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CareerBliss Names the Top Ten Scariest States for Job Seekers

November 1, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire)--CareerBliss, the leading online career community helping people find joy and success at every step in their careers, announces new data that highlights the scariest states for jobseekers. CareerBliss evaluated how employees feel about growth opportunities in their state, as well as unemployment numbers to determine which states were the scariest in today’s job market.

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Study Shows Middle-Class Workers Looking for New Jobs

August 3, 2011 15:45 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- A growing number of middle-class Americans are unhappy in their work and looking to make a change, according to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index®.

Recent findings of the monthly survey reveal that 24 percent of consumers are dissatisfied with their current job, up from 21 percent last year and 11 percent in 2009. This groundswell of unhappiness is also reflected in the rising number of people looking for new employment. Two out of five workers (39 percent) report that they are job hunting, up dramatically from 29 percent a year ago.

“This rising discontent in the middle-class workforce is clearly being fueled by the continuing economic turmoil,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command Financial Services, Inc. “Americans were significantly more satisfied with their jobs in 2009, when many people believed that the recession would soon come to a close. The persistent economic downturn has taken a toll on middle-class Americans, with many people feeling that they are being asked to work more and are making less. So it makes sense that consumers are starting to look for more appealing alternatives to their current circumstances.”

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Job Boards, Online Networking Gain Ground

June 30, 2011 14:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- Person-to-person networking continues to be job seekers' most successful tool, according to a study by Right Management. The firm analyzed job data on the nearly 60,000 individuals throughout North America to whom it provided career transition services over the past three years. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions.

Traditional networking was the source of new career opportunities for 41% of job candidates last year, while Internet job boards accounted for 25% of new positions landed.

"The job search is changing and some approaches are losing ground to others, but classic, systematic networking continues to be most effective way to find suitable employment," said Carly McVey, Right Management's Vice President of Career Management. "Certainly technology plays a growing role. But online social networking may not always be separate from traditional networking since one so often leads to the other. A job seeker uses the Internet to track down former associates or acquaintances and then reaches out to them in person. And, just like a cold call, the Internet is a way to make an initial contact with a prospective employer."

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Need a Job? NYC is the Place to Be, says Beyond.com

June 14, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire)--Beyond.com, Inc., the world’s largest network of niche career communities, today released its First Quarter 2011 Career Trend Analysis Report, which identifies the top metropolitan regions for jobs, ranking New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island as number one with the highest percentage of online job postings and offering the best opportunity for employment amongst job seekers. In a region-by-region comparison, the job posting trends data is representative of the percentage across metropolitan regions and is adjusted by population.

According to the Beyond.com quarterly trends report, which gathers information across thousands of top-tier industry and local career sites, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island region yielded the most online job postings, with more than 14 percent of jobs across all regions. The top three industries for jobs in this metro area include Healthcare & Medical, Accounting & Finance and Information Technology, respectively. Across all U.S. metropolitan regions, the Healthcare & Medical industry was reported as the number one generator of jobs, lending more widespread options for professionals in this industry. The top seven metro regions for overall online job postings are:

1) New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (14.2 percent)
2) Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County (12.5 percent)
3) Chicago-Gary-Kenosha (8.95 percent)
4) San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (8.91 percent)
5) Dallas-Fort Worth (7.07 percent)
6) Washington-Baltimore (6.63 percent)
7) Atlanta (5.66 percent)

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Professional Credentials Are a Valuable Asset for Job Seekers as Economy Recovers

March 17, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Attaining professional credentials from an accredited credentialing body can help job seekers take advantage of recent positive employment forecasts and the continued economic recovery. The industries with the highest projected growth over the next decade offer greater opportunities for professionals with valid credentials.

President Obama stated in his weekly radio address on February 26th that investments in education are critical for our nation’s future. The same rings true for Americans as individuals: investments in continuing education and attaining professional credentials will be critical to secure jobs and advance in their careers. This conclusion was supported during the first meeting of the President’s Council on Job Creation and Competitiveness, where executives of companies like GE, Intel, Comcast, and others met to discuss strengthening employment in the United States. Leaders at the February 24th meeting agreed that the return of jobs to the US will rely on a workforce with the right skills, from the factory floor to the board room.

“An individual’s ability to show he or she has specific skill sets and experience may lead to a new or better job,” said Melissa Murer Corrigan, President of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). “Attaining professional credentials provides an immediately recognizable indication that a candidate has demonstrated the skills necessary to meet a standard of quality set within the industry. In so many situations, credentials provide that ever-important foot in the door.”

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AOL Jobs Selects Vizibility for Its 'Hot Job Site Award'

February 1, 2011 14:58 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Vizibility Inc. today announces that AOL Jobs editors handpicked Vizibility as the winner of its "Hot Job Site" award. Vizibility helps job seekers and career professionals take control of their personal search results with a customized SearchMe button for Google.

Vizibility was selected based on the fresh, exciting, and innovative approach to solving a problem job seekers face every day - mistaken identity online. The company was recognized for providing a unique and useful solution that helps career professionals manage their online brands. The "Hot Job Site" feature about Vizibility is now available on the AOL Jobs website.

