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OATH is seeking to hire a full-time customer service representative

New York City’s OATH (Office of Administration Trials & Hearings) office is an expanding and fast paced city agency. It is seeking to hire a full-time customer service representative. The starting salary for this position is $24,859.00 to $29,735.00 annually. There is only one position available. This posting will be available until the position is filled. The work location is 66 John Street, New York, NY 10007. The job ID number is 137776.

Some of the duties for this position are; data entry, receiving and sorting mail, filing, answering phones, and processing cases for adjudication. For a complete detailed description of the duties for this position, go to www.nyc.gov/jobs and click on Clerical & Administrative Support. Find job ID number 137776.

In some cases, the ability to speak Spanish may be necessary otherwise; there is no formal education requirement other than a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills, have clerical experience and knowledge of Microsoft applications like; Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

No phone calls or faxes. You can only apply for this position online. Hit the ‘apply’ link and upload your resume and cover letter. Only applicants considered will be contacted.

I hope this information was helpful. For all of you who will apply for this position, I wish you the best of luck. Check out the video on cover letter and resume tips.

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Community service aide opening

New York City OATH (Office of Administration Trials & Hearings) agency, has an opening for a community service aide. The starting salary is $13.60 to $15.65 an hour. This is a part-time, entry-level position and the work location is at the ECB’s (Environmental Control Board) Manhattan office. The address for the ECB is 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038. Job ID number is 137774.

All candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent. All candidates must have clerical experience and excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of Microsoft applications like; Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint is mandatory as well.

The duties that will be performed, but not limited to are; data entry, filing, receiving and sorting mail, responding to public inquiries and evaluating information requests from various forms of correspondence. For a complete and detailed description of duties for this job title, please go to www.nyc.gov/jobs. Hit on the Clerical & Administrative Support link. The job ID number for this title is 137774.

You can apply for this job online. Just hit the ‘apply now’ link. You must upload a resume and cover letter. Candidates who are considered for this position will be notified. Go to www.nyc.gov/jobs for additional information about this job and other job openings.

I hope this information was helpful. For all of you who will apply for this position, I wish you the best of luck. Check out the video for tips on how to have an interview with multiple interviewers.

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A paltry 130,000 private sector jobs added in October due to shutdown

The ADP October Employment Report was released Wednesday and it is not good news: Only 130,000 private sector jobs were added in October. Furthermore, ADP’s September estimates were revised down to 145,000 from the 166,000 reported at the time.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics blamed the weak numbers on the government shutdown and other theatrics in Congress. He warned that things could get worse.

“The government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship hurt the already softening job market in October. Average monthly growth has fallen below 150,000. Any further weakening would signal rising unemployment. The weaker job growth is evident across most industries and company sizes,” Zandi warned.

Of the paltry 130,000 new jobs, 81,000 were created by large businesses, those with over 500 employees. This is unusual because most new jobs have traditionally been added by small businesses. The vast majority of those, 79,000, were added by very large companies with over 1,000 employees.

This seems to indicate is that the government shutdown and brinkmanship is hurting small businesses far worse than large corporations. Small businesses are our traditional job creators. If they stop hiring the economy is in trouble.

The two most likely reasons small business is being hurt are: First of all, over a million federal employees were not paid during the shut down, and did not know if and when they would be. Those workers were forced to cut down on spending.

Secondly, the shutdown raised fears among consumers that resulted in one of the fastest drops in consumer confidence in years. When consumers stop buying, small business takes the hit first because they have fewer resources to weather politically-manufactured economic storms.

The construction sector added 14,000 jobs. Most of these were builders delivering homes sold prior to the shutdown. It is reasonable to expect that the shutdown and fears of a repeat in January will stifle new homebuyers over the next few months.

As usual, most of the new jobs were in the service sector—107,000. This number is likely to be revised downward next month when final figures are in. Manufacturing added 5,000 workers in October mostly in large companies and many of these were in the automobile industry due to higher than expected sales in late summer.

Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP said that the 130,000 jobs were well below the monthly average over the last 12 months.

Economists estimated that the government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion dollars. It was a gift that keeps on hurting, however, because Congress did not solve the problem; it just pushed it into January because of negative polls.

