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November 04, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- November 4

FIVE-purchasedOn Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week. And of course, on the first Friday of every month, the big news of interest to job seekers is the U.S. Department of Labor's Jobs Report.

Nonfarm payroll employment continued to trend up in October (adding 80,000 jobs), but there was little impact on the unemployment rate, which is now at 9.0 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also says that employment in the private sector rose -- with modest job growth continuing in professional and businesses services, leisure and hospitality, health care, and mining.

Many experts remain optimistic, saying we're in a continuing long-term recovery (albeit a painfully slow one). Some numbers that don't make the topline report do support this optimism. For example, the number of people marginally attached to the workforce (unemployed people who wanted and were available for work but had not looked for work in the past four weeks) was 2.6 million persons -- about the same as a year earlier. However, among these people, only 967,000 were considered "discouraged," a decrease of 252,000 from a year earlier. (Discouraged workers are those not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.)

We hope the positive trends continue! Now the "5 for Friday":

5. Monster runs its own montly report -- the Monster Employment Index, which is a monthly review of job opportunities posted on online job boards and corporate career sites in the United States. And its data supports the idea that the jobs situation is looking up. Read "MEI Shows Continuing Positive Growth Trend: 11% Year Over Year."

4. One of our most re-tweeted pieces of original content provided practical tips on fulfilling a common bit of pre-interview wisdom. Read "Do Your Research Before a Job Interview." (And follow Monster on Twitter: @MonsterCareers.)

3. We loved this information-packed infographic from Mashable -- with helpful advice that everyone with a career to manage needs to know now. Read "Protecting Your Online Reputation."

2. On our MonsterThinking.com blog, Janet Swaysland, Monster.com SVP of Global Communications and Social Media, spoke to the author of a new study on workplace "rebels," -- people who feel more comfortable creating change than fighting against it. Read "Rebels at Work: Motivated to Make a Difference."

1. US News and World Report published an advice-laden article (with plenty of guidance from Monster) on coping with something that more and more workers are facing, as they stay longer in the workforce. "By choice and necessity, more older Americans are staying in the workforce. As a result, many workplaces now have multiple generations of employees spanning 40 or even 50 years in age. Odds are that senior workers will wind up working for someone young enough to be their child, if not younger." Read "When Your Boss Is Younger Than Your Child."


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Posted by Charles Purdy on November 4, 2011 at 06:23 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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