August 28, 2009
A report issued by the American Staffing Association confirms that demand for temporary and contract workers increased over last month, indicating a potential stabilization of the national job market.
The ASA’s staffing index measures demand for temporary workers among their members on a 100 point scale. Over the course of the past six weeks, demand increased from 71 to 75, indicating that the employment market may be rebounding from its low of 69 at the end of 2008.
Temporary staffing is generally recognized as a leading indicator of overall employment strength since many companies bring new hires in on a temporary or contract basis before converting them to full-time direct employees.
August 26, 2009
Everyone used to understand what to wear to a job interview. Men wore a suit with a white shirt and tie, and women wore a suit with a skirt. The rules were easy. Not anymore. With the advent of business casual job seekers are presented with a confusing array of wardrobe options to select from when preparing for their interview.
Although selecting the right business casual look can be confusing, we tell you how to dress appropriately for any business casual interview.
Bottom line: its’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
August 10, 2009
In news that may be shocking to philosophy majors (I think therefore I am nearly unemployable), the top earning college majors, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, are all technically oriented.
The top 5 starting salaries, in order:
- Petroleum engineering = $83,121
- Chemical engineering = $64,902
- Mining engineering = $64,404
- Computer engineering = $61,738
- Computer science = $61,407
The law of supply and demand dictates the earning potential of these technical disciplines, since there were only 450 petroleum engineering degrees and fewer than 4500 chemical engineering degrees earned in the entire country last year .
July 30, 2009
Employment blog Simply Hired released an analysis of employment opportunities in the largest American cities that revealed continuing softness in the overall job market, especially on the west coast. On the positive side, however, the employment outlook appears to be stabilizing in the midwest and improving in the southwest.
As Simply Hired reports:
New York, NY – Over 110,000 jobs and a positive employment trend since the beginning of 2009
Los Angeles, CA – Over 60,000 jobs and a downward employment trend since 2009
Chicago, IL – Over 60,000 jobs and an upward trend since the beginning of the year
Houston, TX – Over 35,000 jobs and an employment trend with little change
Phoenix, AZ – Over 25,000 jobs and an employment trend with little change
Philadelphia, PA – Over 45,000 jobs and an employment trend with a slight increase
San Antonio, TX – Over 10,000 jobs and an increasing employment trend
San Diego, CA – Over 20,000 jobs and an increasing employment trend
Dallas, TX – Over 45,000 jobs and a slightly increasing employment trend
San Jose, CA – Over 35,000 jobs and a downward employment trend
July 21, 2009
Yesterday’s post How To Make $5000/Hour dealt with the preparation that job seekers need to complete before stepping foot into the interview. As critical as the preparation process is, nailing the essential details on the day of the interview is just as important.
Make thoughtful wardrobe choices. There are plenty of articles dealing with what to wear to an interview, but they all boil down to just a few points: dress conservatively, dress up not down, and avoid cologne or perfume. The interview is not the appropriate venue to display your keen sense of style or your contemporary fashion sense. You have no idea who will be conducting the interview, how old they are, how familiar they are with fashion or what their own fashion preferences are. Take no chances that you might alienate the interviewer and simply wear a conservative, sensible outfit that will not detract from your personal message.
Arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. Even though you may pull up to the building 40 minutes before your interview, it is entirely inappropriate to enter the building and wait in their reception area. Stay in your car until 10-15 minutes before the interview reviewing your resume, revisiting your anticipated interview responses and checking your teeth one last time to make sure there’s no lettuce trapped between your incisors.
Schedule enough time for the interview. If your interview is scheduled for 9 am, you’d better leave your whole morning open. Don’t schedule another interview at 10:30 or you risk alienating your interviewer just as things are going well. If the interview goes long, it’s likely because the interview is going well. Your interviewer may want to run you by two or three others in the department to get their impressions. Each of these visits may last 20-30 minutes, and if you’ve got to dash to another interview you’re going to alienate someone. Don’t risk it.
Exude confidence. The most difficult task facing most managers today is finding, hiring and retaining talent. Your job is to demonstrate that you possess the talent, technical proficiency and interpersonal skills that will make their life easier. You’ll be a lot more confident if you took the time before the interview to prepare thoroughly, to learn about the company and the interviewer and to think carefully how you can add value to their organization.