As women have become better educated, more entrepreneurial and more experienced, their earning power has risen. Today, nearly 4 in 10 working wives earn more than their husbands, an increase of more than 50 percent from 20 years ago, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic figures. And, if present trends continue, the next generation of families will be supported by more women than men. http://www.centredaily.com/2012/04/03/3150050/balancing-act-women-find-breadwinner.html#storylink=cpy
Now that the economy has begun to thaw, it might be time to look around for a new job. There are ways to do and ways to definitely not do it. For starters, keep quiet about it, manage your search outside your current office and focus on the job you really want.
Employers expect to hire 10.2% more new college graduates from the Class of 2012 than they did from the Class of 2011, according to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
That’s up from the 9.5% hiring increase they projected for the Class of 2012 when polled in September.
“Although employers haven’t revised their earlier projections significantly, this upward movement along with other positive economic indicators show that the job market for new college graduates is improving steadily,” says NACE executive director Marilyn Mackes.
According to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2012 Spring Update Survey, this is the second consecutive year in which employers have adjusted their hiring expectations upward. Results also show an increase in the average number of jobs posted by respondents, up 10.5 percent from 105 in 2011 to 116 currently.
More telling, however, is the comparison between current figures and those reported for the Class of 2010, when the job market for new college graduates was just beginning to recover: In 2010, employers reported an average of just 45 job postings.
NACE’s 2012 Job Outlook Spring Survey was conducted in February. Taking part were 160 NACE-member organizations that hire new college graduates. By region, 24.4% of respondents are from the northeast, 31.3% southeast, 33.1% the midwest, and 11.3% the west. NACE monitors the hiring outlook and demand for new college graduates throughout the year.
No longer satisfied with screening applicants the traditional way, some companies are using offbeat interview techniques to test job seekers. Zappos.com chief Tony Hsieh likes to ask potential hires, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you?” Skills, education and good references are still important, but firms increasingly want a real-time look at how prospects tackle problems, gin up new ideas, handle change and work as part of a team.
If you ever dreamed of having your own office, you might want to put that on hold. A mobile, global, technology-driven workforce has prompted companies nationwide to rethink what offices mean. Welcome to wide-open office space, with natural light pouring in, few assigned work stations, plump and comfy couches, team rooms, cafes, stand-up meeting spots and community work areas where employees can plug in their laptops whenever they happen to be in the office.
Interviewing for a job is no joke, but that doesn’t mean humor can’t help you. It can lighten the mood, putting both you and your interviewer at ease; smooth over an awkward moment; and show what you’re like to work with. But use it sparingly, experts say. “Don’t forget — If you’re naturally more of a straight-shooter (or your interviewer seems to be), don’t feel obliged to unleash your inner Jim Carey. Misplaced humor can backfire,” says career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine.