March 21, 2014 by William Frierson
Getting an entry level job is usually an opportunity to learn skills and develop experience, which can lead to advancement. However, some workers feel this is no longer the case. Learn more in the following post.
For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job. The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as…
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February 20, 2014 by William Frierson
If you’re looking for a job, you might be thinking about what opportunities are available. The following infographic features some of the best and worst jobs for Americans, plus other information including just how hard they are working. Continue Reading
December 31, 2013 by William Frierson
Workers should do their best to avoid getting the flu, or else it could be costly.
The 2012-13 flu season was one of the most severe in the U.S. in more than a decade and according to a new study, had two to three times the impact over a more typical flu season on the workplace, school, family and other segments of people’s everyday lives. A new report from Walgreens suggests U.S. adults missed 230 million work days last season, while children lost more than 90 million school days due to flu-related illness. By contrast, 100 million work days and 32 million school days were missed in 2010-11, according to the Walgreens Flu Impact Report. Continue Reading
September 25, 2013 by William Frierson
College graduates, whichever entry level job you choose should be one that fulfills your interests. Otherwise, you’re not likely to achieve your flow state. Learn more about this concept in the following post.
It’s hardly groundbreaking news that Americans hate going to work. Especially when you see stories like the guy who outsourced his own job to China to watch cat videos in his cube all day. But the idea that 70 percent of US employees feel disengaged and bored at work is astonishing
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September 23, 2013 by William Frierson
When asking for a raise or promotion, many people ask the wrong way and ask for the wrong reasons.
The wrong way to ask is to walk into your boss’ office and beg for a raise, demand a raise, or give an ultimatum. The wrong reasons to justify an increase are excuses like you need the money for rent, you heard that a friend of yours makes more than you, or you want to buy that new Jaguar convertible you saw on TV.
In fact, if you’re like many Americans, even if you get that raise, you’ve already spent the additional money before it even clears direct deposit. According to a CNN/Money survey, 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, 50% have less than a three-month cushion, and 27% had no savings at all. Continue Reading
July 25, 2013 by William Frierson
More people plan on working this summer than in 2012.
TeamViewer®, one of the world’s most popular providers of remote control and online meetings software, announced the findings of its annual Work/Life Balance Index, fielded among over 2,000 American adults aged 18 and older, of which 1,094 are employed full time, part time and/or self-employed, conducted online by Harris Interactive in June. The survey, which was aimed at determining American attitudes and behavior toward working during their summer vacations, found that 61% of employed vacationers plan to work during that time, expecting to perform tasks that include: Continue Reading
July 23, 2013 by William Frierson
As of May, 11.3 million Americans were officially unemployed, and over nine million more would work if they thought their chances were better. Many books, articles, and other writings are intended to help you get out of that group. How can you cut through their strengths and limitations to maximize your chances of not only working, but staying employed in the years and decades to come? Continue Reading
July 12, 2013 by William Frierson
“What are your plans after you graduate from high school?”
For most recent graduates over the last few decades, the answer has been automatic and unequivocal — college. With more and more jobs making a bachelor’s degree a minimum requirement, there has never been a greater emphasis on higher education. And for the most part that’s a good thing as more education is almost always better than less. Continue Reading
by William Frierson
A recent Gallup poll states 51% of Americans don’t know enough about the sequester to judge if it’s a good or bad thing for the economy or for themselves personally. I tend to take a more negative view. As a layperson, and a veteran resume writer, I hear from many people who feel the effects of the sequester and believe it’s a bad thing, even if those changes have not already taken place. It’s like waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop: You know something bad is about to happen, you just don’t know when.
This article spells out in layperson’s terms what the sequester actually is and how it affects you as a job seeker. Continue Reading
July 09, 2013 by William Frierson
According to a survey undertaken by Bankrate.com, approximately half of Americans are without savings that can last them more than three months if they lose their income. The implications are that most Americans would actually be unprepared for a financial emergency. The study put the number at 25% of the country having no funds to take care of a rainy day. Continue Reading