Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Census Bureau Ranks Areas with Longest Average Commute Times

U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Many Workers Have Long Commutes to Work; Census Bureau Ranks Areas with Longest Average Commute Times"

News Advisory:

WHAT: The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a news conference to discuss American Community Survey data on the time that the nation’s average commuter spends traveling to work. Information will be released ranking states, counties and cities by average commute-to-work time and the percentage of commuters who experience “extreme” commutes of 90 or more minutes each day. Philadelphia is among the cities with the longest commute times.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m. EST


-- Louis Kincannon, director, U.S. Census Bureau

-- Don Shanis, assistant executive director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

-- Nancy A. Goldenberg, vice president, Philadelphia Center City District

WHERE: 30th Street Station North Waiting Room, 30th and Market Streets, Philadelphia
Our family recently moved back to Cincinnati, but I'm still working in Dayton. That means I'm back to a long commute myself. The results of this survey should be interesting.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Why people are unhappy at work

This news comes from ClarkHoward.com:

Do you remember your first day on the job? For many of us, there was probably a lot of excitement and maybe some nervousness. Once that goes away, there is usually a lot of enjoyment with a job. But over time, boredom starts to set in and people start to just go through the motions, according to recent reports. It’s become such a problem that academics are writing about it. Two recent books are The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It's Too Late and “Staying and Becoming Less Engaged Every Day.” Employees are the ambassadors of our employers, and if we feel no connection, we suffer and the company suffers. So, why do we start not caring about our jobs? The No. 1 reason in Clark’s opinion is that companies stop caring about the employees. So, remember that if you are an executive or a supervisor. Make the work environment fun and let people know they are appreciated. That doesn’t mean more money. Words of praise usually matter much more.
While I could not find a link to the second book Clark mentions, I did find a link to a related story: Reaching the breaking point in your job

Clark Howard Show Notes for Monday, March 21, 2005

Friday, March 25, 2005

Every Job Seeker Has a Story

Liz Ryan from Business Week Online shares an interesting perspective on making sure your resume tells your story.

"The human need for stories should be a vital clue to job-hunters, whose resumes often have as much dramatic punch as the back of a cereal box. Your resume is your marketing brochure, folks. It has to tell your story."

Read more from her article: Multi-Story Resume, Higher Profile

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Database of Qualified College Students and Graduates Seeking Summer and Full-time Jobs

U.S. Newswire : Releases : Labor Department Offers Employers Database of Qualified College Students and Graduates Seeking Summer and Full-time Jobs

A free database that identifies 1,913 qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities who seek summer and fulltime employment is available for the tenth year to public and private sector employers to help them meet their staffing needs:

"The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) offers employers a larger pool of skilled job candidates to choose from while offering students and graduates with disabilities more opportunity to explore or begin careers," said Roy Grizzard, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. "The program also fulfills President Bush's New Freedom Initiative pledge to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the nation."

The department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is offering the WRP database of job seekers with disabilities in cooperation with the Department of Defense. Through ODEP's complimentary CD-ROM database, employers can search from a pool of pre-screened applicants who have skills in disciplines ranging from computer sciences and business to communications, engineering, office administration and more. Searches generate candidate profiles, academic and demographic data, and contact information for students from more than 200 colleges and universities in over 45 states and territories. To request a copy of the CD-ROM, send your name, company name, address and phone number to wrp@dol.gov or call ODEP at (202) 693-7880.

ODEP's portfolio of assets for employers also includes the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and the Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN). JAN is a toll-free information and referral service on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities for people with disabilities and can be reached at 1-800-526-7234 or at http://www.jan.wvu.edu. EARN, a national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service, helps employers who have job vacancies to find and recruit qualified workers with disabilities in their localities. EARN can be reached at 1-866-Earn Now (1-866-327-6669) or via its website (http://www.earnworks.com). ODEP's website is available to employers and employees at http://www.dol.gov/odep as is http://www.DisabilityInfo.Gov -- a cross-government portal on disability-related information.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Feedburner Headline Animator for GTJ

Here's a new way for you to see what's new in Get That Job: an animated GIF that scrolls through the newest headlines!

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Crabby's 10 ways to ease your boredom at work

Microsoft's Crabby Office Lady says:

Let's face it: sometimes you'd rather be doing something — anything — else than sitting at your desk working. This column gives you 10 ways to ease your boredom while still being (arguably) productive using all that your brain and Office have to offer.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

Tim Bray has writes about being interviewed for stories about people being fired from their jobs for blogging.

Recent pieces from AP and CNET are pushing this spin, going on and on and on about the risks. Except for, it’s all a bunch of BS. For most people, blogging is a career-booster, both in your current job and when you’re looking for your next one.
He has provided us with Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career, along with some discussion about having a policy for blogging in the workplace and the reasons behind the media hub-ub.