Category: Web/Tech

November 03, 2011

MEI Shows Continuing Positive Job Growth Trend: Up 11% Year-Over-Year

The Monster Employment Index (MEI) --
a monthly review of millions of job opportunities posted on online job boards and corporate career sites in the United States -- showed strong hiring in October: The year-over-year growth trend from October 2010 was measured at 11 percent, with all metro markets tracked by the MEI showing positive annual growth. October's MEI also shows growth from September -- driven in part by recruitment for holiday-season temporary positions.

“The Index recorded positive momentum coming into the pre-holiday season. Employers are proceeding with hiring as planned, indicated by solid seasonal demand for temporary workers in short-term positions within the retail and manufacturing sectors,” explains Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide. “Overall, this demonstrates an encouraging sign for the U.S. labor market during the holiday season; however, substantial job-creation has yet to occur for the economy to see pre-recessionary levels of recruitment.”

(Interested in holiday hiring? Read "Get Hired for the Holiday: Seasonal Retail Jobs.")

Fifteen of the 20 industries monitored by the Index showed positive annual growth trends:Information (up 27 percent) remained among the top growth sectors, with continued demand for professionals in software, digital media, and telecommunications. Retail Trade (up 26 percent) exhibited notable expansion in online recruitment levels, suggesting that some employers are fully proceeding with their seasonal hiring efforts. Manufacturing (up 18 percent) registered an accelerated growth pace in October. Public Administration (down 30 percent) continued to record the steepest decline in October, dropping to a new low in the Index.

To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index U.S. report for October 2011, and to access current individual data charts for each of the 28 metro markets tracked, please visit Data for the month of November 2011 will be released on December 2, 2011.



Posted by Charles Purdy on November 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM in Current Events , Job Search , Web/Tech | 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)

August 10, 2011

Going the Distance in Your Job Search (This Is Not a "Pep Talk"!)

IStock_000014687303Small As a job search stretches out, week upon week (and as the economy remains, shall we say, turbulent), it can be all too easy to give up -- to think, "There are no jobs out there, so why bother. There's nothing I can do to find a job."

Here at Monster, we hear this sentiment frequently from job seekers -- and we understand that many of the people giving voice to it are facing desperate times and very difficult circumstances.

But at the same time, we also know that we have more than a million jobs posted on our site at any given time -- and we talk to employers every day who are searching for people to hire.

So what's the disconnect?

Get Past "Positive Thinking"
Sure, positive thinking works -- to a point. For one thing, people with a positive, can-do attitude are more attractive to employers. But a larger reason that positive thinking works is that it inspires action.

Thinking that "it's hopeless" and that you'll "never find a job" are self-fulfilling notions -- because if you think that there's no use in trying, then you don't try.

The Secret Is Positive Doing
So that's the key: trying. Personal pep talks are helpful (and for tips on positive thinking, read "Reframe Six Career-Limiting Beliefs"), but it's also important to act.

On Twitter and Facebook, our job seekers tell us, "I've tried everything." Gently, I want to say, "Are you sure?"

Just to help you be sure, here are a few ideas: ways you can keep your job search going (as an added bonus, positive doing causes positive thinking -- and vice versa). Try one of these things when you feel as though you've "tried everything."

>> Read a book on your industry or on job-search techniques.
In a 2010 HotJobs poll, site visitors were asked, "In the past year, how many career- or professional-development books have you read (not mandated by an employer)?" For 60 percent of respondents, the answer was zero. That's a lot of job seekers who aren't keeping up on the latest job-search tactics and on developments and new ideas in their industries. Give yourself a leg up on this slacking competition.

(And after you read a book, think about reviewing it in a blog post, recommending the book to someone in your network, asking the author a question via his or her website, or hosting a seminar on it for a professional organization.)

No time for a book? What about an article or blog post?

>> Ask someone in your field or at a target employer to do a five-minute review of your resume.
You're regularly updating your resume, right -- and customizing it for each job you apply for? (For tips, read "Creative Ways to Customize Your Resume.") If so, you're already better off than most of your competition: when we ask job seekers whether they're customizing their resumes for each job they apply for, more than half say no -- and that means their resumes are far less likely to make it past front-line resume readers (human ones and digital ones).

