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5 Interview Tips to Help you get the Job

Okay, okay. You’ve probably heard them all before. There are lots of interview tips out there. What makes us different?

Well, we’ve looked through those tips. Here are the little things that we haven’t seen before.

1. Act like an interviewer

We don’t mean you should act like an interviewer in your actual interview (though you should definitely have questions prepared for when it’s appropriate to ask). What we want you to do is look into techniques for being an interviewer. Just like there are tips for you, there are tips for them. An interviewer might be giving away what they are looking for based on the questions they ask. This will help you answer to the best of your ability.

2. Find your weakness

What question are you afraid to answer? Why? Get to the bottom of it and make sure you practice the answer to that question. Don’t just hope it won’t come up. It will. So be ready.

3. Pick your time slot

What is your best time of day? When do you feel most alert? Some job interviews have a little leeway as to when you can schedule your interview. Try to make it work to your best advantage. And don’t forget to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.

4. Ask who will be interviewing you

Is it a guy, a girl, a panel, the CEO? This might just be a good thing to know before you walk into the room. It will keep you from being surprised. Also, if it’s someone high up in the company, you may want to do a little research on what their role is.

5. Have references ready, but not with you

You should definitely line up recommendations from you work history, however, it isn’t necessary to bring those recommendations with you. The interviewer or company will follow up on that if they deem it necessary, you don’t have to worry about it.

What tips have helped you get through interviews? What hasn’t worked? Share in the comments!

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5 Reasons your Startup should Hire a Recent Grad

The job market isn’t doing great. For recent grads, finding a job is hard. Finding a job that leads 5 Reasons your Startup should Hire a Recent Graddown a solid career path is even harder. More and more grads are going from college back to their parents’ house. Recently, the big trend has been grads starting their own business.

Before you throw out that resume because it lacks experience, take a moment to consider these reasons you should hire a recent grad:

1. They will learn and they will learn fast

If you get a college grad fresh from commencement, you’re getting an eager learner who is ready to start life as an adult. They are young and they are just coming out of an institution that was promoting learning. When you get them in the trenches, they will still be in the learning mindset.

This isn’t to say that you need to hover over them and be their mentor. What it does mean is that when you correct something they did wrong, they won’t do it wrong again. When you ask them to find a new way to do something, they’ll research and work hard.

This is especially valuable in a startup where people need to wear many hats and do multiple jobs. You’ll have someone who can handle the load and adapt.

2. They’ll socialize

Young employees don’t necessarily have the same burden as older employees. They won’t have the family, they won’t have the mortgage, and, they’ll spend time socializing outside the office. It’s not an exaggeration to say young people have more energy. When they talk with each other, they’ll talk about the job and spread the word.

3. You give them room to grow

The promise of growth is a great motivator. When you have a startup, growth of an individual job is often linked to the growth of the company. They’ll be able to see in real time that their work is paying off. When you invest in them, they will invest in you.

4. Hours are flexible

Like I said before, recent grad employees don’t have the same obligations as older employees. Their work hours can be different than the 9 to 5. Find out what their best work times are and let them work those hours. You can get them at their most productive .

5. Technology

You can’t let a misunderstanding of technology hold your business back. Recent grads know their tech. That’s not to say that you need to put them on your biggest tech-heavy jobs, but they will be faster at learning new systems. They also understand the nature of social media and communication better.

What are your top reasons for hiring a recent grad? Are you a recent grad that chose to join a startup? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Get Ahead in Your Job Search

Searching and applying for jobs can be a full time job in and of itself. If you’re entering the job market, you know it isn’t the easiest place to be.

So many things can go wrong, so why not stay ahead with a few of our tips and tricks.Get Ahead in Your Job Search

1. Sleep it off

Remember to get a lot of sleep. Like I said above, searching and applying for jobs is like a full time job itself. And, let’s face it, if you’re like most Americans, you don’t get enough sleep on a good day. So, if you land that interview, make sure you rest up.

2. Prepare your questions

You should always have a list of questions ready to go and definitely have some for the end of the interview. Have more than you need, given that there’s a chance some of the questions will be answered during the interview process. It might seem sneaky, but having questions shows you how much you care about getting the position. Once you land that interview, you have time to do your research. Take some notes. Prepare.

3. Stay up to date

It might seem obvious, but some people show up to their interviews with out-of-date resumes. Or, they sent out-of-date resumes to get the job and show up with up-to-date ones. If you get an interview within a month of applying, you shouldn’t have any changes on the resume. The copy you bring should match the copy you applied with.

Also, if you plan on using your LinkedIn profile to help you land the job (which you certainly should), don’t forget to keep that up-to-date as well. Now that your colleagues have the opportunity to endorse you, it can be a great way to show off recommendations without having to ask someone for a letter.

