Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the October 27, 2003 issue of QuintZine.
More women are tapping into the expertise and advice of mentors, male and female, to help them achieve their career goals according to a recent CareerWomen.com QuickPoll. “Importance of Mentoring in the Workplace” reveals that the majority of women (62 percent) have a formal or informal mentor — someone who has influenced their personal and professional development and contributed to their career success. The survey asked women if their most important mentors have been male or female. “We wanted to see if men or women were providing more opportunities for women and how mentors have helped these women in the workplace,” said Jill Xan Donnelly of CareerWomen.com. “The results show distinct differences in mentoring benefits and further highlight the need to take advantage of several mentors throughout your career, both male and female, who can help provide guidance, support, and advice at every stage of your professional development.” According to the poll results, 64 percent of women reported that their most important mentors have been male, while 36 percent reported that women mentors have been the most influential in their careers. Read full details of the survey.
- Call your industry association or visit its Website
- Identify your professional network — former co-workers, vendors, customers, etc.
- Maximize contact with industry recruiters — recruiters DO know “where the jobs are”
Remember, it’s the proactive job-seeker who gets the best job the fastest. Read JobSeekerNews.com article.
Job loss among managers and executives who worked for just one company during their careers nearly doubled over the last three quarters to its highest level since 2000, the company says. The third-quarter survey of 3,000 discharged managers and executives with a median age of 44 found that 18 percent worked at just one company during their careers. That represents an 86 percent jump from the fourth quarter of 2002, when 9.7 percent of managers were discharged from their first and only employer.
The 18 percent figure recorded in the July to September quarter was the highest since the second quarter of 2000 when 18.2 percent of discharged managers had just one employer on their resume.
“Unfortunately, our latest numbers show that increased loyalty on the part of employees toward their employer is not always reciprocated. It is not that these one-company employees are more vulnerable to job-cutting; it is simply that there are more of them in the workplace, so they are more likely to be affected by no-fault downsizing,” says John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger Gray & Christmas.
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