According to the latest government unemployment data released last week, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 4.2 percent in September. The number of unemployed persons also declined by 331,000 to 6.8 million. Both measures were down over the year.
If you are looking for a new start in a different field, you are not alone. A recent survey Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix showed that the majority of American workforce is interested in changing careers, but they worry about the risks of starting over. How could you pursue your dreams and know where to begin?
It is common knowledge: happy employees perform better than unhappy ones. But success does not necessarily make people happier. So what does? According to many studies, the answer is the magical phrase: “work-life balance”. The challenge here is twofold for both employees and employers. Firstly, how to make more money and still maintain healthy work-life balance, have family time, to relax and have fun. Is it possible to have it all? Secondly, how can employers make their employees happy and retain them?
In today’s job market, when you get the call for an interview, your actions, your clothing and your body language are all important factors in making the interviewer want to hire you. All too often, people overlook the colors they wear as part of their wardrobe to be equally important. Alison Doyle has some suggestions that may be worth considering. Continue reading
We are often overwhelmed with our life’s progress, home life, kids, career, life’s never ending bumps. The good news according to Linda Cattelan is there are a few things that you can control in your life that will make a huge difference in both your personal and professional life. Continue reading
LinkedIn is a networking event that allows job seekers and recruiters to interact directly. Nearly 80% of all positions filled by recruiters last year were filled through the use of LinkedIn. If you are not already using LinkedIn or need to sharpen your skills, Jason Monroe has some pointers for you.
LinkedIn offers the opportunity to find literally millions of people in the field you are interested in. Networking with them and the recruiters associated with them and the field can be immensely rewarding and get you that “dream job”. Continue reading
Occasionally you get very lucky. I am at a veteran’s hiring event in Colorado. The Marriott I am staying at in Pueblo is hosting the second annual gathering of Medal of Honor Recipients. There are 35-40 men here who received our nation’s highest honor for bravery under fire while standing on the wall of freedom to defend the freedoms we all enjoy today.
As veterans, we all face challenges finding a job when transitioning or moving on to new position. J.T. O’Donnell, LinkedIn Influencer and founder of CAREEREALISM, recently wrote an article for LinkedIn called, “How to Get a Job After the Military.”
Here are his recommendations for resources that may be of help. Continue reading
Job interviews are tough business. It’s all about showing why you’re right for the position— that you have a great personality, a solid skill set, and that you would be a great addition to the team. To avoid blowing your chance at landing a new gig, there are some phrases you should never say during an interview.
This past weekend I attended a veterans’ job fair with nearly 40 employers in attendance. I spent several hours speaking with both veterans and company representatives. When speaking with employers I asked what information I should pass on to job seekers to help fill available positions. Here are the three things I heard most often: Continue reading