Too many college grads; too few jobs

“The growth of supply of college-educated labor is exceeding the growth in the demand for such labor in the labor market,” says the Center For College Affordability And Productivity in a white paper entitled. “Why are Recent College Graduates Underemployed?” New evidence published November 14, 2013 by CareerBuilder supports this assertion.

One-third of college grads are not working in jobs related to their degree field and 32 percent never found a job in their chosen field of study. Even among workers age 35 and older, 31 percent are still working in a field unrelated to their degree.
Nearly half of college educated workers (47 percent) started out in a job unrelated to their degree.
Thirty-six percent of graduates now wish they had pursued a different major.
Among the 64
Percent that are happy with their choice degree, 47
percent had a first job out of college unrelated to his or her college major. 

The CareerBuilder study is based on 2,134 U.S. workers graduating from college between August 13 and September 6, 2013

See the video: College is not the golden ticket
A college education is “not necessarily the golden ticket it used to be,” says Will McGuinness HuffPost College Senior Editor. His comments are based on The Center for College Affordability and Productivity report, “Why are Recent College Graduates Underemployed?” The report says:

About 48 percent of college grads do not need a four-year college degree for the job they currently hold.
Eleven percent of grads are in jobs requiring more than a high-school diploma but less than a four-year degree.
Thirty-seven percent are in jobs that could be held by high-school grads.
College grads are taking jobs from high school grads
About five million college graduates have taken jobs requiring only high-school education. The trend has worsened since 1970:

One percent of taxi drivers had college degrees in 1970.
Fifteen percent of taxi drivers currently have college degrees
Two percent of firefighters had college degrees in 1970
More than 15 percent of firefighters are college grads.
Demand for college degrees is growing
National Association of Colleges and Employers has a more positive outlook for college grads. They reported in January 2013:

Jobs for four-year degreed workers 25 and older grew by nearly 2.3 million since January 2012.
Jobs grew by only 507,000 for Americans 25 and older with some college or an associate’s degree.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a global outplacement consultancy, provided the above summary of NACE data in a spring 2013 report.

Comcast is hiring across the nation

For job seekers looking to launch their careers with a reputable employer where there is plenty of room for growth, Comcast may be the perfect fit.

Comcast, a Fortune 50 company, fosters a fast-paced culture intertwined with cutting-edge technology. As a leader in its industry, Comcast sets an example by putting its employees first. Whether part time or full time, employees receive comprehensive benefits.

Even more, Comcast has much to brag about with a litany of awards year after year such as Top 50 Organizations for Diversity, Top Places to Work by philly.com and Best of the Best for US Veterans to name a few.
Job searchers looking to remain in Oakland for work or willing to relocate to a different location will find a host of job opportunities with Comcast.

Right now on monster.com, some of the openings include a variety of Assistant Retail Store Manager positions in locations across the San Francisco Bay Area and Direct Sales Representative positions in various locations in Michigan.

Possible candidates should also visit Comcast’s careers webpage to apply for job openings and to learn more about what Comcast has to offer. Click here to take a look. Job searchers will find six main areas or departments to choose from: Technology, Sales, Corporate, Field Technicians, Leadership and the Call Center. Any candidate is bound to find an area that suits him or her.

Forbes finds one direct-marketing skin care company worth examining

With so many direct marketing companies out there selling skin care and beauty products, it is often enticing to consider a career in the lucrative skin care industry. While, some people remain skeptical about these MLM business, considering them “pyramid schemes,” don’t count Forbes among the doubters.

In the recent article “Fine In R&D But Not In The Boardroom,” Forbes contributor Robert Sher talks about how one direct sales skin care company “grew 10-fold by avoiding top-level tinkering.”

Sher points to the balance between incorporating new strategies with existing ones as a factor in the success of a company launched in 2008, which grew from $10 Million in revenue in 2010 to over $100 Million in 2012.

While Sher credits the savvy of the CEO for this 10-fold expansion, another factor to consider is the rapid expansion in growth of anti-aging skin care products sales. As the baby-boomer generation continues to age, the skin care industry is booming right along with the boomers.

Already a multi-billion dollar business, the skin care industry is estimated to be worth $43 Billion per year and growing. No wonder that reputable skin care companies such as the one Sher cites can increase their sales by ten times in just two years time.

