Archive for August, 2015

How is the workforce culture at Jacksonville jobs?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

A study from Careerbuilder takes a look at the generation gap and the workforce culture at Jacksonville jobs, among other locations.

CareerBuilder asked workers to give their attitudes toward eight commonly debated areas of workforce culture.

On office attire…High school students and current workers have similar views on workplace wear. The vast majority of both groups (74 percent of current workers and 70 percent of high school students) feel one should be able to dress casually at work. Looking at specific age groups, 45- to 54-year-old workers (79 percent) were more likely to agree with this statement than workers ages18-24 (67 percent) and 35-44 (72 percent).
On promotions…When it comes to earning promotions, high school students display more optimism than working professionals. Eighty-seven percent of high school students agree that one should be promoted every two to three years if one is doing a good job, compared to 73 percent of current workers. Workers ages 18-24 were closest to high school students’ level of agreement (81 percent), and 45- to 54-year-old workers were the farthest (65 percent).
On mobile usage…High school students (66 percent) are more likely than current workers (52 percent) to say it is okay to check one’s mobile device for work during a family activity. Workers ages 25-34 (61 percent) are more likely than workers ages 55 and older (43 percent) to agree with this statement.
On job hopping…Though employers may expect younger workers to job hop more frequently, only 16 percent of high school students believe one should only stay in a job for a year or two before moving on to better things (on par with 15 percent of current workers). Among individual age groups, however, responses were more varied, with 25- to 34-year-old workers (22 percent) more likely than their older counterparts to say a worker should move on after a year or two.
On career expectations…Workers across all generations seem to have similar perspectives on when it comes to switching companies. Nearly 1 in 3 high school students (32 percent) expect that they will work for 10 or more companies in their careers, similar to 28 percent of workers who say the same.
On emoticons and email…Surprisingly, high school students appear to have more conservative views on electronic communication than today’s professionals. More than 1in 4 current workers (28 percent) believe it’s acceptable to use emoticons in emails and other electronic communication at work. Only 1 in 5 high school students (20 percent) say the same.
On meeting etiquette…It may seem as if they are constantly on their mobile devices, but only 13 percent of high school students agree that it is it is okay to check one’s mobile device during a work meeting, versus 21 percent of current workers. Workers ages 25-34 (28 percent) are more likely than those ages 45-54 (18 percent) and workers 55 and older (16 percent) to be okay with checking a mobile device during a meeting.
On flexible hours…It may come as a surprise that high school students (25 percent) were less likely than current workers (33 percent) to say it shouldn’t matter what time you arrive to work as long as you get your work done. Workers ages 55 and older were the least likely to say arrival time doesn’t matter (23 percent).

Resume bloopers for Jacksonville jobs

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Employers report on some funny bloopers on resumes for Jacksonville jobs, among other locations, in a recent Careerbuilder survey.

For the survey, hiring managers gave the following real-life examples of blunders they have caught on resumes:
•Applicant claimed to be a former CEO of the company to which they were applying.
•Applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages – one of which was pig Latin.
•Applicant wrote “whorehouse” instead of “warehouse” when listing work history.
•Applicant’s personal website linked to a porn site.
•Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying “Hey you.”
•Applicant vying for a customer service position gave “didn’t like dealing with angry customers” as the reason for leaving her last job.
•User name of applicant’s email address was “2poopy4mypants.”
•Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner.
•Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time.
•Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant.
•Applicant said to have gotten fired “on accident.”
•Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn’t exist.
•Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver’s license for four years.
•Applicant listed as a reference an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant.
•Applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously.

When it comes to impressing hiring managers, one of the biggest mistakes a job seeker can make is lying, which is more common than one might think. According to the survey, more than half of employers (56 percent) have caught a lie on a resume. When asked to name the most common areas around which job seekers lie, these employers named the following:
•Embellished skill sets: 62 percent
•Embellished responsibilities: 54 percent
•Dates of employment: 39 percent
•Job titles: 31 percent
•Academic degrees: 28 percent

When asked what attributes would cause them to pay more attention to certain resumes, employers named the following:
•A resume that is customized for their open position: 61 percent
•A resume that is accompanied by a cover letter: 49 percent
•A resume that is addressed to the hiring manager or recruiter by name: 26 percent
•A resume that includes links to the applicant’s online portfolio, blog or website: 21 percent

Trade jobs in Jacksonville grow

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Employment numbers are in, and it appears trade jobs in Jacksonville may be growing.

According to a report by ADP, goods-producing employment rose by 9,000 jobs in May, after adding just 1,000 in April.

The construction industry had another good month in May adding 27,000 jobs, up from 24,000 last month. Meanwhile, manufacturing lost 5,000 jobs in May, after losing 8,000 in April.

Service-providing employment rose by 192,000 jobs in May, a strong rise from 164,000 in April. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 28,000 jobs in May, down from April’s 35,000.

Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 56,000, up from April’s 41,000. The 12,000 new jobs added in financial activities is double last month’s 6,000.

“The labor market moved back up to the 200,000 jobs added mark in May, a number which has been something of a bellwether for healthy employment growth,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “We hope that the May number is the beginning of an upward trend going into the summer months.”

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 122,000 jobs in May, up from 97,000 in April. Employment among companies with 50-499 employees increased by 65,000 jobs, the same as the previous month.

Employment gains at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased from April, adding 13,000 jobs in May, up from 3,000. However, companies with 500-999 employees lost 3,000 jobs, after adding no jobs in April.