The public has no reason to believe that Congress will not repeat the political theatrics after the first of the year. The shutdown happened because Republicans wanted to use the threat of economic calamity to force Democrats and the White House to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They failed but have vowed to try again.

Whether a person favors Obamacare or not, the fact that Republicans are continuing to use a shut down and default as leverage will have a chilling effect not only on small business, but on the economy. As Mark Zandi said, if this continues it will begin driving unemployment up, and it will severely damage our GDP. The risk of a recession is not unreasonable.

This manufactured crisis by our own Congress—or at least one party in that Congress—came on the heals of furloughs of millions of government and private sector employees due to sequester. It came just as the economy appeared to be bouncing back after the recession. To an outsider, it looks like destruction of the economy might be the goal of certain politicians so they have a political issue for a presidential race. Intentional or not, the damage to the American people is the same.

On Friday, the official jobs report will be released. It is expected to show a drop in employment and possibly the unemployment rate will tick up. The worst enemy of the American people seems to be its own Congress.

Top employment agencies in the Los Angeles area

Not too long ago I wrote an article about employment agencies entitled, “Getting job hunting assistance from an employment agency.” Naturally, finding the right employment agency for you can be a bit of a task if you don’t know where to look.

Sure you can pick an agency because it’s near where you live. However, more important than the location of the office is the focus, what industry or career field does the employment agency specialize in.

Equally important is finding a recruiter within the employment agency that you can work with. Someone who doesn’t push you to go on useless interviews for positions you are not interested in. This can happen if the recruiter is more interested in making her commission than actually meeting your or the client’s needs. So be sure to look for someone you feel comfortable working with.

In the meantime, if you’re still looking for the right employment agency for you, the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) has recently put together a list of the top retained and contingency search firms in the Los Angeles area.

Just so you know, retained search firms, also known as executive search firms, are those firms which require the employer to pay a retainer (usually one-third of the search fee) to have them conduct the search for the best candidate. Retained search is most often used for executive and senior level positions.

On the other hand, contingency employment agencies are those where the agency only gets paid if one of the candidates they refer is actually hired. Naturally, it’s a much more risky business for the recruiter, hence the reason why they might push candidates to interview for positions.

Employment in Park Slope

Juguemos a Cantar, located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has provided care and education to children ages 6 months to 12 years old, with instruction in English and Spanish through, to name a few; music, academics and special events. All of the programs are conducted by professional bilingual teachers and instructors.

Some of the employment opportunities available at Juguemos are; Teaching Artist, Afterschool Teacher, Office Manager and Administrative Assistant. Some of the positions require Spanish only, Bi-lingual, English or Spanish. Don’t be discouraged if you only speak English, there are positions for you. To see a full list of employment opportunities and job qualifications, please go to www.juguemos.org/careers-at-juguemos.html.

If you are interested in possible employment opportunities at Juguemos a Cantar, you can mail your resume and cover letter to: Juguemos a Cantar, 357 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 or you can send your information via email at [email protected] You will have to fill out the email form online at http://www.juguemos.org/careers-at-juguemos.html. To contact Juguemos personnel, please call 917-453-1187. For additional information and/or questions, send to [email protected]

For all of you who will be applying, I wish you the best of luck.

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Populism and the minimum wage increase

“Why can’t we give good workers an extra dollar or two an hour?” a good guy commentator asks his audience in the midst of an argument over the federal government raising the minimum wage. “I don’t think one or two dollars, here and there, is going to hurt anyone.”

“But we don’t have to pay these good workers,” the informed audience member will reply. “Their employer does. I know you prefaced your argument by saying that good workers should be given a raise, but if the federal government mandates a raise in the minimum wage, won’t underperforming workers be given a raise too?”

“You’re splitting hairs,” this good guy commentator would probably say.

“You’re the one that said good workers,” the informed audience member should reply, “And if we’re limiting our argument to good workers, then research studies from economists at Florida State University and Miami University found that two-thirds of minimum wage earners received a bump in pay in their first twelve months on the job. And I would assume that those bumps in pay go out, primarily, to these good workers. So, if that study is to be believed, good workers should be able to find that bump in pay without federal intrusion into the market.”