Here's a great way to get resume advice and put yourself in someone's mind as an active job seeker: Ask for a five-minute resume review (specify "five minutes," so it feels like a do-able favor -- but many people will go above and beyond) from someone whose opinion matters (someone in your industry or at a company you want to work at). Look not only to your contacts but also to second-degree contacts. Be sure to say thank you, and add this person to your network if you can.

>> Build profiles on professional networking sites.
A majority of workers say that networking played a role in their getting hired at their current or most recent job. Whom you know matters. Make sure you're active in the online communities specific to your industry, and that you're using all the networking tools available to you -- such as Monster's BeKnown Facebook app.    

But building a profile is just the beginning -- you also have to maintain that profile. One way to do this is to add connections (think of your former colleagues, former clients, former classmates, and so on). Then spend some time each day (even if it's just a few minutes) thinking about how you can reach out to your contacts in a positive (and professional) way. Write recommendations, share information, introduce people, and so on. Don't be a spammer -- online communication is more effective when it's personal and targeted. (For more tips, read "Online Professional Networking for Beginners.")

When you need to ask a contact for a favor, the attention you've paid your network will really pay off.  

>> Look to self-improvement and self-marketing activities.
Remember, you are your own "brand" and your own "product" -- and just like a successful company, you should continuously be making improvements to both. For brand tips, read "Build Your Brand." And for more self-improvement tips, read "Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume."

>> Don't stop here.
There are just some ideas to get you started. If you've already done everything on this list, great -- it's definitely time to start going through the list again. If you're saying to yourself, "This stuff won't help me," you're partially right: because it won't help you if you don't try it.

Find something new to try in your job search today.

(What are your creative ideas for keeping your job search going? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.)






Posted by Charles Purdy on August 10, 2011 at 04:39 PM in Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Networking , Resume , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

July 13, 2011

Should You Connect to Your Boss on Professional Networking Sites?

Beknown In recent weeks, there has been a lot of buzz about BeKnown, Monster's new Facebook app that allows you to establish a professional network on Facebook. This new network -- which lets you connect to career-related contacts, without leaving Facebook and without showing those contacts all your more-social Facebook activity, pictures, and so on -- is  adding new users rapidly, and there have been a lot of very positive reactions from career experts. (For a how-to, check out "How to Use BeKnown," by's Alison Doyle.)

But amid all the excitement, a note of alarm has sounded. Some bloggers have asked, "But if you're friends with your boss on Facebook, he or she will see that you've joined BeKnown -- what about that?"

Well, what about it? In response to a MediaJobsDaily blog post on this topic, I asked what would be so bad about that:

"If you're already friends with your boss and other colleagues on Facebook, letting them know that you’ve joined a professional network (one that’ll help you develop your career and connect with other people in your field) will benefit you. It shows you take your career seriously. Considering the other things many people put on their Facebook walls, it sort of seems like the last thing a person should be worried about."

And all joking aside, I would add that if you’re already friends with your boss on Facebook, you should think about asking him or her to join you on BeKnown after you’ve joined. BeKnown is a great place to connect with new customers, clients, industry influencers, and new employees. A good boss will thank you.

Trouble? What Trouble?
There is, it seems to me, a misperception that a lot of people are going to "get in trouble" if it becomes known that they're involved in a professional network -- that suddenly their employers will discover that they're looking for a job.

Well, that may be a concern for some people, but it seems unlikely to me.

According to a recent poll, 98% of workers said they would at least consider a new job opportunity. Trust me: Employers know this. They know that the line between "actively looking for work and "not actively looking for work" has disappeared. So I maintain that if you have a sane boss (I understand that not everyone does!), adding him or her to your professional network is a good idea.

Everyone Is "Looking for Work," and Employers Know It
At, we talk to a lot of employers -- because knowing how companies feel about their employees is our job. Bosses, recruiters, HR people, and hiring managers are all concerned about retaining their great employees; these people-managers know that there's no such thing as "actively looking for a job" anymore. Almost all of their workers are hire-able. Even if a great employee doesn't have a resume on or a profile on BeKnown (for example), he or she will have friends, former colleagues, and many other ways to find out about job opportunities.

The conversation about "letting your boss know you're looking for a job" needs to include this fact: Bosses (and HR folks, and so on) are, in most cases, human beings. They are people who are managing their careers, just like we are. They live in the same world we do. They have the same concerns about career maintenance that we do. And they connect to networks the same way we do.

