It wasn’t long ago that job seekers would sink huge amounts of time and effort into polishing a resume. If they didn’t have the time or energy themselves, or if they didn’t have the verbal skills, they would spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on getting a consultant to write the resume for them.
Resumes were generally conservative, precise, staid, stuffed with carefully-selected keywords based on what they heard was working lately with the same obsessiveness and empirical rigor that fly-fishermen select lures based on what they heard the fish were biting last weekend.
They were unreliable: 58 percent of hiring managers reported catching a lie on an applicant’s resume. In the financial services and leisure and...
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Job hunting during the holidays is tough. First of all, if you’re out of work, you already know the pressure’s on. Christmas is a psychologically tough holiday to endure when you’re out of work. Meanwhile, once you get past the Thanksgiving holiday, it gets harder and harder to make contacts and gain headway in your job hunt. Key decision makers take time off work, it’s harder to get appointments and interviews, and companies are busy with holiday sales activities, year-end accounting, holiday parties, and the like.
It’s important to keep the initiative, and keep your plan moving forward – especially if you’re vulnerable to depression at this time of year. Having a positive, pro-active approach to your job hunt through...
Rightly or wrongly, your credit history is becoming an increasingly important factor in your life. It’s not just about applying for credit anymore; now even your car insurance company may be looking at your credit report when underwriting your application. The data shows that people with good credit tend to be better drivers with fewer accidents than those with poor credit. Insurers have taken notice.
And so have employers. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, some 47 percent of employers do conduct a credit check on at least some job applicants, and 13 percent conduct a background check on all of them.
That’s going to make it tough on people who have been out of the work force for an extended period of time:...
It’s not good to live in the bubble. At some point, you have to step up the game and get out of there if you want to see a huge positive change in your life, such as land a much better job or open more doors for more wonderful opportunities.
Yet we also know going out of your comfort zone isn’t the easiest thing to do. That’s why we’ve prepared simple but highly effective tips so you can do it with greater confidence and commitment:
1. Be more interested in other fields. What does it feel to be a programmer? Am I creative enough to be a florist? What if I go back to school? You can begin with this type of questions.
2. Slowly pursue them. As much as possible, never allow any form of self-doubt to be your answer. Rather,...
With reporting by Emily K. Fuller
In an increasingly competitive job-market, standing out amongst the masses is key. A stellar resume serves as a great example of your accomplishments and capabilities, of course. All things being equal, the resume can be an effective tie-breaker. But chances are that with the current average 6:1 ratio of applicants-per-job posting, there are others whose on-paper presence is just as appealing. An outstanding resume can help you to the interview, but a little networking on your part can go a long way, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a recent survey of Quebecois government employees found that 42.7 percent of workers found their job through a ‘personal network.’
What’s more, a...
Wouldn’t it be nice to change the world for the better… and get paid to do it?
When looking for work, many folks often consider entering the non-profit sector. Whether it’s a particular mission you are already passionate about or just the thought of putting your talents and skills to meaningful use, the thought of serving a higher purpose has a lot of appeal.
Then the objections kick in: “Non-profits don’t pay enough, and I have a family to support.” “Non-profit work is for rookies, and would be a step down for me.” “Ugh, I can’t imagine working in an office where everyone is a left-wing do-gooder!”
These objections have varying degrees of truth, and deserve closer examination.
“Non-profits don’t pay...
If you’ve been out of work for 6 months or more, and you’ve gotten discouraged by the constant rejections, and have all but given up, take heart: The economy is showing signs of improvement.
First, the overall unemployment rate has been falling of late – from 6.7 to 6.1 percent over the past six months – powered in part by an economy that added some 235,000 jobs in July.
Sure, we’ve seen that before. But for so many years, the long-term unemployed – those who have been unemployed out of the job market for six months or longer – have been locked out of the party! Employers had been snatching up people who recently lost their jobs, rather than giving a shot at people who had been on the sidelines for half a year or...
If you were planning on using the federal exchanges (or your state’s equivalent) to get health insurance coverage, it’s now too late to get in under the open enrollment period.
That deadline came and went at the end of March, though the federal government extended the deadline a couple of weeks for those who started applications on time but ran into a snag.
Everyone else was either supposed to get qualifying coverage or face a fine of either $95 dollars or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater (for 2014. Penalties increase in future years).
For whatever reason, if you missed the deadline, or if you lost coverage, here are your options, post March 31:
1. Buy a policy in the open market. Obamacare isn’t the only game in...
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According to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, some 7.4 million people are stuck involuntarily working part-time for economic reasons. That is, they simply cannot find full-time employment.
