Do you have a job interview coming up? Take a look at these new "Quick Tip" videos from About.com which will help you answer even the most challenging interview questions:
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Unemployment insurance is one of the benefits that it going to fall off the fiscal cliff in 2013. Unless Congress enacts legislation to continue the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (EUC), no federal extended unemployment benefits will be payable to any unemployed worker effective January 1, 2013.
This has, in fact, already gone into effect. Workers laid-off starting in July 2012 are only eligible for a maximum of 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits. Workers who are currently collecting extended unemployment benefits will stop receiving compensation effective the end of December 2012.
The National Unemployment Law Project (NELP) reports that three million unemployed workers will lose benefits in the early part of 2013. They have started a campaign to Renew Unemployment Insurance for 2013 to save federal emergency compensation benefits.
I'm not going to post a link here, because I don't want to give the person who posted the complaint about my scam reports any additional visibility. However, I do find it ironic that some would complain about reports of scams that take advantage of job seekers. Unless, of course, they happen to be a scammer.
He also complained about the list of scams ranking high on Google, which is thanks to Google not a result of anything I've done.
What's most important, from my perspective, is not that someone complained about me. In fact, I am glad that I have provided site visitors with a way to share and report on their experiences. I make it clear, as to do other sites that publish reviews, that the reviews are the opinions of readers and I offer anyone who has a different opinion the opportunity to share that opinion.
I have over 1200 job scam reports, shared by readers, and counting, as well as lists of a variety of other types of scams that take advantage of job seekers, unemployed workers and others seeking assistance - people who can least afford to get taken advantage.
Here's a list of the scams reported by readers:
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As I sat in front of my computer chatting on Facebook while watching the election results on television, I was reminded about how important it is to be careful what you say on social media. I have friends who are dear to me, even though we aren't like-minded when it comes to politics. I also have colleagues who think very differently than I do.
When it comes to work, it remains important to be careful who you are friends with on Facebook and who you follow on Twitter, because what you say might be held against you, even though it probably shouldn't be.
An AVG Technologies study reports that almost 25% of 18 - 25 year olds are ‘Facebook friends’ with their boss. In addition, the majority of survey respondents have never audited their online profile or cleaned-up potentially career damaging content.
Even worse, 13% respondents admitted to posting abusive content online about their boss or company after a bad day at work. That is really not a good idea unless you are absolutely sure who is on your friends list and your privacy settings are well managed.
Tony Anscombe, AVG’s Senior Security Evangelist, says: "AVG’s latest research clearly shows young people today have a comfort with using online social networks that is leading to blurring between their
professional and private lives. It seems obvious that posting abusive content about a boss or workplace is not very sensible, but it’s important to understand that not only could it damage a person’s existing career, it could also negatively impact on future opportunities too."
What's important is to remember that even though those lines may be blurry, they are still there and it's important to be careful who you are friends with and what you share with those friends.
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The jobs report for October shows the unemployment rate relatively unchanged at 7.9%. 171,000 jobs were added - up from a revised 148,000 (the original number was 114,000) in September. Employment rose in professional and business services, health care, and retail.
Increase in Job Openings
According to job search engine Simply Hired’s November 2012 Employment Outlook report, nationwide job openings increased in five of the last six months.
In October, job openings increased 4.1% month-over-month and 8.0% year-over-year, while nationwide job competition held steady at a ratio of three unemployed persons for every one job opening.
Where the Jobs Are
Job site Indeed.com reports on which locations have the most job listings:
Indeed also has a Job Trends report that lists the keywords in job postings that are the fastest growing. Here's the current list, which, as you can see, is mostly tech related.
However, even though the job market is improving, it's a slow process and unemployment benefits continue to be an issue with federal extended benefit programs expiring at the end of 2012.
“Despite real signs of recovery, the unemployment crisis remains deep and punishing for millions of Americans,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. "We still have a lot of work to do before we'll have enough jobs for everyone who needs them. Long-term unemployment is pushing Americans into new extremes of poverty and economic insecurity—and dramatically decreasing the chance they will ever recover."
A new survey from Aon Hewitt, the global human resources solutions business of Aon plc, and HireVue, the on-demand digital interviewing platform provider, reports that 53% of retail managers expect customers to spend more this year, and as a result, 48 percent plan to hire more seasonal workers than they did last year. In fact, 28 percent anticipate offering permanent positions to half or more of their 2012 seasonal hires.
I wrote a post the other day about the election, jobs and unemployment and how job creation, or the lack of it, depending on how you look at the job market recovery, is a focal point of this election.
Taking it a step further, it's interesting to look at the unemployment data in the swing states. I was surprised at how low the unemployment rate was in the Midwest and New Hampshire, compared to the national average.
Low Unemployment in Swing States (September 2012)
Iowa - 5.2%
New Hampshire - 5.7%
Virginia - 5.9%
On the flip side of the equation, unemployment in some of the other swing states continues to be above the national average, especially in Nevada.
High Unemployment in Swing States (September 2012)
Nevada - 11.8%
North Carolina - 9.6%
Florida - 8.7%
Colorado - 8%
Expiration of Federal Extended Benefits Programs
A related issue is that federal extended unemployment benefits expire at the end of the year and there has been no discussion in Congress or in the Presidential race on unemployment extensions for 2013.
