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(Rolling Out) — If you’re looking for a job, you should think like an entrepreneur, says Keith Stallings. Stallings deals in human capital (the knowledge and skill-set of employees), and his company, Seaul Society, LLC, is in the business of training employees to become financially successful, not to rely on a job, but to tap into various streams of income. “I’m a business development, human capital, career management consultant,” Stallings explains to rolling out. With a company tagline of, “resourceful humans are the soul of business culture,” Stallings brings a zen-like understanding to the job hunt.
(News One) — Even though Black male unemployment is at a record low of 17%, African-American men are still suffering from the fallout of The Great Recession. According to MSNBC, the current unemployment rate for black men is down from last year’s rate of 17.7%, but still more than double the current rate of 7.9% for their white counterparts. Our social environment creates more obstacles to employment for even highly marketable black male job seekers, so African-American men need focused plans for successful career development. Here are some fresh approaches that can help black men address their unique employment concerns:
1. Find an internship or volunteer. Volunteering or interning is an excellent way to get the inside scoop on job openings at organizations. One recruitment coordinator told the New York Daily News: “It’s a great way for an employer to assess your skills and motivations. It also opens up networking opportunities as well, since you’ll be able to communicate with all sorts of individuals.” Giving your time can also help you build your resume and stay active between full-time positions.
(Wall Street Journal) — Some Juggle commentershave asked for a post on the professional networking website LinkedIn. The site passed 100 million users in March and continues to grow by about one million members a week. Its public offering this week is drawing even more attention. Non-users of LinkedIn may wonder, why bother? Posting a profile, keeping it updated, building and maintaining your network of connections, and responding to messages takes time. Of course, LinkedIn can help you find a job and research prospective employers by contacting current and former employees. Recruiters use it heavily to find what they call “passive candidates” who are open to new opportunities but not actively looking. But even if you aren’t looking for a job, LinkedIn is a tool for displaying your work and credentials to colleagues and potential clients, gathering intelligence about trends and competitors from others in your industry or profession, and keeping in touch with alumni and other groups that matter to you. Also, if you lose your job unexpectedly, having your LinkedIn network up-and-running is a big asset.
You’re one of the lucky few selected for a job interview! Whether you are fresh out-of-college or longing for a career change, the possibility of clinching a job with the potential for success and financial rewards is bound to produce some butterflies in your tummy. Going through the interview process can be time consuming and very stressful, since a make or break decision could foretell your future. And the weight of the competition and the thought being dismissed can leave you anxiety-ridden, so here’s how you can take on stress in five minutes or less before an interview:
(Smart Money) — Restless with his part-time public relations job, Stephen Anfield, 30, began volunteering in the AARP’s Washington, D.C., office about a year ago. It wasn’t easy: On top of his 30-hour work-week, Anfield put in another 10 to 15 hours writing blog posts, making and printing PowerPoint presentations, and other office tasks. “It was like what you’d do at a typical job,” he says. But after six months, he found a new job – courtesy of a referral from an AARP staffer. “It’s not the typical way to get a job, but it worked for me.” With unemployment still at its one of the highest levels since the Great Depression, some job seekers are adding another tactic to their traditional job search: volunteering.
“It definitely is happening more,” says Dan Ryan, a staffing expert and panelist for the Society of Human Resource Management and a principal at staffing firm Ryan Search & Consulting. No one tracks volunteers’ motives precisely, of course, but after years of declines, volunteerism is up about 3% in the last three years – a small percentage, but one that represents an additional 2 million volunteers, for about 63 million American volunteers total. Many are passionate about a cause; others are just passing time. But some career coaches and recruiters are advising job-seekers to volunteer for more strategic reasons: It’s an outside shot at a full-time job. “Volunteering is a differentiator,” says R.J. Morris, the corporate director of staffing for McCarthy Building Companies, one of the largest commercial building firms in the U.S. “It shows initiative and that you’re active in your desired career field.”
(Washington Business Journal) — Washington is at the top of the list, according to jobs posting site Monster.com, which has ranked the top 10 markets for job seekers in 2011. Monster.com based its rankings on the number of jobs it has listed in each market compared to the size of the local workforce and it ranks the Washington market No.1, followed by San Francisco and Boston. Baltimore ranked No. 4.
(Chicago Tribune) — Sitting at a conference table in a wood-paneled boardroom, Stephen Whittaker described his daily routine since losing his job six months ago. Whittaker, 61, wakes up at 5 a.m., works out, then spends the next eight hours networking, mostly through e-mail and LinkedIn. But thus far, the routine has not worked, and Whittaker thinks he knows the reason.
(CNNMoney.com) — Congrats! You landed an interview for a great new job. If raises at your current job have been meager or non-existent over the past few years, you might be tempted to tell the prospective employer that your salary was a little bit more money than it actually was. In fact, 23% of job seekers say they have lied or would lie during the job interview process, according to a recent poll by Vault.com. So, where do you draw the line between fact and fiction when it comes to your salary and what will give you the negotiating power you need?
(Wall Street Journal) — Although some employers report trouble finding workers, about 4.4 million Americans have been looking for jobs for at least a year—and that doesn’t include the ones who have given up. Here are some of their stories. Through 19 months of unemployment, Paul Hansen, a 52-year-old from Phoenix, remained optimistic he would find a job like the one he lost—and he did.
(WSJ.com) – As the economy stabilizes, Americans are returning to the labor force, suggesting their confidence in the job market is improving.
Some who had dropped out of the labor force because they couldn’t find jobs said they were searching again and landing more interviews than they had earlier in the downturn.