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CALL TO ACTION: Unemployment Extensions

Congress is debating and dueling in its usual way, holding innocent Americans hostage in the process. I am speaking of the current Unemployment Extension debates. Bills have struggled their way through the Senate and House, and opinions are split over how much longer to extend deadlines for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)– two months … Continue reading

“No One Is Hiring”… Or Are They?

No one is hiring… this is a prevalent idea among jobseekers hard hit by the recession of the past few years. And even while unemployment was at its highest, job openings were still in existence. Fortunately, the number of positions waiting to be filled this year has climbed to its highest levels in three years. … Continue reading

What Defines a Motivated Job Seeker?

A customer comes in to my office and says he has attended all my classes, spoken to several other counselors, and gone to several application information sessions and hiring events, but hasn’t gotten any interviews. When I ask him to target his resume or contact potential employers, I get various excuses why he can’t—or won’t. … Continue reading

What’s the #1 Mistake Job Seekers Are Making These Days? (pt. 4)

Recently I asked a question on a LinkedIn discussion group: what’s the #1 mistake job seekers are making these days? I was hoping for a few answers but was unprepared for the interest this question generated. I was gratified by the level of response and the amount of feedback I received. While I cannot include … Continue reading

What’s the #1 Mistake Job Seekers Are Making These Days? (pt. 2)

Recently I asked a question on a LinkedIn discussion group: what’s the #1 mistake job seekers are making these days? I was hoping for a few answers but was unprepared for the interest this question generated. I was gratified by the level of response and the amount of feedback I received. While I cannot include … Continue reading

HigherEdJobs – The One Word You Should Avoid in a Job Search

HigherEdJobs – The One Word You Should Avoid in a Job Search. Good information to keep in mind. In the past, you simply had to prove you can do the work. Today, you must prove you will excel at it.

The Language of the Employer

Richard Bolles called it visiting a foreign county—the world of the employer. I find they also speak a foreign language. A year ago when my services were moved to our department’s Business Services Team, my supervisor—a seasoned employer and business owner in his own right—sent us a translation tool. It is a Rosetta stone of … Continue reading

MYTH #3: Do Employers Favor Younger Candidates?

Even in the almost three years that I have worked in the job I have now, I have noticed the population of jobseekers using our services trending radically upwards in regard to age. Many of those people I meet with voice their concern that employers don’t want to look at them because they are too … Continue reading

Labor market will lose over half a million jobs if UI extensions expire in 2012 | Economic Policy Institute

Labor market will lose over half a million jobs if UI extensions expire in 2012 | Economic Policy Institute.

Common Mistakes Jobseekers Make

“I’ve been out of work 2 years and have had no interviews in the last 6 months.” “No one is hiring in my field.” “I’ve gotten several interviews in the last couple weeks, but I always seem to come in 2nd.” Whenever I meet a new jobseeker, the first question I ask them as I … Continue reading

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85% of employers say their employees are proud to work for their company. Only 71% of workers agree.

(SOURCE: Randstad Engagement Study)

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