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As you get near the professional world and hear news of how gloomy the job market is, I’m sure you’re panicky. Don’t fret-there is some good news!

A new CareerBuilder survey completed in June finds that 48 percent of workers who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months have found new full-time positions, an increase from 41 percent in March. An additional 3 percent found part-time positions; down from 8 percent in the previous survey.

“Despite a challenging job market, workers have been able to find employment opportunities in a variety of fields,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “Even though the number of workers who took part-time positions is tracking below last quarter, the number who found full-time jobs is notably higher. This is a positive indication that more workers who were laid off from full-time jobs were able to replace them with new full-time positions instead of taking part-time work as an interim measure to generate income. Part of this job search success is related to workers expanding career options to new industries and locations.”

Changes in Pay
Looking at workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and found new jobs, more than half (56 percent) reported they were able to negotiate comparable or higher pay for their new positions. Forty-four percent of workers took a pay cut, down from 49 percent in March.

Transferring Skills to Other Industries and Fields
Workers reported they are applying their skills to new areas. Similar to the last survey, 38 percent of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and landed new jobs said they found work in a different field than where they were previously employed. Of those workers, the majority said they really enjoy their new positions.

Workers are no longer just looking for positions in their own backyards. One-in-five workers (20 percent) who were laid off in the last 12 months and found jobs relocated to a new city or state; up from 13 percent in March. Of those who are still looking for employment, 44 percent reported they would consider relocating for a job opportunity; up from 39 percent in March.

Starting a Business
An increased number of job seekers have adopted an “if you can’t find a job, create one” way of thinking. Nearly three-in-ten workers (29 percent) who have not found jobs are considering starting their own business; up from 25 percent in March.

Altering Appearance
The competition for a smaller number of jobs is driving some workers to alter their everyday appearances in hopes of making a stronger impression. More than a quarter (28 percent) of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months said they have changed their appearance to make themselves more attractive to potential employers. Fourteen percent said they have lost weight, 8 percent have changed their hair color or hairstyle and 5 percent are dressing to appear younger. Teeth whitening, enhanced makeup and cosmetic procedures were also cited.

Comparing genders, both men and women indicated making changes to their appearances in hopes of appealing to potential employers, at 26 percent and 30 percent, respectively.


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I would be lying if I said I’ve never had money woes. The college years were especially tough. It wasn’t unusual for my friends and I to pool our money to split a pizza…or something from the dollar menu of a burger joint.

This–shall we say less than appealing–economy is making plenty of people feel a financial pinch. They’re looking for new ways to earn some extra cash. A CareerBuilder survey found that 10 percent of workers began working a second job in the last year in order to supplement their income.

A new survey asked workers to list some of the most unusual ways they earned extra money. There are some of the most entertaining responses.

  • Used a portable propane burner to heat oil, and sold catfish dinners on his front porch
  • Made Star Wars costumes for people
  • Donated blood plasma
  • Researched stories for a gossip columnist
  • Won money on a game show
  • Juggled chainsaws in a talent competition
  • Posed for an art class
  • Worked as a tarot card reader
  • Wrote a freelance article on Big Foot
  • Took notes in class for college students
  • Took items from the Lost & Found and sold them online
  • Gave people in the office hair cuts
  • Tested recipes for a book
  • Worked as a movie extra
  • Participated in product testing for bandages
  • Played in Poker tournaments
  • Participated in university research studies

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The bad news: We’re still in a recession. A bad one.
The good news: Most employers don’t plan to decrease staffs.

In the upcoming months (Q3), most surveyed employers expect their staff levels to remain the same as recruiting patterns hold steady and job losses trend downward, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder and USA TODAY’s.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive among more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals, predicts several emerging trends in hiring, compensation and how employers are dealing with the effects of the economic downturn.

“The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job loss is moderating, a trend that will hopefully continue in the second half of the year as the financial system and economy move toward recovery,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.  “Though we’re headed in the right direction, we’re not likely to experience significant movement in job creation in 2009.  Jobs will be added, but overall, businesses will continue to be conservative in their hiring and maintain focus on existing human capital.  Sixty-eight percent of employers said they don’t anticipate any change in their full-time, permanent headcount in the third quarter.”

