Career News 4/25/12

College Graduates Job MarketIn Weak Job Market, One In Two College Graduates Are Jobless Or Underemployed [Huffington Post] The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs – waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example – and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.

Interviewing – How Do I Follow Up? [] Q. I recently interviewed with a company for a job I really want. The interview was strong, all went well, and kind words were said by the potential employer. They seemed to be very positive about my test scores, and interested in my overall presentation. The close was, “We’ll let you know by the end of the week”. I sent a ‘thank you for meeting with me’ note, and a separate ‘just checking in regarding the position note’. I’m very worried as they did not hold true to the ‘end of the week’ promise for me to hear something. What can I do?

The One-Page Career “Cheat Sheet” Helps You Figure Out If This Is Really The Right Job For You [Lifehacker] Often times, we have mixed feelings about our jobs and a hard time figuring out whether to stay or look for a different position. If you want to do some soul-searching, ask yourself the 10 questions on this career cheat sheet. Drawn up by communications specialist Sarah Kathleen Peck, the flowchart asks things like if the job makes you feel challenged and whether the people in the organization are open to new ideas and receptive to each other. In other words, basic, fundamental questions that force you to really reflect about the job.

The 13 Most Useless Majors, From Philosophy to Journalism [Daily Beast] In just a few weeks hordes of freshly minted college graduates will be thrown out into the real world with one huge question on their minds: what now? Some, unfortunately, will be saddled with the unsettling feeling that their degree is not marketable in this tough economic environment, but for students with a few years to settle on a major, The Daily Beast looks into the numbers to find the 13 most useless college majors.

The Riskiest Question You Could Ever Ask In A Job Interview – But It Always Worked For Me. [Forbes] During my twenties, I went through a career phase when I packed in dozens of job interviews in the manner of a serial dater. Much of it was purely for entertainment or to satisfy some burgeoning curiosity about the goings-on in my industry, as I was fairly happy in the company where I was working. To me, though, interviewing compared with the exhilaration of a first date. The intrigue of meeting someone for the first time! The nerves combined with the need to impress! The thrill of the power dynamic!

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