In this connected world, a lot of our activities could be called "looking for a job" -- joining a professional network (online or in the real world), posting a resume online, maintaining a blog, meeting a former colleague for coffee, participating in volunteer work, and so on. BeKnown simply lets you manage and display, with ease, all these components of your professional life.

If you don't think your boss gets this, you do have problems -- but your employer has even bigger problems.

(Read more about BeKnown's approach to networking in "How BeKnown Fits into the New World of Work," by Monster global product manager Tom Chevalier.)

What about you? Are you using BeKnown yet? Have you connected with your boss on BeKnown or on other professional networks? Do you fear retaliation if you are active on BeKnown or a similar network? Share your story in the Comments section.




Posted by Charles Purdy on July 13, 2011 at 05:09 PM in Career Development , Networking , New Media , Resume , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

March 16, 2011

Is the Internet Making You Less Productive at Work?

Does the Web actually make you more productive? Or do you go online to get a quick fact for a business proposal you’re writing—and end up, 45 minutes later, watching a YouTube video series of a piano-playing cat?

How do you stay focused on work and productivity when the Internet is only a couple of clicks away?

These are the questions a panel of experts recently discussed at the South by Southwest panel "Is the Internet Destroying Your Productivity?"  

Read highlights and join the discussion here.


Posted by Charles Purdy on March 16, 2011 at 02:20 PM in Career Development , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , New Media , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

March 11, 2011

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

The+celebrity+apprentice TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" is back for a new season--and as always, it provides a very interesting look at workplace dynamics. Strong personalities, unfamiliar tasks, high-stakes competition, a very demanding boss, and nearly impossible deadlines make for a lot of drama.

Of course, workplace drama doesn't happen only on screen--anyone who's had a job has faced all of the aforementioned elements at work, and that's part of what makes the show appealing to some people and unappealing to others (who get enough job-related craziness at their own jobs).

(Do you need tips on dealing with conniving colleagues? Read "Beware of Back-Stabbing Coworkers.")

What did you think of this week's episode? Was firing former teen heartthrob David Cassidy the right choice? Or was Richard Hatch, as the project-manager tyrant, more deserving of the axe? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

But first, take a look at five of our favorite career-advice articles from this week:

5. Have you been fired or laid off? Handling that on your resume can be tough. Get tips, in "Job Termination and Your Resume."

4. Or maybe you quit your job. That can be hard to explain, too. Read "What to Say About Why You Walked Away."

3. Unsure about whether a job posting is legit? If it sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Read "Help Wanted: Take These Steps to Avoid Job Scams."

2. It's that time of year again: time for spring cleaning. Read "Checklist for Spring Cleaning Your Job Search."

Sxsw_hiring_hubproof 1. Monster is going to be a huge part of this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference (a major showcase of the best new websites, mobile apps, video games, tech innovations, and startup ideas in the digital community). We're providing the Hiring Hub, featuring tons of cool job opportunities--in IT, Web development, social media, and more--posted by companies at the event. Follow @monstersxsw on Twitter for a list of open jobs being broadcast from companies exhibiting at SXSW. If you're going to be at SXSW, come visit us to see what's hot in hiring, check out our amazing mobile apps, and more! Also, before you hit the trade-show floor, check out "7 Tips for Networking at SXSW."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message.

Posted by Charles Purdy on March 11, 2011 at 07:09 PM in Career Development , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , New Media , Resume , Television , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

March 04, 2011

Advance Your Career with Daily Feats

Yourpotential Having a successful career or a great job isn't a one-step goal. Like living healthily, being a good friend, or raising a family, it's a process--a series of small choices and small successes that add up to a better way of life.

DailyFeats is an online social platform that understands this. Powered by users' energy and commitment to doing good, for themselves and others, it's a community where people share and earn rewards for their positive actions. Markus Kolic, DailyFeats' director of content and marketing, says the idea for this community was sparked by the rise of micro-investing websites: "We started thinking of 'micro-actions,'" he explains. "Small events on the Internet can have a big impact."

As an example, one of the many feats a person can complete is taking the stairs. Performing the feat earns you points that are redeemable for coupons and various other goods and services in your area--and it can also earn you praise from other members of the DailyFeats community (and that praise also earns points). It's a win-win: you take a small step toward a healthier way of life, you inspire others, and you receive positive reinforcement and tangible rewards.

