Many hiring managers don't read cover letters, but you still have to write them, writes Don Goodman. Among his suggestions for making them more effective: Tailor your message for each company individually and make smart use of bullet points to highlight your accomplishments.
There is always an opportunity to make something better than what it is, even if it's not broken, says Chris Ponder, a regional HR manager for ServiceMaster. Ponder discussed technology's role in addressing employee issues and new legislation that will change the industry.
This year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatened the area's oyster supply and cast doubt about whether Louisiana restaurants would be able to serve the traditional Thanksgiving mollusk in dishes such as chef John Folse's oyster stew and fried oyster dressing at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. The mollusks have made their return in time for the feast, but in smaller numbers and at higher prices than chefs would pay in normal years.
The Labor Department has released promising economic news confirming that businesses and other employers added jobs in 41 states in October -- the highest number in five months -- but the overall unemployment rate remained at 9.6%. The number of workers unable to find jobs increased in 14 states but declined in 19 and the District of Columbia. North Dakota and South Dakota reported the lowest jobless rates at 3.7% and 4.4%, respectively.
Some Virginia students with special needs are participating in Project Search, a national program that helps them secure internships and compete for jobs. Students attend classes in the morning, learning job and life skills, and work in the afternoon at their internships, where job coaches help them master necessary skills. "It's all about acceptance. We need to focus on each student's unique strengths instead of their disabilities," one high school's transition specialist said.