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  • Another Bloody Monday? Job Loss Figures Make It Unlikely

    We are one month away from the one year anniversary of Bloody Monday. On January 26th, 2009, 65,400 job cuts were announced, according to a CNN article, “Bloody Monday: Over 65,400 Jobs Lost.” Up until that point, an alarming 200,000 jobs cuts had been announced nationwide for the year but on this one day the total job losses jumped by 33%, thus earning the day its gory title.

  • Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor Job Description
    Name: Vincenta Castillo
    Job Title: Deputy Head Housekeeper
    Where: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Years of Experience: 12 years
    Education: Teesside University Diploma on Business Information Technology and Management
    Employer: Mcdonald Old Swan Hotel, Mcdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeeper.

    Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor

    Hotel housekeeping is steeped in history. From the beginning of the noble class in England the position of head housekeeper has been one of the top jobs of the commoners. Now, in modern times, all of the nobles have been replaced by bankers and their castles have been converted to high class hotels and resorts. What remains are the housekeeping staff and the important role of head housekeeper. Vincenta Castillo has been carrying on the tradition for more than a decade and has house keeping lesson plans to show you what it takes to be successful in this age-old profession. In this Salary Story, Vincenta shares her hotel housekeeping definition, including the roles and responsibilities of the housekeeping department, and provides an insider's look at what life is really like for hotel housekeepers.

    What is a housekeeping supervisor job description?

    Deputize and supervise the housekeeping department along with the head housekeeper. Allocate bedrooms to be cleaned by the room attendant and check cleaned bedrooms to make sure they meet the core standard of cleaning. Check bedrooms for maintenance - attention to details and presentation are very important. Every six months I do the following: re-training on health and safety and do the risk assessment on staff, re-training the room attendant to the high core standard of hygiene and cleanliness of the bedrooms, re-introduce any changes on different cleaning materials and chemicals to be used, ask for staff feedback and give incentives for jobs well-done.
  • Best Companies for Gen Y: Millennials at Work

    PayScale and Brazen Careerist released today the "Top 50 Gen Y Companies". It was a lot of fun working with Penelope Trunk developing this list.

    Gen Y, also known as Millennials, is the generation born after 1977. Since over half of Gen Y go to 4-year colleges, we decided to focus on the large companies where Gen Y college grads would most likely be happy working.

    In this post, after a quick review of the methodology, I will count the winner and losers, and look at why some famous companies didn't make the list.

    Even if you are not working at a top Gen Y company, are you at least being paid fairly? Find out with a free PayScale Salary Report.

  • Career Path Suggestions for Midlife Career Changes

    A down economy brings one thing to most everyone’s career path: change. Whether it’s learning new skills for the same job or searching for a different one, these added work pressures can be especially hard on people who have been in their job for 20+ years. Rather than wind down or hit their stride, they have to start over or take it up a notch.

  • Building Maintenance Career
    Name: Eddy Wedertz, Sr.
    Job Title: Retail Store Building Maintenance Supervisor
    Where: Fort Myers, FL
    Years of Experience: 21 years
    Education: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, Air-conditioning major, Math and Electrical minors.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of a building maintenance supervisor.

    Building Maintenance Supervisor

    The importance of building maintenance is often taken for granted until something stops working. All of a sudden work grinds to a halt because the lights have gone out, the ceiling is leaking onto your computer, or the office is the temperature of the sun. That’s when Eddy Wedertz is transformed into a hero. He and others like him are the only people who know the maintenance plans and procedures required to take care of any problem within a given building or business. So the next time you see your maintenance manager, thank them - they not only make your job easier, they make it possible.
  • Majors by Gender: Is It Bias or the Major that Determines Future Pay?

    The discussion of pay differences across gender is a hot topic. We addressed this topic recently in a project with the New York Times Economix Blog, as well as in our own blog post. In these studies, we controlled for compensable factors (experience, education, specialty, company size, etc.) across men and women and find the gender wage gap to be 94%, which is much narrower than the oft quoted 77 cents to the dollar.

    One reason the National Committee on Pay Equity finds a pay gap of 77% is they don't control for major or job choice and instead compare differences in the national median salaries of men and women.

    However, as we have discussed in previous blog posts (here and here), choice of degree type and college major play a large role in determining national pay differences across men and women. Simply put, women tend to choose majors that pay a lower national median pay.

    Are you curious whether you are paid what you're worth given the major you chose? Find out with a free PayScale Salary Report.

  • Want a Job? Get Skills for the Jobs Most in Demand

    No matter which way you slice the news about the economy, and the especially news about unemployment, there’s always one choice that makes sense. If you can, get skills for the jobs in high demand. There are quite a few out there. Even though people are tighter with their spending (tough on retail), the housing market is unstable (less real estate work) and fewer new building projects are happening (so long construction jobs), other industries have opportunities. You just need the job skills to get started.