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Title: Career Newsletter

November 11, 2002

The Career News

Volume 2, Issue 26

The Latest News, Tips and Tools for Your Career

Be Ready To Rock 'N Roll

NEW YORK - November 8, 2002 - It could be good news, like a phone call from a recruiter. Or it could be bad news, like you're laid-off, effective immediately. Either way, it's best to be prepared for either option because you never know when either might happen to you.
  • Resume - It's important to have an up-to-date well-written resume and a draft of a cover letter. Even if you are not actively seeking work, keep your resume current.
  • References - Plan ahead and compile a list of references and some letters of recommendations, so you're prepared when a prospective employer requests them.
  • Contact Information - Use non-work contact information for all your job search communications. That way, if your access is cut-off at work, you'll still be reachable.
Have you been laid-off recently?

LOS ANGELES - November 11, 2002 - Sometimes, when we are unexpectedly laid-off it is hard to focus on what to do, or where to begin. The first, and most important step is to assess your financial situation to determine how long you can survive without a regular paycheck. Next, focus on your job search. Here's a quick checklist to make sure you've covered all the bases.
  • Ask your employer about severance pay and accrued vacation, sick and overtime pay.
  • Request information on continuing health and life insurance coverage.
    Ask about outplacement resources. You may be able to use a desk, a phone and a computer.
  • Request a reference letter for your files.
  • Apply for state unemployment benefits. You may be able to file over the phone.
  • Put your resume on all the top career sites. (click here)
  • Send your resume to specialized recruiters. (click here)
  • Get going on your job search and consider it your full-time job!
Surviving Interviews in Restaurants

NEW YORK - November 8, 2002 - Interviews can be stressful, but, interviewing can be even more stressful if the interviewer invites you to lunch or dinner. Here's some tips for surviving interviewing while eating:
  • Manners matter! Be polite and remember to say "please" and "thank
    you" to the restaurant staff.
  • Keeping track. Beverages will be on the right, side plates will be to the left. For example, your water glass will be on the right and your bread plate will be on the left.
  • Put your napkin on your lap once everyone is seated. If you need to
    leave the table, put your napkin on the seat or the arm of your chair.
  • Order something easy to eat - not barbequed ribs, spaghetti and meatballs, big sandwiches or anything else that can be messy.
  • Be frugal! Don't order the most expensive entree on the menu.
    Try to stay calm, relaxed, and involved in the conversation.
Where The Job Cuts Are

NEW YORK - November 11, 2002 - Most of this year's job cuts were in the technology sector. One-third of all United States job cuts during the first six months of this year came from technology companies. Fully one-quarter of jobs eliminated were in the market for communications equipment and services according to a report by executive placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
One-Stop Internet Job Searching

LOS ANGELES - November 11, 2002 - While the job market is a bit tighter than usual, there are plenty of available jobs if you know where to look. On the internet alone there are literally millions of jobs listed amongst multiple job-board sites, corporate web sites and newspaper website classified sections.

Now you can search them ALL with one click, using a simple program called Your Job Searcher.

You don't have to be a computer genius to install and use this program. Just click one button on the Your Job Search website and follow some very simple instructions. In minutes you'll be able to enter your desired job and location and search thousands of job listings for your on 300 job-board sites including the major ones, 150 corporate sites, News Groups and all the major regional & newspaper classifieds. Try it at
Women Still Earn Less

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11, 2002 - Despite the fact that in the
United States equal pay has been the law since 1963, women still lag far behind when it comes to equal pay. The national median income for men is $35,922 and $26,292 for women. Women earned 73 cents for every dollar men earned in 2000.

The AFL-CIO reports that the average 25-year-old working woman
will lose more than $523,000 to unequal pay during her working life. The U.S. wage gap for women is worse than the wage gap for women in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
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