Ever call in sick even when you’re not? A Career Builder survey found 30 percent of workers over the past year have. I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. I’m also surprised by some of the bizarre and creative excuses workers gave to explain their absence from work. Try to imagine calling in with some of these excuses: My dog is having a nervous breakdown. Probably because he just ate my homework. My… Read More
I read something really encouraging today. It gave me hope. Unless you’re over 50 you probably wouldn’t understand. Here it is: Contrary to the old stereotype, older job hunters aren’t necessarily being passed over for the younger, less-experienced worker. A story by Fortune cited employment numbers crunched by the Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas which found “of the 4,319,000 jobs created in the U.S. over the past two-and-a-half years, about… Read More
I got a call from my oldest son today from college. He’s trying to line up an internship this summer that fits his major, and he just finished an interview with a recruiter. “Dad, it would be perfect,” he told me. “Then when I graduate, they would probably hire me full-time.” Those are words every parent wants to hear. While my son is still a year out from graduating and landing that… Read More
Think you have the worst job in America? Chances are you don’t. Unless your job puts you in constant risk for getting hurt or killed. And you’re working for little pay. CareerCast.com is out again with its best and worst jobs list. It rated 200 professions using five criteria: pay, outlook, work environment, stress and physical demands. Let’s start out with the top five best jobs of 2012, then get to those bottom… Read More
The economy is showing some signs of improvement… but it’s still not easy for those who need jobs. In this job market, there’s no room for error if you’re looking for work. So don’t make these mistakes: Don’t say, “I’ll take anything.” No employer wants to hear that. Instead focus on what you’re best qualified to do.. and target all your efforts around that. Don’t focus on your needs. An employer doesn’t… Read More
Looking for work? There are two events (one nationwide, the other in Tulsa) Tuesday that could help you land a job. Need a McJob? Tuesday April 19 is McDonald’s National Hiring Day. The fast food chain says it’ll fill 50,000 openings at its restaurants nationwide. There nearly 200 McDonald’s in Oklahoma, with more than 8900 employees. It’s looking to add 300 more workers tomorrow. McDonald’s is hiring restaurant crew and management for… Read More
High school and college students will soon be looking for that summer job. And the prospects for landing that job are mixed this year. All three of my boys are among that age group, and I’m counting my lucky stars that all three have jobs lined up this summer. In fact, each one has a job right now. Am I dreaming? If I am, don’t wake me. Two surveys, two outcomes I… Read More
Are you looking for a job change? Maybe you’re even thinking of changing careers entirely. A lot of people are fed-up, bored, or just plain unhappy with their job, and they want a change. There’s a lot that goes into making such a big decision. Here are a few of the best careers of 2011.
Unemployed and looking for work? Have a job, but want another one? There’s a Job Fair in Tulsa tomorrow (Wednesday January 19). I’ll have a preview of it today on NewsChannel 8 at 4, but here are some of the highlights:
Do you want to make more money in 2011? Who doesn’t?But you may think “There’s no way my employer will give me a raise, not in this tight economy.” Chances are that’s what they want us to think. So how do you negotiate a higher salary? And are employers even willing to negotiate?
The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8% in November, a seven month high, as hiring slowed. But locally, it’s a different story if you’re looking for temporary work that could lead to a full-time job. Casey Lamb, president of American StaffCorp in Tulsa told me: “We are as busy as ever. The jobs are there. We need people.” Nationally and locally the slogan could be: What a difference a year makes in U.S. retail. … Read More