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November 19th, 2009 by Andrew Sauter   Posted in Employee Rights

bending-backwards-at-workI came across this interesting news today, the International Labor Union has released a list of companies that make their “Sweatshop Hall of Fame”.

The Sweatshop Hall of Shame 2010 highlights apparel and textile companies that use sweatshops in their global production. Hall of Shame inductees are responsible for evading fair labor standards and often are slow to respond or provide no response at all to any attempts by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), workers, or others to improve working conditions.

The official inductees of the 2010 Sweatshop Hall of Shame are: Abercrombie and Fitch, Gymboree, Hanes, Ikea, Kohl’s, LL Bean, Pier 1 Imports, Propper International, and Walmart. This list also includes an Honorable Mention to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, a national trade association representing apparel and footwear companies.  This association has exhibited a flagrant disregard for workers’ rights by primarily focusing on maintaining trade with Honduras in the middle of a military coup.


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November 11th, 2009 by Andrew Sauter   Posted in Humor, Interviewing

Steinar Skipsness wanted to understand why some of his friends succeed in interviews and why some go for multiple interviews and never succeed in getting hired. He got the idea from seeing one his friends go on multiple unsuccessful interviews. In his own words:

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“I consider him a really outgoing sharp guy, he was getting interviews, which is half the battle, but for whatever reason he wasn’t getting hired. It made me curious to what makes certain candidates stand out. I thought, if I could experience the interview from the other side of table, I’d have the ultimate perspective to what makes a candidate an attractive hire. I could then take that knowledge and cater my behavior in any future job interview to give myself the best chance of getting hired.”

So armed with a $2000.00 budget, a rented office and some hidden cameras he set up a realistic corporate presence and started interviewing candidates. With the resulting footage Skipness created 20 tips to “nail” an interview. The outcome is some of the funniest and informative tips I’ve seen in a long time.


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November 5th, 2009 by Andrew Sauter   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace, Job Search

job websites making funMAYNARD, Mass. – October 14, 2009 – New research from Monster.com and Human Capital Institute reveals a dramatic difference in how employers and workers perceive the impact of the current recession, potentially leading to employers facing mass talent drains as the labor market begins to turn. The reason – employers are vastly overrating the morale of their employees as 84 percent of those surveyed indicated a belief that their workforce is content to simply to have a job while only 58 percent of workers feel that way.

“Today’s employers feel that employees are loyal due to the economic times, but the reality is they are not,” said Katherine Jones, HCI Research Fellow. “Because of this, there is a strong likelihood that when the economy turns for the better, employers could find themselves with valued employees jumping ship.  This places pressure on them to put retention measures in place now.”


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November 3rd, 2009 by Andrew Sauter   Posted in Job Search, Unemployment

Marketing Leads The Way Out of Economic Gloom

The marketing sector appears to be shrugging off the recession with a 10.8% rise in marketing vacancies in October alone, rebounding from a 1.1% drop in September.

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London, UK (PRWeb UK) 2 November 2009 — Figures from the Ashdown Group Jobs Index show it is one of the best performing sectors of the month.

Demand has been driven by a number of factors, including a recent upsurge in online and search engine optimisation (SEO) positions. Figures from data analyst firm IT Jobs Watch show the number of SEO vacancies rose by a massive 50% year on year.

John Lynes, director of marketing recruitment agency (http://www.ashdowngroup.com/marketing-recruitment) the Ashdown Group, said, “There has been a scramble for marketers with a strong understanding of online marketing, as businesses of all sizes wake up to the need to be found online.”


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October 29th, 2009 by Andrew Sauter   Posted in Job News

WASHINGTON — The economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars and homes. It’s the strongest signal yet that the economy has entered a new, though fragile, phase of recovery and that the worst recession since the 1930s has ended.

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Going forward, many analysts expect the pace of the budding recovery to be plodding due to rising unemployment and continuing difficulties by both consumers and businesses to secure loans.

“This welcome milestone is just another step, and we still have a long road to travel until the economy is fully recovered,” said Christina Romer, President Barack Obama’s chief economist. “It will take sustained, robust … growth to bring the unemployment rate down substantially. Such a decline in unemployment is, of course, what we are all working to achieve.”

The much-awaited turnaround reported Thursday by the Commerce Department ended the streak of four straight quarters of contracting economic activity, the first time that’s happened on records dating to 1947.


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