Click here to read the full report.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you have a job, you can feel a little confident that bosses aren’t planning to drastically cut their staff. If you’re looking, there’s hope! As long as you have employers who need to keep staff levels at a certain point,  you have a better shot at finding work.

Of course, we all know it’s a tough time and we’re working hard to stay employer or get a job. So no one’s saying Q3 will be easy, but it’s a start.

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Being laid off is, to put it mildly, a big bummer. Nobody like sto get let go. So anyone who has a job is grateful to have a steady paycheck. Especially those workers who watched their friends and colleagues get pink slips in recent months.

So what’s the problem?

Well, when companies lose body count, they don’t necessarily lose an equal amount of work. So you’re left with fewer employees doing a disproportionate amount of work. As a result, you’re seeing a lot of burned out workers.

Forty-seven percent of workers reported they have taken on more responsibility because of a layoff within their organization. Thirty-seven percent said they are handling the work of two people.

So are you surprised that 30 percent feel burned out?

To accommodate growing to-do lists, 34 percent of workers who kept their jobs after a layoff reported they are spending more time at the office. Seventeen percent are putting in at least 10 hours per day. Twenty-two percent are working more weekends.

“Companies today are having to do more with less as they contend with shrinking budgets and staff levels,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “Employees are feeling added pressure as they shoulder heavier workloads and strive to maintain productivity levels. It’s critical that managers and employees work together to prioritize and set realistic expectations, so work demands feel attainable and less overwhelming.”

Haefner recommends the following tips to keep stress levels in check:

1) Don’t over-promise. If two or more projects come up at the same time, work with your supervisor to identify which takes precedence and establish reasonable timelines.

2) Take time to recharge. Go for a walk on your lunch break. Take a personal day. Get eight hours of sleep. Ultimately, recharging your battery will serve you and the company better.

3) Cut the e-leash. Unless needed, turn off electronic devices at a certain time of the day to designate the end of that workday and avoid getting caught up in discussions that can wait until the morning.

4) Explore flexible work arrangements. Cutting your commute one or two days a week can help shorten your workday. More employers today are open to offering telecommuting and other options that may help to provide a better work/life balance.

5) Don’t get caught up in the rumor mill. Forty-two percent of workers reported they are fearful of layoffs within their organization. Ignore speculation and focus on the task at hand.

Although you  might think this is a problem for workers who have been with the company for a while, it’s worth keeping in mind. Especially if you’re the young, new member on the team, you might find a lot of work piling up on your desk. Breathe in. Breathe out. Work hard. Rest.

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One of the quintessential moments of Americana is a teenager’s first job, normally in the summer. It seems like everyone had that first paycheck for doing something related to summer. Worked at the movies? A burger joint? Mow lawns? Be a lifeguard?

It’s that time of year again, and employers are still hiring for summer jobs like they were last year. The only problem is that there are many more job seekers looking for work this year than in summers past.  Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, in line with last year’s findings, but the competition for those jobs will be stiffer than in years past due to high unemployment and a tough economy. This is according to CareerBuilder’s Annual Summer Job Forecast that was conducted from February 20 to March 11, 2009, among more than 2,500 employers.

Those that land summer jobs may have a chance to parlay their roles into year-round positions. More than half (56 percent) of companies reported that they would consider summer recruits for permanent placement within their organizations.

When it comes to summer paychecks, nearly eight-in-ten (77 percent) hiring managers will offer the same pay to seasonal workers this year as they did last year, while 9 percent will offer more. An additional 9 percent will offer less and 5 percent said they were unsure. Two-in-five companies (42 percent) plan to pay summer workers $10 or more per hour and 6 percent plan to pay $20 or more per hour. Thirty percent anticipate paying between $8 and $10 per hour, while 10 percent expect to pay less than $7 per hour.

“Summer job seekers face a bigger challenge this year than in years past, as the market is flooded with candidates looking for both full and part-time positions,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “The good news is that many traditional summer jobs are still available, but in this environment, it is essential that job seekers differentiate themselves and demonstrate how their skills can have a positive impact on a business in a short amount of time.”