Meanwhile, the federal government is trying to give away $100 million in grants to states who are willing to set up a safety net to help these workers by ‘topping off’ wages to a full-time equivalent, even during weeks where their hours are reduced by struggling employers. The federal government has expressed willingness to provide this assistance via so-called ‘work-sharing’ programs through 2015.
Even so, the federal government is having trouble giving away money!
The Department of Labor announced the grant program in the summer of...
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Every job seeker knows that a resume is his passport to get into a country “JOB INTERVIEW.” That is why your resume should be well-organized, clearly written, and formatted using the industry standards. Note that often before they get to a Hiring Manager’s desk resumes for IT positions may be filtered by a “middle man” – an administrative professional who sorts them based on format and skills matrix requirements or a Managed Service Provider company whose account managers select top 3-7 resumes out of large submittal pools. If during this first brief look at your resume, this person sees many different fonts, no clear format, and incoherent lists of duties simply copied from previous job descriptions, they may discard it and...
Unemployment benefits expired at the end of 2013 for about 1.3 million workers, and thus far Congress hasn’t taken action to extend them. While normally unemployment benefits a function of state legislature appropriations, they became a Washington, D.C. issue when Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program to extend state unemployment benefits past the usual 26 weeks.
Beginning in 2008, in response to the deepening financial crisis and massive increases in unemployment at that time, Congress moved to try to stabilize the economy by picking up the entire cost of extended benefits beyond the 19 to 26 weeks authorized by the states. In some circumstances, the federal funding enabled unemployment benefits to last as...
It seems pretty rich after the spectacular crash and burn of the HealthCare.gov rollout. But federal investigators recently announced they are looking into a problem with the Florida unemployment benefits website. Specifically, the feds would like to know why the portal is failing getting unemployment benefits to Floridians who have lost their jobs.
For its part, the Chief of Economic Development for the State of Florida admits that the website is having issues, and told lawmakers that the State may levy penalties against Deloitte Consulting, which is responsible for the site’s design.
And if anyone knows something about websites that don’t work, it’s the federal government.
For its part, Deloitte makes a point of touting its...
Geeks Dance to benefit American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Salvation Army.
When Geeks Dance, Charity Wins - Vitaver Announces Second Annual “Dancing Geeks” Charity Competition for IT Professionals
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – Vitaver, a Florida-based staffing firm announces their second annual “Dancing Geeks” contest designed to promote charitable giving and bring the IT/Technology community together in a fun and meaningful way. Vitaver has long supported local community organizations and now aims to spread their mission of community engagement through an entertaining and fun contest. DancingGeeks.com encourages IT and Tech professionals to submit dorky dance videos set to their favorite songs. The contest intends to...
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HR serves indispensable functions to provide redress to employees' grievances, compile and enforce the Company Code of Conduct, handle benefits, facilitate reviews, training, all sorts of compliance issues, keep the Company safe from legal liability, etc. etc.
HR is generally not well suited to attract, screen and hire (but they do). HR is the gatekeeper of the talent a Company incorporates, and overall we can say that your Company will perform as good as the people you hire. Keeping the best people out and selecting the mediocre ones hinders the Company competitiveness, innovation and risk-taking.
HR by nature and necessity is risk-adverse: who wants an HR Department that puts the Company at risk? 100% compliance is the measure of...
Vitaver and Associates Inc., a dynamic and highly-qualified recruiting company, is proud to congratulate the winners of its first annual Dancing Geeks contest 2013 to benefit various charities. With $10,000.00 prize money donated by Vitaver, the top 3 winning dance teams allocated the donations to non-profit charitable organizations.
Florida July 17, 2013
Vitaver and Associates Inc., a dynamic and highly-qualified recruiting company, is proud to congratulate the winners of its first annual Dancing Geeks contest 2013. Dancing Geeks is a video dance contest that was created, sponsored and funded by Vitaver.
The Dancing Geeks contest began in January 2013 and will be held annually. It is open to the IT and Technology industry...
By a variety of measures, America’s corporations are experiencing record profits over the last couple of years. Indeed, profits to corporations amounted to 11 percent of the economy in the 3rd quarter of 2012, compared to 8 percent during the previous expansion.
Further, last year, corporations’ share of the national income was at its highest point since the 1950s, at 14.2 percent after the 3rd quarter of 2012, while the worker share of all income earned in the U.S. was at the lowest point since 1966.
But rather than invest that money at home in enterprises that create quality jobs for American workers, corporations are keeping the money on the sidelines. Last year, America’s 60 biggest companies sent massive amounts of money...
