Demand Up for Temp and Contract Workers

August 28, 2009

hardhatsA 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.

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How to Dress For a Business Casual Interview

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.


Top Paying College Majors

August 10, 2009

oil wellIn 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:

  1. Petroleum engineering = $83,121
  2. Chemical engineering = $64,902
  3. Mining engineering = $64,404
  4. Computer engineering = $61,738
  5. 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 .