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2020 graduates face uncertain job market with hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If everything had gone according to plan, Missy Wood thought she’d have a job helping at-risk youths by now. 

Wood, a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, saw her internship with Court-Appointed Special Advocates end abruptly in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took root in Tennessee. She started applying for jobs with the Department of Children’s Services and similar organizations in April.

By the time she graduated in May, new job postings for her chosen career had all but disappeared.

Wood is one of the thousands of graduates across the nation who face a turbulent job market amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. More than 47 million Americans have filed jobless benefit claims since the middle of March, according to the Labor Department.  

Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family's backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the two play on the trampoline. Wood has been looking for work since April but has not been able to find any child-focused social work positions since graduating from MTSU in May. After the pandemic hit, job postings for her planned career seemed to disappear.
Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family’s backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the
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Tech employees are selling referrals online to job candidates for under $50 to help them get hired at Google, Facebook, and other industry giants

Rooftop Slushie was reportedly named after a character in HBO's "Silicon Valley" TV show depicting a strikingly accurate portrayal of the tech industry.
Rooftop Slushie was reportedly named after a character in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” TV show depicting a strikingly accurate portrayal of the tech industry.

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  • A website is allowing prospective tech employees to anonymously purchase a job referral from existing tech workers for $20 to $50 apiece.

  • Rooftop Slushie, created by the makers of techie chat favorite Blind, has hosted 11,000 referral transactions since it was launched in 2019. Facebook and Google referrals are the most popular.

  • The “vendors” are established employees at companies like Amazon, Google, and Twitter who can become verified on the website and vet candidate submissions before accepting the deal.

  • The site’s product manager told One Zero that the service helps improve a skilled candidate’s chances of getting hired, but critics say paying for and accepting payment for a job referral is unethical.

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9 Questions to Be Ready to Answer in a Remote Job Interview

Remote work has been on the rise for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has finally shoved it into the limelight.

Being forced to send workers home to slow the spread of the disease throughout 2020 and into 2021 will likely cause many employers to rethink their positions on remote work and open up more work-from-home positions.

“A lot of people have been transitioning into working remotely solely because they have the option to work while traveling, or while trying to be safe from the virus,” said Carolyn Cairns, marketing manager at Dubai- and UAE-based business setup firm Creation Business Consultants.

Employers across all industries, whether they’re new to managing remote workforces or have long been remote operations, want to know how employees will handle working from home.

So if you’re applying for a work-from-home position, be prepared to answer these remote job interview questions.

9 Questions You Might Have to

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Coronavirus: How to find a job after a layoff

As the unemployment rate hits its highest since the Great Depression while the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the U.S. economy, millions of Americans may find themselves out of a job for a few months or longer.

While finding a job in such an environment may seem intimidating, you shouldn’t bring the emotional baggage from the layoff to the job search process.

“Almost everybody loses their job at least once in their career and these days, job loss is very common,” said Stacey Staaterman, leadership and career coach. “You might worry that you look like a loser, but the world won’t see it that way, unless you bring sad sack energy into the search process.”

Here are a few steps you can take to make the job search process less intimidating and increase your chances of getting hired.

While finding a job in such an environment may seem intimidating, you shouldn’t bring the emotional baggage from the layoff to the job search process. Photo: Getty Creative
While finding a job in such an environment may seem intimidating, you
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Music Biz College Graduates Keep Their Heads up, Despite Grim Job Market

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Genna Batson, who graduated last month from Syracuse University’s Bandier Program with a music business degree, was about as poised for a career in the concert industry as a senior without a nepotistic benefactor could be. She’d focused on the touring business early in her college days, serving as talent buyer and co-director of the school’s concert board, and held internships at industry titans Live Nation, Red Light Management and Superfly, where last summer she interned as a sponsorship coordinator for the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. She’d secured a contracted position for this summer in the same role, and a permanent job looked promising.

But then came the pandemic, which in a matter of days flattened the entire concert industry — the financial engine of the music business, which touring trade Pollstar had projected would generate $12.2 billion in box office

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Pret a Manger job cut fears as sales plunge

A leaked video revealing how sales have plunged at Pret a Manger during the coronavirus crisis has raised fears about job cuts at the sandwich chain.

Boss Pano Christou told staff in a recent online meeting that an announcement about the “job situation” would be made on 8 July.

He said Pret’s global weekly takings had fallen to £3m, just 15% of what they would normally be.

A Pret spokeswoman said staff would be the “first to hear about any changes”.

Pret stores in the UK, the US and France have been hit hard by lockdowns as office workers stayed in their homes.

In May, Pret called in consultants to help renegotiate its rents as it attempted to avoid store closures, and said it was putting a “clear plan” in place to deal with reduced footfall.

That plan could involve job cuts.

In a recent video call to staff, which

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Job losses continue, suburbs appealing to homebuyers

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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— Target’s $15 per hour starting wage for its hourly workers kicks in July 5. That’s up from $13 set in June 2019. Target is also giving out one-time bonuses of $200 to reward workers on the front lines of the coronavirus. With these changes, the Minneapolis-based discounter will have invested nearly $1 billion more this year in its workers than it did last year. It also announced additional extensions of COVID-19 benefits.

— Bedding maker Tempur Sealy International anticipates its second-quarter sales will be down 15% compared with a year earlier, as strong sales in May and early June are mitigating a very difficult April.

The company said Wednesday that its

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What’s it like to start a new job when working remotely?

Meeting your new team and being shown round the office is one of the biggest parts of starting a new job. But how does it feel when everyone is working from home?

Halfway through my video call with Nicole Rouwenhorst for this article, something embarrassing happens.

“Um, I’m afraid that’s the doorbell,” I say apologetically. “Can you stay on the video call for two minutes? Someone has arrived to collect my daughter’s scooter.”

Nicole laughs, because it’s exactly the point she was trying to make before we were so rudely interrupted.

The 23-year-old joined a marketing firm in Manchester called Social just as lockdown started. She had to get to know her 40 new colleagues purely online.

She had anxiety about building personal relationships this way. But it’s actually been fine, she says, precisely because of little incidents like my scooter visit.

“In some ways video calls are even better

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22 Side Gigs That Can Make You Richer Than a Full-Time Job

Earning extra money on the side can be easy when you know what types of opportunities to look for. Whether you want to pay off student loan debt, start saving for a big-ticket purchase or build up a fund for the future, finding one of the best side jobs out there is a great way to reach your goal.

Some side jobs pay so well that you might even consider giving up your full-time job to have more time to dedicate to these gigs. If you do these gigs regularly, you can earn a good living while still creating your own schedule and breaking out of the 9-to-5 grind.

Last updated: Feb. 1, 2020

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Sign up as a vendor with GreenPal, a lawn care service and app that CEO Bryan Clayton describes as “Uber for lawn care,” and make money mowing lawns.“Many of our lawn care vendors

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Get Health Insurance If You Lost Job During Pandemic

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If you’re one of the estimated 27 million people who lost their health insurance along with your job during the coronavirus pandemic, your chance to buy your own health insurance is approaching a deadline. 

Typically, after losing your job, you have 60 days to buy an Affordable Care Act plan through your state marketplace. That deadline is coming up for anyone who lost their job in April or May.

You have a bit more time if you elect to continue employer coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. That law allows you to keep your plan, though you will have to pay the full premium out of your own pocket. While you usually have 60 days after losing job-based insurance to choose COBRA, the Department of Health and Human Services said last month that it would permit COBRA

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