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If you’re on the hunt for a new position in the corporate world, you’ve likely been lured by what appears to be a simple and straightforward application process. You see a job you’re interested in on a corporate website or job search site, you click the “apply here” button, start to upload your resume and figure you can get back to that dreary job you’re dying to leave within a matter of seconds. Except it doesn’t really work that way.
What factors have the greatest impact on happiness on the job? According to a new study by the web site CareerBliss.com, money doesn’t even rank in the top three.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the Chicago-based outplacement firm, is offering two days of free phone counseling next week to anyone looking for a job, whether they are unemployed, seeking to switch jobs or re-entering the job market after a long absence. Challenger will have special lines dedicated to current and former military personnel.
I recently covered a new study that found, not surprisingly, that job satisfaction declines when workers find out they are making less than their peers. What was a bit shocking was that finding out they made more than their peers had no effect on workers at all. It got me thinking about how better disclosure on salaries might help people get paid what they’re worth.
How honest do you have to be in your job search? I recently wrote a column about how to plug a resume gap – a growing problem for the long-term unemployed. Between June 2007 and June 2010, the number of people who were unemployed for 27 weeks or more grew more than five-fold, to 6.8 million from 1.2 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The long-term jobless now make up 45 percent of the unemployed.
I recently interviewed a number of people about unique job search tactics they used that resulted in an offer — everything from attention-getting mailers to extreme networking techniques. But one area that can trip up the creative job seeker is a poor credit history.
Remember the hype about “free agent nation” that started more than a decade ago? It’s a whole lot less attractive to recession-weary U.S. workers, who now rate job security and stability higher than career advancement, according to a survey released last week by Towers Watson, the employee benefits firm.
I fell asleep before the Oscars were over last night, so thank goodness for YouTube! Sandra Bullock deserves raves for her moving and funny best actress speech – in which she recognized her fellow nominees, the sacrifices of mothers everywhere, and her own mom Helga, a German opera singer who died ten years ago. (I feel so much better about nagging my kids to practice piano.)
But what inspired me most about Bullock was the fact that she showed up in person at the Razzie Awards last weekend to accept her Worst Actress Golden Raspberry trophy for her role in “All About Steve.”