Will September Sales Slump Temper Holiday Hiring? More Companies Announce Hiring Plans!
Retail sales slumped in September, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department. The question is, does the 0.3 percent decline signal potential difficulties when it comes to all-important holiday sales? “Consumers’ spending power certainly is not being helped by stagnant wages,” said John Challenger, CEO of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray &... more
Last week, we numbered the top 10 things job seekers dislike about the job search process. Today, we're looking at the top actions employers can take during the application and interview phases that impress job seekers. Not surprisingly, most candidates appreciate open and honest communication with their potential employers.
-Candidates are contacted quickly after applying for a position.
-Candidates can tell the interviewers read their resumes.
Our coaches often hear about a number of frustrations with the job search process. Below are the top ten!
10. The interviewer takes calls and checks/responds to emails during the interview.
9. When recruiters call, they do not identify themselves or ask if it's a convenient time for the candidate to talk.
8. The interviewer starts the interview with, "How much money do you want?"
7. The recruiter or interviewer doesn't provide contact info for a... more
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Will US Employers Follow Branson?
Employees at London-based Virgin Group, owned by billionaire Richard Branson, can now take as much vacation as they want, whenever they want. That’s pretty good news, particularly for Londoners who are already guaranteed at least 28 days of paid vacation and holidays by law. Virgin’s US employees are undoubtedly looking forward to the prospect of the new policy being extended to the entire organization. The question is, would US... more
In business, success is rarely about performance alone. Everyone who has risen to the top of the firm has talent or they wouldn’t be there. Now, instead of focusing on your talent, go about learning how to spot dangers before they arise, and how to handle the situations strategically. Individuals are chosen for management and leadership positions because their skills and technical or industry knowledge have been recognized. It is tempting to jump into your new position... more
A new survey from the U.S. Travel Association shows that 40 percent of all Americans do not use all of their vacation time. At the end of the year, there are roughly 430 million unused vacation days on the books as a result of our “dedication” to work. Of course, this dedication is not driven by job satisfaction. It is driven by fear – the fear of being laid off, fear of being passed over for promotion, fear of not getting a salary increase, and fear of being over-... more