All Blog Posts Tagged 'unemployment' (59)

Former Microsoft Worker Blogs About Being Laid Off – How Not to Handle Unemployment

Jerry Berg decided that the best way to deal with a layoff was to make a 20 minute video ( http://bit.ly/1oouacX ) lamenting how terrible it is to be laid off after 15 years at Microsoft. I personally feel for him as I’ve been laid off twice since the 2008 financial crisis. While his emotions are understandable, putting them out there in a public video was a bad choice.

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Added by Bert Shimabukuro on August 5, 2014 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

No job, no expertise, SUCKA!

I get hit up to take a lot of surveys from a lot of different sources.

Sometimes vendors of various products or services lure survey respondents with offers to take a brief survey and receive a free copy of their latest white paper, special report or e-book about the “War for Talent” or some other nonsensical topic.

While I’m not particularly tempted to participate due to publication prizes at the end, I do have certain geeky curiosity about…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on May 5, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What does it mean to be employable?

A few of us non-traditional, mold-breaker, non-conformist, square pegs in a land of round holes occasionally jokingly refer to ourselves as unemployable. And, in certain ways that isn’t far from accurate.

If we look throughout history we find plenty of well-known business and leadership success stories that…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 11, 2014 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Entry-Level Digital Jobs Could Help To Ease Youth Unemployment, Claims Jobs Board

Digital entry-level jobs could provide employment to young Brits struggling to find work, according to specialist jobs board Bubble Jobs.

The jobs board advertised just under 4,000 junior and entry-level positions in 2013 – seven per cent of the total roles posted,…

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Added by Lauren Riley on January 22, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Poverty & Jobs In America

While many of us have chosen to look forward toward to 2014 and beyond, I’ve chosen to briefly look backward to the recent 50th Anniversary…

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Added by Keith D. Halperin on January 16, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

If This Then That

As I watched the news the past couple of days, the newest hot debate is over extending unemployment benefits. The previous extension has expired, and the politicians - as always - are looking for a "winning" argument to score political points for the next election. It seems like the easiest thing to do for a politician is go around saying that the pursuit of happiness includes a free…

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Added by Doug Douglas - DX2 Consulting on January 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

2014 Employment Outlook: Forecasting Fog

As 2013 comes to a close and we look towards 2014, overall signs of changes to the employment marketplace indicate that there may be a better picture for workers in 2014.  But, upon closer inspection, the results appear to be mixed.

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Added by Joe Stubblebine on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hypocrisy in hiring?

Obviously, every company culture is different and sometimes what hiring managers think and say they want is exactly the opposite of what they really mean by fit. Do you find this to be the case in your recruiting experience? If so, what's the main cause of this discrepancy?

In job opportunity listings, we often see terms such as:

  • Self-starter
  • Innovative
  • High tolerance for ambiguity
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Takes…
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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on June 28, 2013 at 9:17pm — 6 Comments

DON'T TELL ME WHAT YOU CAN'T DO; TELL ME WHAT YOU CAN

The president of our company and I were recently invited to attend a keynote given by one the 50 most influential people in business internationally and I could go on and on with all their credits  but will reframe. She was asked what bit of information she would pass on to someone just getting started. I could give you her answer but that was not the point of this post.

The more I thought about her speech the more I thought how there is really little difference in those at the top…

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Added by Jeff Dahlberg on April 14, 2013 at 3:44am — No Comments

True Unemployment Rate on 10/5/2012 is 14.7%

This morning it was widely reported that the "unemployment rate" dropped to 7.8% - and that most of the drop was "the fact that many people simply stopped looking for a job."  That comment is very disrespectful to unemployed people who are working harder than ever to find a job.



