean you should stop job-seeking.
Many job-seekers are under the incorrect assumption that very little hiring and job-search activities take place during the holidays, and that simply is not the case anymore. While it certainly does slow — as does much business activity — hiring and job creation does take place.
And with more parties and happenings around the holidays, it’s a great chance to network and meet people.
The end of the year is also a good time to do a career check to make certain you are where you want to be. More on this topic later this month.
|December 1, 2006|
Many holiday office parties are going to be bigger than last year. Do you know the basic rules of survival?
About four out of five employers are planning to hold office parties this year — approximately the same percentage as last year — but a third of the companies plan to spend more on the parties than they did last year, according to a survey of more than 100 human resource managers conducted by Challenger, Gray & Christmas (as part of their annual Holiday Party Survey).
Do you know the proper way to act at office parties? You can get the scoop in our Holiday Office Party Do’s and Don’ts.
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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