Comparing the industries surveyed, hospitality and retail have plans to bring the most summer workers on board, at 38 percent and 34 percent respectively. Across all industries, the most popular summer positions being offered include:

  • Office support – 26 percent
  • Customer service – 18 percent
  • Research – 12 percent
  • Landscape/maintenance – 11 percent
  • Restaurant/food service – 11 percent
  • Sales – 10 percent
  • Construction/painting – 8 percent

When asked about the most unusual or memorable summer jobs they’ve ever held, workers shared the following responses:

  • Bungee-jumping tower assistant
  • Commercial bee herder
  • Scouted garage sales for items to resell on eBay
  • Murder Mystery dinner actor
  • Cleaned gum off of school desks
  • Gun fighter at a theme park
  • Popsicle maker
  • Picked up road kill
  • Painted silo tops hanging from a crane
  • Waterslide repairman

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gradcityWhile there’s relief that classes are over, exams have been taken and term papers turned in, what lies ahead for the Class of 2009 is an extremely challenging and competitive job market.

For new grads who plan to expand their job searches beyond their college or hometowns, Apartments.com and CBcampus.com just released the “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates.” The list is based on the ranking of the top U.S. cities with the highest concentration of young adults (age 20 – 24) from the U.S. Census Bureau (2006), inventory of jobs requiring less than one year of experience from CBcampus.com (2009) and the average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment from Apartments.com (2009).

According to Apartments.com and CBcampus.com, the top 10 cities for new grads are: 


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For most people born into Gen X, Y, or Z(?), Earth Day has been an annual part of our lives. We planted trees, learned about recycling, and learned to turn the water off when we brushed our teeth when we were little grade schoolers. Now, we’re older and environmental issues have become a permanent part of our lexicon. You can’t go a day without hearing “sustainable,” “eco-“, or “green” somethings.

Not only is this good for the environment, but it’s also good for the job market, which is good for you. A new batch of jobs are popping up all the time and although you might not have thought about them when you entered college, they’ll exist once you graduate.

In fact, one-in-ten employers say they have added “green jobs,” otherwise known as environmentally-focused positions, in the last 12 months, according to a new national survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers by CareerBuilder. The survey was conducted between February 20 and March 11, 2009.

Not only are companies showing their commitment to the earth by creating new environmentally friendly positions, but also through “green” programs that get current employees involved. Seventy percent of companies say they have added programs to be more environmentally conscious in the last year. The most popular “green” programs include:

  • Recycling (50 percent)
  • Using less paper (45 percent)
  • Controlling lighting (44 percent)
  • Powering down computers at the end of the day (30 percent)
  • Purchasing office supplies made from recycled materials (27 percent)

“Green jobs have increased in popularity over the last few years as companies take continued action to become more environmentally conscious and reduce their carbon footprints,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “The economic stimulus plan is expected to spur an increase in the number of green jobs by creating investments in alternative energies. There are a variety of positions that fall under the green category that could present great new career opportunities for job seekers.”

The following are examples of green job opportunities:

  1. Hydrologist: The median annual income is $64,604.
  2. Environmental Engineer: The median annual income is $63,673.
  3. Pollution Control Technician: The median annual income is $47,403.
  4. Biologist: The median annual income is $53,665.
  5. Science Teacher: The median annual income of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers ranges from $41,400 to $46,991.
  6. Fund-raising Director: The median annual income is $79,762.
  7. Urban Planner: The median annual income is $55,365.
  8. Economist: The median annual income is $82,628.
  9. Forester: The median annual income is $48,110.
  10. Environmental Attorney: The median annual income for attorneys specializing in construction, real estate and land use is $90,146.
  11. Community Affairs Manager: The median annual income is $57,359.
  12. Environmental Health and Safety Technician: The median annual income is $47,403.
  13. Landscape Architect: The median annual income is $53,241.
  14. Waste Disposal Manager: The median annual income is $31,572.
  15. Environmental Chemist: The median annual income is $48,850.

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