YouthBuild grants totaling $76M available to help at-risk youth complete education, develop job and leadership skills - Getting an education and finding career success are plateaus out of reach for too many of our nation's youth. To help at-risk youth reach these goals, the U.S. Department of Labor sponsors the YouthBuild program. The program helps young people who left school early to complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, and learn critical job skills in demand in the construction, health care, information technology and other industries. Read more here
Unpaid internships in jeopardy after court ruling - As you are searching for an internship, keep in mind that companies must provide their interns with the same wage and hour rights as other employees. This recent court case serves as a reminder that all internships must pass the six-part test outlined by the Labor Department for determining whether an internship can be unpaid. Read more here
Skills That Pay the Bills - The Department of Labor has posted a series of videos focusing on the Soft Skills that today's job seekers need to succeed in any career. Communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism have been identified by employers as the most important competencies, or Soft Skills, for their employees to possess. The Department of Labor's free videos focus on why these Soft Skills are important and what job seekers can do to strengthen them. Read more here
10 National Universities Producing the Most Interns - Facing an extremely competitive job market, more college students than ever are seeking internships to supplement their coursework with on the job experience. U.S. News recently reported on the top 10 undergraduate schools that had the highest rates of graduating seniors with internship experience. Read more here
Using Facebook to Help You Find a Job - You are probably not surprised to hear that over 60 percent of successful job seekers find jobs though social connections. In a Nightline interview this week Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, discussed other ways job seekers can use Facebook to help them land a job. Over nine million businesses have Facebook pages, making it an ideal platform for researching potential employers. Sandberg also pointed out that the Facebook ads that display on your wall are not used solely for businesses. Consider promoting yourself to targeted employers based on your skills or the type of job you are searching for. Read the interview and watch the video here
How a Good Candidate Clears the H.R. Hurdles - How do you persuade a company to hire you when the laws of supply and demand are against you? Get some ideas from this New York Times article. Read More
Seasoned Workers - Can You Change your Career After 40? - This article shows you how to make the most of your job and life experience. Read More
They're Hired! - We were encouraged by this Boston Globe Magazine Article which gives lessons from six determined jobseekers who tell how they found new jobs in this tough economy. Read More
Summer Job Tips for Teens - AboutJobs.com Inc Co-Founder, Jeff Allen, discussed summer employment opportunities for teens on The Today Show including tips on available jobs, work permits, internships, and more. Watch the Interview
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