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  • The Longer You're Unemployed, the Harder It Is to Get Un-Unemployed

    Today in Depressing News You Can't Unread, we present to you the findings of three economists who decided to study the relationship between prolonged unemployment and perception of applicants by potential employers.

    The relationship, friends, was not good. After sending 12,000 fictitious resumes to 3000 job openings in 100 different labor markets, the researchers discovered that employers were much less likely to call back when the applicant had been unemployed for any length of time. The problem appears to be the employer's perception of the applicant's productivity, not any concern over declining skills.

  • 'Get to Work' Show on Sundance Profiles Programs That Help Chronically Unemployed

    The brand-new "Get to Work" show on Sundance offers a behind-the-scenes look at the STRIVE program, a sort of career boot camp targeted at chronically unemployed Americans like drug addicts, ex-cons, the working poor, the homeless and the welfare dependent. Sundance describes the program as "an unfiltered, uncompromising look at the work of Second Chance in San Diego and the STRIVE program, a workforce training model dedicated to getting America back to work."

  • Former NASA Workers Struggle to Find Jobs

    Once you've worked for the space program, is there anywhere to go but down?

    Well, yes -- but for former NASA workers who want to stay on the "Space Coast" near Florida's Kennedy Space Center, prospects are difficult at best.

  • Unemployed and Depressed? You're Not Alone

    It might seem like a bulletin from The News in Obviousness, but being unemployed is kind of depressing. Why is it worth talking about it, then? Well, for one thing, most of the news we read about unemployment is focused on numbers and statistics, which, while valuable information, has a way of making readers forget the human side of joblessness.

  • Watch Out! 14 Unexpected Blunders of Entrepreneurship

    Q: What are some challenges you did not anticipate when deciding to start your own business?

    The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.


    1. Cash Flow Is a Common Struggle

    Allie siartoWe started with clients from day one, so we've always been profitable, but one thing we didn't think about when we started was cash flow. Many profitable businesses experience famine and feast, due to invoice scheduling or higher sales during certain parts of the year. You must have a plan to spread profits from the most profitable times to cover times when cash flow is slower.
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  • LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Outlines Solution for the Unemployment Crisis

    It's no secret that the U.S. unemployment rate is less than stellar, but according to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, the figure we should be paying the closest attention to is 3.5 million. That's the number of available U.S. jobs that remain unfilled. Weiner thinks that as a whole, Americans are inadequately prepared for the growing job categories in today's economy.

  • Half of All Recent College Graduates Are Unemployed or Underemployed

    For folks who graduated in the economic dead zone of the 1990s, this statistic might elicit a shrug: a recent study showed that 1 in 2 recent college grads are "either out of work or doing low-wage work that doesn’t fully use their skills or knowledge."

    So what's the big deal? Can't they get jobs at coffee shops, the way we did, back when we walked back and forth to our minimum wage gigs, both ways, barefoot, in the snow?

  • Will You Soon Be Able to Work While Receiving Unemployment?

    It's one of the scariest things for job seekers: Unemployment benefits come to a screeching halt as soon as you get a new job. But what if that new gig doesn't work out?

    Much of the time, workers are covered by their new company. But there's always that sneaking concern that by taking the leap, you're cutting off the assistance that kept you afloat when you didn't have a job.

  • The Best Resignation Letter Ever Is a Song Set to "American Pie"

    If you're like most of us, you can't even remember a single line of any resignation letter you've ever written. They're usually pretty formal, standardized affairs, designed to give as little information as possible, while still letting people know that you won't be here after, say, next Thursday.

    And then there's this engineer, formerly of Microsoft, who wrote her letter in the form of a song, "Bye, Bye, Excel and I," set to the tune of "American Pie," and including lyrics like, "With devs in the hall drinking whiskey and rye, singing, 'Forever recalc or die,'" which would make an amazing t-shirt.

  • Unemployment Rates for Veterans Rise

    The unemployment rates for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars increased in 2011 to 12.1 percent; conversely, unemployment rates for non-veterans went down to 8.7 percent. In 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans of those wars and non-veterans was 11.5 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively. Interestingly, veterans from other wars are more likely to have work: the jobless rate for all veterans fell from 8.7 percent to 8.3 percent. Why have post-9/11 veterans been having such a tough time finding jobs?

  • The Fix Young America Campaign Hopes to Spark a Startup Resurgence

    The Fix Young America campaign hopes to fight youth underemployment and unemployment with a startup resurgence -- a renaissance of sorts. The Young Entrepreneur Council is behind the initiative, and has partnered with startup accelerators and investors like MassChallenge, Venture for America and Codecademy to incentivize youth to start their own businesses.

  • Can Social Media Status Updates Predict Unemployment Spikes?

    Can your social media status updates predict spikes in the unemployment rate? They can, according to new research by SAS and United Nations Global Pulse.

    The researchers first tracked and analyzed hundreds of thousands of Web-surfing citizens in the U.S. and Ireland between June 2009 and June 2011 to quantify the mood in their updates on blogs, news sites, forums and social networks. After comparing this data to actual unemployment figures, they discovered that just before a rise in unemployment rates, users increasingly talked about tightening their budgets; as the rise in unemployment continued, they discussed topics like foreclosures, evictions and canceled vacations.

  • The Meek Shall Inherit a High Performance Review

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    By Lisa Johnson Mandell, AOL Jobs

    If it seems to you that only those who are cocky and arrogant to get ahead, take heart! According to new performance review-based study from Baylor University, the more honesty and humility an employee may have, the higher their job performance will be rated.

  • How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

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    By Charles Purdy, Senior Editor, Monster-HotJobs

    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your social circle, they're the parents of your kids' school chums, they're sitting next to you on airplanes--basically, they're all around you every day. So how do you turn these people from relative strangers into valuable network contacts?

  • 6 Soft Skills Everyone Needs

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    By Larry Buhl, Monster-HotJobs

    In a 2008 survey of more than 2,000 businesses in the state of Washington, employers said entry-level workers in a variety of professions were lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical observation.

  • Body Language Can Make or Break a Job Interview

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    By Robert Ordona, Monster-HotJobs

    Savvy job seekers know how important choosing the right words is when we communicate with prospective employers--but what about nonverbal communication?

  • Flight Attendant Salary per Hour Takes Off

    Are you considering working for the airlines? Good idea. It's wise to keep your head in the clouds. Besides exotic lands, generous travel benefits and your new "cool" status at cocktail parties, you'll likely also enjoy a solid financial future. Did you know that the average hourly salary for a flight attendant climbs from about $15 per hour to over $40 within 20 years?

  • Corrosion Engineering Jobs: Hot Industry Leads to High Demand

    I recently received information about job opportunities from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). Until I received their fact sheet about this line of work, I didn’t even know that it existed. It turns out if you have a mind for math and science, are good with your hands and want a stable, well-paid job, corrosion engineering is a great field to pursue right now.

  • No Bloody Monday Job Loss, But Minority Unemployment Filing Steady

    On Dec. 26, 2009, I wondered whether the fourth Monday in January 2010 would be anything like the “Bloody Monday” we saw on January 26, 2009, when 65,400 job cuts were announced. Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on employment for last month, it’s clear that no such repeat day occurred. But, what did happen with unemployment filing in January 2010?

  • Why Is Volunteering Important? Advice for Job Hunters

    The search for work continues. Besides rubbing more polish on your resume, what can a work-hungry American do to get a job? If you know which career interests you, you could consider volunteering in your chosen field. From networking and skill building to resume improvement, the benefits of volunteering seem endless.

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