High among the list of causes that destroy morale we often find lack of empowerment. When employees are not given real authority over the tools and actions required to deliver on their responsibility, they feel powerless, distrusted, hopeless. Supervisors at all levels need to recognize that ownership includes both: responsibility and authority (empowerment). Without it, employees are caught on a situation where success is impossible, they recognize this, they lose interest, confidence, trust and give up.
Pablo Vitaver www.vitaver.com
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A recession, goes an old Wall Street proverb, is simply a period of time in which wealth and capital returns to its rightful owners. E.g., the Rockefellers.
Well, the recession – according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is, apparently, the arbiter of these things, is over. It ended in 2009, says the Bureau. But it’s hard to tell from the labor market. Meanwhile, The Great Recession of 2007 has created a veritable shockwave that continues to affect consumers both in the U.S. and around the world.
And when I say “consumers,” I mean, “people.”
According to the 2009 Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association, 78% of Americans reported money problems as a significant contributor to...
Times are tough out there. Which means a lot of workers are getting less picky about what they apply for – and many of them have let down their guard to trust someone – only to be disappointed. Increasingly desperate job seekers Stephen A. Cox of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) writes, “The dismal employment rate means that a lot of people are desperate for work and may be grasping for any job which creates a great opportunity for scammers.”
There are some well-established red flags, though, that can help tip you off to an employment scam. Here are some of the warning signs, according to the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau:
Orphan email addresses. Use caution when responding to any generic email...
It’s important for any employer to put together a detailed employee handbook. Putting your workplace policies on paper not only heads off problems before they occur – but they are also invaluable defenses in case of an employee lawsuit down the road.
But the employment law landscape is constantly changing, as is your work force. Federal and state laws change every year. Technology changes. Ten years ago you didn’t need a social media policy, for example. Even five years ago, you could get away without it. But now it’s a must.
Your policy manuals, including your employee handbook, shouldn’t be gathering dust in a binder on a shelf. You should put key people in charge of maintaining it and keeping it up to date.
While there has been some good news for job seekers in recent months as the economy sputters along in a halting “recovery,” one group has still been largely left behind: Younger veterans.
According to this NPR report, the unemployment rate among former warriors between ages 18 and 24 was over 20 percent last year, and was also over 10 percent for older veterans between 25 and 34. This cohort would include junior NCOs and junior officers who finished their initial service obligations with management and leadership experience – some of it extremely intense – who are also struggling to be accepted in the civilian workplace.
It’s a strange set of circumstances, because many employers value the maturity, discipline and ability to...
When Geeks Dance, Charity Wins – Vitaver Announces First Ever “Dancing Geeks” Charity Competition for IT Professionals
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – Vitaver, a Florida-based staffing firm announces their first ever “Dancing Geeks” contest designed to promote charitable giving and bring the IT/Technology community together in a fun and meaningful way. Vitaver has long supported local community organizations and now aims to spread their mission of community engagement through an entertaining and fun contest. DancingGeeks.com encourages IT and Tech professionals to submit dorky dance videos set to their favorite songs. The contest intends to raise awareness while also promoting local IT/Tech businesses and encourages viewers to vote on the dorkiest and funniest dance routines, with Vitaver donating $10,000 to charity in the name of the winners: $5,000 to...
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The good news is there’s been a surge in hiring. The bad news is that they’re temp jobs.
Recent employment surveys indicate that America’s retailers went into the holiday season expecting Santa to bring some brisk business. Analysts estimated about a three to five percent increase in holiday retail spending four our large retailers – which was enough for them to boost holiday staffing by 10 percent over previous years.
In the short run, this is no doubt a positive sign. We welcome any expression of strength and confidence among the consumer – especially if the spending is fueled by savings rather than debt.
The question, though, is this: Will the holiday hiring surge translate into an increase in permanent employment?...
The State of Michigan – the Ground Zero of America’s union-strangled zombie legacy car manufacturing industry and the modern-day Mordor of union orcs – turned against its oppressors this month. The lame-duck legislature passed a “right-to-work” law. In a nutshell, the law disallows unions from taking an automatic cut from workers’ salaries against their will.
Until now, workers in a variety of Michigan industries – or what’s left of Michigan industry, anyway – were forced to disgorge union dues every month in order to keep their jobs. The Unions, in turn, used the money to donate to pro-Union Democrat candidates who in turn would support policies that many rank-and-file union members opposed. The union member had no...
