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What Price–Opting Out

August 7th, 2013 by admin in Careers, employment, jobs skills, Uncategorized, Volunteering, women

This weekend in  The New York Times Magazine   Judith Warner, known for her book Perfect Madness Motherhood in an Age of Anxiety  writes about a generation of women who want back into the workforce after leaving it a decade ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Did She Get Hired?

July 31st, 2013 by admin in colleagues, corporate culture, jobs skills, Uncategorized

Didn’t get the job even though you were qualified? Wonder what happened? Perhaps someone else was more qualified.  It could just be a case of ” fundamental attribution error. ” The hiring manager may have used erroneous information based on attribution to give the candidate an edge. Read the rest of this entry »

The End of Men, The Rise of Women, Not So Clear Cut

When Hanna Rosin first raised the issue of “The End of Men” in  The Atlantic  in the summer of 2010,  it certainly seemed that way. The Great Recession of 2008, was also being called the “Mancession” because of the loss of typically male jobs from construction work to finance. Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Preferred Benefit For New College Grads and the Runners Up

January 9th, 2013 by admin in Careers, compensation, employment, jobs skills

Want more evidence that the Great Recession has altered the job hunting landscape for new grads? Historically, they wanted health benefits. Now that’s changing. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiring the Best Person for the Job

November 29th, 2012 by admin in Careers, colleagues, employment, jobs skills, Uncategorized

A new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review suggests that employers are often more focused on hiring someone they would like to hang out with than they are in hiring the most competent person for the job.

“Of course, employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job,” said study author Lauren A. Rivera, an assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University. “But, beyond that, employers really want people who they will bond with, who they will feel good around, who will be their friend and maybe even their romantic partner. As a result, employers don’t necessarily hire the most skilled candidates.”

Although Dr. Rivera is quick to point out that the findings don’t mean unqualified candidates are being hired, the findings might give pause to those who are concerned about employement shortages and competitiveness.


Does Your Resume Reflect Your Strengths?

October 17th, 2012 by admin in employment, jobs skills, majors, survey, Volunteering

In an age of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn, there is a lingering question about whether the traditional resume is even necessary, especially for digital natives. Read the rest of this entry »

Paid Vs. Unpaid Internships

July 25th, 2012 by admin in Careers, jobs skills

Should you take an unpaid internship? It’s a question students, their colleges and their families debate. Will it make a difference in a job search later? The answer, according to a new study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers is unclear. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Cappelli and Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

June 20th, 2012 by admin in Books, Careers, employment, jobs skills, management, Uncategorized

Longtime readers of this blog will recognize Peter Cappelli. He was interviewed here in December 2010.. And now he’s back with a new book called Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

Certificates Instead of College, Who Benefits?

June 6th, 2012 by admin in compensation, employment, jobs skills, majors

 In a new study released today by the  Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that certificates are the fastest growing form of postsecondary credentials in the U.S., increasing from six percent n 1980 to 22 percent of awards today.

Certificates are more affordable than college, usually taken less than a year complete and can mean a higher salary.

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The Case for Promoting from Within

March 28th, 2012 by admin in compensation, jobs skills, management

According to  Matthew Bidwell  an assistant professor of management at Wharton, external hires are paid more and perform less well than internal candidates. A summary of his findings are here at the  Knowledge at Wharton website. Read the rest of this entry »

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