4. Don’t lie

A lot of people misrepresent themselves in a job interview and often pass it off as ‘everybody lies.’ Except, nowadays, you can get a whole lot easier. Besides, it’s just a bad idea.

5. Prepare

Depending on the type of job you’re applying for, you should have some understanding of what they want to hear. What was your customer service experience? Think about some specific incidents where you helped a customer, or calmed a customer, or got a customer to yes. For a social media coordinator, how have you built a social platform for someone? If you are just starting out, how have you built your own social network? Be ready with specifics, because chances are, they will ask.

Do you have any tips for the job search? How have you nailed the interview? Share in the comments below.

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Intuit Inc. reports Small Business Employment Index Shows 0.3 Percent Job Growth for December

Small business employment continued to show growth in December with hours worked up and wages flat.

“We might expect that after months of high hours per employee, that businesses would hire and hours would fall back to normal. Instead, we see hiring up and hours worked up also. These are good signs for the recovery.”

Those were among the results of this month’s update of the Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU) Small Business Employment Index. The monthly report found that small business employment grew by 0.3 percent in December, equating to an annual growth rate of about 3.4 percent. This translates to approximately 57,000 new jobs created nationwide. The Index is based on figures from the country’s smallest businesses that use Intuit Online Payroll.

“Small business is still the most vigorous sector of the employment picture,” said Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with Intuit to create the Index. “We generally see a rise in employment for all businesses in December, but this year it is unusually strong. We can hardly see the recovery in overall national employment, but among small businesses, the recovery, albeit slow, is unambiguous.”

Based on this latest data, the employment growth rate for November was revised upward to 0.4 percent, equating to 73,000 jobs added for the month and a 4.4 percent annual growth rate. Since the growth trend first began in October 2009, small business jobs have increased by a revised estimate of 880,000.

Compensation Flat, Hours Worked Up

Total compensation per employee was flat in December while hours worked were up, compared to November.

Average monthly pay for all small business employees was $2,607 per month in December, a nearly 0.1 percent decline, which is considered flat, from the revised November figure of $2,609 per month. This translates to wages of about $31,300 per year, which is part-time work for many small business employees.

The weakness of the overall employment picture is still reflected in small business compensation,” said Woodward. “Though small businesses are hiring and asking their people to work longer hours, they don’t have to pay more to get people. While compensation is flat, these numbers don’t mean that people didn’t get overtime and bonuses in December – they did. But on a seasonal and trend adjusted basis, compensation is not up.”

Small business hourly employees worked an average of 107.5 hours in December, translating to a 24.8-hour work week. This is a nearly 0.2 percent increase from the revised November figure of 107.3 hours.

“Hours are still strong,” added Woodward. We might expect that after months of high hours per employee, that businesses would hire and hours would fall back to normal. Instead, we see hiring up and hours worked up also. These are good signs for the recovery.”

Small Business Employment by Geography

The Intuit Index also breaks down employment by census divisions and states across the country.

“All divisions continued to show employment growth except for the West North Central division, which continued to see job losses for the sixth month in a row,” said Cameron Schmidt, vice president of Intuit’s Employee Management Solutions division. “Most states saw increases in employment with Washington seeing the strongest increase month over month.”

U.S. Census Division Percent Change in Employment
East North Central +0.2%
West North Central -0.2%
Middle Atlantic +0.3%
Mountain +0.2%
New England +0.4%
Pacific +0.3%
South Atlantic +0.3%
East South Central +0.3%
West South Central +0.4%

Small Business Employment by U.S. Census Division continues to grow in most parts of the country except for the West North Central division. The data reflects employment from nearly 60,000 small business employers who use Intuit Online Payroll. The month-to-month changes are seasonally-adjusted and informative about the overall economy.

State Percent Change in Employment
Arizona +0.5%
California +0.2%
Florida +0.4%
Georgia +0%
Illinois +0%
Maryland +0.5%
Massachusetts +0.4%
New Jersey +0.5%
New York -0.1%
North Carolina +0.1%
Texas +0.5%
Virginia +0.4%
Washington +0.6%

Small Business Employment by State is up for many states across the country with the highest increases month over month in Maryland and Washington. The states above reflect those for which Intuit Online Payroll has more than 1,000 small business firms represented. The month-to-month changes are seasonally-adjusted and informative about the overall economy.

About the Index

The Intuit Small Business Employment Index is based on aggregate and anonymous online employment data from nearly 60,000 small business employers, each with fewer than 20 employees. These small businesses use Intuit Online Payroll from Intuit, the No. 1 payroll provider with more than 1 million customers. These smallest employers are important to the economy as they comprise 87 percent of the total U.S. private employer base and employ nearly 20 million people. More information is available at:

Intuit reports data for three categories: small business employment, compensation and hours worked. Intuit analyzes and publishes the data at the beginning of each month. The Index also includes employment data broken down by geography. As with the government data, there may be revisions to the Intuit Index numbers. These revisions are partly due to calculations using the latest month of new Intuit data. These calculations include re-computing seasonal factors and the moving average process used to obtain the curve, which can change the values for previously reported months. Changes to the data are also due to revisions to the government employment data, which is used to calculate the Intuit Index.