See: Skin, Health & Beauty Examiner * Skin Care Examiner * Skin, Health & Beauty on Facebook * SkinHealthBeauty

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Logan Stout is now hiring

Logan Stout is a former professional baseball player and speaker that has given thousands of Keynote speeches, corporate trainings, and motivational business seminars across the country.

Logan regularly speaks at large arena events and frequently joins motivational public speakers on stage to stir passion in the audiences in attendance. He also built the Dallas Patriots baseball organization.

His “Stout Advice” is a weekly video message designed to get your week off on the right track with a simple thought provoking message and follow up action items. The subjects and topics are real, and help to form the proper foundation for a successful life.

Barbara Corcoran of ABC TV’s “Shark Tank” believes in Stout’s vision. “A major key to my success was without question, team building. Logan’s wisdom in Stout Advice is spot on for anyone wanting to accomplish major success in any arena!”

His new company is called ID Life and it’s actually in pre-launch until late December 2013. Stout describes the income opportunity in this brief video. Many in the know believe that there has been more buzz surrounding Stout’s new venture than any before in the direct selling industry.

The “ID” in IDLife stands for “individually designed” because the company’s featured product are vitamin packs that are specifically tailored for each individual, based on sex, age, exercise and eating habits, sun exposure, medical conditions and even prescription medications.

Stout believes he has the right product and management team in place at the right time. He may be right, since health and wellness keeps growing exponentially with more Americans looking to take good health into their own hands.

IDLife may just be the way they accomplish achieving both better health and increased wealth and comes at a time when many Americans are in need of additional income.

HRA recruiting for a community associate

New York City’s HRA (Human Resources Administration) Department, is looking to hire one community associate to work in the Business Link Unit. The person will serve as a business development program monitor, working with FIA (Family Independence Administration). The starting salary for this position is $32,231.00 to $53,788.00 annually and the work location is 348 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001. The ID number for this position is 137837.

Requirements for applicants are; a high school diploma or equivalent and three years experience in community work or community centered activities. You must be excellent in Microsoft Office applications like; Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Applicants must also possess excellent communication and organizational skills. Familiarity of employment programs is a plus.

Some of the duties associated with this position are; recruit employers and agencies to hire low income New Yorkers, track referrals to Business Link programs, generate reports of collected data and reply to clients’ questions via text within 24 hours.

For a complete description of duties, please go to www.nyc.gov/jobs and click on the Clerical & Administrative Support link, go to job ID 137837. Afterwards, click on the ‘apply now’ button and upload your resume and cover letter. This posting will be open and available until January 1, 2014.

I hope this information was helpful. To all of you who will apply for this position, I wish you the best of luck. Check out the video on what not to say in a job interview.

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New survey shows Americans go to work when sick

Calling in sick to work is a dreaded task, but numbers from a new study showing how many Americans still go to work while sick may surprise you.

The survey, conducted by NSF International, was conducted via telephone and consisted of 1,003 adults, all over the age of 18, 502 of which were men.

Forty-two percent of Americans say that they attended work while sick to meet strict deadlines, while 37 percent say that they attended sick because of the absence of paid sick leaves at their work place.

Thirty-three percent wait until the symptoms of their illness are too bad to ignore before they take off from work.

What do co-workers of the coughing, sneezing, nose-blowing poor souls think?

Sixty-seven percent of Americans consider their sick co-worker a dedicated, hard-working person, while only sixteen percent considered those coming to work sick as selfish.

Although they applaud the tenacity of the sick co-worker, they still use precautionary measures.

Ninety-four percent take some form of precaution when coming in contact with a sick co-worker including washing their hands (87 percent) and using hand sanitizer (68 percent).

Forty-four percent disinfect their workspace when a sick co-worker leaves their space.

How often do you call in sick?

Get Your 40 Hours Back, America

For the overworked, cutting overtime sure sounds enticing, and employers are responding. For the millions working below Affordable Care Act mandates, getting back to 40 hours couldn’t happen soon enough.

There’s enough speculation behind the invention of the 40 hour work week to spark an all-night bar brawl. If you’re sitting on Ford Motor Company’s side of the fence, perhaps you’re right. However, thanks to 1916’s Adamson Act, railroad workers may have beaten Henry Ford to the punch. More important question of opportunity: who decided 40 hours wasn’t enough, or was too much?