There are currently more than 125,000 rewards--available nationwide--that anyone can earn for doing good. New sponsoring companies come on board every month. Markus says, "The beautiful thing about this idea is that it almost sells itself--it's such a win-win. … It allows a brand to connect to something that's essential to what they're trying to do." has joined with DailyFeats; now members of the DailyFeats community can better themselves by strengthening career-related skills or completing tasks on the job.

"At Monster, we want to encourage seekers to do away with the status quo, always aspiring to reach new career heights," says chief marketing officer Ted Gilvar. "By teaming up with DailyFeats, we are encouraging them to better themselves--within their careers but, perhaps more importantly, within their everyday lives, too, all while earning rewards along the way."

The new feats include:

!yourpotential (work toward a great accomplishment) !newskills (learn new abilities, through classes, training or research), !makeconnections (reach out to someone who might help your future), and !updateresume, among many others.

Check out all the feats (and start earning points!) today.

Also check into DailyFeats at South by Southwest (SXSW, March 11-20, 2011, in Austin, Texas). Conference attendees can explore the world of positive actions unlocked by DailyFeats, and use them to navigate all the good things converging on Austin, including special one-time-only SXSW feats like !inspired@SXSW and !network@SXSW.

Using the new DailyFeats app for Android and iPhone, or by visiting on their mobile browsers, SXSW attendees can access Monster's slate of feats related to career goals, and connect with other people in Austin--and around the world--who are also pursuing positive goals.


Posted by Charles Purdy on March 4, 2011 at 08:12 PM in Career Development , Careers at 50+ , Job Search , Networking , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

March 03, 2011

From Volunteer to Job: Networking Tips

For job seekers, volunteering can be a very smart use of time: it can help you gain skills, help fill gaps in a resume if you're unemployed for a long time, and (perhaps most important) help you expand your professional network.

"Volunteering, sometimes referred to as 'adult interning,' is a great way for someone to hone specialized skills and be in the right place at the right time when a position comes available," says Debra Yergen, the author of "Creating Job Security Resource Guide."

(For more tips, read "Volunteer for Your Career.")

Volunteering to work at a conference related to your industry combines all three benefits: often, volunteers gain free access to some workshops and events--and, of course, networking opportunities abound.

Consider the upcoming SXSW (South by Southwest) Conferences and Festivals. People  who attend the Music and Media Conference, the Film Conference and Festival, and the Interactive Festival are there to show off new work and new technological innovations (and to have a good time), but they're also there to network.

Are you attending SXSW, either as a volunteer or a registrant? First off, be sure to visit the SXSW Hiring Hub. Presented in conjunction with, the Hiring Hub will connect talented job seekers with organizations at SXSW.

Second, be sure to make a networking plan. Remember, when it comes to networking, quality definitely trumps quantity. Handing out your business card to everyone you meet is probably less beneficial than getting a couple minutes of conversation with a few key individuals.

Here are a few more tips:

* Prepare an "elevator speech"--and practice it!

* Do your research on the companies and people you'll encounter.

* And don't forget to follow up!





Posted by Charles Purdy on March 3, 2011 at 06:14 PM in Career Development , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

July 26, 2010

How to Use Technology to Switch Careers

Today's post is by Matt Charney, Monster Social Media Engagement Manager:

There’s no reason why work has to feel like, well, work. While it’s a tough market out there, the good news is there’s no better time than now to reinvent yourself and your career.

You’re probably well-aware of the ways job seekers are using technology to find and apply for new positions. But you might not know that the same tools can be leveraged not only to find a new job, but also to plan for a new career.
The prospect of switching careers can be downright scary for many job seekers; like all major changes, it requires a little planning and a lot of courage. Of course, incurring this short-term risk creates some long-term rewards, namely a long-term, rewarding career doing something you’re passionate about. 

Here are five simple steps for using technology to research potential paths and find out which career is the right one for you.

1. Get the Official Story: After identifying your strengths and natural talents, you’ll want to apply these as a filter to start researching which careers are the best fits for you. 

Monster’s new Career Snapshots tool provides official details, such as qualifications, skills and duties, for more than 2,500 careers, ranging from accountants to fashion models and everything in between. Career Snapshots also provide industry forecasts collected from thousands of job postings, offering valuable data on current and anticipated job market trends.

2.  Get the Unofficial Story: Online professional networks are a great way to learn more about a specific industry or function. Once you determine what you want to do for a living, you’ll need to prove a commitment and dedication to your chosen field, or else your dream job will remain just that. 

