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Starting Pay For Grads Little Changed Since 2015Read the rest of this entry »
Last year's college graduates earned an average starting salary of $50,944.
That's a healthy bump above the average personal income for all workers, which was $46,550 when last measured in 2016. However, the National Association of Colleges and Employers says starting pay for college grads has barely budged over the last three years,. The 1.4% increase from 2015 to 2018 is a "further illustration of the sluggish ...
How to Answer Interview Questions That Cross the LineRead the rest of this entry »
Monster recently posted an article listing 5 illegal interview questions so obvious only a hiring manager living in a cave for the last 50 years would ever ask.
Is there an interviewer who doesn't know that asking something like “When are you planning to have children?” will all but guarantee hearing from the EEOC? Ditto for asking about a military commitment. Asking “How often are you deployed for Army Reserve ...
Why We Make Bad Job DecisionsRead the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been disappointed in a new job? Lots of people are. Multiple surveys tell us that 3-in-10 new hires quit in the first 6 months. An astounding 16% quit in the first week. "Buyer's remorse" leads some to simply not show up for their new job, which has given rise to the growing "ghosting" phenomenon.
Most of us, though, don't ghost and we don't quit. We may be ...
What a PhD Discovered About Hiring Everybody Should KnowRead the rest of this entry »
It wasn't that many years ago you'd read about college grads tending bar or working as janitors. Bloomberg even headlined an article "Why Are So Many College Graduates Driving Taxis?"
These days, with recruiters practically begging for applicants, you don't much hear about PhDs driving for Lyft. But don't let that fool you into thinking that just because you have a college degree finding a job is easy ...
What Do You Need to Earn to Rent?Read the rest of this entry »
To afford a two-bedroom rental in New York City's fashionable Chelsea neighborhood you'd need to earn at least $49 an hour. Drive north 80 miles to Poughkeepsie, and you can get two-bedrooms for little more than half that.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has compiled HUD data from across the U.S. on the fair market rent for one and two-bedroom rentals by state and right down to individual ...
New England Is Best Place for Working DadsRead the rest of this entry »
Just in time for Father's Day, comes a report from Wallet Hub declaring Massachusetts the best state for working fathers.
On each of the four broad categories Wallet Hub looked at – child care, health, work-life balance and economic and social well-being – the state ranked either 1,2 or 3 among the 50 states and District of Columbia.
Multiple elements were weighted in each of the categories, giving Massachusetts an overall ...
6 Tips for Turning Down a Job OfferRead the rest of this entry »
After slogging through multiple interviews over the last few months, you’ve now got two job offers.
One really excites you. The other? Well, it’s from a great company, but the offer itself isn’t what you were hoping for, so you’re turning it down.
How do you do that? And what should you say?
Here are six tips we’ve condensed from a recent Flexjobs article about ...
Say Thank You Even When You Turn Them DownRead the rest of this entry »
We've written before about the importance of sending a thank you after an interview and even after being rejected for a job. Until recently, we hadn't thought about sending a thank you note when it's you who turns them down. Yet that's just what a candidate did, making such an impression that LinkedIn wrote about it.
The background is this: The candidate was actively being sought by several companies including ...
It's the Soft Skills That Decide Who Gets HiredRead the rest of this entry »
"Hard skills will get you the interview — soft skills will get you the job," starts an article on the increasing focus recruiters and hiring managers are placing on communication, teamwork and the personality traits summarized as emotional intelligence.
Published on the Society of Human Resource Management website, the article explains the importance of soft skills as a hiring differentiator from the perspective of five recruiters. "In these discussions, two ...
This Is How You Write a Cover LetterRead the rest of this entry »
The question of including a cover letter with your resume comes up from time to time. On this there are two distinct sides and not much in the middle.
On one side are those coaches and hiring managers who see a cover letter as a way to amplify your qualifications and draw attention to the skills that don't translate well onto a resume.
On the other side is the group ...