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Posted November 07, 2014 by

The things students need to do before going home this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, but as a university student there are a few things that you need to consider before you pack your bags and head home to enjoy the festive season.

Below is a list of things that most students need to do before heading ho, ho, home this year.

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Woman typing on keyboard. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Get your work done early

The build-up to Christmas is not all about Christmas lunch, going out with friends and presents as it is also an extremely busy time for students, with many having to sit exams or hand in essays before they break up for Xmas.

So no matter whether you are studying computer science degree courses or economics degrees, get your work done early. If you know that you have some work to do after Christmas, then at least start it before you head home because no one wants to spend the Christmas holidays writing essays. (more…)

Posted April 11, 2014 by

College Graduates, 10 Things You Need to Be Aware of When Hired for Entry Level Jobs

As college graduates transition from school to the workforce, they should understand that there will be differences between these environments.  The following post highlights 10 things new grads need to be aware of when hired for entry level jobs.

A Guide To Your First Entry-Level Job. 10 things new graduates absolutely need to know. By U.S.News. Posted Apr 4th 2014 @ 5:00AM. Share. Businesswoman looking at a businessman listening to headphones and blowing bubbles…

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Posted December 30, 2013 by

Taking Time Off from Searching for Recent Graduate Jobs Over the Holiday Season? Think Again

Even though it might seem okay to take a break from searching for recent graduate jobs during the holiday season, you could miss out on an opportunity to get ahead of the competition.  Learn more in the following post.

I’ve been hearing from job seekers who are taking take time off from their job search during the holidays. Taking time off from a job search? Now? Hey. I get it! I’m very much a family kind of guy. And I love the holidays as much as anyone. But I’m also a realist who has more than a


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Posted December 11, 2013 by

Need Some Work Experience as You Look for Recent Graduate Jobs? Try Top Seasonal Jobs for 2013

While looking for recent graduate jobs, think about getting some extra cash and a little work experience on the side this holiday season.  The following post features some top seasonal jobs in 2013.

Job searchers, freelancers, the underemployed, the gainfully employed — sometimes it seems like everyone could use extra cash during the holiday season. The team at CareerCast, a leading career resource and job database, has issued its annual Best Seasonal Jobs report, highlighting the top temporary positions available this time of year. The 2013 list


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Posted January 07, 2013 by

10.3% More Seasonal Hires in 2012 Than 2012

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Despite some year-end uncertainty related to fiscal cliffs, a devastating hurricane and election-year politicking, retailers were confident enough in the final three months of 2012 to ramp up holiday hiring to its highest level in six years, according to an analysis of government employment data released by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Employment in the retail sector increased by a net 728,300 jobs, between October 1 and December 31, according to non-seasonally adjusted data, released last week by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That is 10.3 percent higher than 2011, when retailers added 660,200 extra workers over the final three months of the year.  The nearly 730,000 retail jobs added this year represents the strongest year-end hiring surge since 2006, when employment in the sector increased by 746,900. (more…)

Posted December 13, 2012 by

46% of Employers Giving Holiday Bonuses This Year

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The scrooge economy appears to be loosening its grip, as a new study shows companies plan to offer more perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. The national study was conducted for Careerbuilder by Harris Interactive© from August 13 to September 6, 2012 and included 2,494 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,976 workers across industries and company sizes.

Bonuses: Forty-six percent of employers expect to give their employees holiday bonuses this year, up from 40 percent last year and 33 percent in 2010. Nearly one in five of them (19 percent) plan to provide a larger bonus than last year. (more…)

Posted November 05, 2012 by

Retailers Add Additional 130,000 Jobs for Holidays

While several large retailers have announced large-scale holiday hiring plans, employment gains in the retail sector last month were virtually unchanged from a year ago, according to an analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

The 130,100 retail job gains last month were only slightly more than the 128,900 retail jobs added in October 2011.  The first month of holiday hiring both this year and last were down significantly from the 149,800 retail jobs created in October 2010.

While 2011 started slowly, retailers added another 531,300 workers in November and December for a total of 660,200 seasonal employment gains, the highest level since 2007.  In 2008 — the worst holiday-hiring season in 22 years — retailers added only 38,600 seasonal workers in October and only 324,000 total workers during entire holiday season of October through December.   (more…)

Posted September 24, 2012 by

Seasonal Hiring Projected to Increase Holiday Season

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & ChristmasWhile solid back-to-school sales boosted the confidence of retailers heading into the all-important holiday season, the possibility of increased sales this year may not be enough to spur a significant increase in seasonal hiring, according to the outlook released Monday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

In its annual holiday hiring forecast, Challenger estimated that seasonal job gains are likely to be slightly higher than a year ago but still below pre-recession levels.  Those hoping to take advantage of the seasonal hiring should act early, as several sizable hiring plans announced by major retailers in September suggest that recruiting may start before October.

Last year, retail payrolls saw a non-seasonally adjusted net gain of 660,200 workers from October through December.  That was up just 1.9 percent from 2010, when retail employment increased by 647,600 workers during the holiday hiring season.  Prior to the recession, from 2004 through 2007, retail employment grew by an average of more than 722,000 over the final three months of the year. (more…)

Posted December 29, 2011 by

The importance of rewarding employees at Christmas

If the most competitive ingredient that a business has is its people, then it follows that the greatest benefit to a business is to have decisive confident people who readily take ownership of what they do.

Yet surprisingly many businesses do not retain good people. The percentage of people that leave corporations is unnecessarily high. To invest in training for the benefit of your competition may be common practice; but surely to retain such talent makes much more sense?

It is, however, a challenge to persuade employees to take ownership and to be accountable. Initiatives are implemented, structures revised, systems put in place, and training commenced, but with what result? Employees get excited; but there is not the transformation hoped for. Why? (more…)

Posted December 17, 2011 by

Most Memorable Gifts From Co-Workers

Exchanging GiftsWorkers can expect more holiday cheer in the office this season, as companies offer more perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. Workers can expect more holiday cheer in the office this season, as companies offer more perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year.

Bonuses: Four-in-ten (40 percent) employers plan to give their employees holiday bonuses this year, up from 33 percent in 2010. Among this group, 73 percent are planning to give the same amount as last year. Fourteen percent plan to provide a greater bonus than last year, while 13 percent plan to provide a smaller bonus. (more…)