In this economy, companies often are flooded with hundred of applications for a single opening. And so it’s no surprise that hiring managers try to find ways to easily weed through the pile of resumes to get to the most qualified candidates to interview.
Every time I write a blog post or article about telecommuting , the reader questions come pouring in:
Question: I'm a victim of a hostile corporate takeover. Until last week, I was the regional sales manager for a Fortune 500 company where I have worked since 2003. On Monday, the new management installed its own man (after saying there would be no personnel changes) and offered me either a job in sales or a severance package .
Perhaps you’re thinking in a few weeks you’ll focus once again on job hunting. It’s nice to sleep in, read the morning paper at Starbucks, watch your favorite program, take a walk, stay up late playing video games, or reconnect with friends on Facebook. As long as you have that severance coming in or funds to pull from, what’s the rush?
In my last column, " Where you come from matters ," I talked about the importance of identifying employers' preferred sources for submitting your résumé. How and where you apply to the company makes a difference; many employers deal with hundreds of applicants for a position, so they're constantly trying to increase their chances of finding the top candidates.
Question: I’m an officer in the commercial loan department of a large bank. I’ve been with this bank for almost five years and I’m getting restless . While I’ve advanced rapidly in the loan department, it’s time for me to learn more about other areas of banking. Last week I heard about a new position in the commercial trust division that sounded really interesting.
Employment activity from city to city continues to bounce around like the thermometer in between seasons. Gains in employment activity seen one month then lead to big drops the next for many of our cities and vice versa. In July, Detroit (14%), Seattle (12%) and Phoenix (11%) all saw double-digit percentage gains in employment activity after huge drops in June. Los Angeles (-15%), Miami (-11%), Louisville (-8%) and Riverside (-8%) all slid in employment numbers. The gains that Los Angeles and Miami saw in June dropped these cities down our list by four ranks each.
Hiring Activity Drops in July CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index July 2011 July Hiring Overall July Hiring by Job Title July Hiring by City July Hiring by Region The job market continues to struggle as employment activity dropped 2.1 points from June to July, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index. The index fell to 98.2 points in July, which is the first time it has been below 100 points since last year. On the bright side, hiring activity is still 20 points ahead of levels seen in July, 2009. How do we determine these numbers?