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May 26, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Returning to the job market with a flexible position has become a common choice for those who have spent long periods of time unemployed. The Wall Street Journal reports that over the past several months, employment of temporary workers is between 11 and 12.5 percent higher than earlier 2011 levels, according to the American Staffing…

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May 25, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Unemployed residents of Mississippi may be able to find work and fufill some philanthropic dues at the same time. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Mississippi Department of Employment Security a $7 million grant to hire temporary workers to assist in the recovery effort following the series of tornadoes that affected the South…

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May 25, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

A survey conducted in February by human resource and benefits consulting firm Buck Consultants focused on specific tactics companies are using to retain employees as the job market recovers. The poll, titled Reviving and Inspiring the Workforce: 2011 Compensation Trends, included 100 executives, directors and managers. The primary finding of the study showed that the…

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May 23, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

If a company hires a temporary worker, it may be because it lacks the funds to provide a salary for a full-time position, or it is still wary of the economy and prefers to avoid the expense of health insurance. This tactic may worry the company's full-time workers, and make them believe that the company…

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May 19, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Popular social networking website LinkedIn is offering an additional option for those in search of employees, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The company's hiring solutions section includes online job postings and the ability to pick out passive candidates - those who have the necessary background, education and skills but are not actively searching for…

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May 18, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Numerous factors can convey that a candidate is potentially suitable for a position during an interview. The Cookeville Times points out that in many cases, those factors are subtle and sometimes discriminative based on looks and perception. Hidden factors, such as a candidate's hair, smile, eyes or teeth, can influence a potential employers' decision. Thus,…

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May 17, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

For small business owners looking to hire employees, using an online employment agency, internet job board or contacting a college placement office are options to land qualified candidates, according to The Modesto Bee. Online job sites may be time-consuming, and they occasionally charge a fee - anywhere from $25 to $100 - to open an…

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May 16, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The struggle to gain steady employment can be a grueling one, since many companies are only hiring temporary workers and contractors. Sue Smith, director at placement firm BIE Interim, explains to The Financial Times that employers are less willing to conduct expensive searches at the moment, and they may take on temporary people, then offer…

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May 16, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

As the economy flounders, many recent graduates or former full-time workers have had to settle for part-time work to get by. The Washington Post reports that in 2010 approximately 43 percent of laid-off workers landed jobs that paid less than their previous ones, according to a CareerBuilder survey of 900 people who lost their jobs.…

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May 14, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 244,000 jobs in April. However, a majority of those additions were in low-wage work environments, The Huffington Post reports. The news source adds that nearly a quarter of new jobs were in the retail sector, where the average hourly rate…

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