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In today’s email:

  • Job Interview Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’t’s to ace your next job interview

  • Job Market Insights: Stay updated on the dynamic job market with our exclusive insights.

  • Poll: Can We Afford to Take a Step Back from Remote Work?

  • Lifehack 101: Is Gratitude the Secret To Work Success?

  • Tailored Job Resources: Explore a curated list of career resources, including resume services, interview tips, E-Books, E-Courses, and our very own Podcast.

Are you ready? Let’s get to it:

Interview Etiquette: Insider Secrets for Landing Your Dream Job

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Navigating the intricacies of an interview can often feel like walking a tightrope, balancing what to say and what not to say to make the best impression. Understanding the dos and don'ts of interview etiquette can significantly impact your chances of landing the job you desire. In this segment, we'll delve into essential guidelines, shedding light on the conversations to approach with caution and those that can set you apart as an ideal candidate.

Interview Etiquette: Do's:

  • Ask about the unspoken rules within the workplace, such as What are some unspoken rules in this workplace? to understand the company's culture and expectations.

  • Inquire about decision-making processes, like How are decisions typically made in this organization? to gauge the communication style and efficiency of the company.

  • Prioritize discussing your enthusiasm for the job and alignment with the company's mission.

Interview Etiquette: Don'ts:

  • Avoid dwelling on past challenges or negative experiences from previous jobs.

  • Refrain from prematurely disclosing personal information such as upcoming parental leave or vacation plans.

  • Resist the urge to focus solely on compensation and benefits rather than expressing genuine enthusiasm for the job and the company's mission.

Catch the Latest in Job Market Trends with 'Job Minute Market 📊

Personal income growing higher than inflation rates in January

Personal income (1%) and disposable income (.3%) increased monthly in January, with growing compensation and government benefits. According to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal consumption expenditures rose by .2%, with inflation increasing in food and housing.

Employment increased nationally and across 86% of U.S. counties

In September 2023, national employment increased to 152.8 million, 1.5% over the year, according to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. In 86% of U.S. counties, employment increased; most notably, Hall, GA, had the most significant over-the-year increase in employment, with a gain of 5.4 percent.

Employment rate increase for differently abled people– the highest rate since 2008

This past year marked the highest rate of employment of differently-abled people since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking in 2008. 22.5% of differently-abled people were employed, increasing by 1.2% from last year. Unfortunately, however, the unemployment rate remained at 7.2%, More than double the rate than the national average.

2023 marked the highest number of work stoppages (including strikes and closed facilities)

In 2023, the U.S. saw 33 major work stoppages, which is the most significant number of work stoppages since 2000. In 2023, work stoppages in the manufacturing sector accounted for 61,200 idled workers. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not separate between work strikes and idled workers due to facility closures, 458k workers were involved in major work stoppages in 2023.

Opinion Piece Feature: We Can’t Afford to Move Backward on Remote Work

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We found an intriguing piece titled "Opinion: We can’t afford to move backward on remote work" by Desert News. The article discusses the recent shift away from remote work options in some Utah companies and its potential impact on women in the workforce. It emphasizes the importance of workplace flexibility, citing research that supports the benefits of remote work, such as increased productivity and reduced work-family conflict. The author urges organizational leaders to reconsider rigid remote work policies and embrace flexibility to support women and families in Utah's workforce.

Feel free to give it a read and let us know your thoughts below!

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Life Hack: Grateful: The App that Keeps You Sane Through Your Work Day

In our fast-paced work lives, taking a moment to pause and appreciate the small things can make a world of difference. That's why we wanted to share a valuable resource we recently discovered: Grateful.

Grateful is an app designed to help you cultivate gratitude in your daily routine, including your workday. Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up to receive daily prompts via your preferred platform—whether it's iOS, Android, Facebook Chatbot, Text Message, or email.

  2. Reflect on the prompt and respond with what you're grateful for. These prompts are crafted to inspire moments of gratitude throughout your day.

  3. Your responses are stored privately, and every Sunday evening, you'll receive a recap of your answers, allowing you to revisit and savor the highlights of your week.

Incorporating gratitude into your workday can have profound effects on your overall well-being, reducing stress, fostering positive relationships, and promoting a sense of fulfillment.

Here is a list of our very own career resources, just for you.

  1. Resume and Inverview Services: Should you find yourself unemployed and overwhelmed, worry not. You are not isolated in this struggle. Our mission is to support you in regaining your footing. We have carefully selected and collaborated with several experts for you to select from, who will assist in fortifying your job search and, if you are an existing client, enhancing your case.

  2. E-Books: Interested in learning more about employment law topics? Below are a couple free E-Books written by Tom Spiggle. Interested? Click here to learn more.

  3. The Spiggle Law Firm Podcast: Listen to our podcasts to learn about the world of employment law. You can never be too prepared!

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Thank you for joining us for another edition of the Career Rocket newsletter. We hope you found today's content informative and engaging. Stay tuned for more updates on employment laws, career insights, and industry news in our future editions.

Until next time, keep aiming for the stars in your career journey!

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