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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

If only you had a crystal ball back in college...

Imagine spending 4+ years to attain a degree in a field where no one is hiring. Prepare for tomorrow by studying today's trends. READ: This is what the workforce will look like in 2010

An "A" player needs an "A" coach...

The career-coaching industry has been growing steadily for years now and attracting people with a wide range of backgrounds. By some estimates, there are more than 15,000 coaches in the U.S. Extensive training has become more widespread, but some in the industry complain that some certifications are easy to get and difficult for clients to evaluate. READ: Strategies for Selecting The Right Career Coach

Monday, August 30, 2004

Tricks of the Trade

For every occupation, there is a catalog of secrets only its employees are aware of—such as how waiters with heavy platters know to look straight ahead, and never down. READ: Tricks of the Trade

Who invented the cubicle?

Yes, Bob Propst knows who Dilbert is. How could he not? As the man credited with inventing office cubicles, he's been asked often enough. Ah, Dilbert, the comic strip based on the miserable, pathetic minion with slim chances of promotion, suffering in his tiny cubicle amid a sea of tiny cubicles. Millions of office workers tape the strip to the walls of their own tiny cubicles (six by eight feet, if they're lucky), provided their companies allow such testaments to individuality.

Propst has created a monster. The modern American office he envisioned as a place where productivity, if not happiness, would thrive has become exactly the kind of environment loathed by those who wear suits and collect regular paychecks. But Propst wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He does not accept the blame for the nightmare that his grand idea has evolved into.

"I don't even feel faintly guilty about Dilbert," Propst says from his suburban home near Redmond, Washington. "The things expressed in that comic are the very things we were trying to relieve and move beyond. It was a Dilbert world even back then. Everything we worked toward tries to express something more interesting."

READ: The Man Behind the Cubicle

You are never too young to spy

The NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment. They now have a kids site or is it a recruiting site? You decide. CLICK: NRO Junior My question is, how soon should companies begin their recruiting efforts?

Friday, August 27, 2004

Its all about perception people...

Start searching those .org Web sites. A new study released by the American Marketing Association finds that 79 percent of hiring managers think that candidates that belong to a professional organization have higher quality skills than those who do not. The A.M.A. polled 1,300 hiring managers and recruiters in advance of announcing a new online job site for advertising and marketing professionals. The new site is an alliance between the A.M.A, Public Relations Society of America, the American Advertising Federation and several other associations. If Marketing is your thing, be sure to check out: American Marketing Association - www.marketingpower.com

What's in a name? (Part 2)

For some a unique name has been an asset. For stars like Oprah Winfrey or Shaquille O'Neal or Denzel Washington, a distinctive first name can become a unique, identifiable brand, almost a trademark. But some ordinary folks say being different is just too difficult. Tiqua Gator says people just can't seem to get her name right. But she says her real burden runs even deeper. She's concerned about getting a better job, and sees her name as a potential handicap. READ: Can a 'Black' Name Affect Job Prospects?

What's in a name? (part 1)

A recent University of Chicago study, "Are Emily and Brendan More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?" by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan, found that people with names like Pam or Amber got 50 percent more callbacks for job interviews than applicants with similar résumés and names like Lakisha and Shaniqua. Click here to read the full report.

Do you know your unemployment score?

Now this is an interesting concept! I wonder if it works? Unemployment Score

From their website:

NEVER BE UNEMPLOYED AGAIN. Patent-pending Unemployment Score will tell you which factors in your latest job profile pose high unemployment risk and how to minimize your risk factors and make your career layoff-proof. Find out why you were in the wrong job at the wrong time and learn how you could improve your job and income security.

Why Women Need to Save More Than Men

"Men and women may not be on equal footing when it comes to investing for the future. On average, women work fewer years and earn less than men, but they also tend to live longer. Therefore, women must focus on the concerns that are unique to them when planning for retirement... "

Click here for more info:

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Sweet revenge for IT jobseekers...

Outsource your job to get a new one! This is the new mantra doing the rounds in the US IT sector. Programmers are outsourcing their software modules to cheap and efficient labour in India. This way they get the best of both worlds- more money and more time. They earn doubly - one from the outsourced job, other from the new job they undertake. According to this concept the techie is able to give himself a promotion outsourcing the specific modules to one or more Indian techies . While he takes the charge as a overall project manager. You can utilise the time in updating yourself to new technologies as well as learning a different domain thereby enhancing your market value considerably .