Two million unemployed workers will lose extended benefits and, starting last July, the only benefits in place are a maximum of 26 weeks of state benefits.
Depending on where you are located on the East Coast, you may not be able to go to work because of Hurricane Sandy. You won't have a decision to make if you're located in a state where a state of emergency has been declared. In those locations, there will be limits on travel, public transportation may not be running, road travel may be limited, and evacuations may have been ordered.
In peripheral locations, your company may have an emergency closure and/or bad weather policy that will determine if the workplace will be open. If your office is open and you aren't able to make it work, notify your employer per usual company policy for absences from work.
Keep in mind that safety first, is what's most important. With a weather event of this magnitude, most employers understand that some employees may not be able to make it to work other than when the worker is considered essential for emergency operations. Again, be sure to notify your employer, if at all possible, that you won't be in.
Pay for Missing Work
You may, or may not, be paid for missing work because of bad weather. It depends on the type of employee you are (exempt or non-exempt), federal and state law, and company policy. Here are guidelines on pay for bad weather days.
Hurricane Sandy Unemployment
If you lose your job temporarily or permanently because of the storm, you may be eligible for disaster unemployment (your state would need to be declared a disaster area) or regular unemployment benefits.
Here's information on Hurricane Sandy unemployment benefits.
Jobs have become a focal point of the Presidential election. President Obama talks about how the economy is recovering and is gaining jobs, compared to when he took office and we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month.
Governor Romney says he can do better and create more jobs - 12 million jobs in his first term. Whether it's doable is the question for voters to decide.
FactCheck.org reports that the economy had "...lost nearly 4.5 million jobs in the year before Obama became president, and it lost another 4.3 million before hitting bottom a year later, in February 2010." In January 2009, before the President took office, 810,000 jobs were lost. All those jobs, and then some, have been regained.
Here's more information from the candidates on jobs and the economy:
Where has the job growth come from? Leading job site Indeed.com has collected more data on what has happened with the job market in the last several years. Here is a list of industries that have had positive increases in the amount of job postings between January, 2009 and September, 2012:
The overall gain in jobs, approximately 325,000, is obviously not enough and the monthly jobs report, while showing growth isn't significant growth. The question for voters to consider is whether the steady progress in the right direction is the right path to follow. Or, can Mitt Romney jumpstart the job market and improve the job market in a meaningful way?
What neither candidate seems to be talking about is what is going to happen with unemployment at the end of the year. Unemployment was down slightly (7.8%) last month, but there are still millions of unemployed Americans, many of whom have run out of unemployment benefits or will run out when the unemployment extensions run out at the end of the year.
Starting in 2013, the only unemployment benefits any worker will be eligible for are the maximum of 26 weeks of state unemployment. All federal extensions will be cut-off (rather than phased out) for all people collecting extended benefits at the end of December.
OpenVue is a new product from HireVue, which has always been at the forefront of video interviewing technology. It's a seamless way for job applicants to go directly to a job interview without having to submit a resume or job application.
For both companies and candidates, it's turning the job application process around. Interview first,job application materials second. For the applicant, it's a way to get seen quickly by a hiring manager. For a company, it's a different and more seamless way of screening candidates.
However, companies need to be careful about potential discrimination issues when decisions can be made, even inadvertently, based on the visual appearance of the candidate and how they respond to questions, rather than on the application materials they submit and their credentials.
Job seekers need to be careful, too. Even though it's quick and easy to record an interview on your phone, be sure to prepare for the interview, check out the company, and dress appropriately. Despitethe fact that the technology is different, you still need to make the best impression you can.
How OpenVue Works
Hiring companies broadcast a job-specific link, push notification or QR code to social networks, geolocation applications (such as Foursquare), email referral campaigns or job postings.
The link takes the job seeker directly to a video interview where they can showcase their skills and personality and since this digital interview can be easily done via any iOS or Android mobile device, aswell as a traditional web camera and computer, there is no more taking time off or traveling for those initial interviews.
OpenVue Features On demand: Candidates respond to interviews anytime, anywhere; recruiters and hiring managers rate, share and compare responses on their own time - seeing exponentially more candidates in less time.
Fair and consistent: All candidates receive the same questions (per position) providing a fair, consistent and more personalized candidate experience.
Welcome videos: Companies can broadcast opening videos allowing candidates to come up to speed quickly on the company culture, workplace and job openings.
Digital introductions: Candidates respond to a series of job-specific questions at their convenience allowing companies and candidates to connect more quickly.
QR codes: Candidates can scan QR codes and respond to job opportunity within seconds via a mobile device with a camera. – anytime, anywhere.
Social media integration: Companies can push digital interview invitations to potential candidates via geolocation platforms such as Foursquare, allowing companies to target talent quickly; also allows candidates to skip registration steps by using their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+ accounts. Companies can also push out OpenVue invitations via their own branded social channels.
Search and social campaigns: Companies can use search engine-marketing (PPC and SEO)and behavioral advertising to present highly targeted candidates with relevant interview opportunities.
Employee referral programs: Employees and executives can easily share on-demand interview requests with qualified alumni, friend and business networks.
Mobile: Candidates are able to respond using the HireVue mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices. Recruiters and managers can review from these devices, as well.