Posts tagged "unemployment"

U.S. Unemployment Rate Slides Down to 7.2%: Jobs Report Disappoint

U.S. Unemployment Rate Slides Down to 7.2%: Jobs Report Disappoint
The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to 7.2%, the lowest in five years since the end of the Great Recession. Yet, employers are showing a reluctance to add jobs with only 148,000 jobs added in September. The economy added an average of 195.000 jobs a month the first half of the year and began slowing... Read more »

Where is the Job Recovery?

Where is the Job Recovery?
Only about 6.3% of Americans over the age of 16 participate in the job market. This means that they have a job or are looking for one. This rate has been hovering recently around its lowest level since 1979. This is a dismal number. The make-up of job growth was also disappointing. Hiring in July... Read more »

The Minimum Wage War Continues As Companies Consider Automation

The Minimum Wage War Continues As Companies Consider Automation
As a customer of fast food franchises,  like McDonalds, Starbucks and KFC, we look to these places for a quick, low cost solution when we are on the run or just plain hungry. Many of us, even the healthy ones, go to a fast food place at least once a day. But what about the... Read more »
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The 90-Day Job Search

The 90-Day Job Search
With Labor Day quickly approaching, it is time to energize your job search. You have 90-days to get situated in a new job before the holidays, when not much hiring will be done. These next three months are critical in your hunt for a new job. They are the last days of hiring before most... Read more »

Job Search 101

Job Search 101
Let’s assume it has been a few months since your departure from your last job. You have been immersed in the pursuit of looking for a new job while attempting to enjoy your summer days before it is all over. Have you been using your time efficiently?  And have you committed to your job search?... Read more »

Tips For Dealing With Stress During a Job Search

Tips For Dealing With Stress During a Job Search
  Stress is something that we all live with, but for those involved in a job search after the loss of a job or a dead end career; it can be overwhelming leading to depression and despondent behavior that makes it appear as if nothing is going your way. It is difficult for friends and... Read more »
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Acing the First Five Minutes of an Interview

Acing the First Five Minutes of an Interview
First Impressions count. This is especially true when you are in an interview situation. How you look, what you say or don’t say can make a difference in getting to the next level in the interview process, where every interview counts! Those who have mastered the interview process get the job more readily than people... Read more »

Getting to the Point on Your Résumé

Getting to the Point on Your Résumé
  A résumé, a single document, can make the difference between being gainfully employed at a desired firm or sitting by the mailbox waiting for your unemployment check or counting the months until your benefits expires. Yet, so few people spend the time needed to write a compelling resume or minimally one that doesn’t put... Read more »

Time to Leave Chicago? Tips for Moving for a Job

Time to Leave Chicago? Tips for Moving for a Job
  With a slow job recovery job seekers have had to consider moving to secure employment. In a tight job market you need to go to where the jobs are. If you are able to relocate you need to consider widening your job search on a national scale. Economic recovery is stronger in some areas... Read more »
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(5) Tips for Starting a New Business

(5) Tips for Starting a New Business
With unemployment in Illinois at 9.8% and getting a job for still a major challenge for many, is it time to start your own business and skip the job hunting all together? This is what some people are doing. It may be the right choice for you but you need to make sure you consider... Read more »