Vizibility was also recognized by the NetExplorateur Observatory based in Paris, France. NetExplorateur identifies and analyzes new global trends in digital technology for the benefit of French business and political decision-makers. The NetExplorateur team has set up a stringent, original process for detecting innovators. Vizibility was selected as part of the NetExplorateur 100, a list of the latest and most promising global projects and experiments. The NetExplorateur 100 list of award winners can be viewed here and will be celebrated at the NetExplorateur Forum at UNESCO in Paris on February 3rd and 4th, 2011.

"Mistaken identity is a serious and growing problem. More than 2,000 people on LinkedIn alone share a similar name with someone in the FBI's Ten Most Wanted," said James Alexander, founder and CEO of Vizibility. "Job seekers need to be able to make a killer first impression and the hiring managers Googling them need the right information fast. We're honored to be recognized by AOL Jobs and NetExplorateur as an innovative career technology solution."

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The Consulting Bench Launches Service for Job Seekers in Management and IT Consulting

November 30, 2010 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- The Consulting Bench launches today, providing consultants with a free, simple and highly confidential way to stay in touch with job opportunities in management, IT, strategic and HR consulting. The company’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of the recruiting process for candidates and employers by addressing the unique requirements of the consulting job market.

Iain Lopata, CEO of The Consulting Bench, said, “The recruiting needs of the management, IT, HR and strategic consulting industry are not well served by general purpose job sites. The Consulting Bench focuses on the industry, functional and technical skills of candidates and combines this with critical information such as travel expectations to better match candidates with employers.”

As in many industries, social media is reshaping the recruiting process for consulting job seekers and employers. This raises new issues of privacy and confidentiality for job seekers.

“Having it known that you are looking for a new job can have an immediate impact on project assignments, raises and promotions. Job seekers need a confidential process to explore new opportunities without jeopardizing their current employment. The Consulting Bench provides an easy way for candidates to keep track of new opportunities in the consulting industry without the typical risks involved,” said Mr. Lopata.

For employers there is no risk involved in using the services of The Consulting Bench. Consulting firms can list open positions for as long as they wish at no cost. The employer then receives screened candidate applications. Only if they decide to interview a candidate is there a fee of $300 to pay. And there are no further charges should they choose to hire the individual.

Candidates are filtered in three ways before being presented to an employer. This includes a direct review of resumes by professionals with experience in consulting to confirm that the candidate is a credible applicant. The three stage screening significantly reduces the number of unqualified applicants that employers need to review and process.

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2010 Entry-Level Job Opportunities May Be Brighter Than Expected

June 14, 2010 18:09 by jllorens

Foster City, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2010 -- Class of 2010 graduates are facing a more challenging job market than previous graduates did, but the hiring landscape might be a lot brighter than expected. The results of CollegeGrad.com's 2010 Top Entry-Level Employers list are encouraging. Eight of the top ten entry-level employers have either maintained or increased their projected number of entry-level hires compared to 2009.

Verizon Wireless remains at the top of the list with 10,500 entry-level jobs planned for this year, followed closely by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with 8,000 new hires projected in 2010. Teach for America and Peace Corps registered some of the highest 2010 entry-level hire projections this year, bringing the non-profit sector into the spotlight of top employers for 2010.

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Poll: Finding a Job Is Tough, Networking Is Key

October 26, 2009 12:14 by jllorens

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 26, 2009 – Even in the best of times, finding a new job is a challenge. So it is no surprise that 42% of people polled think it would be "very difficult" to find a new job in today's tough economy, according to a survey of more than 2,500 individuals on LinkedIn® by Right Management. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in employment services.

Forty-three percent of those responding believe getting a new job would be "somewhat difficult," and 14% would consider it "somewhat" or "very easy."

Men and women have nearly identical opinions on job hunting prospects, while respondents whose job function is in business development or sales are more upbeat than those in finance. The older the respondent, the more likely the individual is to consider the job search difficult, which may be explained in part by their typically higher salary levels.

"Losing a job is one of the top most stressful life events," said Tony Santora, Executive Vice President for Global Solutions at Right Management. "The job search process can be an anxiety-filled experience, even in a healthy economy. So stress typically comes with the territory."

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Chicago: City to Use Meter Funds for Tech Training

October 14, 2009 10:23 by jllorens

(FRAN SPIELMAN, Chicago, Sun-Times) Chicago will spend $20 million in proceeds from the parking meter lease to create its very own "Tech Corps" -- by offering technology training and temporary city jobs to 10,500 laid-off professionals.

"There are a lot of people unemployed or who [have] lost their jobs -- not just laid off. How do you get 'em back to the work force as quickly as possible?" Mayor Daley said Tuesday, after a "Technology Summit" at Microsoft's Chicago headquarters.

"We want to create a pool . . . so any company looking [for] talent can come to Chicago and they can say, 'I can beat Europe for 10, 15, 20, 30, 50 years because of the talent that is not only presently here and retrained, but also with the school system.' There's more and more talent coming out in technology."

Chicago is already home to an estimated 350,000 information-technology employees in such fields as data processing, management and technical consulting and Internet publishing.

The $20 million Tech Corps initiative is aimed at creating an even larger pool of trained technology professionals to bolster Chicago's ability to attract information technology businesses.

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