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19 February 2010
Last year, employers filled more than half of job openings with existing employees, a new study to be released Friday shows.
Internal transfers and promotions accounted for an average of 51% of all full-time positions filled in 2009, down from 39% in 2008 and 34% in 2007, reports CareerXroads, a staffing-strategy consulting firm in Kendall Park, N.J. Survey respondents included 41 companies that employ a combined 1.8 million U.S. workers. Last year these firms collectively filled 176,420 positions.
For the 49% of jobs that were filled with external recruits, referrals accounted for the most hires -- 27% -- and about the same number as in 2008. On average, these yielded one hire for every 15 referrals received. Meanwhile, company Web sites and job boards accounted for 22% and 13% of external hires, respectively.
What the findings indicate, says Mark Mehler, co-founder of CareerXroads, is that networking is the most effective strategy for landing employment. "Job seekers should use job board and corporate sites to find information about openings, but they should use their network to apply," says Mark Mehler, co-founder of CareerXroads.
Survey respondents also said outside talent was found via job boards that specialize in advertising open positions in specific categories. For example, Dice.com, a job board for the technology sector, netted 0.8% of external hires, as did TheLadders.com, which lists only positions paying salaries of $100,000 or more. All other niche job sites that employers identified were collectively credited with bringing in 27% of external recruits.Among the job boards that respondents credited for netting outside talent, CareerBuilder.com came out on top, accounting for 42%, however one respondent claimed a significant portion of these. Monster.com netted 12% of external hires, while aggregate job sites, which advertise openings from multiple job boards, hooked 10%. Classifieds provider Craigslist.org accounted for 2.8% of external hires.
Going forward, the survey found that 48% of respondents expect to increase hiring in 2010 compared with last year, while just 11% predicted they'd reduce hiring. The remainder said they expect to make no changes to their head counts.
Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported Thursday that there were 2.5 million job openings on the last business day of December 2009. The seasonally adjusted job openings rate increased just slightly to 1.9% from 1.8% the month prior.
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NeighborWorks® Western Pennsylvania Offers Savvy Savers Workshop at Hill House
In conjunction with Pittsburgh Saves week and the efforts of the Financial Education Consortium, a special Savvy Savers workshop will be held at the Hill House Association on Wednesday, February 24 from 6 pm to 8pm.
Participants will create weekly menus, prepare shopping lists and learn how clipping coupons can reduce spending at the grocery store.
To register, call 412-697-4676
In partnership with One Hill Neighborhood Coalition, Hill House Association and BNY Mellon.
Please consider joining this cause.
18 February 2010
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February 10, 2010
The Philadelphia Inquirer -We have been bringing you a lot of stories about proposals to eliminate nonprofit tax and fee exemptions lately but this is a slightly different tack. Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell is proposing an expanded sales tax to offset the anticipated loss of stimulus funding in 2011. Specifically he has proposed reducing the sales tax from six percent to four percent, but expanding the number of items that would be taxed. This, naturally, is likely to bring him direct opposition from scads of special interest groups. The changes he is proposing would bring $530 million in new revenue, which would partially offset an estimated loss of more than $2 billion in federal aid in 2011. How is this nonprofit news? Well, naturally state revenues will effect spending on services delivered by nonprofits but also as we covered in our Newswire the Pennsylvania budget last year got badly stalled on the topic of spending level and the budget was not passed until October 9th, a record setting 101 days late. In the meantime a number of state contracted nonprofits were functioning on mere fumes for months. Ultimately, it makes enormous sense for nonprofit networks to involve themselves in the framing of these conversations and in advocating for our communities. But nothing will make this an easy year for that involvement as gaping holes promise to open up in many state budgets.—Ruth McCambridge
16 February 2010
Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Opens Career Center
PITTSBURGH, PA - 1.26.2010 - Dress for Success Pittsburgh has opened their new Career Center. The Center is located downtown Pittsburgh in the Dress for Success Office - Warner Center, 332 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor - and offers services and resources along every single step of the job search process. This includes resume and cover letter-writing instruction, job search assistance, an Internet-accessible computer lab, and mock interview simulations. In addition, clients are provided with individualized attention from volunteer Career Consultants who possess backgrounds in a number of professional fields. These include job development, career specialization, and human resources.
The Career Center is made possible with support from Highmark and the Buhl Foundation.
It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the services and resources offered are available to women free of charge, regardless of employment status.
Beginning February 3, DFS Pittsburgh will offer a series of workshops every Wednesday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM at the Career Center. The monthly cycle focuses on one topic each week and covers "Basic Job Search Skills," "Resume and Cover Letter Writing," "Internet Basics and Online Job Searches," and "Mock Interviews and Tips". Each workshop includes an informational session followed by a "hands on" experience where women have the opportunity to practice what they have learned and receive one-on-one assistance.
Another benefit that Dress for Success Career Center provides is the opportunity for clients to receive tailored assistance in resume and cover letter-writing. Dress for Success Pittsburgh has over 200 professional women volunteers who can provide support.
Women may come to the Career Center Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, to use the resources available to conduct their own, independent job search but they are encouraged to call first to set up an appointment. For more information, to schedule and appointment or to sign up for a workshop, contact Dress for Success Pittsburgh at 412.201.4204.
About DFS Pittsburgh: The mission of Dress for Success Pittsburgh is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing tools and a network of support that help women gain and retain meaningful employment.
Founded in 2005, Dress for Success Pittsburgh is an independent affiliate of an international nonprofit organization that has served over 500,000 women around the world. Dress for Success Pittsburgh operates three cornerstone programs aimed at assisting women in crisis and/or time of critical life transition: Professional Clothing Assistance, Professional Women's Group and Career Center. To learn more, go to www.dressforsuccesspgh.org.
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PRISONS, REDISTRICTING AND THE CENSUS
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