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December 2017 Employment Snapshot

The Snapshot shows gain/loss for the 16 employment groups, plus unemployment rates based on age, gender, ethnicity, and education levels

Plan B. Reach out to employers who are not hiring.

Not getting a response from all the help-wanted ads and networking you’ve tried? Maybe you should try some old-school job hunting. See, employees change jobs all the time and managers are always on the lookout for new replacements. The key is to contact the manager before she advertises the job opening and attracts all of your competitors. Here’s the plan—

How to Pay for the Holidays When You Don’t Have a Job.

Gallup reports that American consumers will spend, on average, $862 for gifts this holiday season. That’s $110 more than they spent last year. But, what if you’re one of the 10 million people living on unemployment benefits, part-time jobs, or the generosity of relatives?

Starting salaries hit an all-time high for new college graduates.

In a study of 145,000 entry-level employment positions in the United States, researches found that the average starting salary for 2017 college graduates is $48,270. That’s three percent higher than last year and 14 percent higher than 2007, just before the Great Recession.

Why does it take so long for an employer to hire someone?

You spot a job opening and it’s perfect for you. You apply for the job. Then, you wait for a phone call. Then, you wait to get an appointment for a job interview. Then, you wait for them to make a decision. What’s with all the waiting?

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