Monday, February 23, 2009

Who's Hiring from the "Best Companies" Lists?

Article Title: Who's Hiring from the "Best Companies" Lists?
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website:

Time to review some additional company career sites and focus on "direct source" career opportunities. Generally speaking, while all company posted positions found on the Job Boards (or Recruiters) will be found on company's career site, not all opportunities on company career sites will be found on Job Boards (I hope that makes sense). For that reason, you need to review company career sites as a regular part of you job search plan. First up is another resource for researching and creating your company list, followed by some company career sites.

  • Best Companies - This resource, provided by, provides a "list of lists" of best companies (some of which I've reviewed in the past). This is as good a place as any to start (or continue) your research regarding the best companies to work for.

  • FedEx - Included on the "America's Most Admired Companies" list, FedEx's career site leads with a tab for Job Search (with a mini video that plays as soon as you launch the page), followed by tabs for My Job Agent, Job Cart, Areas of Talent (a list of the company's departments), Locations and a list of the various FedEx companies. The site also has background information on the company. The Job Search function allows you to paste your resume, against which the search engine will try to align job opportunities. A quick search returned 56 jobs for both FedEx and Kinkos.

  • Procter and Gamble (P&G) - Included on the "America's Most Admired Companies" list, P&G's career site starts with "Find a Job and Apply" (a good place to start!). The center of the page focuses on company information. There is a time critical note regarding a Diversity Virtual Career fair today from 12pm to 8pm EST (details on the site). The menu selection is on the left-hand side of the page and has Recruiting Blueprint, Corporate Info and Career Advice Center. The Recruiting Blueprint gives an overview of P&G's hiring process. Their site had over 1,000 jobs globally when I checked and you can refine the search not only by location, but also by Experienced Hires, College Grads, Internships and Student Programs. You can register on the site and post your resume.

  • Google - Included on both the "America's Most Admired Companies" list and the "100 Best Companies to Work for", Google's Jobs page looks very much like what you would expect from Google. A very clean interface and uncluttered main page, you can Browse openings from the center of the page (categorized by locations and departments) or select from Life at Google, Getting into Google and Student Jobs. You can create a jobs cart as well. You must select your country to search for jobs and enter a search word. Searching on Engineer yielded 44 jobs in the US while searching on software (a more generic search) showed 112 jobs.

Definitely leverage the lists provided at the start of this article to launch or enhance your research of companies. It will save time and provide a robust list of some of the best companies to work for.

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Moody's Job Report

Moody's released their U.S. employment forecast last week, indicating that recovery is likely not coming until 2010 at the earliest. I guess the question though is what is recovery? When the bleeding stops? When jobs have started to grow once again? Or when the economy rebounds to some predetermined level? This article indicates that the U.S. has already had its worse quarter at the end of 2008, and Michigan is yet to experience its worse quarter in early 2009. But total jobs will not bottom out until the end of 2009. Information Systems is one of the more stable sectors according to this, at least in Michigan, as the worse is behind us and 2009 will remain flat.

This article however suggests a much longer road to recovery, with the economy shrinking and unemployment rising until 2011.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

GM to cut 10,000 jobs

GM will cut another 10,000 salaried jobs. This is double the number speculated yesterday, no buyouts or retirements this time around. Those that survive get a pay cut.

Monday, February 9, 2009

101 (other) things you can do while looking for a job

Article Title: 101 (other) things you can do while looking for a job
Author Byline: Tim Tyrell-Smith @ Spin Strategy™ - Tools for Intelligent Job Search
Author Website:

This one goes under the category called "The Psychology of Search". Why, you ask? Well, believe it or not, having other things on your mind besides job search helps clear your head. It allows you a few distractions so that you can stop checking e-mail every 10 minutes. Is that you?

I also believe very strongly that despite the stress and frustration that comes with an extended job search, there is a positive that must be recognized. I wrote about it early in this blog's life (seven days in). The post was titled "Out of Work? Lucky You". I actually worried in the beginning that readers might see that title as a bit too sarcastic. After all, there is real pain out there in job search land. Homes are lost and family relationships are strained. I get that part.

In the end, though, that post was one of my most popular (in terms of views). And I didn't get any hate mail. So I guess I'm off the hook.

However, the opportunity that is available is so significant that I felt I needed to do a much bigger follow-up list. Last time I offered 25 ideas. This time I will share 101 ideas. OK, I'm kind of cheating because I will include the original 25 to kick things off. But hey, just think, you get 76 more FREE! Isn't that something?

OK. Ready?

