Reconsidering Your Resume: Five Ways to Sell Yourself Better

When you are trying to construct a good resume, you need to make sure you are using your resume to speak to your skills and attributes and sell yourself to a new employer. The five ideas below are all designed to make your resume look better, and you need to be certain your resume features as many of these ideas as possible. Don’t be afraid to stand out.

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It is definitely better to limit your resume to one page long. Today’s world is simply too busy for you to send out resumes that are several pages. When you getting ready to e-mail your resume, you need to make sure they are confined to one page. Unless you are applying for a high level management position, human resources people won’t [Continue reading]

September BLS Unemployment Numbers Differ Vastly from Gallup

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the September Unemployment figures on October 3rd. The Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate was 5.9% down from 6.2% in August. The Unadjusted Unemployment rate was also down from 6.3% in August to 5.7% in September.

BLS_vs_Gallup_Unemployment_2_Sep2014For the last couple of months the BLS numbers have been surprisingly close to the Gallup numbers but it appears that the period of sanity has ended. This month the BLS numbers went down while the Gallup numbers went up. So Gallup says the unadjusted Unemployment rate is 6.6% while the BLS says it is only 5.7% for a whopping 0.9% difference. That is a 15.8% margin of error. Notice the major divergence at the end of the chart. [Continue reading]

Is the Government Fudging Unemployment Numbers?

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What is the True Unemployment Rate? There has been a lot of talk about the validity of the government generated unemployment numbers created by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lately. (And not just by me!)  Every month I tell you that we … [Continue reading]

BLS Releases August Unemployment: 6.1% Down from 6.2% in July

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the August Unemployment figures on September 5th. The Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate was 6.2% up from 6.1% in June. The Unadjusted Unemployment rate was also down from 6.5% in July to 6.3% in … [Continue reading]

Outside the Box: Employers Aren’t Just Whining: The “Skills Gap” Is Real

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By John Mauldin Paul Krugman and other notables dismiss the notion of a skills gap, though employers continue to claim they’re having trouble finding workers with the skills they need. And if you look at the evidence one way, Krugman et al. are … [Continue reading]

BLS Releases July Unemployment: 6.2% Up from 6.1% in June

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the July Unemployment figures on August 1st. The Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate was 6.2% up from 6.1% in June. The Unadjusted Unemployment rate was also up from 6.3% in June to 6.5% July. Of … [Continue reading]

Wages Flat Since Last Year but Depend Upon Education

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Median Salaries Unchanged from Year Ago According to the current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS ) news release on weekly earnings for the second quarter of 2014, the median weekly earnings for a full-time worker was $780 virtually unchanged from … [Continue reading]

BLS Releases June Unemployment- 6.1%

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the June Unemployment figures on July 3rd. The Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate was 6.1% down from 6.3% in May. The Unadjusted Unemployment rate was the exact opposite 6.3% in June and 6.1% May. … [Continue reading]

Unemployment by State and County

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Unemployment rates vary drastically by state depending on local conditions and a state's individual legislative policies. As a general rule those states with a "pro-business" stance have lower unemployment rates than those who punish businesses … [Continue reading]

Productivity Down in First Quarter 2014

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its revised estimate of productivity and costs for the first quarter of 2014. According to this report productivity in the "Non-farm" sector fell drastically.  "The decrease in productivity was the … [Continue reading]