Says a programmer on Slashdot.org who outsourced his job: "About a year ago I hired a developer in India to do my job. I pay him $12,000 out of the $67,000 I get. He's happy to have the work. I'm happy that I have to work only 90 minutes a day just supervising the code. My employer thinks I'm telecommuting. Now I'm considering getting a second job and doing the same thing."

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses...

Last weekend , for the first time in over two years I took some time off from job hunting and went to Perry , Maine to relax and rewind. READ: How taking some personal time helps in your job search

How do you tell if a posted job is legit?

Job-hunting bibles stress preparation and interview savvy. But what about job search street smarts - how do you tell if a potential employer is legit? To Youth Employment Services (YES) executive director Iris Unger, it's "buyer beware." Spotting potentially rotten employers involves common sense and trusting your gut. Click here for more info

Charley is no angel...

The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits rose last week, reflecting the impact of hurricane Charley, which recently tore through Florida. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for unemployment insurance increased by a seasonally adjusted 10,000 to 343,000 for the week ending Aug. 21. Half of the 10,000 rise was attributed to claims stemming from the hurricane, a Labor Department analyst said. READ: Jobless claimup on impact of Charley and count your blessings.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Things they don't tell you in the relocation brochures.

"An analysis of death records has bestowed an unwanted distinction on the state of Florida: Deadliest state to work in. 354 work-related deaths were reported in 2002, ranking behind California and Texas. But numbers reported by the Palm Beach Post indicate that the death rate of 4.4 percent per 100,000 workers was higher than the 3.8 registered in Texas and 2.8 in California. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been taking a hard look at those figures. Most of the fatalities occurred in the construction and agriculture industries, and OSHA can fine employers up to $70,000 per violation if investigators find sub-standard working conditions." Click here for more information.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Want to get into pharmaceutical sales?

If being a Pharm rep gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, be sure to visit this page often. Pharmaceutical News Harvest ™ - An Index Of Recently Published Pharmaceutical Information; Updated Daily. It has been nicknamed the "bible of the drug industry."

Job Hunting With a Disability Can Be Tough

If you've ever been unemployed, you know how frustrating job hunting can be. This is especially true when you've got years of experience under your belt. But if you have a disability, the search can be even harder. This is one man's story.

Rent doesn't get cheaper when you are out of work

"In these 60 small towns, medium-sized cities and larger metro regions, you can live well and your dollar will go far. Of course, the "live well" half our claim is shot through with subjectivity. It will be highly dependent on who you are, and what you want out of life. There are plenty of folks who will steadfastly refuse to suffer even one more day of subfreezing temperatures--period, end of story. Others may be bored to the point of madness by living in a small town. They crave big-city stimulation. Their hope is to find such a lifestyle devoid of Manhattan-like expenses and pressures. Our hope is that this special report will help you find the where of your happiness." Read: 60 cheap places to live

35 years old is over-the-hill?

Believe it, or not, job seekers are reporting age discrimination beginning as early as the mid-thirties. By the time you reach your forties, you can be considered washed up in some industries. There are strategies you can use to help mitigate discrimination issues. There are also laws that prohibit employment discrimination because of age. READ: How Old is Too Old?

Friday, August 20, 2004

I'll take interview questions for 300 Alex...

The 25 most difficult questions you'll be asked on a job interview include:

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. What do you know about our organization?
3. Why do you want to work for us?
4. What can you do for us that someone else can't?
5. What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it?
6. Why should we hire you?

I highly suggest that you have an answer for these and all the other questions cited in this article.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Going from zero to network...

Good article on Jobstuff about "How not to network for a job"

Do degrees really matter? (Part 2)

The science and engineering (S&E) workforce of the United States depends heavily on graduates with at least a four-year college education. However, individuals employed in S&E occupations with less than a bachelor's degree account for more than one-fifth of those employed in S&E occupations.

These S&E workers, more than 1 million people, hold high school diplomas (5 percent of the S&E workforce) or associate's degrees (17 percent). These data, from the April 2003 ''Current Population Survey,'' are available in a new report issued by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Science Resources Statistics.

READ: Science Jobs Not Just for Those with Four-Year Degrees

Job Hunter

If you are looking for work in the UK, check out Job Hunter. It is the diary of a man documenting his search for work. (It may save you some time.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Help for stutterers on the job...

Isabelle Parisella quit tourism school three years ago, turning her back on her dream job. The reason: Her stutter made required class presentations a nightmare. Sound like you? If so, read this and get help.

Hahaha... oh... sorry...

This is for everyone whose job was outsourced to India this year.

Now this is interesting...

