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My Own Battle With Depression: Why People Should Empathize With, Rather Than Criticize, Karyn Washington
We all pretty much live on our cell phones. And these days, you can use your phone for pretty much everything from ordering food, to booking a flight, and even managing your personal brand. But can you use it to apply for a job? You can if you have the right tools.
Although mobile sales are outpacing PC sales, just 26 of the Fortune 500 companies have recruitment via smartphone opportunities available. But numbers show that the practice is likely to increase. While just 20 percent of top companies have a mobile-friendly recruiting site, those who do post jobs that are optimized for mobile tend to have a faster response time.
“Applying online is now requisite in most pre-hire situations, and with over 7 billion mobile devices out there, applying via mobile should be an obvious standard,” explained Rayanne Thorn, a spokesperson for global talent management software platform, in an interview with Mashable. Job sites like Simply Hired, Career Builder, Monster and LinkedIn are all mobile-friendly.
According to comScore, mobile job searching has grown 108 percent. Yet, 40 percent of mobile job seekers abandon an application when the site or job posting is not mobile friendly. Often job board sites, mobile submissions utilize resume and applicant information already stored on the site from the profile the user created when they signed up using their computer.
“If a company accepts mobile applications, their recruitment strategy is ahead of most companies, including most Fortune 500 companies. Companies that ‘get’ recruiting respond to top talent the same day a candidate applies, reply to all rejected candidates with an invitation to connect on LinkedIn or Twitter and close all interested talent within two weeks.” explained David Smooke, director of content and social media for SmartRecruiters, a collaborative and social hiring platform, in an interview with Mashable.
Here are some tips to make applying for a job using your smartphone easier.
heavily on a relationship. They’re newlyweds. She’s at the top of her game right now and his career might be over.” I said that with enough concern to convince anyone who may have been listening in on our conversation that Kerry and I actually had a friendship somewhere other than in my head. But I meant it. Unemployment is hard on any relationship.
‘You Collect Your Unemployment And Then You Pray:’ Melissa De Sousa Talks Dry Spells And Being Rejected By Hollywood
“Tons of rejection … [so] much I can’t even count. I mean most of the time [I get] more “nos” than “yeses.” I never really had anyone say anything real horrible to me. I had to prove myself. I remember when I auditioned for Hustle & Flow, which is the one [movie] Terrence got his nomination for. You know they thought I was “too pretty” and I wouldn’t be able to play a down-on-her luck stripper. But I begged them to see me. You know I went in and did my thing. I ended up screen-testing. The person who got it was Paula Jai Parker. I think Regina Hall also screen-tested. All of us ultimately screen-tested. You know I had to fight for them to even look at me in that way, because they thought I was too nice and would not be able to get gritty and dirty. You have to prove yourself because people always want to put you in a box. I am just the one not to do that to.”
“It’s not always easy to get in the “door.” You know when I first came to Los Angeles, I slept on my girlfriend’s floor for a year. I got my first agent and I sent my pictures out to everybody and since I had no experience and I had nothing on tape or even seen, some of the [agencies] sent my pictures back to me [laughs]. So one agency would see you in person and they want you to come in and audition in their room and once again I had to prove myself in person. You have to have an attitude that nothing’s gonna stop me. I think that’s just my New York kind of attitude — survival of the fittest. That’s why I love that song [Empire State of Mind] so much because that’s how it is when people go off to New York.”On stints of unemployment:
“Then there were times I didn’t work for maybe two or three years. There was a time I didn’t have an agent for one reason or another. When the agent dropped me I was like ‘OK, maybe I am not in the business anymore.’ God-willing you can collect unemployment from the residuals from other things you have done in the past. You collect your unemployment and then you pray. You still go out and do your hustle. I always would save money because you never know when that dry spell is gonna hit — and it did. Just go and keep auditioning and keep trying and keep believing things will turn around and it always does.”
Jobs numbers for October were released yesterday, with the government reporting an additional 204,000 jobs, showing little change in the number of people out of work (11.3 million) and the unemployment rate (7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent the previous month). But what was surprising was the lack of great impact from the 16-day government shutdown. In fact, the slight uptick in the unemployment rate could be attributable to the furlough of government workers during the shutdown, according to the AP. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of people who reported being temporarily laid off was 448,000, which included those furloughed employees.
Long-term unemployed numbers (27 weeks or more) remained at 4.1 million. And the unemployment rate for blacks held steady at an unfortunate 13.1 percent.
Job gains were seen across retail (food and beverage and electronics retailers were particular highlights), leisure and hospitality, health care and professional and technical services. Wal-Mart added 55,000 workers this year for the holiday season versus 50,000 last year.
In a plus for the holiday season, the report also shows that small increases in pay and lower gas prices could give shoppers more to shop with in the next couple of months.
Moreover, the AP says a lot of employers hired new staffers irrespective of the shutdown, though those communities nearest DC were the hardest hit, a fact that became an election issue in the recent governor’s race in Virginia.
Despite the relatively good news, the millions of unemployed are still concerned, particularly with the threat of unemployment benefits ending at year’s end. Congress would have to renew the emergency unemployment program that adds 37 weeks to the 26 already granted in most states if they are to continue.
There’s no denying the stress of not having a job. It can make you lose your mind. Still, thousands work to pick up the pieces for a promising future. Unemployment has rocked this nation with many of us filing for jobless claims to make ends meet or even exceeding the number of weeks and struggling to figure things out once the assistance ends.
Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones that can score a job interview in this economy as many times they are few and far between. However do you know what to say should questions regarding your employment gaps arise? We already know how to survive while unemployed. Now it’s time to talk about landing that position. Here are some tips on how to explain unemployment at a job interview along with takeaways to get you through.
While a new survey by CareerBuilder finds that fewer U.S. workers are dependent on their next paycheck to make ends meet, can the same be said for African Americans?
According to the study, 36 percent of workers said they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck, which is an improvement from 40 percent in 2012 and a peak of 46 percent in 2008 at the beginning of the Great Recession when layoffs were rampant.
The data was a mixed bag regarding savings and retirement. Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder says, “The report shows 25 percent of workers do not set any funds aside for savings each month. This is a slight improvement from 27 percent in 2012. In terms of retirement saving, 65 percent of workers participate in a 401(k), IRA or comparable plan, down from 67 percent last year,” reports TheGrio.
While, the CareerBuilder survey did not identify respondents by race, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, author of Zero Debt, warns the middle class and low- to moderate-income households have been squeezed. That includes a broad swath of African-Americans.
Khalfani-Cox says she does not get the sense fewer African Americans are living paycheck to paycheck based on questions posted to her website, AskTheMoneyCoach.com.
“I can’t believe for a moment that they don’t feel cash strapped and living paycheck to paycheck,” she says.
According to Khalfani-Cox, we are becoming more of an hourglass economy. The upper middle class and above felt the recovery sooner. The true middle class are seeing rising costs for food and healthcare, wages however have not seen a change. Then you have those that are struggling so that, according to this weekend report from 60 Minutes, disability payments are a major source of income for some.
Also, debt levels continue to increase and student loan burdens are still part of the mix.
Many African Americans view homeownership and a college degree as important parts of the American dream. “The problem is you typically have to finance them,” Khalfani-Cox explains.
“It will take a while for the economic recovery to trickle down to average folks,” she says.