Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|June 28, 2007|
With the QuintCareers RV stopping at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, one is reminded of the massive amount of job growth during his terms as president, and the struggles the U.S. is currently facing with job creation.
It seems we get weekly news of at least one major corporation slashing jobs. Today, both Capital One and Hanes announced thousands of job cuts. And in the case of Hanes, moving production overseas.
As a worker and a job-seeker, you must always be prepared for opportunities and threats in the job marketplace… you should always have a current resume and people willing to serve as references — as well as an active network of contacts — so that you are prepared for new job opportunities when they arise as well as possible downsizing threats.
And if you have not touched your resume in several months — or longer — besides updating it, you should also get is critiqued by a professional. (You can also critique it yourself using our Resume Critique Worksheet for Job-Seekers.
As for the Tour, today we landed in Tennessee, then over the weekend it’s Georgia, and then finally, next week, we’ll be back in the offices in Florida!
|June 25, 2007|
The QuintCareers team is standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, and such a fine site to see… you know the rest because the Eagles song is so well known. Why? It’s all about branding — and job-seekers and workers can use the same tools for your success too!
We were actually in Winslow a few days ago, part of our Historic Route 66 portion of the Quintessential Careers Summer Tour, but the picture fits because we have a new article by QuintCareers contributor Joe Turner discussing the power of branding in your resume. Learn how to stand out from the crowd of other job-seekers competing for the same job by using proven marketing and branding techniques. Learn more in his article: Is “The Breakfast of Champions” in Your Resume?
Meanwhile, the QuintCareers team lands in Oklahoma, as we begin the last leg of our summer journey.
|June 21, 2007|
With the QuintCareers RV heading through the vast Dixie National Forest, like the mighty trees that grow above the others, job-seekers can use your accomplishments and resume to stand out among other job-seekers.
The sheer beauty and awe of nature surrounds you as you drive through the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah, almost two million acres in size, turns to thoughts about why one notices a particular tree or area of the forest — and the answer is that there is something special that catches your eye and draws your attention to it.
The same holds true to a job-seeker applying for a position where there are hundreds of other applicants. Or even if you are simply wanting a promotion… How are you going to get noticed? Hiring managers (and bosses) want to see accomplishments — they want to see a proven track record of successful performance, and if you don’t showcase these accomplishments, how will anyone else know how great you are?
You can read more about how to track your accomplishments in this article on Quintessential Careers: For Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments. You can also use this handy Job-Seeker Accomplishments Worksheet to help track your successes.
Finally, you need to pull all these things together and update your resume showcasing your accomplishments. Use our many free Resume Resources for Job-Seekers.
|June 18, 2007|
A career assessment is a day or two — perhaps a long weekend — where you look at where you are in your career and decide if you are where you want to be. If you find you are happy with your career progress, then you’re pretty much done, though we suggest still doing a few things like making sure your resume is up-to-date. However, if you find you are not where you want to be — perhaps promoted outside your original career or perhaps not promoted fast enough, then this career assessment is the perfect opportunity to create steps to move in the direction you want your career to go.
While we can let momentum carry us forward with our careers, it is far better to have a plan and be proactive with your career. There is no harm in making both a short-term and long-term plan to your career.
Learn more in this article on Quintessential Careers: 10 Tips for Successful Career Planning.
|June 13, 2007|
Are you at a crossroads with your current job? Like the crossroads we hit on a 40-mile bike loop between Buellton and Lompoc, CA, if you are unhappy with your current employer, you face an important choice about your career path.
With several recent studies showing workers dealing with low morale issues related to reduced health and retirement benefits, reductions due to downsizing, outsourcing, or mergers, and reports of high CEO pay, more and more workers are simply showing up to work for the paycheck.
According to one study by Salary.com, almost two-thirds of employees surveyed say they will be looking for a new job within the next few months — with half reporting they have already posted their resumes online or with recruiters.