2012 has put many Americans back on the employment path. As of this past November, the unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent. Job growth as a whole has increased as has spending on recruitment and training. But negotiations between policy makers in Washington threaten to undo all the progress the job market has made this year. Unfortunately, most small startups may be blindsided by a change in tax laws. The consequences could affect hiring and job growth in 2013. Here's a look at how the "fiscal cliff" could affect IT:
Higher Taxes Threaten Job Market The phrase "fiscal cliff" has been used to define a set of changes in tax laws for federal agencies and privately owned companies. If imposed, such tax cuts would limit the tax...
A couple of generations ago, you could have a “Father-Knows-Best,” 9 to 5 schedule at an office or factory job, complete with a two-martini happy hour and still attract the best talent.
Those days are no more – due to a combination of factors: • Women are now graduating from college and attaining masters’ degrees at higher rates than men. • A higher percentage of women is now either working or seeking to reenter the workforce than past generations. • Women are now engaged in demanding professions outside of traditional female-dominated professions like teaching and nursing. • Women are increasingly entrepreneurial. • The price of a desirable 3-bedroom home in the suburbs in a school district has now been bid so...
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The tech industry moves too fast sometimes During the next five years IT department budgets are expected to shrink. As companies grow, so do their needs for more storage, faster hardware and up-to-date software systems. Another area of concern is the fact that many seasoned IT professionals will be retiring. That being said there may be a shortage of qualified professionals. The solution? Keep an open mind and more importantly, keep up with these forthcoming trends:
Embrace In-House IT Rapid growth in IT also means increased network complexity. With a number of New employees should be encouraged to step in and learn new skills. Workers not yet skilled in a specific area of IT may develop a firm grasp on mobile IT tools. As we move...
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10 or 15 years ago, it was all about bandwidth. ‘Rich, golden fields of bandwidth, waving in the wind,’ went one well-known technology company. Back then, the major difficulty for the IT industry was preparing an infrastructure that would support what we now think of as Web 2.0 – particular streaming video in vast quantities. Maximizing throughput and minimizing data chokepoints was the order of the day – and fiber-optic installers were working overtime.
Now that that fiber and T-1 backbone has been largely built-out, data producers are looking for efficient ways to store it, secure it from corruption or compromise, and preserve it against loss.
Call it the clouds of data moving over those waving fields of bandwidth – though...
The good news is the unemployment rate has finally fallen in Florida. The bad news is that while it hasn’t fallen all that much, even that modest improvement in unemployment rates will result in a massive decrease in unemployment insurance benefits for Florida workers as of the beginning of the year.
This is because a lot of Florida’s unemployment insurance benefits were actually funded from Washington, under a large unemployment extension provision that Democrats pushed for in exchange for extending the so-called “Bush tax cuts” for another year, back in 2010.
Those tax cuts are slated to expire in January, as well, unless Congress acts to change the law.
Currently, Florida allows for 23 weeks of unemployment benefits. But...
A century ago, some idiot said “everything that can be invented has been invented. That was before the Airplane and the atom bomb.
Well, now the slogan goes “there’s an app for that.” But apparently that’s not true either, because there are new smartphone apps being created every day. And if you’re a smart, unemployed or underemployed, tech-savvy individual, you can do it, too.
And yes, you can make money.
This is an overview of the thriving cottage industry of smartphone app development. I am not going to try to tackle the technical issues here: There are dozens of platforms, and technical requirements vary for each.
A Jobs Powerhouse
Pun intended. If you have a job, thank Steve Jobs. Because according to a recent...
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The October jobs report was a doozy: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy actually added some 114,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. Which actually isn’t much. But somehow, it was enough to cause the official unemployment number – the number we usually think of as the unemployment number – to fall from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent.
Why? Because while nonfarm payrolls came in right at forecast – boding no change in the unemployment rate at all, the household survey, a telephonic poll, indicated that employment increased some 873,000.
This was extremely welcome news for the Obama campaign, which needed something – anything – to distract attention from the President’s disastrous debate appearance against GOP...
Someone once wrote a joke news story headlined “Unemployment Rating Among Young, Hot Women Holding at Zero Percent.”
It’s funny because there’s a ring of truth to it. Attractive people are far more likely to get hired in positions that interact with the public than unattractive people.
But obesity also correlates strongly with higher health care costs – and employers are coming under increasing pressure to rein in these costs. Why? Because actual claims experiences still largely determine health insurance premiums in the workplace. A healthier workforce means fewer health insurance claims, which means lower premiums.
How big is the effect? Huge: Health care spending was 56 percent higher for obese individuals than for...
When Hurricane Isaac grazed the Gulf Coast states and hit Louisiana, unemployment also took a hit; unemployment numbers were at the highest point in two months. Nine states were affected by Isaac, and 15,000 more people than the previous week joined the rolls of the unemployed. U. S. Labor department numbers record 367,000 newly unemployed the week before the hurricane, and 382,000 afterwards.
