Today, as we honor America’s military veterans with parades and speeches and community luncheons, there is one form of recognition veterans value above most others.
Young veterans, those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — what the government classifies as Gulf War-era II — are struggling the most. For them, finding a job is harder than for other, older veterans.
Their 10 percent unemployment rate, 37 percent higher than the population as a whole, tells only part of the story. It only suggests the dimension of a problem that leaves young veterans wondering what happened to the promises their country made to help them reenter civilian life. Read more…
With unpaid internship lawsuits popping up left and right, it’s a controversial time for both interns and intern employers everywhere. In fact, many are even sounding the death knell for internships altogether.
One internship program choosing to shut down rather than shape up is magazine publishing powerhouse Condé Nast.
To the shock of many, last month it became the first prestigious internship program to publicly close its doors to interns. The axe fell after the company lost a class-action lawsuit filed by two former interns claiming to have been paid less than $1 per hour during their time with the company. Read more…
Late-night comedians will have a field day with the October jobs report released in the U.S. today — shut down the government and job creation increases.
Although the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 7.3 percent, the 204,000 jobs reportedly created last month exceeded what economists were expecting, leading some to suspect the numbers.
“I find this bizarre,” Mark Zandi told CNBC. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets revised to some degree … down.” He is chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, which partners with ADP in producing the HR services firm’s National Employment Report. That report, out last week, said 130,000 private sector jobs were added to the economy in October. Read more…
Put yourself in your prospective employee’s shoes. What would make you apply for the job you’re listing?
Are you looking for a title, more money, or career advancement? Most people want these things, and most companies claim they can offer all of them and more.
So, why is it so difficult to find highly qualified candidates for your open position among the hundreds of resumes you receive from online job postings?
The answer may lie in the content and quality of your online job listing, which has to not only reflect what you want from a candidate, but what a superstar candidate would want from you. Read more…
After being in business as long as I have, I’ve learned that if you put job candidates to the test, the best ones will rise to the challenge.
I learned this after many years of dealing with great hires and not-so-great hires, like the one who locked herself in the building’s only bathroom after I had to fire her. Or the extremely fast and efficient pressroom worker who, on his break time, was studying how to grow hallucinogenic mushrooms.
You have to be careful who you hire.
Resumes can contain all sorts of lies. Evidence of a college degree doesn’t mean a person actually studied or even showed up for lectures most of the time. Read more…
Skim through the help wanted section of any job board and you’ll find about 95 percent of the ads have one word in common: “Starting wages based on experience …” “Looking for experienced, energetic servers and kitchen staff …” “We are currently seeking an experienced office assistant …”
Why is experience so often our No. 1 hiring criteria? It’s because we assume an experienced person will require less training and be able to get up to speed faster.
The problem with this assumption is that, just because a person has done a certain type of work before, it doesn’t mean he or she is necessarily good at it or even likes doing it.
Decent hiring tips come in handy when you consider nearly one in every two people hired fail within 18 months.
That’s a startling statistic, especially for small businesses and startups. These volatile businesses can literally double their workforce with each new hire. Every added person has a tremendous impact on the business.
This statistic makes us wonder why so many passionate business owners and entrepreneurs trust hiring to rushed efforts and gut feelings? What’s even more interesting than a 46 percent failure rate, is that the cause is overwhelmingly because or attitude, not skill. Read more…
Not all interns are cut from the same mold.
Some are fueled by their passion and flawlessly execute tasks with a smile on their face, while others tend to hide in their cubicle watching the clock tick as they’re assigned projects. And believe it or not, ending up with the latter is a lot more common than many would like to admit.
With the conversion rate for turning interns into full-time hires at an all-time high of 58.6 percent, landing outstanding interns is a must for companies across the board. Read more…