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April 26, 2010

Keep Busy During Unemployment

If you're among the growing number of long-term unemployed, your job search momentum might have long faded. This is the perfect time to shake things up again -- get busy, whether it's by volunteering, refreshing your work-related skills, doing an unpaid internship, seeking freelance opportunities or even strengthening your online networking relationships. Many of these activities look good on your resume and will show that you've been active during your time away from the workforce.

Check out these articles for inspiration:

·  10 Ways to Keep Busy Between Jobs

·  Tips for Turning a Volunteer Job into a Full-Time Position

·  Are You Thinking About Contract or Part-Time Work as a Stopgap?

·  Strategies for Landing Part-Time Work

What do you think are the best ways to keep busy and motivated when you're looking for work? Leave a comment below.

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Kim Isaacs is the Monster Resume Expert and director of ResumePower.com.

Posted by Kim Isaacs on April 26, 2010 at 09:00 AM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

April 21, 2010

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Too often underappreciated in the workforce, administrative professionals are honored this week during Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day today. If you can't live without the help of an administrative professional, express your gratitude with a gift or a heartfelt card. If you're in the field, reward yourself and check out these related articles:

·   Monster Celebrates Administrative Professionals Week

·   Spread Your Admin Wings

·   More Than Just a Secretary

·   Get a High-Paying Administrative Job

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Kim Isaacs is the Monster Resume Expert and director of ResumePower.com.

Posted by Kim Isaacs on April 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

April 20, 2010

Equal Pay Day Marks Another Year of Unequal Pay for Women

Today is Equal Pay Day, an event organized by the National Committee on Pay Equity to call attention to the gap between what men and women earn.

Even though women overtook men in the workforce for the first time during the recession-ravaged year of 2009, statistics show that when it comes to gaining ground in earnings, we haven't come such a long way, baby. Here's a look at some of the numbers:

Half-Cent Gains: In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act became law, women who worked full-time year-round earned 59 cents for every dollar men earned. In 2008, women earned 77 cents on the dollar, an increase of just 0.4 cents -- less than a half-cent -- a year. The gap is even wider for minority women.

Difference Adds Up: On an annual basis, women earned an average of $10,622 less than men, the largest gap since 1992. Over a lifetime, that discrepancy adds up. A 2008 study by the Center for American Progress Action Fund reports that the wage gap may cost a woman an average of $434,000 over the course of her career.

Geography Matters: The wage gap can be better or worse depending on where you live, according to government data analyzed by the AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women). For all workers over 16 of all educational levels, women fared the worst in Wyoming (with an earnings ratio of 64 percent) and the best in the District of Columbia (with an earnings ratio of 88 percent). Among college-educated workers over 25, the earnings ratio was lowest in Alaska (64 percent) and highest in Wyoming (89 percent).

Discrimination Exists: As Monster Senior Contributing Writer John Rossheim details in his article on the gender wage gap, occupational and work-life choices are two often-cited reasons behind pay inequality. However, a 2007 AAUW pay gap study of college graduates reports that even after accounting for experience, training, education and personal characteristics, "the portion of the pay gap that remains unexplained…[is] evidence of discrimination, which remains a serious problem for women in the work force." Discrimination figures on the National Committee on Pay Equity's list of the top 10 reasons behind the pay gap as well.

As many equal-wage advocacy groups point out, the wage gap is an issue for everyone, regardless of gender. With the recession putting more men out of work, more families need to get by on women's (typically lower) earnings. Lower earnings also translate into lower pension and Social Security payments for women in retirement. The proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House in January 2009, is meant to address issues of gender-based pay inequality.

Working women, how has your salary compared to that of the men in your work or home life? Do you feel you're being paid equitably? Leave a comment below, and check out these resources:

·   How Salary Negotiation Contributes to the Wage Gap

·   Monster's Salary and Negotiation Tips Forum

Posted by Ann on April 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM in Salary | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

April 12, 2010

Take Advantage of Monster Career Resources

While Monster is the No. 1 global destination for job searching, the site also offers a wealth of career resources, advice and tools. Here are just a few:

Career Tools: This is a great starting point for researching careers. You can get the inside scoop on careers using Career Snapshots, see how you stack up against other people in your field using Career Benchmarking and build career paths using Career Mapping.

Job Alerts: Do you find yourself entering the same search criteria every time you look for a job on Monster? Next time, enter your criteria and click "Save This Search." You can even have the matching jobs emailed to you.

Salary Wizard: This is a handy tool for finding out the salary range for your occupation and location.

Career Advice: This section is a virtual treasure trove of expert advice, including job hunting tips, sample resumes, interview tips, salary and benefits information, workplace advice and more.

Monster's Career Advice Forums: Whether you just want to vent about the job search process or need specific advice on how to improve your resume or prepare for an upcoming interview, the forums have something for everyone. Not only can you get advice for a dilemma you're facing, but you can also make friends and network with people in your industry.

What is your favorite resource on Monster? Please share in the comments.

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Kim Isaacs is the Monster Resume Expert and director of ResumePower.com.

Posted by Kim Isaacs on April 12, 2010 at 08:43 AM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

April 05, 2010

Monster Makes the Job Search Process More Social

Katrina Kibben, Monster's social media ninja, provided this post about Monster's new Twitter job search initiative:

Monster is taking a new approach to match job seekers with opportunities using our precision job search matching engine and Twitter.

Join us live every #WorkWednesday and #HireFriday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. When you Tweet your location and job title @MonsterKAW with the hash tag #monsterlive, we'll use Monster's new Job Search Beta to try to find a potential job match for you.

Here's an example:

@MonsterKAW I'm looking for an HR job in Los Angeles CA. #monsterlive

We respond with:

@YourNameHere: ABC Company is hiring an HR manager in LA. More Results: http://mnstr.me/5FII0V #monsterlive

By hosting this Twitter event, we're hoping to engage with job seekers, while offering tips and tricks using our new job search matching engine to match seekers with the right job.

We're also posting jobs on our Facebook page daily, so if you can't make the Twitter event, be sure to become one of our Facebook fans and post your request today.

Posted by Ann on April 5, 2010 at 03:57 PM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)