Not all companies can be a Google, where workers receive great perks and a wonderful work environment, but if you love what you do — you are passionate about your work — and dislike your employer, it might be time to finalize that resume, get a refresher on job-hunting, work your network, and track down some job leads at companies that value their employees.
Not sure you need to change careers or jobs? Take our free quiz! Go to: Time to Change Jobs…or Careers? A Quintessential Careers Quiz
|June 12, 2007|
With the QuintCareers RV stopped in the middle of Santa Barbara (Sideways) wine country, it’s an important reminder that even if employers are expecting to hire fewer workers, there are still jobs for diligent job-seekers.
Buellton and Solvang, two California wine towns, are quite different than Junction and Van Horn, two Texas towns that seemed to be struggling. There are signs of opportunity here in California, while there were simply signs of depression and despair in Texas.
In related news, a new study of 14,000 employers released today shows that only 29 percent of companies expect to add jobs in the next three months, while 7 percent said they expect to reduce employment. In the same quarter a year ago, 31 percent of employers expected hiring increases while only 6 percent planned reductions.
The quarterly survey, which has been conducted since 1962 by Manpower, Inc., a national staffing company, also reveals that the biggest slowdowns are expected in wholesale and retail, real estate, construction, and finance and insurance.
What can you do as a job-seeker? Keep pursuing job leads, don’t stop networking and meeting new people, always follow-up all leads and interviews, and expect the hiring process to go through more people and take longer than in the past. Consider reading this article on Quintessential Careers: 10 Ways to Develop Job Leads.
|June 11, 2007|
Stopping at Pepperdine University as part of the QuintCareers Summer Tour, our thoughts turn to assisting college students and recent grads.
For current college students, the keys to success revolve around finding the right major(s) and minor(s), gaining necessary work experience, and preparing for the workforce. Of course, the summer is the perfect time to gain that experience — through internships or volunteering. Get the help you need in this section of Quintessential Careers: Internship Resources for College Students.
Your recent college graduates, you should be in your first job — or going through interviews in preparation for obtaining your first job. You’ll find valuable assistance in this section of our site: College Student, Recent Grad: Career and Job Resources.
|June 10, 2007|
The QuintCareers team, settled into a nice hotel in Ventura for the night, traveled up the Coast Highway, biking a 20-mile loop from Laguna Beach to Newport Beach, in a very congested and very hilly section of coastal California.
Along the way, seeing all the people, made us think of all the retiring baby boomers. Some retiring to lives of leisure, some retiring to odd jobs, but others retiring so that they can finally start their real career — the one they have dreamt about for years while working in an unfulfilling job so that they could pay the mortgage and send the kids to college.
Are you a boomer considering a change in careers? Not ready to really retire? Read our article, Working Beyond Retirement: For Money, Identity, and Purpose.
|June 9, 2007|
A 41-mile bike ride, including a steep climb into the Torrey Pines Preserve, reminds us of the challenge career-changers face when making a major change in careers.
This leg of the QuintCareers Tour has the team still based in Oceanside, but on this day, we took an amazing bike ride along the Pacific Ocean to Torrey Pines Preserve. We passed through the towns of Carlsbad, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Solona Beach, and Del Mar. An amazing ride that got even better with the mile-long climb from beach elevation to the top of the preserve… an amazing incline, but once at the top, the views were breathtaking… and the Torrey Pines something to see.
The challenges and wonders of today made us think of the challenges people face when they are considering changing careers — there are often many obstacles, from money issues to education or training to gaining new experience. However, once you’ve made that change and are on your way to your new career, there’s great happiness.
Thinking of making a major change in your career? Check out our Job & Career Resources for Career Changers.
|June 8, 2007|
Safe arrival of the QuintCareers RV in Oceanside after a trip through Joshua Tree, but a hit-and-run accident makes one think of what’s important in life.
The QC Team made it safely to Oceanside, CA, after a short drive through Joshua Tree and the Yucca Valley. While the drive was safe, a bike ride to Vista, CA, proved to be a dangerous one for Creative Director Katharine Hansen when she was sideswiped — while in a Bike Lane — by a woman who knocked her off her bike and then drove away.
