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|February 18, 2008|
It’s still too early to tell, but college grads should still be able to find jobs come May.
While employers remain somewhat uncertain about the employment outlook in general, they plan to make 7 percent more positions available than last year for new college graduates.
This information is a bit tainted, perhaps, because it comes from an annual study by the Collegiate Employment Institute at Michigan State University, and the timing of when employers were asked the question in terms of the economy is at least in question.
Still, with the vision of many baby boomers retiring or recareering, employers are definitely looking toward new college grads to rebuild their workforce.
|February 11, 2008|
The number one workplace goal that professionals are seeking in 2008 is achieving a healthy work/life balance.
In response to the question, “what is the most important workplace goal you would like to achieve in 2008,” more than 5,000 visitors to Beyond.com, one of our corporate partners, responded:
- 57 percent want to achieve a healthy work/life balance
- 18 percent want to obtain further education
- 16 percent want to get/stay organized
- 10 percent want to improve workplace relationships
Such an overwhelming response is not unusual — except for all the so-called experts who say there is no such thing as work-life balance… that it’s all just about managing your time.
For those of you who ARE seeking to achieve a healthier balance, please consider reviewing our 10 Tips for Getting Your Work/Life in Balance.
And if you work way too much even when others around you ask you to slow down, consider reading this article: Are You — or Someone You Know — a Workaholic?
|February 6, 2008|
It’s not just a weak job market in the U.S. as data reveals that 365,000 fewer people were running their own business last quarter, as compared to the same period in 2006.
Besides the large drop in the number of people running their own business, it was also reported that the number of hours worked by the self-employed fell at a 15.5 percent annual pace in the last quarter — the biggest decline in 15 years.
It’s clear from these last two piece of news — the first decline in jobs in five years and a massive drop in people running their own businesses — that it’s more important than ever to stay focused on your job and career.
The data comes from Labor Department research that was supplied to Bloomberg News.
|February 1, 2008|
Unemployment applications spike as U.S. has first decline in monthly job creation in almost five years, as economy sputters.
In two separate reports, the Labor Department first announced that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits increased by 69,000 to 375,000 — the highest level since October 2005.
In a second report, released this morning, the Labor Department announced that employers cut 17,000 jobs in January — the first monthly decline since August 2003. It was supposedly more shocking because some analysts had expected an increase of as much of 80,000 new jobs — but given all the news of layoffs and a weak economy, it’s amazing that anyone could have been predicting such high job growth.
Hardest hit industries were again both manufacturing and construction. Manufacturers cut 28,000 jobs in January — the 19th straight month of cuts — while the number of construction jobs dropped by 27,000 — bringing to a total of 284,000 lost jobs since employment peaked in September 2006.
Worried about your job security? You may not need to be, but you should not be ignoring the situation either. Read our latest article on the subject: Seven Strategies to Recession-Proof Your Career: Build Your Future Regardless of Health of the Economy.
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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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