Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
|January 26, 2008|
Jobless claims fall for the fourth straight week in the U.S., even as more companies announce layoffs.
The Department of Labor announced that the number of workers filling claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell by 1,000 last week, leading some experts to predict that the labor market is holding up fairly well in the midst of a turbulent stock market and weakening economy.
While the unemployment numbers offered at least some hope, the announcement came while both Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers were stating that they were cutting 1,000 and 1,300 jobs, respectively.
|January 21, 2008|
You can help empower a student by acquainting them with the world of work through job shadowing.
Kicking off next Friday, February 1, 2008, and continuing throughout the school year, is Job Shadowing 2008. Starting on that day, countless working professionals will see their “student shadows” as part of Job Shadowing 2008 — now in its 11th year.
But you don’t have to officially participate to invite students to shadow you and observe a day in your work-life.
And for the students, here is a sample letter you can use to request a job shadow experience. And learn more about the many benefits of job shadoing by reading this article: Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing.
Learn more by visiting Job Shadow 2008.
|January 16, 2008|
The U.S. economy struggles and more employers announce major job cuts in a trend that started last year.
Here is the latest news of job cuts:
- IndyMac Bancorp is cutting its workforce by 24 percent — laying off more than 2,400 employees
- Citigroup plans to eliminate about 4,200 jobs
- Sprint Nextel announced plans to layoff “several thousand” employees (after eliminating 5,000 jobs last year)
- Bank of America is cutting 650 corporate and investment banking jobs
- Applied Materials, Inc., is reducing its workforce by 7 percent and cutting 1,000 jobs
|January 5, 2008|
More bad news on the job front, as job growth slows to the lowest level in almost five years and unemployment hits a two-year high.
The U.S. Labor Department reported yesterday that employers added just 18,000 jobs in December, the worst performance since a decline of 42,000 in August 2003. December’s small gains were down from November’s 115,000 gain, which was revised up from an initial estimate of a 94,000 increase.
Furthermore, the unemployment rate jumped from 4.7 percent in November to 5 percent in December — the highest level since November 2005.
Economists had been predicting that employers would add about 70,000 jobs and that unemployment would rise only to 4.8 percent.
Factories, retailers, construction companies, and financial service providers all cut jobs in December, with the government and service sectors doing the bulk of the hiring.
In terms of the full year, employers added 1.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate averaged 4.6 percent in 2007. Employment growth averaged 111,000 a month in 2007, down from 189,000 a month in 2006 (when the economy added some 2.3 million jobs).
|January 3, 2008|
The job outlook for 2008 — at least the early part of it — continues to get gloomier as employers become more cautious about expanding their workforce.
With all the bad economic news continuing — the poor real estate market, rising energy costs, and a major drop in factory production — employers are quickly scaling back plans on what typically is a strong hiring season.
Further solidifying the gloomy job-hunting news is a report from the U.S. Department of Labor showing the number of people continuing to collect unemployment insurance rose for a fourth straight week — to the highest level since October 2005.
Are any employers still hiring? Of course, but the current economic situation will make your job-hunt much harder — and possibly much longer.
|January 1, 2008|
As the new year begins, the QuintCareers.com team is still on the road, ready to assist you in your quest for a better job or career.
The QuintCareers team is on the road again this year, having upgraded to a larger QC RV. We’ll be announcing sometime over the next few months the plans for the 2008 Quintessential Careers tour.
If you are a college career counselor or a member of a professional or trade organization — and you’re interested in having us present a free series of workshops to your constituents, send QuintCareers.com Publisher Dr. Randall Hansen an email and we’ll see what we can do to accommodate your needs.
Again, our best wishes for a successful and empowered new year!
If we have a new year’s resolution or two, it’s that the job market gets stronger and that everyone who is struggling to find a career that fits finds one. (We can’t do anything about the first resolution, but we can suggest our free Career Passion Tutorial for the second!)
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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