Now this is interesting...: Although down from the record-setting heights of recent years, there is still demand for mid-to-upper level managers, high-level executives and professionals, according to the latest hiring survey conducted by Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI), the world's largest search and recruitment organization.

...the survey also found that even those companies who cannot add people are determined to maintain their current levels of staffing.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Less Education = Less Money

Want a job? Stay in school. Want a well-paying job? Earn a college degree. Nothing new in that statement: A good education has always opened doors in this country. So have hard work and a willingness to learn. Indeed, generations of Americans have been guided by one principle: Sweat and pay your dues, and you will get ahead. Today, that assumption is crumbling.

Do degrees really matter?

More than one-fifth of U.S. science and engineering workers do not have a bachelor's degree, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation. READ: Many engineers lack a four-year degree

A salary calculator for the "real" world...

There are many American employees who feel they are paid less than they are worth. How do they know this? They often don't. Their feelings are usually based on what others who work around them are being paid or what their friends are paid at other employers. Because they believe they are underpaid, many do not perform as well as they could. Of course, that is a big mistake because annual reviews are based on performance. READ: Looking at your earning power realistically

Monday, August 16, 2004

Lifestyles of the laid-off and unknown...

Over the course of a week, non-workers spend about a quarter of their "workday" on "household chores," that is, cleaning and repairs. The lion's share of their day is devoted to recreation, specifically watching TV, socializing with friends, and playing sports and games. Nonworkers sleep nearly 45 minutes more a night than employed workers. Worthy of note: Both groups -- employed and non-employed -- spend relatively scant time on child care. Predictable, huh? Taking care of the kids still today is considered women's work by most men. By contrast, nonworking women spend half their "workday" engaged in household work and child care.Click here for more information.

Dead-end job with benefits...

Sometimes, working a dead-end job may be just the path you're supposed to be traveling. READ: Hard-won wisdom

Office Webcams

Have you been out of work so long that you have forgotten what a watercooler looks like? If so, check out this website for a nostalgic look at employment. Click

The future of worker motivation?

Laboratory monkeys that started out as careless procrastinators became super-efficient workers after injections into their brains that suppressed a gene linked to their ability to anticipate a reward. READ: Injections Temporarily Turn Slacker Monkeys Into Model Workers

Friday, August 13, 2004

Need a job? Be a nurse and work forever...

Nursing schools in Massachusetts and around the country are flooded with applicants, many of them refugees from other fields. In a weak job market, where job security is hard to come by, nursing has come to be seen as a stable, reasonably well-paying profession with a bright future. READ: In poor job market, a rush to nursing

It worked for Michael Jackson, maybe it will work for you too...

Some Asian Women Hope Skin Whiteners Lead to Better Jobs

Read this before interviewing at Microsoft...

"Over the years I've been collecting interview questions from Microsoft. I guess I started this hobby with the intent of working there some day, although I still have never interviewed there myself. However, I thought I'd give all of those young Microserf wanna-bes a leg up and publish my collection so far." READ: Microsoft Interview Questions

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

AUDIO: How to say, "Show me the money!" to recruiters...

AUDIO: Pam Stoker teaches salary negotiation for tough times
Pam Stoker is an Executive Consultant with Stoker Resources Group, a firm that provides marketing and consulting services to the performing arts, congregations, and individuals in career transition. (3:31)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Hot job lead...

Boeing Co. is hanging banners and hiring sky-typing teams to help get out the word: It's hiring.

While employment at Boeing has fallen from 239,000 in 1997 to 157,000 last year, mostly because of layoffs at its commercial-aircraft unit, the company currently has 11,000 job openings companywide. That compares with about 3,000 to 4,000 openings in each of the past two years. Read: Now hiring...

Boring jobs endanger health! Possibly...

People who spent most of their lives in jobs that involve little brain work appear more likely to eventually develop Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites), according to new study findings released Monday. Read: Jobs with Little Mental Challenge May Up Alzheimer's:

How to deduct job searching expenses from your taxes

Uncle Sam is on your side when it comes to job-search expenses. After all, you're worth more in taxes when you're gainfully employed. To prove his interest, you may be able to deduct some of your expenses if you're job hunting. The qualifier is that you must be seeking a job in the same occupation you've been in. If you're looking for a job in a different occupation, these deductions don't apply. You don't have to be unemployed to take them.

Click here for more info...

AUDIO: Getting the edge on an interview

AUDIO: Getting the edge in an interview
With so many people applying for the same job, it is important to have an edge. Terry Wynne, career counselor and owner of The Professional Edge, describes three different types of interviews and how to prepare for each one.(3:22)

Meet Terry Wynne on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at the Department Of Labor, (Toco Hills Branch) in Atlanta, GA. (9:30am-11:30am). For directions, call: (404) 679-5200

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Monday, August 09, 2004

When should you not sign a non-compete agreement?

