Category: Current Affairs

November 22, 2011

Cool Jobs of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition

Turkey-paidforThanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones, expressing gratitude, and contemplating our nation's unique history. Also, it's about food. So for the Thanksgiving Edition of Monster's "Cool Jobs of the Week," we are serving up some interesting and unique jobs related to food:

Food Scientist, R&D, Brother's Fine Foods (Lewisburg, TN)
If you have a BS in food Science or a related science and at least three years' experience in the R&D process in the food​ industry, you're on your way to becoming a taste maker at Brother's Fine Foods.

Marketing Manager, Butterball Farms (Grand Rapids, MI)
Think you've got what it takes to talk turkey at a management level? Don't miss this job at Butterball!

Production Manager, North American Breweries (Portland, OR)
Your dream job could be brewing here in Portland: The production manager is responsible for ensuring that "the highest-quality finished goods are produced, warehoused, and shipped within budgeted costs in a safe environment."​ 

Director of Food Services, Cambridge Public Schools (Cambridge, MA)
What's for lunch? In this position, you'll be responsible "for overseeing a budget of $2.​5M and food service staff district-wide, along with supervising district-wide school breakfast, lunch, after-school snack, and fruit and vegetable snack programs."

Strategic Sourcing Manager - Flavors, Kraft Foods (Chicago, IL)
Ten years of sourcing and/or supply-management experience are required in this position, which is "heavily involved with supplier optimization consisting of strategy development, strategic competitive bidding, supplier negotiations, project management, planning, and monitoring."

VP - Food Practice (Public Relations), Porter Novelli (New York, NY)
If you have "experience developing marketing, public relations, and/​or communications strategy in the industrial and food service channels," you may have what it takes to fill this high-level agency role.

Human Resources Manager, Pilgrim’s Pride (Waco, TX)
Are you an HR professional with at least five years' experience? Make every day Thanksgiving as an HR manager at Pilgrim's Pride.

Consumer Strategist, Food & Beverage, The Corporate Exectuive Board (Minneapolis, MN)
In this role, you'll set the tone at the table -- in other words, you'll "translate consumer trends into actionable insight and marketing applications for Fortune 1000 clients as they relate to the Food and Beverage industry and consumer culture."

Food Safety Manager, Smithfield Farms (Landover, MD)
In this position, you'll have "the primary responsibility of driving the food safety systems of the plant by developing, modifying, and maintaining the plant’s HACCP, SSOP, and regulatory programs to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements for the production of safe and wholesome food."


What's your definition of a cool job? Tell us, so we can make the next edition of "Cool Jobs" even cooler for you! And start your job search at today.

Posted by Charles Purdy on November 22, 2011 at 04:34 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

November 18, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- November 18

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.

On the employment front, we're looking at the coming weeks and months in a hopeful light: Bloomberg Business reported today that initial jobless claims have hit a seven-month low, and holiday hiring continues apace. With that in mind, here are some articles to take a look at this as we prepare for the weekend:

5. If you're available to work on Black Friday, Christmas Eve, and the day after Christmas, there may still be seasonal retail positions for you to snag -- with benefits in the short term and in the long term. The Chicago Tribune provides some tips, in "Seasonal Jobs Can Offer Longer-Term Benefits."

4. In this new article, you can read about several careers that, according to the Occupational Information Network, "offer some of the strongest job opportunities and best career prospects in the near future." Read "Eight Bright-Outlook Careers." 

3. New on the Blog, we have tips from the author of a new book that describes seven "rules for getting hired in any economy." Read "Cracking the New Job Market."

2. And once you get that job, how can you guarantee that you'll keep it? Heather Huhman and offer tips in this blog post -- read "How to Be Effective Immediately in a New Job."

1. But sometimes, doing a great job just isn't enough -- you have to deal with duplicitous colleagues and underlings, too. For tips, read "What to Do If Someone Is Gunning for Your Job."

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Also the Chicago Tribune piece.

Posted by Charles Purdy on November 18, 2011 at 07:20 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

November 11, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- November 11

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. This Friday, of course, is Veterans Day -- so our five picks are all about thanking and honoring our country's heroes.

A lot of companies are saying "thank you" today -- and gratitude is important. But Monster is doing something more for our returning vets -- something tangible -- by providing free job-search resources, as well as practical advice and tools that will help them get jobs, build careers, and provide for their future and their families.

Just for example -- all vets who are looking for a job should register today for Monster and's Veterans Virtual Career Fair, scheduled November 14 to 18 -- it's free; all you need is an Internet connection to interact with more than 30 national employers such as Lowe's, DHL, PG&E, Verizon, and more.