The rate that is reported as the unemployment rate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics…

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Added by Bill Humbert on October 5, 2012 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Job Search Accountabilty Coach - A Partner in Your Job Search

Since moving to Texas a little over a year ago I have learned about a special partnership between Josh Hamilton and his “Accountability Coach.”  Josh’s Accountability Coach is his father-in-law, and he actually travels with Josh and the Rangers in order to help Josh with his commitment to sobriety.  The more and more I got to thinking about this type of relationship, the…

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Added by Kirby Cole on June 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Corn On the Job’s Top 25 Twitter Accounts for Job Seekers to Follow

For those of you who don’t know, Rich DeMatteo, AKA Corn on the Job, is a globally recognized Career Expert, Gen Y Career Coach, and Social Media Marketer. Rich has spent time in Agency and Corporate Recruiting, and has a Masters in Human Resources from Villanova University. Along with being featured on Monster.com and Reader’s Digest, he was also named one of the world’s Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors.  If you are looking to learn about the job hunt through social media, check out…

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Added by Kirby Cole on June 15, 2012 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Western Canadian Unemployment Numbers Dropping – BC Leaps, Alberta Unbalanced

Post for those operating in Western Canada

 

April’s unemployment numbers came out today and there has been a flurry of activity as we see some giant gains in employment across most provinces.  British Columbia (BC) made a particularly strong leap forward moving from a 7.0% unemployment rate to 6.4%.  A six point jump is very strong and when looking at the sectors that gained, all most all sectors came out ahead.  The health occupations category was the only one to suffer…

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Added by Darryl Moore on May 11, 2012 at 5:58pm — No Comments

National Unemployment Rate is misleading for the West

In September 2007 Canada reached the lowest employment rate in over the last 35 years at 5.9%.  By mid-year 2009 the national unemployment figure rose to over 8.5%.  To put this in perspective, every percentage point change is approximately 180,000 people who no longer have a position.  Today the national rate is 7.4%, lower than the national average for the last 36 years (8.5%) – and that should encourage us, however it is not because the unemployment rate is actually trending in the wrong…

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Added by Darryl Moore on March 16, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Is It Time to Go Home for Your Next Paycheck?

With millions of Americans still out of work and the jobs report improving but far from healthy, many individuals have either done so or considered going into business for themselves.

In the event you are considering starting a small business at home, is now the time to pull the trigger on it?

Home-based businesses do present both challenges and opportunities, so list both when considering if you’re in…

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Added by Dave Thomas on March 8, 2012 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

Willing and Unable: Trapped in Unemployment

I was browsing my LinkedIn Groups this morning, and a colleague shared this 60 Minutes segment in which she was spotlighted. I'm sure each of you knows someone who is talented, college-educated, life-experienced, and willing to work, but unable to secure employment.



What can we do - as advocates and stakeholders in the community of recruiting - to help? Even if it…

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Added by Maisha Cannon on March 1, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Ballots Are in, Did You Hire Yourself?

Going on job interviews typically ranks right up there with going to the dentist, doing your income taxes and spending time with the in-laws.

You get the message; interviews can be very taxing to say the least. That being said, there are millions of Americans out there right now who are waiting for the interview call, passing their resume around here, there and everywhere, and going on interviews.

The big question at the end of the day following your interview is would you hire…

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Added by Dave Thomas on February 7, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Who cares about our Youth?

It’s almost part of my daily routine – wake up, have breakfast, watch the news, read the paper, check the latest unemployment figures. The International Labour Organisation predicts that the number of 15-24 unemployed by the end of 2011 will be 74.6 million, a rate of 12.6%.

Although this number sits lower than the 12.7% of 2010, the ILO has suggested that since 2010 many young people have given up looking for work and dropped out of the labour market all together.  In the month…

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Added by Andrew Boyle on January 3, 2012 at 6:38am — 3 Comments

When Unemployment Hits Too Close To Home

My mother is on Facebook. I’ve been mildly amused by this until last week when that’s how I found out my mom lost her job. That’s right, my mom - who lives a mile away, who I see twice a week and talk to on the phone almost every day, told Facebook she got laid off before her recruiter daughter. My jaw dropped. My eyes watered. I immediately grabbed my phone and ran down the hall to call her. After two tries she finally picked up, in tears. My brother, 12 years younger…

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Added by Amy Ala on December 12, 2011 at 6:52pm — 24 Comments

Turnover: Musical Chairs Begin!

The game of “musical chairs” has begun as employees begin to jump ship for better employment opportunities.  The aftermath of a recession is employee disengagement.  Unfortunately, your key players won’t tell you they are dissatisfied until they are walking out the door.  As well-performing companies start to cherry pick top talent, it begins a chain of employee turnover events that will affect many companies.

72% of employers restructured or laid off employees since the recession…

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Added by Ann Clifford on December 7, 2011 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

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