If your employer or prospective employer is asking you to sign a non-compete agreement, you are not alone. More than ever before companies are attempting to protect their trade secrets and competitive edge by asking key employees to sign agreements prohibiting them from unfairly damaging the employer by divulging information to competitors.There are, however, many important and complex issues involved and you should be fully informed before you sign. Click here for more information.

Friday, August 06, 2004

AUDIO: Go from zero to network in 3.2 seconds...

AUDIO: Stephen Harris of Zero To Network
Stephen Harris talks about the origin of his blog "Zero To Network" and encourages jobseekers. (2:29)
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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Bozo The Clown Seeks Successor...

WANTED: A court jester to fill a post vacant for 350 years since England executed its king. English Heritage said in an advertisement in the Times on Thursday applicants for the competition at the weekend should bring their own costumes with bells, but said it would provide a bladder on a stick -- a traditional jester's prop. And before you ask... Yes, its a real job.

AUDIO: Movin' on up, like George & Weezy

AUDIO: Sherri Edwards of Resource Maximizer!
The topic of the day is "Finding work where you work." Sherri Edwards, CEO of Resource Maximizer, explains the best way a person can get promoted on the job.(3:00)
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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

You're hired!

"Yahoo! HotJobs (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leader in the online recruitment industry, is teaming with Mark Burnett Productions to help recruit for one of the most sought after positions in the United States - a contestant competing on 'The Apprentice' to be an employee at a Donald Trump company. As part of this exclusive co-branded marketing campaign for the national reality hit television show, 'The Apprentice,' Yahoo! HotJobs launched a microsite off of its front page (www.hotjobs.com) through which aspiring corporate moguls can apply. "

Click here for more info

What if I don't know the career I want?

If you are clueless (or curious) as to what kind of career is right for you, check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook online. Just do a search on the job titles and get a detailed report on what its like to work in that field and the projected growth of that field. It is a free resource, courtesy of your tax dollars.

AUDIO: How to be perceived as the best person for the job

AUDIO: Terry Wynne of The Professional Edge
With so many people applying for the same job, it is important to have an edge. Terry Wynne, career counselor and owner of The Professional Edge, gives tips on becoming the most competitive candidate. (2:51)
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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Ummm... yeah

A French civil servant who wrote a fly-on-the-wall account of office life advising workers on how to get away with as little as possible has been threatened with disciplinary action. READ: Author of book advocating loafing on the job may face discipline

Saying whatever is neccessary to land the job, often backfires...

"Many overanxious job seekers oversell themselves nowadays. They exaggerate their accomplishments or markedly minimize their weaknesses. If you skate on this thin ice, an employer may not hire you -- or may fire you fast." READ: Inflating work experience can deflate careers:

Monday, August 02, 2004

Election-Economic Outlook: Half-empty or half-full?

Politics, shmolitics... Here is a reality check

After outsourcing, the next big thing...

While machines will never replace humans 100%, they may soon be more of a threat than outsourcing. Read: Smart systems will erase jobs, report warns and prepare early.

Are American workers spolied? Some people think so...

Steve Hurley says that he hires the same crew of Jamaicans for his Cape Cod inn each year because they work harder, and Americans don't want his low-wage jobs anyway.

"We hired college students, and they'd come in drunk, or they wouldn't show up," said Hurley, 42, who runs the Hyannis Holiday Motel with his 77-year-old father. "Every week it was something. They would find a waitressing job and run off for a few extra cents, or cleaning wasn't their forte, or they would stay, but come Labor Day, they were gone."

Despite relatively high unemployment, Hurley and other firms on the Cape and Islands are backing legislation that would increase the number of unskilled foreign workers allowed in the country. Read: I don't do windows.

How to outsource your family (for fun and profit)...

So, you're an Indian living in the United States, making megabucks in Redwood City, Calif. A big shot. But your aging parents are back home in India, alone. What should you, as a good Indian son or daughter, do? Call or send an e-mail to yourmaninindia.com, who will do everything from paying the family bills to just sitting down and being your mom or dad's new best friend. READ: Mom in Delhi needs a hand? E-mail yourmaninindia.com

70% of all advertised jobs are not on career websites!

70% of all advertised jobs are not on Monster (or websites like it)! Discover where the jobs really are during this interview with Chad Sowash, VP Of Membership Development for Direct Employers Association. (3:09)
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