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|September 24, 2008|
|Bloggers and career experts jump on the crisis on Wall Street to offer great pieces of job-search advice for all job-seekers. Let’s be upfront — the job market has been bad for many months and employers have been laying off workers in much greater numbers than they have been hiring for all of this year — but it took the recent Wall Street meltdown to push more career bloggers to take action to help job-seekers. For example, our friend of QuintCareers, Lindsey Pollak, an author and career expert on Gen Y and recent college grads, started a blog post titled, “A collection of the best career advice for Lehman and Merrill employees (and anyone else worried your job on Wall Street)” — and encouraged other career experts to add their advice. The result is a nice collection of tips for people who have lost their jobs or are concerned they may soon lose their jobs. Read all the current advice and tips now. Then there is a workplace blogger — Anita Bruzzese — who posted a blog entry titled, “How to Survive When Your Company’s Ship Sinks. Read her tips now. Of course, our advice is already published on QuintCareers. We believe in any job market, folks should be tracking accomplishments, keeping a current resume, actively networking (staying in touch with contacts), and building your personal brand. In a weaker economy, you should take those actions up at least a notch while building your value within the organization. To reinforce this advice… here are two great sources of more information on QuintCareers.com, depending on your situation:
Just a final note as we continue our 2008 tour through Washington state… we see the effects of the weak economy and the daily struggle of many people — workers and people laid off from their jobs. The struggle is real and our hope is that our elected politicians will come together — not to bail out Wall Street, but to bail out the American people… and American economy.
|September 16, 2008|
|The keys to finding and landing a new job come down to one simple truth — job-seekers must develop and follow a detailed job-search plan. That was part of the message QuintCareers.com founder Dr. Randall Hansen delivered to interested students and other guests at a QuintCareers workshop at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) yesterday. Both Dr. Hansen and Dr. Katharine Hansen addressed some of the fundamental truths of job-hunting, as discussed in our Job-Search 101 Tutorial. Whether you’re new to job-hunting, seeking an internship, or re-entering the job market, you’ll find some valuable pointers in our tutorial that will lead you to more success. Go to: Job-Search 101, where you’ll find information on resumes, networking, interviewing, and salary negotiation, as well as planning for career fairs, using the Internet for job-hunting, and following-up. The visit to MWSU is part of the Fall 2008 QuintCareers.com/EmpoweringSites.com Tour. In other news, besides on the on-going meltdown on Wall Street and financial and insurance firms feeling the pinch, Hewlett-Packard announced it plans to cut almost 25,000 jobs over the next three years, nearly 8 percent of its work force, as it combines operations with Electronic Data Systems Corp.|
|September 12, 2008|
|Seeking even more career and job-search news? Check out all the headlines from these other career blogs. We just discovered this cool blog that provides visitors with top career headlines from other career and job-search blogs… so you can always be skimming the latest posts from a variety of career bloggers. Go to: Top Career Advice Headlines.|
|September 5, 2008|
|A total of 84,000 jobs in the U.S. were lost in August, significantly more than expected, pushing the unemployment rate to a five-year high of more than 6 percent. The Labor Department announced today that employers not only cut jobs for the eight month in a row, but cut more jobs than analysts were expecting — a total of 84,000 versus the 75,000 predicted. Furthermore, the Labor Department also announced worse revisions for June and July job losses. July’s job losses were revised up to 60,000 while June’s losses jumped to 100,000. The trend of job cuts in August continued as 61,000 manufacturing jobs were lost, 8,000 more construction jobs were cut, 53,000 jobs were eliminated in professional and business services, 20,000 retailing jobs were cut, and 4,000 jobs lost in leisure and hospitality industries. The net job loss — job losses at all private employers not including government —- rose to 101,000 in August. The only real bright spots in the report were in government services and education and healthcare. Government payrolls increased by 17,000 while education and health services businesses added another 55,000 employees. The 6.1 percent unemployment rate — also a much higher increase than expected — is at the highest point since December 2003. It’s amazing that the economy — and especially job creation — is not getting more attention on the political front, especially in such a major election year. Workers are continuing to take the punches of an economy in recession. And even those lucky enough to have jobs still face worries about the economic health of their employers and limited abilities to change jobs or careers. And in related news, more employers have announced plans for more “payroll reductions” over the coming weeks, so the timetable for a stronger job market continues to get pushed back.|
|September 1, 2008|
|Poll: American workers express anxiety about their ability to find a new job, while one-third say they don’t make enough money to make ends meet. Almost two-thirds of workers feel it is a bad time to find a quality job — matching the lack of confidence of workers last seen during the 2001 recession — according to a study released by the Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. The survey also found that one-third of workers say they often do not have enough money to make ends meet, while another one-third reported that the amount they owe on their credit cards exceeds their retirement savings. Only half of the 1,000 respondents said they are working the number of weekly hours they want to work. The study also found that about one-quarter of workers are dissatisfied with their health benefits. The full report can be found here.|
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|Other Career/Job-Hunting Blogs|
- Quintessential Resume & Cover Letter Tips Blog, a blog from another part of the QuintCareers Network, with new resume and cover letter tips daily. A must-see for any active job-seeker.
- The Career Doctor Blog, a blog from another part of the QuintCareers Network, where each day our own Career Doctor Randall Hansen answers one career, job, college, or workplace question.
- 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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- QuintZine: A Career and Job-Hunting Newsletter
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