1. Walk or drive your kids to school
2. Coach your daughter's soccer team
3. Volunteer at church
4. Take a drive up the coast to visit family
5. Take a class at the local university
6. Give your dog a bath
7. Start a blog
8. Re-assess your priorities in life
9. Create a short term and long-term financial plan
10. Paint your house
11. Transfer VHS family movies to DVD
12. Take to your spouse or significant other to brunch
13. Pull the old guitar out of the attic and serenade someone
14. Research your family tree
15. Organize a family reunion
16. Organize your home filing system
17. Create an estate plan
18. Pursue an entrepreneurial dream
19. Locate an old family friend and write him or her a letter (on paper with a pen)
20. Write a poem
21. Go to the gym (everyday)
22. Cook healthy dinners
23. Go to a museum
24. Re-negotiate your home, life and auto insurance rates
25. Start a family Yahoo! Group
26. Organize your recipe cards
27. Train for a half marathon
28. Learn a foreign language
29. Teach a class at the local community college
30. Pick one person in your network and find them a job
31. Plan a neighborhood block party
32. Put on an elaborate puppet show for your kids (fun, colorful socks work great)
33. Read the Bible
34. Work in your child's classroom
35. Lose 10 pounds
36. Plant a garden
37. Go on long bike rides
38. Sand and re-paint an old piece of furniture
39. Replace all your light bulbs with the "green"kind
40. Recycle everything
41. Join a book club and actually read the assigned books
42. Install baseboards and crown moulding
43. Try painting or carving something
44. Write a thank you note to an inspirational high school or college teacher
45. Meet your local congress person
46. Start a 529 plan for your kids (even if contributions may come slow)
47. Get a physical and depending on your age or gender, key disease screeners
48. Have your kids fingerprinted
49. Walk your dog . . . everyday
50. Write a business plan for a friend
51. Clean out all of your closets and donate the extras to charity
52. Organize a food drive for the local food bank
53. Play handyman (or woman) for an elderly neighbor
54. Order and analyze your credit report
55. Do your own taxes
56. Play chess in the park
57. Make your lawn the envy of the community
58. Be like Clark Griswold and light up your Christmas
59. Make a video interview of yourself so people can see and hear your 100 years from now
60. Go on long hikes and think about what working people are doing right then
61. Plan an economical boys or girls night out (this way you know you can afford it)
62. Clean out your rain gutters
63. Join a free online fantasy sports league
64. Write a patent
65. Catch a matinee - preferably an old western or love story
66. Become an active alumni of your college or greek organization
67. Go to a senior center and read someone the newspaper
68. Set up a Flickr account and organize all your photos
69. Write an e-book and give it away for free
70. Go to the library (a quiet place to get away from the phone)
71. Wash dishes by hand
72. Read a different magazine every day for 30 days (library)
73. Write your goals and, if married, share them with your spouse
74. Bake cookies once a week
75. Use the BBQ (again, once a week)
76. Smile at people you meet
77. Wash your windows
78. Check all your smoke detectors
79. Test for mold in your home
80. Insulate your doors and windows (saves $)
81. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister
82. Build a cool lemonade stand for your kids
83. Frame and hang important family pictures
84. Get new house keys made (before they break)
85. Write a letter to a service person fighting in Iraq
86. Look for five ways to save money around the house
87. Plan a family slumber party (including tents) in the living room
88. Join the board of directors for a local charity
89. Be a phone volunteer for the next NPR station membership drive
90. Sleep in during the week (once a month)
91. Go fishing with an old friend
92. Sell extra "treasure" on eBay
93. Stop smoking. Really.
94. Create an iMovie or a fun slideshow on iPhoto
95. Buy a finch feeder and watch nature for a few minutes each day
96. Have a garage sale
97. See a free play at a local school or park
98. Catch a local little league game (and grab a hot dog and coke to go with it)
99. Smother your family with all the attention they've been missing
100. Go camping or take another inexpensive vacation
101. Take a deep breath and be grateful for everything you have.

Whew! So, what's my point? If you never have another extended break in your career, what will you wish you did during this period?

While you can't do it all - clearly your #1 priority is to be and remain focused on networking yourself into that next job - make sure some of what you do is more nourishing than frustrating.

What did I miss?

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Whatever you do, DO NOT accept a job offer...

Article Title: Whatever you do, DO NOT accept a job offer...
Author Byline: Grace Kutney
Author Website:

Whatever you do, DO NOT accept a job offer unless you're certain it's a job you really want. Once you've accepted the offer, remove your application from other searches.

As much as possible, try to get the hiring time frame from each organization to which you apply. That is, after you submit an application, ask when the organization expects to conduct interviews. After you interview, ask when they expect to make a decision. This way, you have a better sense of how much time you have to make a decision should an offer be made.

Let's say you interview with Organization A, realize you really want the job, and are told they will have a decision in two weeks. Then you interview with Organization B, are reasonably interested, but would still prefer Organization A. Org. B offers you a position immediately. You know you won't hear from Org. A for at least two weeks, so you can request that Org. B give you two weeks to give them a decision. Or, if two weeks is too long, you can let Org. A know that you are really interested in their position, but have another offer on the table so you wonder if they might be able to give you a decision any sooner than the original two weeks. Of course, each organization is free to say yes or no to your requests, but at least you're equipped with tools that will help you, and the organizations to which you apply, make wise decisions.

Do not accept a job with the intent of sticking around for a month or two until some better offer comes around - in my humble opinion, that's not only unprofessional, it's downright selfish, not to mention potentially career-ending.

If you accept a position that's not exactly related to your field or for which you are overqualified, look for ways to learn from the experience AND to give back to the organization. When appropriate, (and only after you've mastered the job for which you were hired), seek higher levels of responsibility within the organization.

Remember, your career aspirations are important, but your career is only as good as your integrity and your reputation.

About the author: Career development professional with 10 years of experience in career advising. Specializes in working with undergraduate students with little-to-no work experience. Special interests include: international students, immigrant populations, parents transitioning back into the workforce, faith in the workplace, and Christian career counseling. Grace's site, Sweet Careers, provides tips, advice, videos, and tutorials to help job seekers find meaningful careers.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.