Monster's activities this week highlight our commitment to honoring and lending a helping hand to U.S. veterans:

5. Our commitment to veterans starts at the top -- read Monster CEO Sal Iannuzzi's article "Hiring Nation's Heroes Is Good Business."

4. And when it comes to veterans, we definitely put them in their place -- that is, in leadership roles at Monster. For our company, hiring veterans is more than a best practice; it's a value we live every day. Read "Military in Action: Saluting Monster's Veteran Voices with Jeff Quinn."

3. This week, Monster also checked in with one of our most inspiring success stories -- one of the many people who have found a dream job on Monster. Read "Veteran and Success Story Dan Blasini Shares Career Advice."

2. It all starts with a resume -- and Monster partner has some advice on that. Read "Out of Uniform: Resume Tips for Making the Transition." (And check out a great resume-writing tool from the Military Skills Translator.)

1. And of course, networking is key in any job search. So this week, we collected a summary of advice and resources for vets. Read "Networking Tips for Veterans."

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Posted by Charles Purdy on November 11, 2011 at 03:48 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 blog, Janet Swaysland, 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)

October 07, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 7

On 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 is the U.S. Department of Labor's Jobs Report.

The unemployment rate is holding at 9.1 percent, though the Department of Labor is reporting that the country added 103,000 jobs in September -- enough to ease some experts' fears of a double-dip recession. (However, the country needs to add about 125,000 new jobs per month in order to keep up with population growth.)

There are bright spots: The Deptartment of Labor is showing positive trends in construction and retail. Its report also said that private-sector workers regained the 0.1 hours in the average work week that they lost in August (this is considered an important indicator of employment health). And the Department of Labor is just one measurement. The Monster Employment Index, a comprehensive look at more than 1,500 web sites, including corporate career sites and job boards, that provides an overview of online job postings, also is showing positive numbers.

5. Our first story of the week is detailed look at the Monster Employment Index: "Particularly strong were retail, which typically sees some pick-up in September, and IT, which saw an acceleration in demand for software and telecommunications specialists," said Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide." Read more, in "Monster Employment Index Grows 7% Year-Over-Year."

4. And some of that growth in retail jobs is likely related to seasonal hiring. For tips on snagging one for yourself, read "How to Find Seasonal Retail Work."

3. An article in the San Jose Mercury News provided tips and advice for workers who want to enter a "second phase" in their career. Read "Mid-Career Job Seekers Turn to Internships, Volunteer Positions."

2. You might be tempted to file this one under "M" for "Monster blowing their own horn" -- but the fact that BeKnown has won a prestigious HR industry award is important for job seekers. When you're looking for a job, networking is key -- and BeKnown is being recognized as a valuable way to network online. Read "Monster Honored by HR Executive."

1. And finally, a great little piece of job-search advice from CareeRealism this week: read "How Your Writing Style Affects Your Job Search."

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Posted by Charles Purdy on October 7, 2011 at 07:29 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , Resume | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 04, 2011

Monster Honored by HR Executive, with Top Product Award for BeKnown

Fastest growing professional networking app lauded for its innovation and value to HR community.

MAYNARD, Mass., October 4, 2011
Today, Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW) announced that BeKnown -- Monster’s professional networking app on Facebook –- was named one of the top products of the year by Human Resource Executive magazine. The award was announced at the 14th annual HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas this week.

Beknown “It’s a thrill and an honor to be recognized by HR Executive magazine for the success we’ve had in bringing professional networking to Facebook with our BeKnown app. Our focus is on making BeKnown an innovative networking platform that brings quality career opportunities to professionals and enables employers to engage with great talent,” said Matt Mund, VP of product management for Monster Worldwide. “We’re continuing to develop new BeKnown functionality that combines the power of Monster and Facebook to add even more value for employers to connect with potential candidates, building their talent pools for both current job opportunities and future ones.”

This award recognition comes at a time when BeKnown has become the fastest growing app of its kind on Facebook (AppData, Sept. 2011) since its launch in June. And in an effort to continually offer more engagement opportunities on BeKnown, the app is now one of few Facebook apps that are part of Facebook’s new Open Graph Initiative which was unveiled two weeks ago at the Facebook f8 Developer’s Conference.

Human Resource Executive has been evaluating HR products and conducting this competition for 23 years," explained David Shadovitz, editor of Human Resource Executive. "Our goal has always been to identify products and services that clearly offer value to the HR community while demonstrating innovation. BeKnown stood out to us as a very clear example of a tool that recruiters need as part of their recruiting toolbox today. It offers another venue to connect and engage with candidates in a professional way and from a platform they are already very comfortable using in their everyday lives.”

In addition to the nod from Human Resource Executive this year for BeKnown, Monster was recognized last year for Power Resume Search –- powered by its 6Sense semantic search technology -- which was cited by editors for its precision talent matching capabilities.

