The employment numbers for Oct. 2015, released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Friday, are the year's best and well ahead of projections at 271,000. October's hiring boom suggests a healthy holiday season to come, as the total employment nationwide has historically improved from October to December, dropping just twice in the last decade.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' July 2015 numbers were released on Aug. 7, and the data confirms what readers of the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report already know: IT and healthcare are the backbone of the ongoing economic recovery.
Much of the time when we think about looking for a job, we think about those situations that require good conversational skills, such as interviews or networking encounters. As a result, job seekers spend a lot of time formulating and practicing effective answers and conversation starters and, of course, crafting a succinct yet powerful 30-second "elevator pitch." (At least, that's what career experts hope job seekers do.)
Thoughts of summertime typically conjure visions of relaxing under a hot sun with a cold beverage. And, with Independence Day now passed, we are into the thick of the season's downtime. The impending dog days can easily give way to a more relaxed attitude, but for those considering a career change, the summer months are prime time to heat up the job search.
Promotions come as a result of hard work, credibility, visibility, and a plan of action to gain experience and credentials. You get hired based on credentials, not potential, and you get promoted for the same reasons. It is often simpler to get promoted with the company where you work, than trying to get a promotion with a job change. This is because you have time to build the skills and the allies with a current employer who will help you with that step up. Strategy – Promotions Don’t Come To Those Who Wait
Misconceptions abound about personal branding, and what actually goes into a brand statement. Your personal brand statement is not an anemic job description stringing together your functional areas of expertise. Instead, it represents your promise of value to your next employer, and it should generate chemistry
Finding job openings, cultivating an attention-grabbing resume, networking with prospective colleagues and hirers and interviewing can all induce anxiety. However, there are 10 simple steps that can combat all facets of job-search anxiousness. 1. Be visible. Use social networking and conventional networking opportunities to ensure that you're on the radar screen of those who can help or hire you.
You’ve just lost your job. What do you do next? Here are the first steps to take to get grounded while you prepare to hunt for a new position. First get clear about your finances. What are your savings? Are your expenses in line with your family income? Do a budget and get creative about lowering your monthly expenses - right away. According to AARP, job searchers over 50 are taking one to two months longer to land a new job than searchers under 50. Take a close look at your options for cutting expenses and keeping money coming while you look for a new job.