According to an in-depth phone survey taken in December 2013 by Rasmussen, only 31% of Americans put 40 hours in for ‘the man’. Poll the same Americans in 2015, and watch that number decrease 50%. Whereas professionals and blue collar workers would rather stave off excessive overtime, multitudes of once happy workers are now fighting to get their 40 hours back. Some would love to get back to just 30. A big thanks to Obamacare’s financially sweeping effects for that devastating loss.

Even though Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced a more clearly defined workweek to provide an avenue for health care for everyone under Obamacare’s mandate, his Save American Workers Act would theoretically increase America’s already ridiculous deficit by roughly $73 billion over a decade. Scrap that idea. Forcing employers to provide 40 hours and health care would push even more companies overseas, cutting American jobs forever. File thirteen that one, too.

BambooHR, masterminds behind an HR software as a service (SaaS) solution based out of Provo, Utah, is certainly attune to working long hours to meet deadlines. Because the once overworked Bamboo co-founder, Ryan Sanders, realized the physical implications of toiling over a keyboard for sometimes 80 hours weekly, he erased overtime from his lexicon by enforcing a strict 40-hour workweek without argument or wiggle room. Should an overeager worker remain 30 minutes over, it’s treated as a serious problem. Working overtime on occasion is one thing: encumbering staff with weeks of overtime becomes an unstable recipe for workforce burnout. Cutting hours, however, is a growing problem.

According to analyses performed by the Congressional Budget Office, roughly one in six Americans, or 55.4 million, still punch 40 hours each week. Affordable Care Act states that 30 hours is sufficient time to receive employer-sponsored health care, one major reason why multitudes of private, small business and even corporate employers are knocking weekly hours down below 30. This makes for an interesting quandary: how does one afford mandatory health care payments when hours have been cut below the Federal threshold so employers aren’t forced to offer health benefits? That’s Rep. Young’s argument.

Regardless whether you’re cutting back or reaching forward, 40 hour work weeks have been archived by many employers, with salaried employees bearing few if any exceptions. Airline companies like Stratos Jets, however, are forward-thinking enough to handle employing a large workforce without bending. Whereas software developers may need 60 hours to complete projects without being forced away from their desktops, home health care workers and even automobile workers are fighting to get 40 hours back. There’s definitely a strong case that Americans don’t need to work more than a few hours a day on average, especially with technological and agricultural strides being made. An even stronger case exists that 40 hours should remain, however, and it couldn’t happen quick enough for the working millions living in destitute.

Overworked? Underworked? Make your stand and get back your 40 hours, America.

Pastor comes under fire for advising church members to get jobs in casino

According to the Christian Post on Feb. 25, a Baltimore pastor is helping city leaders find qualified candidates within his congregation to fill 1,700 jobs available at a new casino.

Pastor Alvin C. Hathaway of Union Baptist Church in the Upton neighborhood says the average income in his congregation is only $13,000 a year. Therefore, he is helping his members find employment. In fact, it is one of his top priorities.

Hathaway believes his members can work at the casino and not be influenced by it. He says:

“You can be in something but not be of it. People of faith could work in that industry and not be tainted or polluted. There is a moral issue associated with gambling but there is also a social need within Baltimore.”

The Horseshoe Casino, a Caesars Entertainment subsidiary, is set to open sometimes this summer. Hathaway is joining with a wide range of community groups, neighborhood associations and civic organizations to host job fairs in partnership with the casino.

In a statement, Chad Barnhill, senior vice president and general manager of the Horseshoe Casino says:

“We’ll be recruiting for a wide variety of jobs including security, transportation, food and beverage, cashiers and office staff and we want to hire Charm City’s finest.

Last Sunday nearly 130 congregants attended the job fair in which they met with the casino’s assistant general manager and vice president of human resources.

Hathaway wants people to apply for jobs at the casino because the casino industry pays higher than other minimum wage jobs and working at Horseshoe could be the answer for many of the city’s families.

Not all of Baltimore church leaders agree with Hathaway advising his church members to work in the casino.

Bishop Bart Pierce of Rock City Church, a mega-congregation in Baltimore told the Christian Post, “I don’t think it’s the role of the church to promote jobs in a particular industry, especially in an industry that has many negative issues; I don’t support that. It’s sad that the church puts itself in that position.”

Pierce does acknowledge that the city’s unemployment rate is high, but he says that does not justify a church leader’s reasons for encouraging their members to work at a casino.