With the introduction of BeKnown in India today, the professional networking app for Facebook is now available in 19 languages and 36 countries, and is also accessible for free via mobile apps on Android and iPhone devices. Visit for more information on BeKnown, or follow BeKnown on Twitter and visit the BeKnown blog for regular updates.



Posted by Charles Purdy on October 4, 2011 at 01:55 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Networking , New Media , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

September 30, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 30

On 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.

5. One story that got our attention this week was about a new line of Hallmark cards -- for the recently unemployed. Now, sometimes a card is quite nice -- but we have some more-practical way to show a recently laid-off friend that you care. Read "New 'Sorry You Got Laid Off' Cards from Hallmark."

4. With fall come increasing challenges to our health: longer hours indoors and more "treats" around the office are just a couple of the obstalces we face. A new Monster Special Report includes several articles with tips to help you overcome those challenges. Peruse "Stay Healthy at Work." 

3. From our friends at, a brief article on a topic all job seekers are concerned with: employer background checks. Read "The Latest Background Screening Techniques."

2. Anyone can say that they work well with others. has advice on how to show it. Read "5 Ways to Show 'Works Well With Others' on a Resume."

1. We'll close out the week with news from the LA Times on a fast-growing new occupation. Read "Employers are Liking -- and Hiring -- Social Media Workers. "


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Posted by Charles Purdy on September 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM in Current Affairs , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 27, 2011

Cool Jobs of the Week: Government Edition

Lots of talk this week government jobs -- so this week's "cool jobs" spotlight is on companies hiring people to work for, with, or on issues relating to government agencies.

1. Associate Editor/Writer,, McLean, VA
If you have in-depth knowledge of military issues, national security, and technology, as well as solid reporting experience, the people at (a Monster organization) want to hear from you.  

2. Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence  Agency, Washington, DC
For your eyes only! the DIA is seeking candidates who have "relevant experience and/or a bachelor's or advanced degree in political science, regional studies, international affairs, geography, economics, engineering, or physical or life sciences from an accredited college or university; or knowledge in another appropriate area." Foreign language skills are highly desired, so bi- and trilingual folks take note!   

3. Government Research Analyst, Gallup, Washington, DC
Survey says: Great opportunity at Gallup! Gallup's government division "is dedicated to providing research-based consulting and learning and development programs for the United States government."

4.  Executive Vice President, Association of Food Industries, Neptune, NJ
Lobbyist wanted -- be the public face of olive oil in America. In this role, you'll "develop and lead" PR programs, attend trade shows and other industry events, and monitor activities of the International Olive Council.

5. Senior Manager, Government Relations, Orbitz, Washington, DC
You'll go far in this role at Orbitz: "This key position supports a very active government relations agenda in a high-profile sector that is an intersection of travel and e-commerce."


Posted by Charles Purdy on September 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM in Current Affairs , Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

September 15, 2011

6 Potential Job-Post Caution Signs

IStock_000009462166Small Wondering whether a job post is worth the effort that applying will take? Monster customers pay to post jobs on our site, and we work with them to craft effective posts -- so you have much less to worry about on Monster than on, for instance, job boards where potential employers can post for free. (And if you suspect that a job post is a scam or is unethical, we want to hear about it right away! Check out our Monster Security Center for more information.)

Nonetheless, it's the companies themselves that are responsible for the actual application and hiring process (as well as, obviously, the working conditions and so on), and there are some caution signs to beware of when you're looking at a job post. Note that these signs don't necessarily mean there's something wrong -- but they are clues that you should perhaps proceed with a little bit of caution.

1. The job was posted months ago, or the job is continuously reposted.
Often, the reason for this is perfectly legit: a large company simply may have lots of similar positions to fill, or an employer may have typically high-turnover positions (such as seasonal hospitality jobs). But if that's not the case, this may be a flag that the company is has put the position on indefinite hold or has high turnover for reasons that might inspire concern. (The employer might also just be waiting for the absolute perfect match for the description, so if you're it, you'll want to apply.

2. The post says "Company Confidential."
You have to ask yourself, "What's going on here?" Is the position not truly open yet? Is an agency collecting resumes without a company’s consent? Why the secrecy? There may be no cause for concern; however, a post like this makes it difficult to tailor your resume and do the appropriate research

3. The post says "Fax your resume to ..."
This may be a company that isn't keeping up with the times. (Then again, the company may just be testing your ability to follow instructions.) 