While the Intuit Small Business Employment Index offers macroeconomic insight about the economy generally, it does not indicate or represent changes in Intuit’s business results for any period.

The Index data reflects monthly employment activity in small businesses, and is adjusted to account for changes in Intuit’s Online Payroll customer base. The percent change is measured monthly using the change in employment for existing Intuit Online Payroll customers from one month to the next. The set of customers changes each month so the measurement is the change, for each pair of months, for customers who are present in both the earlier and the later month.


Banks still failing

The largest number of bank failures in nearly 20 years has eliminated jobs, accelerated a drought in lending and left the industry’s survivors with more power to squeeze customers.

279 banks have collapsed since Sept. 25, 2008, when Washington Mutual Inc. became the biggest bank failure on record. That dwarfed the 1984 demise of Continental Illinois, which had only one-seventh of WaMu’s assets. The failures of the past two years shattered the pace of the prior six-year period, when only three dozen banks died.

Two more banks went down last Friday, and failures are expected to “persist for some time,” according to a report issued Tuesday by Standard & Poor’s. In the second quarter of this year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. increased its number of problem banks by 6% to 829.

Between failures and consolidation, the number of U.S. banks could fall to 5,000 over the next decade from the current 7,932, according to the top executive of investment-banking firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.

The upside of failures is that they can represent a healthy cleansing of a sector that grew too fast, with bank assets more than doubling to $13.8 trillion in the decade that ended in 2008. Many banks that failed were opportunistic latecomers. Of the failed banks since February 2007, 75 were formed after 1999, according to SNL Financial.

Still, economists say, the contraction represents an enduring threat to capital, lending and the economy.

Setting Up a Home Office

Setting up a home office? Biz Television is here to help.

More and more people are trying to find ways to work from home.

  1. Set up a space that is your own. Make it your office, not your kitchen table.
  2. Make sure you password protect your computer. Who knows when a family member might make a settings change that takes hours to fix.
  3. Find an ergonomic way to store your cords. Tripping over a computer cord can damage you or your hardware.
  4. Anticipate your needs. Just because you are working from home does not mean you have all the supplies you’ll want to use. Keep a list handy so you can stay on top of your supplies. Plan out your next trip to the office supply store.
  5. Remove unhelpful distraction. Biz Television provides live programming during the market hours to help you stay informed and focused.

For more information on working out of the home, tune in to shows like MomsTown Live.

Private Sector trying to keep employment up

U.S. employment fell for a third straight month in August, but the drop was far less than expected and private hiring surprised on the upside, easing pressure on the Federal Reserve to prop up economic growth.

Nonfarm payrolls declined 54,000, the Labor Department said on Friday, helping to assuage fears of a double-dip recession. Financial markets had looked for a drop of 100,000 jobs.

However, the data will likely do little to take the political heat off President Barack Obama over his handling of the economy or improve the Democratic Party’s chances in November’s mid-term congressional elections.

“It is inconsistent with fears that a sharp slowdown in the economy is under way. This report, together with other recent data, will convince the Fed to refrain from launching a new asset purchase program at this month’s meeting,” said Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist at Barclays Capital in New York.

The fall in payrolls last month was largely a result of 114,000 temporary census workers being laid off.

Wait, you mean those census jobs that everyone was so excited about were only temporary?

Private employment, considered a better gauge of labor market health, increased 67,000 after a revised 107,000 gain in July. Markets had expected a rise of only 41,000 in August.

In addition, the government revised payrolls for June and July to show 123,000 fewer jobs lost than previously reported.

Oil dips as jobless claims soar

Oil dipped toward $75 per barrel on Thursday, paring earlier gains, after a surprise rise in U.S. unemployment claims to a nine-month high was balanced by an upgrading of Germany’s growth forecast by its central bank.

The U.S. jobless figures heightened concerns about the pace of recovery in the U.S., the world’s largest economy. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 500,000 in the week ended August 14, the highest since mid-November, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast claims slipping to 476,000 from the previously reported 484,000 the prior week, which was revised up to 488,000 in Thursday’s report.

A Labor Department official said there was nothing unusual in the state level data. The data covered the survey week for the government’s closely watched employment report for August, scheduled for release early next month.

U.S. September crude was down 6 cents to $75.36 a barrel. ICE front-month Brent fell 23 cents to $76.24.

However, oil found some support from a rally in equity markets in Asia and Europe. European shares rose after Germany’s central bank upgraded its forecast for this year’s economic growth.

Analysts downplayed the effect on oil prices of deepening tensions between Iran and the United States. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, said on Wednesday that Iran would not talk with the U.S. in the current climate.

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