If the good guy commentator has any debate skills, and he has solid conviction in his position, he’ll change the theme of the topic slightly. “Have you seen the corporate profit sheets of the corporation that owns Pizza Hut lately? I don’t think a dollar or two here and there, is going to break the bank for them.”

“Fair enough,” the informed audience member will reply, “But do you have any idea how the Pizza Hut corporation operates? According to the About.com franchise review of the Pizza Hut franchise, Pizza Hut brags that “80% of our stores are owned by independent franchise operators.”{1} When you suggest that Pizza Hut can afford it, are you speaking about the 20% of those corporate-owned establishments exclusively, or are you also referring to those privately owned establishments too? If you’re even inadvertently including the privately owned, then I have to ask you if you have ever seen their profit sheets?”

Before entering into such arguments with such good guy commentators, you should preface all of your replies with various forms of: “You’re wonderful.” In the course of your argument, you’ll find that the actual plight of minimum wage workers is not their primary concern. It may be in their top five, as we cannot deny that they have some sympathy for these people, but it pales in comparison to their desire to appear sympathetic. As such, our next reply should go like this:

“You are wonderful Mr. Good Guy commentator, and I realize that when you select the Pizza Hut franchise you do so to give your listening audience a boogey man to hate in comparison to your sympathetic concerns, but when you’re looking to the corporation that owns Pizza Hut, one thing that is involved in those profit sheets are the franchise fees that a Mr. Johnson from Pocatello, Idaho pays to the corporation to own his individually owned Pizza Hut franchise. You’re also forgetting to account for all the expenses that Mr. Johnson has to pay, and everything that goes into him achieving such a slim margin of profit that he can barely afford to pay your minimum wage recipient. The point is that the corporation that owns Pizza Hut does not factor all of these individually owned franchise’s expenses into their total profit sheets, but raising the minimum wage would cut into Mr. Johnson’s.”

“I pay my employees well above the minimum,” the good guy commentator will then say to romanticize his position on the issue. “I probably pay them too much, but I think it’s worth it to keep good employees.” The good guy commentator may also inform you that at one point in their life, they painted houses to make a buck, and that that was basically minimum wage. They will then say something along the lines of, “And that wasn’t a livable wage back then, and it isn’t now.”

“You are wonderful sir,” the informed audience member will reply, “And I realize that your humble beginnings put you in touch with some of the folks, but are we concentrating too much of this focus on those that receive the minimum hourly wage, and too little emphasis on the individual employers that pay them this wage? Aren’t most employers, that desperately seek “good workers”, already giving them these raises that you want the federal government to mandate? Again, I am forced to cite those research studies from economists at Florida State University and Miami University that found that two-thirds of minimum wage earners receive a bump in pay in their first twelve months on the job, and I’m going to, again, put forth the assertion that these bumps are performance based to the “good workers” you talk about in your populist plea.”

Most populists don’t care to have statistics, or research studies, in their argument. It’s not the purpose of their argument to discuss semantics. They simply want to receive a communal sigh at the end of their good intentions commentary. The only statistic that they’re truly concerned with comes from the polls that suggest that an overwhelming majority of Americans, across all political spectrums, support the idea of the federal government raising the minimum wage, as long as that mandate doesn’t affect overall job opportunities. The good guy commentators are also informed of the poll conducted by Reason-Rupe, in which a majority of Americans, 61%, stated that they don’t believe that raising the minimum wage will affect job opportunities.{2} These studies go back and forth on that debate, but most of the studies—that haven’t been refuted—state that raising the minimum wage does have a direct effect on overall opportunities in the market.

“The minimum wage should, at least, keep up with inflation,” a good guy commentator will then say to defeat all prior points. “If it had,” they will pose, “The minimum wage would already be up over $9.00 an hour.”

“Wonderful point, Mr. Good Guy commentator,” the gracious and respectful audience member will reply, “But a Forbes.com article quotes former Obama administration economist Betsey Stevenson saying, that that figure is based on the assumption that inflation always goes up.