4. The post has lots of phrases like "Must be extremely hard-working" and "Must be able to handle extremely high stress."
An ability to work hard should be a given, so if a post says "extremely hard-working," know that it means "extreeeeeeemely hard-working." For you, such an environment might be perfect. And lots of high-stress jobs are extremely rewarding. But if a job post is focusing on the difficulty of a job (instead of selling the company as a great place to work, in order to attract the best, most-appropriate candidates), you should at least go into the application process knowing that your life-work-balance issues will not be a priority at this company. 

5. The post lists the salary as "Earn up to $500k per year."
This is another matter of simply being aware of what you're signing up for. Speaking aboout the salary in terms of "up to" indicates that the job pays on comission, and that's usually fine. Just be sure to ask about base salaries and average incomes when you get to discussing things with a hiring manager. If something sounds too good to be true, it just might be

6. The post is discriminatory.
In most cases, this is illegal; in others, there is a gray area -- for example, if a company states that it is not considering unemployed people. (Of the more than a million posts on, we haven't seen one like this in a while, we're very happy to say.) Although this form of discrimination is not illegal, such a statement of bias is a clear indicator that the company is not one you'd want to work for (clearly, just for starters, the people doing the hiring aren't doing a good job of looking for the best and brightest employees!).

Maybe it's good that the rare companies that do this also advertise the fact that they're engaged in this practice, so you don't waste your time with them. But you might consider writing a letter to someone in the company's public-relations department or to senior management -- because they might not know what their recruiting department is up to.

Wondering which companies are the best to work at? Check out Fortune magazine's 2011 list, as well as's brand-new 2011 list. or more tips on avoiding a questionable employer, read "10 Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss."



Posted by Charles Purdy on September 15, 2011 at 07:04 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Interview , Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

September 12, 2011

The Importance of Being Prepared

IStock_000015979253Medium September is National Preparedness Month -- all this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, is raising awareness and encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces, and communities are prepared for emergencies of all kinds. 

The Ready Campaign's website lists three key parts of being prepared: "1. Get a Kit. 2. Make a Plan. 3. Be Informed." That's some good advice, and the Ready website has a great many more details.

September is also Update Your Resume month -- and having a well-crafted and up-to-date resume is a crucial part of career-emergency preparedness. So after you've made sure you have a three-day supply of water (for you and your pets!), a well-stocked first-aid kit, and a supply of batteries for your radio, take a moment to think about how you can prepare for a job-related disaster. A first step is making sure your resume is updated.

Of course, updating your resume should happen more than once a year. So consider creating a recurring monthly appointment with yourself to update your resume and other job-search materials.

Stay Alert
Throughout the month, stay alert and keep track of things you can add to your "career emergency kit," which can be a file on your hard drive or a folder in your filing cabinet -- whatever makes sense as a place for you to store your resume builders and career-emergency supplies.

   1. Note major achievements and successes at your current job, especially those that are quantifiable (numbers on a resume are very persuasive).

   2. Record praise from managers, colleagues, and clients (save commendations and letters of praise in a file for future references).

   3. List conferences, seminars, and classes (and so on) that you've attended.

   4. Keep track of industry-related books and periodicals you've read (jot down some quick impressions of each -- these can be great conversation starters when you're in a job interview or at an industry networking event).

   5. Add new contacts you've met to your professional network (and look for ways to stay connected).

Be Prepared
Of course, not all of these things will make it onto the standard version of your resume, but they should be available for when you need to tailor your resume to a specific job you're applying for. And don't forget -- nowadays, updating your resume may mean updating your profiles on your blog, career-networking sites (such as Monster's BeKnown), and other online spaces.

Consider these tips:

   1. Make sure your resume instantly communicates your career target with a descriptive headline and adequately reflects your depth and breadth of experience in a brief, hard-hitting opening summary. (For more, read "Refresh Your Resume.")

   2. Not sure where to begin? Well, you don't have to begin at the beginning. Consider taking a fresh eye to the bottom of your resume first. (For more, read "Five Steps for Updating Your Resume.")

   3. Updating isn't just about adding new things to your resume -- it's also very important to remove old information or information that doesn't support your goals. This resume clutter can distract hiring managers from your relevant skills. (For more, read "Declutter Your Resume.")

   4. If your resume is like those of most people, it contains a lot of deadwood words and phrases -- empty cliches, annoying jargon, and recycled buzzwords that you should cut away. (For more, read "10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume.")

   5. Of course, before you can put something on your resume, you have to actually do it -- if you don't have a job that's providing you with new things you can put on your resume, consider volunteer work, an adult-education class, or another resume booster. (For more, read "Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume.")

How do you stay prepared for a career emergency? Share your thoughts in the Comments section -- and don't forget to follow @monstercareers on Twitter for the latest career and job-search advice.


Posted by Charles Purdy on September 12, 2011 at 05:07 PM in Career Development , Current Affairs , Current Events , Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)