Free Advice for Job Seekers

A big job placement firm is offering job seekers, and workers who want to transition into another position, free call-in advice in December. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter John Challenger, CEO at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says job counselors will offer strategies to help people become more effective in their search. It’s happening on Dec. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time (phone number 312-422-5010). More information about the annual call-in is available at …

Bosses, Your Workers Want Another Job

Dear Bosses, This may come as a shock, but an overwhelming majority of your workers are looking for another job. And here’s something else that may surprise you: It’s not just about the money. It’s about feeling valued and respected for their hard work and accomplishments. Sure, money’s a motivating factor for seeking a new job. But according to most of the 6,000 job seekers surveyed, personal fulfillment and a job that matches better with their skills were also listed as …

Psst! Here’s How to Figure Out Your Market Value

Just how much are your job skills worth in today’s marketplace? If you’re 50 or older and looking for work, you know painfully well how difficult the search can be. Since the recession laid off millions of older workers, it’s taken them twice as long to find work as their younger counterparts. Rick Zabor, owner of PeopleStaff, a recruiting firm in Georgia specializing in tech jobs, says it’s important for older job seekers to convey to hiring officials the successes …

Gray Hair? Apply Here for a Job

If you’re in the market for a job, you may be wondering which states are most favorable for people who’ve reached retirement age. Well, put on your long johns and grab your sled dog. Alaska has the biggest share of older workers – 22 percent of employees are 65 and up. West Virginia comes in second, with 13 percent; and the District of Columbia comes in third with 16 percent, according to new U.S. Census data. But the trend goes …

Job Seekers, It’s Not You. There Are Too Few Jobs To Go Around In Every Sector

Job seekers don’t lack the skills to get hired, contrary to some experts’ claims. Instead, today’s stubbornly high unemployment (8.2 percent) is due to a lack of demand for workers in all sectors, according to an analysis of government labor data by the Economic Policy Institute. The latest government report on job openings and labor turnover finds that the landscape improved slightly but that odds are still stacked against job seekers. The number of job openings in May climbed by 195,000, …

Thousands Lose Long-Term Jobless Benefits

Making house payments and putting food on the table could get much more difficult for some 200,000 chronically unemployed workers around the United States. On Friday, federal long-term jobless benefits are set to expire in eight states–Texas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to the National Employment Law Project. This comes one month after extended unemployment benefits expired in 15 other states, cutting off hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed workers. “This is pretty devastating to …