Inflation rates can both rise and fall, which means a minimum wage that truly kept up with inflation since its inception in 1938 would only be $4.12 today—not the current $7.25,” she admits.{3}

The good guy commentator’s goal is to characterize all Mr. Johnsons, that own individual franchises, as mean Mr. Johnsons. They do so in the manner the Scooby Doo cartoon did before they unmasked the monster, but good guy commentators prefer to leave that mask on the mean Mr. Johnsons during the course of your discussion on the matter, to lead the audience to the populist notion that it’s more about the monster, the Pizza Hut franchise, because that’s a huge corporate monster we can get all lathered up about and love the good guy commentator for tackling.

In the real world, however, the individual owners of Pizza Hut franchises are so desperate for good employees that they’re willing to pay them whatever they can to try to keep them for as long as possible. They’re willing to pay her whatever she’s worth, and more importantly what the market dictates. If they’re not able to pay them that dollar above the market, they know that their prized employee will eventually leave them, and she will go to the place that is more able to pay them more for being a good worker.

Sean Davis, at The Federalist, points out that not only is the idea of the federal government raising the minimum wage an attempt to obfuscate all of the real issues in the federal government, but it’s also a non-issue when looked at from the proper perspective.

It’s a non-issue, Sean Davis writes— citing the 2012 offerings from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) — because a mere 1.5 million hourly workers, or 1%, of the 155 million workers of the U.S. population actually makes the minimum wage. He further states that 31% percent of that 1% are between sixteen and nineteen years old, and 55% are under twenty-five years of age.

If the 2012 numbers from the Pew Research analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data are to be believed, then a record number, 56%, of those young people between the ages of 18-24, still live at home with mom and dad.{4} If these numbers hold true in 2014, it can justifiably be stated that the majority of those making minimum wage are not counting on minimum wage to be a “livable wage” in the manner our good guy commentator, powerful politicians, and their spokesmen, define as a livable wage, but a supplementary income to supplement their supplementary lifestyles.

Davis also cites those BLS stats that state that of the 1% making the documented minimum wage, 51.6% receive bonuses, tips, and commissions that take them over the minimum wage. “25.5% of that 1% are in sales positions in which commissions and bonuses are paid out; and 26.1% of that 1% are in service and food related positions where tips are paid out to employees.” He also cites BLS stats that state that, “51.5 percent of U.S. workers earning the federal minimum wage – roughly 800,000 out of the 1.5 million — worked an average of 29 hours or less each week.”{5} So, a majority of these good workers are also part-time.

In essence, the good guy, populist commentator gets huge points for being wonderful by simply addressing this issue, but when one truly whittles down the percentages of those that are “stuck” making the minimum wage, with no end in sight, the good guy, populist commentator is actually talking about a miniscule portion of the population. Particularly, when he adds to his populist position by stating that, “There should probably be a set aside for teenagers.” He gets to be all things to all people with such an approach, and he would probably try to nuke your statistical, research attack on his position by stating that “If so few actually make the minimum wage, why shouldn’t we lift it since apparently so few employers pay it?

“Wait a second,” the informed audience member would be forced to ask at this point, “If you agree that when all the stats are sorted through, raising the minimum wage actually affects a miniscule portion of the population, especially when we set teenagers aside, why are we changing federal law that will, in one way or another, affect the entire population? Why don’t we start a nationwide campaign that encourages those relatively few “good adult workers” that are “stuck” making the minimum wage to leave their employers and find better work, and a better wage? I realize that may sound like a simplistic approach, but isn’t it a better idea than overhauling our entire system?”

Sean Davis proposes that the whole reason we’re talking about this can be broken down to a J.P. Morgan quote:

Every man has two reasons for everything he does: a good reason and the real reason.”

The good reason, as proposed by our good guy commentator, is to give the good, adult workers a little extra spending cash. “The real reason,” Davis proposes that big name politicians have started this national conversation to increase the minimum wage, “Is to trigger union contract talks, restrict the ability of businesses to hire low-skill workers who might gladly work for lower wages in order to gain experience, and thus keep union members from facing competition from workers who might threaten union jobs. The real reason is to pay back the labor unions who helped re-elect the president in the form of higher wages.”

