Archive for February, 2018

Body language and Jacksonville jobs

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Will body language alone land you a Jacksonville jobs? Careerbuilder took a look at interview mishaps and mistakes in a recent survey.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by The Harris Poll, around half of employers (49 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good or bad fit for a position, and only 8 percent make up their mind within a half hour or longer.

When you’re not prepared, crazy things can happen. When asked to share the most unusual things job candidates have done during the interview process, employers and hiring managers recalled the following:

  • Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated, “Fake it until you make it” as his personal philosophy.
  • Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job.
  • Candidate asked for a cocktail.
  • Candidate asked to taste the interviewer’s coffee.
  • Candidate called a government job “something government-y.”
  • Candidate came to interview wearing slippers.
  • Candidate wore a Darth Vader outfit to the interview.
  • Candidate spent a lot of time quoting Dwight D. Eisenhower, which had nothing to do with the position he was interviewing for.
  • Candidate leaned far forward with his head down during the first five minutes of the interview.
  • Candidate offered interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy.
  • Candidate pulled out a bag of drugs with his keys.
  • Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview.

Do engineering jobs in Jacksonville command a high salary?

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

A new report takes a look at the value of engineering jobs in Jacksonville, among other areas.

Class of 2018 graduates earning engineering and computer science degrees are expected to command the highest starting salaries at the bachelor’s-degree level, according to results of a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

According to NACE’s Winter 2018 Salary Survey report, engineering majors are projected to average $66,521, while computer science graduates are expected to average $66,005. Those averages represent very little change from the salaries projected for Class of 2017 graduates in those fields; both are up less than 1 percent. (See Figure 1.)

Other majors fared better in terms of projected increases in their starting salaries. Those earning degrees in the humanities are expected to see the biggest increase, with a 16.3 percent hike in salary for an average of $56,688. Social sciences graduates are expected to earn an average of $56,689 this year, up 6 percent from last year’s average.

Math and science graduates are expected to earn salaries that average $61,867, a jump of 4.2 percent over last year’s average. Meanwhile, business majors saw their overall average salary projection climb 3.5 percent to $56,720.

On the other side, Class of 2018 agriculture and natural resources graduates and communications graduates are projected to earn lower average starting salaries than did their Class of 2017 counterparts. However, the decreases are minimal.

Agriculture and natural resources graduates are expected to earn an average of $53,565, which is down just 1.5 percent from last year. Similarly, the overall average starting salary projection of $51,448 for communications graduates dropped less than 1 percent from last year’s projection.

Jacksonville jobs and office romances

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

A number of office romances may have bloomed from Jacksonville jobs, but a recent Careerbuilder survey demonstrates that connections made in-office may be on the decline.

According to the survey, office romance is at a 10-year low, with 36 percent of workers reporting dating a co-worker, down from 41 percent last year and 40 percent in 2008. Thirty-seven percent of men say they have dated a coworker compared to 35 percent of women, while one in five male workers (20 percent) say they have dated someone at work two or more times in their career, compared to just 15 percent of their female colleagues.

Twenty-two percent of workers have dated someone who was their boss at the time. Of those who have dated at work, more than a quarter of women (27 percent) say they have dated someone who was their boss compared to just 16 percent of men.

Additionally, 30 percent of these workers say they have dated someone who was at a higher level in the organization than they were. Thirty-five percent of female coworkers reported dating someone at a higher level in the company than them, compared to 25 percent of their male coworkers.

Some relationships that started at work had a happy ending – 31 percent of workers who dated at work ended up getting married. However, it’s not always this way – almost a quarter of workers (24 percent) had an affair with a colleague where one person involved was married at the time (27 percent of men compared to 21 percent of women).

Six percent of workers have left a job because a romantic relationship with someone at work went sour (9 percent of women compared to 3 percent of men).