But the unemployment rate itself dropped, how can this be? Because many people’s benefits expired, and they are no longer on the books. Add to that the number of people who have had no benefits for a while and those that have given up looking for jobs, said to be at an all time low of just over 60-percent, and you have a true unemployment rate...
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The Veterans Job Corps Act (S. 3457), is a bill sponsored by Bill Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Florida. It is currently being considered in the Senate, though has yet to pass the House. The bill is a priority for the Obama Administration, and the President has indicated that he is eager to sign the bill into law as soon as possible.
A recent report from the Department of Labor indicated that War on Terror-era veterans still have a 10.9 percent unemployment rate – markedly higher than the 8.3 percent unemployment rate nationwide, and also higher than the 6.6 percent unemployment rate among veterans generally.
It’s simple economics. It costs employers more to keep a smoker on board than a non-smoker. And ObamaCare doesn’t change that. Indeed, it may make it even easier for employers to calculate what employees who smoke cost them – not just in terms of increased absenteeism, but even more directly, in terms of increased premium.
A provision in the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expressly allows insurers to charge employers much more for people on group health care plans who are smokers.
The natural result: Widespread discrimination against smokers.
Is discrimination legal?
From time to time I hear people, when confronted with some tale of some perceived workplace injustice gasp “that’s...
Over six out of ten veterans report their post-discharge transition to civilian life as “difficult,” according to the Veterans Employment Challenge Survey. This study, conducted by Prudential Financial, surveyed some 1,845 veterans of all services.
According to the survey, 69 percent of veterans report finding new employment as their biggest challenge in coming back to the civilian world. Nearly all veterans cite at least one challenge to finding employment. 98 percent of them reported at least one factor making transition difficult. 68 percent of veterans report three or more challenges to their employment prospects. Many of these veterans have been thoroughly tested on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But they are now...
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Florida has the world going for it: A warm climate that makes it a popular retirement destination for “snowbirds” from the northeast, beautiful, sandy beaches, an abundance of beautiful women, and Burn Notice, filmed in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, that serves as a weekly commercial for the Florida Tourist Commission. Furthermore, it has no state income tax, and among the country’s most favorable asset protection laws, providing nearly unlimited protection for home equity, life insurance and annuities against the claims of creditors and bankruptcy.
All these things should attract capital by the metric ton. And they do. But unemployment in Florida remains stubbornly high. It reached 9.9 percent last December, but dropped to 8.6...
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- Using Mobile Devices to Become a More Effective Job Seeker
- Thinking Beyond the Traditional Resume
- Job Hunting During the Holidays
- 47% Of Employers Check Applicant Credit Reports – Here’s What You Can Do
- 6 Tips on How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
- Studies Prove: Networking Increasingly Key to Job-Hunt Success
- Get Paid to Change the World
- Hope for the Long-Term Unemployed
- Getting Health Insurance after Open Enrollment Period
- Half of States Don’t Offer “Work-Sharing” Benefit to Ease Underemployment and Prevent Layoffs
- IT Specific Resumes
- Battle Heats Up Once Again Over Extension of Unemployment Benefits
- Feds Probe Florida Over Troubled Unemployment Benefits Website
- Geeks Dance to benefit American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Salvation Army.
- Social Media: a Tool or a Threat for Recruiting
- HR: Friend or Foe of your Organization?
- Vitaver is Proud to Announce the Winners of the 2013 Dancing Geeks Contest
- Why Aren’t Corporations Investing and Expanding?
- Despite “End” to Recession, Hard Times Persist
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Employment Scammers and How to Spot Them
- Regulatory Changes Mean It’s Time to Update Your Employee Handbook
- Veterans Struggle to Enter Tight Job Market
- When Geeks Dance, Charity Wins - Vitaver Announces First Ever “Dancing Geeks” Charity Competition for IT Professionals
- Will Temp-Worker Surge Translate to Lasting Employment Gains?
- The Union Assault on Freedom of Association
- Sustaining Job Growth: How the Fiscal Cliff Could Affect Employment
- Flex-Time: Why Your Company Should Offer It
- Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow
- Big Data: We’re Looking for a Few Good Nerds (And When We Say “Few,” We Mean 4.4 Million of Them)
- Florida Workers to Lose Substantial Unemployment Benefits
- Can You Make Money Programming Mobile Apps?
- Reality-Checking the Jobs Report
- Obesity Discrimination Becoming a Fact of Life
- Hurricane Isaac Hits the Unemployment Rate
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