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Is Labeling Millennials Discriminatory?
By: CareerCast.com
Lazy. Unfocused. Demanding. Overly dependent. If an HR manager caught you labeling all workers older than 50 this way, he or she would haul you aside for a chat on age discrimination. Yet these terms are frequently used—in news articles, books, speeches and, yes, workplaces—to characterize the entire generation known as Millennials. It’s become common at many companies to view Millennials (born between 1980 and the early 2000s) as requiring special attention and expertise. A whole industry of speakers and consultants has sprung up to advise employers on how to hire them, keep them, treat them and “handle” them. READ ... more
Work Flexibility For Stay-At Home Dads
By: CareerCast.com
On the one hand, they’re workplace progressives—demanding more scheduling flexibility than perhaps any generation before. On the other, you might say they are traditionalists—wanting conventional benefits like robust disability and life insurance packages that offer financial stability. “They” are Millennial employees who’ve become parents. And among these 18- to-33-year-old workers, fathers increasingly expect their employers to help them play a key role in their children’s rearing, according to The Hartford’s 2015 Millennial Parenthood Survey. “Millennial men are approaching parenthood differently than previous generations, which means employers should factor in fathers when they build benefit plans and work/life policies,” said The ... more
How to Make Your Resume Diversity Proof
By: CareerCast.com
Searching for a job can be a tedious process requiring a great deal of time and effort. People are accustomed to using various methods to find job openings, hoping to increase their chances of getting an interview. Yes, the skills and qualifications listed on your resume are a determining factor in whether you will be chosen as a candidate, but there are other forces at work to keep in mind. Failing to diversity proof your resume might hinder your chance to get that perfect job opportunity. Here are five tips on how you can make your resume diversity proof. Prevent ... more
Top Issues for Women Business Owners
By: CareerCast.com
The top four issues on the minds of women business owners are the state of the economy (57%), health insurance cost and affordability (40%), business tax issues (36%), and access to a quality workforce (36%). This is among the findings of the State of Women-Owned Businesses survey conducted by the National Association of Women Business Owners and Web.com Group. But the survey also finds overall optimism: 85% of women entrepreneurs say more women will join their ranks this year than in the past two. Additionally, 38% of women business owners plan to invest more in hiring this year while 54% ... more
Racial Gaps Hurt Retirement Plans
By: CareerCast.com
When it comes to retirement readiness, race and ethnicity matter. And according to a new study, whites are the most prepared. Research from the National Institute on Retirement Security found that more than 60 percent of white households own assets in a retirement account, while more than 60 percent of Blacks and nearly 70 percent of Latinos do not—and those who have plans have far less in them than their white counterparts. The average retirement savings for white Americans near retirement age is four times that of Blacks and Latinos ($120,000 vs. $30,000). Roughly 75 percent of working-age (25- to ... more
Black College Graduates Face Job Market Challenges
By: CareerCast.com
College graduates have survived both the recession and ho-hum recovery far better than those without a degree, but black graduates who finished four years of college are suffering from unemployment rates that are painfully high compared with their white counterparts. Among recent graduates ages 22 to 27, the jobless rate for black graduates last year was 12.4 percent versus 4.9 percent for white graduates, said John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. While there has always been a gap between black and white college grads, this 7.5 percentage-point difference was far greater than before ... more
Rethinking Workplace Diversity By Rethinking Educational Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Search for images of a "professor" on Google and this is what you'll find: a cornucopia of older white men standing authoritatively in front of a chalkboard. This tired cliché has become the target of #ILookLikeaProfessor, a hashtag inviting professors who don't fit the stereotype to show the public that academics are a diverse bunch. The callout has been a hit, particularly among women and people of color who say that they've been mistaken for students, custodians and even takeout delivery drivers. "These are real posts from real people — real professors in diverse fields across the United States — ... more
Bridging The Workplace Generational Gap
By: CareerCast.com
There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children — or grandchildren. Put people of widely different ages together and there are bound to be differences. Baby boomers, for example, may be workaholics, while younger workers may demand more of a work-life balance. The solution for a growing number of companies: generational awareness training to help foster understanding and more effective communication among its workers. Employees are taught about the characteristics that define each generation, from their core values to their childhood ... more
What Is The Biggest Barrier For Women's Success?
By: CareerCast.com
Why are so few women in senior management? According to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, it’s because women haven’t taken enough responsibility in advocating their own success—and it’s about time they stepped up and got themselves out of this “stalled revolution.” In her newly released book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed, Sandberg argues that when it comes to climbing the ladder in corporate America, women are their own worst enemies. “We’ve ceased making progress at the top in any industry anywhere in the world,” Sandberg writes. “In the United States, women have had 14 percent of the ... more
Career Development For Others Can Help You Get Ahead
By: CareerCast.com
Did you know that developing other people can also positively impact your career? According to a 2012 study led by nonprofit organization Catalyst, paying it forward by being a career mentor to others has positive benefits. "It benefits not only proteges but leads to career advancement and compensation growth for those providing the assistance -- $25,075 in additional compensation between 2008 and 2010," the study says. If others have helped you develop during your career, you're more likely to give back by developing others. About three in five employees who received developmental support (59 percent) did so for others. Sponsorship ... more