While most job seekers use social networks as professional marketing vehicles to connect with people in a targeted field, they also provide a great way to pick up industry knowledge, terminology and trends. 

Monster Communities feature a variety of unique professional networks aligning with various job functions and industries, such as marketing, human resources and healthcare to help connect better. Participating in online communities provides opportunities to learn more about industry and professional trends, engage with influencers and employers, and expand your network simultaneously.

3. See How You Compare: Monster recently introduced Career Benchmarking, a cutting-edge resource that shows job seekers how they compare with their peers. Featuring a wide variety of topics, ranging from compensation to commute times, Career Benchmarking compares your information against local and national averages for thousands of unique job titles. The data provided is priceless; fortunately, Monster offers this powerful tool for free to all job seekers.

4. Read Job Listings: Using a job board like Monster to access and read job descriptions also provides valuable insight into building a long-term strategy for your new career. Browsing for postings in a targeted function or industry helps give a good sense of the experience, training and skills you’ll be expected to have as well as the recurring responsibilities involved in day-to-day work.

5. Make a Choice: Be sure you have strong, valid reasons to change careers; doing so might mean drastic changes in self-perception, working environment, income, work-life balance, healthcare benefits and a myriad of other considerations. 

You have to be able to state your case effectively, clearly and passionately as to why you’re picking a new career and what you hope to gain from the change. Incorporating this message into your social profiles and personal brand is critical, and an easy way to advertise your decision (and availability) to your network, both online and off.

If you’re having trouble creating a compelling case about why you’re making the move, you might be better off exploring another path or focusing on advancing your current career. While technology can help with exploring new careers, it can’t decide which path is right for you. That’s your job.

Posted by Katrina Kibben on July 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM in Career Development , Careers at 50+ , Job Search , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

July 16, 2009

How to Positively Leverage the Changes in Job Search Techniques

About 10 years ago, I was offered the opportunity to take a voluntary severance package from a world-class employer. That was the year before the Internet bubble burst. Somehow this employer wanted to shed employees despite a robust bottom line and job market. After three rounds of these offers, I took one, and it enabled me to relocate to a desired location. As part of that voluntary downsizing, I undertook a job hunt in a new region of the country.

Fast forward to now, and I’m in the midst of a non-voluntary downsizing, going through the job quest again. It is a big change from 10 years ago. Foremost is the sophistication of the various technological tools to support your job search. I am just amazed at the amount of change in this regard.

Just a short 10 years ago, almost everything for the job search was done by hand and paper. The only thing really done on computers was the composition of the resume and cover letters. Listings of recruiters and company demographics were all found in libraries and thickly compiled directories and books.

Having the ability to do searches on the Internet and access online databases (either free or for a small fee) has sped up some aspects of the job quest. The job boards employ very helpful software algorithms that you can adjust to help you find the types of job postings you’re looking for and then can customize how you want to hear about jobs by setting communication and frequency parameters. Even working remotely with resume writers allows you to tap into expertise that isn’t necessarily in your backyard.

Also the ability to network professionally is now assisted by various Web sites and computer databases in the marketplace. It lends another facet to meeting people virtually first and then in person. In fact, you know so much more about a person before you meet him that it almost doesn’t feel like a first meetings. As they say in certain parts of the country, a stranger is a friend that you have not yet met. This saying may become more of a national point of view as the social aspects of the new IT millennium develop.

And now the ability to join groups of like-minded professionals in various industry organizations is much easier. One really helpful group has been my alumni association online -- a most delightful surprise. I’ve received a number of small, part-time serious inquiries based on the common passion/history for the college. I would have never met these folks 10 years ago and the diversity of the interests and job possibilities never ceases to amaze me.

Also in the last 10 years, my personal life has changed in a small way. My two young sons factor in the employment possibilities I am considering. Having the Internet 24/7 allows me to work at the job search when they are fitfully sleeping. Since being laid-off, I’ve rearranged my job search hours to allow more of their waking hours spent with me. The flexibility is much appreciated and important for their summer educational development. Ten years ago, this balance of family support and job-seeking activities would have been nearly impossible. In sum, the technological changes in the tools and usability of these tools in my job seeking have made such a positive difference.

How have you been pleasantly surprised by a result of an Internet or another job search tool?

Posted by Jane Allerton on July 16, 2009 at 04:55 PM in Job Search , Resume , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)