The good news is that although sore, Katharine is doing well — no broken bones. And her new Trek seems to have made it okay too. We thought California was bike-friendly!
Moments like the accident, though, make one consider what’s important in life. And one of those things is doing the kind of work that inspires you — that you want to do rather than have to do. Take the time this weekend to consider your career passion. For assistance, use our free Finding Your Career Passion Tutorial: Uncover Your Ideal Career Path.
|June 7, 2007|
As the QuintCareers team moves through the high winds and tumbleweeds of Arizona to make it to California, we note that U.S. jobless claims fell for the second straight week.
Arriving in Twentynine Palms on our way to Oceanside, we we confronted with amazingly high winds throughout the drive through Arizona, including dust clouds that reduced visibility similar to a heavy snowstorm, and tumbleweeds brushing across the windshield of the QC RV.
In labor news, the Department of Labor announced that applications for unemployment benefits declined for a second straight week, reporting that the number of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits totaled 309,000 last week, down by 1,000 from the previous week.
|June 5, 2007|
The QuintCareers 2007 Tour makes it through the dust storms of New Mexico and Arizona, stopping in the lovely town of Benson — with some tips on successfully getting a new job.
Driving the QC RV on I10 through New Mexico and Arizona, with the high winds and dirt clouds, felt a bit like the turbulence you sometimes get when flying. Even anchored here in our RV park, the winds continue to push around the RV!
Where are you in your job-search? Are you seeking job leads, interviews, or second interviews? The key to job-hunting — at all levels — is multifaceted. First, you need to have a network of contacts to discover job leads and obtain information. Second, you need to have a solid reputation — and the higher jobs you are seeking, the more important it is to be known in your industry/profession. Third, you need to be persistent; realize the job-hunting takes a lot of time and energy, and that you will need to have both patience and the ability to be a little aggressive to show your interest in the job and employer.
Of course, you’ll also need to have a great resume and strong interviewing skills.
Find all the free and expert resources you need to succeed in our Career Resources Toolkit for Job-Seekers.
Tomorrow, we continue making our trek through Arizona, arriving in California on Thursday.
|June 4, 2007|
High winds, crazy storms, beautiful days, and moonlighting job-seekers face the QuintCareers team as we travel through Texas.
No entry from yesterday’s visit to Junction, TX, as we got caught in a Texas-sized storm that wiped out power for a few hours — and Internet connections all night.
Today’s journey to Van Horn was uneventful and we move on to Arizona tomorrow!
As for the moonlighting workers… some are people who need to hold down two jobs and some are budding entrepreneurs, working their regular job during the day and running their business a night. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, about 32 percent of self-employed entrepreneurs also hold down a second job.
Looking for some resources to help with either the moonlighting or the budding business? Go to our Moonlighting in America article and/or our Entrepreneur & Business Start-Up Tools and Resources.
|June 2, 2007|
Even on a Saturday, we hit amazing — amazing bad — traffic in Houston today. We can just hope that all those folks who were stuck on the highways and saw the QuintCareers RV pulled up the Website to learn more.
Remember that everything about this site is to empower you to find your career passion and obtain the job of your dreams — with education and other work experience along the way.
Tomorrow, we continue moving westward across Texas!
|June 1, 2007|
U.S. employers add jobs while the QC RV Summer Tour hits Baton Rouge!
After two months of weak hiring, the Labor Department reports that employers added more than 150,000 new jobs in May — and at a pace higher than what economists were predicting.
Health care, education, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and the government were among the sectors adding jobs in May. But losses continued in manufacturing, construction, and retailing..
In a separate report, the Labor Department reported that unemployment held steady at 4.5 percent.
As far as the QuintCareers RV Tour, we made it through Pensacola to Mobile, through Mississippi, and finally to Baton Rouge. Tomorrow, it’s off to Houston.
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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.
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