It’s difficult to know if these good guy commentators are uninformed on the totality of issues such as these, based on the fact that their position in life has allowed them to focus on the macroeconomics concerns, without knowing the microeconomic concerns that many small employers face in America today, or if their short-sightedness is based on the best of intentions for the folks. You can bet, however, that this particular good guy commentator will choose a viewer email, on the day after your debate is aired on his program, to show that only the radical fringe of his viewers agree with your position. It doesn’t matter if he received thousands of emails that rationally opposed his position, with stats and research, your position will be denigrated on his show by an exaggerated take on the position that shows that not only was he was he more sensible on this issue, but that he’s actually a pretty good guy that cares about the folks.

How to Deal with a Gap in your Career History

It is rare to complete a career and retire without one or two work history gaps along the way. Illness, family obligations and unemployment can all take their toll on a career. While some employers may see these gaps as a natural part of a career progression, others may look at your resume and question why you weren’t working. No worries-there are many ways you can easily handle addressing gaps in employment in your career and on your resume.

One way to ensure continuity in your career while dealing with a work history gap is to freelance. You may be able to work on projects at home while caring for a sick loved one. One example of how to list this on your resume:

Freelance Pharmaceutical Project Manager — XYZ City, Maine 1992-1994
Provided project management for the following companies: ABC, DEF, and GHI.

Another way to fill the gap between jobs is to volunteer. When you volunteer, you are still continuing to use skill sets you already have while also learning some new ones. List your work history first on your resume, then prominently list volunteer experience below that. You can make this volunteer experience stand out even more by placing it in a section called Related Volunteer Experience, which can be separate from previous volunteer experiences.

A functional resume will also help you to minimize work history gaps. Creating a functional resume reorganizes your career information into a skills summary, or list of keywords that describe your skills sets. A Professional Experience section divided into a few main areas of expertise will emphasize your experience while a reverse chronological Work History section merely lists your employers, the cities in which they are located and dates of employment. Emphasis is placed on your skill sets and experience instead of dates of employment.

You could still choose to use the common chronological resume format for your resume, and just list why you were out of work for a certain period. Many people do this when taking care of a very sick loved one. However, many people are not comfortable giving out such personal information on their resume. If this is your situation, simply build your resume with the work information you have, and be prepared to discuss gaps in employment during your interview.

McDonald’s hotline encourages public assistance for employees

Employment is usually something that people have to avoid the use of food stamps.

This is not so for employees of one of the largest fast food chains in the world.

Nancy Saldago worked for McDonald’s as a cashier for 10 years before she walked off of the job in protest of the low wages she received.

According to CNNMoney on Thursday, Saldago called the McResource line provided by the company to ask about certain resources including how to pay for utilities and medical expenses.

The call was recorded by the advocate group Low Pay Is Not OK, but Saldago told the representative that she was recording the call for her sister.

Saldago’s franchiser in Chicago did not pay for his workers to use the service, so she could not technically receive assistance.

“It made me mad [that I couldn’t get help from the McResource line] because I thought that all the McDonald’s employees qualified for it,” she said in a report by the Huffington Post.

The working mother earned $8.25 per hour for her work and was struggling to take care of her family, which prompted the call.

The resource operator did try to refer Saldago to several forms of public assistance to help her buy food, including the SNAP program and food banks in her area.

“You definitely should be able to qualify for both food stamps and heating assistance,” the operator told Saldago during the call.

She also was referred to ways to pay her heating bill and advised to sign up for Medicare as her form of health insurance.

The report states that more than half of fast food workers rely on public assistance programs like the one Saldago was referred to because of their low wage and high costs of living.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s reported five percent more in profits than last year, at around $1.5 billion overall.

Statistics like this are why many workers protested that wages be raised to $15 per hour rather than minimum wage, which Saldago supported.

McDonald’s representative Lisa McComb defended the company’s pay scale based on the jobs people work.

Those jobs range from entry-level part-time to full-time, from minimum wage to salaried positions, and we offer everyone the same opportunity for advancement,” McComb said.

She also defended the hotline and its ability to assist people dealing with issues including elder care, grief and other programs and that the recording was not an accurate portrayal of its usefulness.

This video is not an accurate portrayal of the resource line as this is very obviously an edited video,” she said.

The United States reportedly spends an estimated $7 billion per year on public assistance, with McDonald’s taking advantage of more than $1.2 billion of that.