Archive for June, 2009

Are There Jobs Out There?

These days, the news is filled with negative stories about the economy and employment.  You hear a lot about the less than 10% of people out of work, but very little focus on the 90% who have jobs.  The media also reports often about the companies with mass layoffs, but rarely mention companies who are growing or hiring.  So, are there any jobs out there? 

 

After performing a simple Google search for employment, I kept noticing the names of major companies in the mix.  Just to mention a few companies that I found with a large number of openings:

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Cutting Expenses in Hard Times

The recent economy has resulted in a nationwide “tightening” of budgets for people of all financial levels.  We all understand that elimination of unnecessary expenses, like going to the movies or out-to-eat, is essential to many during these tough times.  But what if you are unemployed or are struggling beyond cutting out the “extras”?  Here are some other tips on how you can cut down on your fixed expenses to save money each month.  Some of the saving might not be much, but if you add them together, it can amount to a significant reduction in your monthly bills.

 

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Addressing the Out-of-Work Gap

As many know these days, maintaining a top resume can mean the difference between snagging an interview and ending up in the trash can.  However, what if you have been unemployed for a period of time and that is the first thing seen on your chronological resume?  There are a few ways of handling your unemployment situation which can help increase your chances of staying in the game and being a true competitor for the job.  During your unemployed period, it is not as important what you are not doing – meaning working – as it is important what you ARE doing and making it clear to the hiring manager.

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Going Green

Today, there is a large focus on the environment that has crossed over into business, with major companies around the world participating in new efforts to decrease waste and extra power usage.  Here at JDR, located in the International Paper Towers, we have started participating ourselves, with recycling receptacles for cans, plastic and paper throughout the offices here.  We also have worked to create an almost paperless recruiting process.

 

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Leveraging IT in a Bad Economy

During a recession, it is inevitable that companies start looking to cut costs.  Oftentimes, when senior executives begin to get nervous, IT investments end up on the cutting board.  This economic anxiety has resulted in what we currently see, with mass layoffs within many organizations and major business changes.  However, few departments have the impact on the business that technology can foster.  So, before cutting your IT staff, consider the alternatives to reduce costs and better align the business for future growth.

 

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Acing the First Day

The first day on a new job can be very nerve racking, but it is important to remember that your first impressions can be lasting ones.  So how do you cool your nerves and ace that first day on the job?

 

First off, if you can, take a little time off before starting the new job to relax, breath deeply and prepare.

 

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2009 IT Hiring Outlook

We thought that this was a great compilation of 2009 research for IT professionals, so we wanted to share it. 

 

This slideshow was published by www.networkworld.com and the original information can be found at http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/010509-salary-hiring.html.

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This information on www.networkworld.com also includes an interactive map where you can Get a regional view of hot skills and salaries here:  http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/010509-salary-hiring.html#slide8

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Original source cited as www.networkworld.com.

 

 

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Growing up JDR

I had just graduated high school and was working at a small home improvement store running the cash register.  At this point, I really wanted to work in an office, answering phones, typing and filing Monday through Friday…no weekends for me since I was young and wanted the weekends free.  I asked a friend if she knew of any job openings and she said the office next door to her was looking for a Receptionist.  I sent my resume, got the interview and was 20 minutes late.  I was very shy and quiet and I think they all felt sorry for me so they hired me as their Receptionist…..either that or they were desperate.  That was in 1991 and I was 18 years old. 

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Resume Mistake #5: Butchering a Good Resume Because of Little or No Response

I have job seekers on a regular basis approach me, asking if they should redo their resume. After a careful review, I’m impressed at how well they’ve put together the resume: aesthetically pleasing, solid hook, right level of detail supporting the hook, no gaps in employment history, etc. (By the way, if your resume is functional, you might want to consider chronological instead. Many hiring officials suspect a candidate might be hiding something with the functional.)   

 

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