Even though the Union Baptist pastor does agree that being in the gambling industry can lead to negative consequences, he says that most people within his church see his partnership with city leaders to promote casino jobs as an opportunity to increase their chances of employment.

Right now the $442-million entertainment complex is under construction in the city’s south side near Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. When the casino is finished, it will house 2,500 video lottery terminals, 100 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space.

Do you think the pastor is wrong for advising his congregation to apply for jobs in the gambling industry?

How to optimize social media profiles for your job search

Applying for a job is a stressful process made worse by the current economy. Though the stats do seem to be trending upwards, it’s still an extremely competitive market with few openings for large numbers of applicants.

No matter your age, there are specific actions you can take to increase your odds of landing your dream job. When it comes to marketing yourself for a position, social media is not a strategy, but rather a tool you can use to promote your best self.

If used inappropriately, social media can have a detrimental effect on your job hunt; but if you leverage each site properly, platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn can have a positive effect on your online reputation.

Read on for an overview of four popular social media networks and learn how you can optimize each one for the hiring process.

Facebook
Facebook is still the reigning social network. Though some studies suggest the platform is losing out to younger demographics, Mark Zuckerberg’s invention currently has about 1 billion users worldwide.

Facebook recently implemented some changes that no longer permit individuals to have unsearchable accounts. Additionally, users are now required to use their real names (or close enough that you can’t fool the system).

Due to these changes, and the fact that it is the number one social network, it’s a good idea to make your profile entirely private when you embark on the job hunt. No matter how careful you’ve been with your profile over the years, there are likely still photos and posts that could work against you.

Better safe than sorry. Switch your settings to friends only.

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the social platform most often associated with the job search process. It essentially acts as a digital resume and a good LinkedIn profile can help you land the job of your dreams.

However, your LinkedIn account is generally inaccessible to anyone you are not directly connected with. This means that unless you connect with the hiring manager at an interview or job fair, it’s unlikely they will see the bulk of your career history on LinkedIn.

To compensate for this, flesh out what appears in the public profile as much as possible. Include information in the Summary, Skills & Expertise, Experience, and Education sections. These typically show up in the public search view of a LinkedIn page, so if someone is looking for you specifically, they will have access to the bulk of your profile, even if they can’t see every single detail.

Twitter
Too many people have been fired over Twitter rants. Most recently there was the White House staffer who was posting under an alias, but saying offensive things about his colleagues. Before that, there was the Business Insider CTO who was ultimately given the boot for tweeting racist, sexist remarks from his personal account.

Even if your account is set to private, you’re still at risk. Don’t say anything offensive over twitter. Ever. Delete any questionable tweets before you begin applying to jobs and set your profile to private during your search. You wouldn’t want anything you said “among friends” to show up in a Google search for your name.

Google+
In general, Google+ is an underused resource. Though many have difficulty figuring out how it can help with a job search, it can play an important role in establishing thought leadership and improving your online reputation.

Because Google+ is a Google tool, it tends to rank quite highly in search results. This means, if a potential employer googles your name, your Google+ profile might be the first or second profile to pop up. Create a profile in Google+ as filler, if nothing else.

If you can post regular updates on your profile about topics that interest you, and participate in relevant communities, you can build up your authority on a subject and establish authorship. This will serve you well down the line.

It’s unlikely that social media will negatively impact your odds of landing a job, but the smarter you are about your online presence, the better you appear to employers.

Mediators needed at consumer affairs

New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is in need of three mediators in their Research and Investigation Unit/Earned Sick Leave Division (ESLD), located at 42 Broadway, New York. The starting salary is $45,615.00 to $55,000.00 annually. The job ID number is 142759. Go to http://www.nyc.gov/jobs, click on the link ‘Community and Business Services’, find job ID 142759. Once there, you will be able to upload your resume and cover letter. Just click on the ‘apply now’ link. This posting will be available until the positions are filled.

To qualify for these positions, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and two years experience in community work or community centered activities. If you don’t have a B.A. degree, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and three years experience in community work or community centered activities.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Mediation and Outreach, the mediator will investigate and mediate employee complaints, work as a liaison between employee and employer, maintain the agency database and provide follow-ups and closures for each case. For a complete and detailed description associated with this title, please go to http://www.nyc.gov/jobs; Community and Business Services, look for job ID 142759.

I hope this information was helpful. For all of you who will apply for these positions, I wish you the best of luck. Check out the video for tips on how to make sure your resume lists all of your qualifications.

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