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|March 24, 2008|
Some people may have you believing that the resume has lost its power in job-searching — but don’t listen to them.
The resume is far from dead — or even dying — for the vast majority of job-seekers. Yes, the resume and how it is used is changing. And certainly the pretty, formatted resume is slowly becoming a tool of the past… BUT, the resume as a tool to make an initial first impression in the job-search is still critical for the vast majority of us.
Should you be using other tools, such as branding, social networking, and online portfolios? Of course. And you should especially be using these tools if you are self-employed or in middle or upper management — where much of hiring discussions center around your reputation (and brand).
And while I am a big fan of Seth Godin, his comments about resumes being roadblocks to hiring just do not ring true. You can read his blog entry here.
Your resumes — yes, you should have several versions for a variety of situations — are just one tool in what should be a large collection of self-marketing and job-hunting tools.
Speaking of your resumes, follow this link to a great collection of free and comprehesive Resume Resources.
|March 17, 2008|
Considering a part-time job? Be prepared to face much greater competition for fewer jobs.
As more and more people seek part-time jobs — whether teens seeking work, adults choosing part-time over full-time positions, or full-time workers seeking additional incomes — in an ever-weakening economy, the battle for part-time positions is expected to become fierce.
In fact, more people are working part-time jobs now — the highest level in 15 years — and the numbers are growing. According to the U.S. Labor Department, the number of people working part-time jobs rose by 100,000 in February for the second month in a row — bringing the total to 4.79 million people employed part-time.
Furthermore, more people are holding multiple part-time jobs than ever before (at least since 1994 when the government began tracking it) — with about 1.8 million workers holding down at least two part-time positions in 2007.
Women comprise the majority of workers who hold multiple jobs — overtaking men for the first time since statistics have been recorded.
|March 15, 2008|
You’re reading one of the top 15 best career blogs in the world.
We’re actually ranked #12, according to the RiseSmart Career100 list, which ranks the top 100 in the world.
Some of the other top career blogs, according to RiseSmart’s rankings, include:
- Brazen Careerist, by Penelope Trunk
- Cheezhead, from author Joel Cheesman
- Personal Branding Blog, from Dan Schawbel
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|March 7, 2008|
It’s the worst job news in five years as U.S. employers make the deepest job cuts since March 2003.
The Labor Department announced today that there was a net loss of 63,000 jobs. The private sector actually cut more than 100,000 jobs, but the difference was a strong increase in government hiring.
Amazingly, some economists (not sure what party affiliation or planet they live on) had been predicting a 25,000 increase in jobs; probably the same economists who say we are not in a recession.
Workers felt cuts in just about all industries. Construction and manufacturing continued bleeding losses badly, but job cuts also occurred in financial services, retailing, hospitality, and temporary staffing firms. Some job gains were seen in education and healthcare.
Today’s report also showed that JanuaryÕs job losses were worse than first reported. Employers cut 22,000 jobs — not 17,000. It was the first monthly back-to-back job losses since May and June 2003.
Should you be worried about your job? It’s niot panic time, certainly, but if you work for a company that is sufering weaker profits — or losses — from the weak ecoonomy you should certainly be doing everything you can to protect your job while possibly looking for better opportunities.
Even though we have published this link fairly recently, we cannot stress enough the importance of following the strategies in this article published on Quintessential Careers: Seven Strategies to Recession-Proof Your Career: Build Your Future Regardless of Health of the Economy.
|March 4, 2008|
The rest of 2008 may be quite a struggle for workers and job-seekers, as the economy continues to struggle, but QuintCareers.com will be here to help you.
The QuintCareers.com and EmpoweringSites.com corporate retreat is taking place in Williston, FL, to plan new ways to empower you to success.
We have a lot of ideas and plans for the future — with QuintCareers.com, of course, but also with many of its sister sites.
As we plan our future, we have your future in our minds. We want you to be successful — on your job, in your job-search, in discovering your career passion.
Keep watching for more details! In the meantime, use our convenient A-Z Index to find the resources you need to succeed — or search for what you’re looking for across the entire EmpoweringSites.com Network.
|March 1, 2008|
A number of states are actively seeking baby boomers for paid and volunteer positions.
According to the non-profit think-tank Civic Ventures — which focuses on older workers — there are a number of states with initiatives designed to keep older workers in the workforce, to fill the expected experience void left by retiring baby boomers.
The states wooing older workers include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming.
Are you an older worker — or know someone who is? Check out the tools and resources specifically for older workers in this section of Quintessential Careers: Job and Career Resources for Mature and Older Job-Seekers — Including the Baby Boomers.
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- 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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