New jobs report signals a bustling economy
NEW YORK, NY - The American economy roared into overdrive in May, the Labor Department reported, extending the longest streak of job growth on record and echoing other recent signs of strength. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, its lowest level since the heady days of the dot-com boom in early 2000. The net increase of 223,000 jobs reflected gains in a broad range of industries, from manufacturing and transportation to health care and retailing.
It was the 92nd consecutive month of job creation. Most economists expect the momentum to continue. In May, average hourly earnings rose slightly, lifting the year-on-year gain to 2.7 percent. That's healthy enough to assuage fears that wages are stagnating.
The only negative in the report was a slight drop in the share of Americans who are either working or looking for a job. Still, the overall report painted a picture of a robust labor market by any measure. Unemployment among African-Americans fell to 5.9 percent, the lowest since the Labor Department began breaking out unemployment by race in 1972. Among college graduates, the unemployment rate is 2 percent, 3.9 percent for workers with a high school diploma.
Job Seekers: Where to post your resume
LOS ANGELES, CA -- There are hundreds of sites where you can post your resume online. Some sites, like CareerBuilder.com, let you upload an existing resume with the click of a button. On other sites you can cut and paste or use a resume building wizard. While it may take a little time, start with the top job sites like CareerBuilder, Dice & Job.net. Then keep track of where you've posted your resume and make a list of your login names and passwords.
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All you have to do is enter your resume and job requirements once - and in the time it takes to post your resume to just one job site, Resume Rabbit will post your information to all the top career sites - instantly. They'll even set up job agents so you'll receive job matches right in your email box. To try Resume Rabbit, go to this link.
Temp jobs aren't real jobs... are they?
NEW YORK, NY -- Are your cash reserves getting low? Is unemployment running out? Consider a temporary job to help pay the bills. Temporary jobs are also an ideal way to add skills and experience to your resume. According to the American Staffing Association more than 90% of staffing companies provide training to their temporary workers and 70% of temps say that they gained new skills during their assignment.
In addition to a paycheck, many temporary agencies provide benefits to their workers. Manpower, for example, offers a full benefit package including holidays, medical and dental coverage, life insurance and a 401K plan. Other staffing firms also offer excellent benefit packages. Be sure to inquire what benefits are offered when you apply or when you interview. Also inquire about whether or not the company pays the cost of the benefits.
Additionally, if you're a temp it's your choice if you work, when you work and where you work, offering you freedom and flexibility. Temp jobs can also give you experience in industries and careers you might not have otherwise thought of trying - without a long-term commitment. If you are not thrilled with the assignment or the employer, you can move on to your next position and start anew.
Interviews: The good, the bad & the ugly
MILWAUKEE, WI -- What can you do to save a bad interview? When an interview lacks focus, the interviewer may lack the skills to conduct a good interview. Unfortunately, they will probably be left with the same poor impression of the interview as you. You can put things back on tracks by asking questions that will create constructive dialog, like: "What more can I tell you about my experience?"
An interview may seem like a waste of time if it becomes evident you aren't qualified; perhaps the job isn't what its description implied. An interviewer may be too passive to wrap the interview up quickly. You can end things gracefully - "I appreciate your time, but it's apparent that this isn't a good match for me."
When interviews turn ugly, you have several options. First, weigh the situation carefully - many interviewers will deliberately evoke tension, even hostility, to test your reaction. Remain cool and professional. If you aren't comfortable, or you think that the interview has genuinely gone awry, just excuse yourself. It's rarely worth it to "fight back;" and burning bridges is never wise.
[VIDEO] The secret to nailing your next job interview
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.
Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.
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What makes a resume scream: Don't hire me?
New York, NY -- How much personal information should you include in a resume? The question evidently baffles lots of people. "Your resume speaks volumes about you," notes V. Michael Prencipe, a principal at HR Staffing Solutions. "Unfortunately, sometimes it screams, Don't hire me."
Prencipe also counsels against saving your resume with unprofessional names like 'ssseexxxyyy_2018' and sending it as an attachment. He cautions against listing your reply e-mail address as something like 'bruceypants@' - and yes, he reports, those are both real-life examples, as are countless resumes that detail the reasons why job seekers were fired from previous jobs (which is information not suitable for resumes).
As for personal information like hobbies, number of children, or any of the other myriad extraneous details that job hunters often feel compelled to list, Prencipe says: Don't. He's even seen at least one resume referring to a job seekers divorce complete with the reason for the split-up. "This is way, way too much information," says Principe. He suggests you adopt this simple motto: "Professional, yes. Personal, no. Enough said."
Let someone else find you a job!
LOS ANGELES, LA -- If you feel like you've simply hit a wall in your job search, maybe it's time to let someone else find you a job. Have you ever considered hiring a recruiter? Or, better yet, hiring hundreds of them? Resume Mailman is a service that has already pre-screened hundreds of recruiters that are anxiously waiting to help you find the job of your dreams.
Most recruiters know of hundreds of jobs that are not advertised in conventional places like classified ads or online job boards. Using a recruiter is the only way to tap into these hidden jobs. And, using several recruiters is the best way to be considered for thousands of unadvertised jobs...jobs that might suit you perfectly. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is instantly delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! Give Resume Mailman a try today.
Tips that apply to both job seekers and entrepreneurs
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Tip 1: Build yourself a budget: It's key to know what you have, and how much money you will need to stay afloat through the job search process. You need to have a firm grasp on your situation and how you intend to manage it. You also need to think about your revenue requirements in the new job. You should have a good idea of both what you want and what you need before you begin to negotiate.
Tip 2: Get into marketing mode: Your single best marketing tool is your resume. Be sure to spend a lot of time putting it together, and have others provide you feedback. Tip 3: Put together a sales plan: With your product in hand -- namely, your resume -- it's time to start the distribution process. Make a list of your contacts, target companies, and associations. Then assign dates to contact and meet them. Tip 4: Shore up your operations: If your job is to find a job, you need to have an action plan for each day, and it's your responsibility to review and execute that plan.
Tip 5: Don't forget human resources: It's important to take care of yourself during this period of career transition. It's critical that you feel good about yourself. Eat well, get plenty of rest, exercise and focus on building up the relationships in the marketplace that will ultimately help you get through to the next phase of your life.
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