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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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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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For sports fans and latent gamblers, March Madness is in full force. Talk of brackets and pools can be heard everywhere you go. And for anyone not in the basketball know, you can’t escape the madness even if you want to. Not even at work. Nearly one-in-five workers (18 percent) said they have participated in March Madness pools at work, according to CareerBuilder’s annual survey conducted among more than 8,000 workers between November 12 and December 1, 2008.

Men are more likely to get in on March Madness in the office than women. Twenty-four percent of male workers said they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 11 percent of females.

More workers in the Midwest have played March Madness brackets than any other region. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of workers in the Midwest said they have bet on a March Madness pool at work, compared to 18 percent in the Northeast, 16 percent in the South and 15 percent in the West.

March Madness isn’t the only reason workers are signing up for office pools. Workers also reported the most unusual office pools they’ve placed bets on:

  • How far the Dow Jones would drop that week.
  • Number of emails new manager would send in one day.
  • Who in the office would win a burrito eating contest.
  • When the gigantic snow pile in the parking lot would melt.
  • Co-workers’ cholesterol numbers.
  • When the building would be condemned.
  • How long it would take for someone to break up.
  • Who would be the next Pope.

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Supposedly, as we get older, we’re supposed to worry less about having fun and focus more on being responsible adults. To a degree that’s true: You shouldn’t be doing keg stands on a Sunday night when you have class or work the next morning. Still, you don’t want to forget completely about fun.

A recent survey by Ritz on the importance of fun proves that people of all age still want to have fun. More importantly, people believe fun improves your quality of life – some even believe it extends your life by as much as 10 years.

Some of the other findings:

  • 84 percent of people would choose a fun person over a rich person to have as a spouse.
  • 79 percent say fun influences where they live
  • 77 percent of employed respondents say “the ability to have fun” matters when choosing a job.
  • 42 percent believe having fun at work is more important than making a lot of money

What does this mean?

If you’re on the hunt for a job, don’t feel bad about wondering how much fun you can have. Work is still work, but it’s not prison, so don’t feel like you’re not allowed a little levity on a daily basis.

Here are a few jobs you might find fun (depending on your likes and dislikes).

Actor/Actress – Of course you have the chance of being the next great member of Hollywood royalty. But even if you don’t, you get paid to pretend you’re somebody else and entertain people for a few hours.

Child Caretaker– Caring for children while their parents are at work or running errands is a rewarding and fun experience. Sure, children can be little bundles of stress now and then, but they’re also cute, inquisitive, and funny. You get to have all the fun that comes with having a child, except you get to hand them back to their parents and go home at the end of the day!

Tour guide – If you love the city you live in, there’s no better way to have fun than to show people what’s so great about it. You escort first-time visitors around, showing them the historic sites and also get to explain why you love it.

Proofreader/Editor – If you’re one of those people who’s a stickler for grammar and details, you’ll probably have fun proofreading and editing. It may sound a bit tedious, but I’ve known people who think it’s great because you get to read articles, interviews or books before anybody else does. And because you’re constantly reading these pieces, you gain knowledge about a little of everything, which will at least make you smarter. That’s actually pretty fun.

Public Relations – Whether you’re a spokesperson or marketing director, PR is filled with fun positions for outgoing, creative people. You get to put your imagination to work and interact with people on a daily basis.

Pet Groomer – For animal lovers, you can’t beat the chance to spend all day with animals that need grooming. You get to have one-on-one time with a variety of pets and make them look dapper for their owners.

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