Women's Mental Health in the Workforce

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Job Market Trends This Week:

The U.S. Labor Force has the highest percentage of working women than ever before

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the percentage of women in their prime working years, aged 25 to 54, is higher than it has ever been in history, at 78%. Compared to 10 years earlier, with 4% fewer women in the workforce – more women gained a college education and higher employment rates than ever before.

The growing semiconductor industry estimates 70,000 new jobs

With the passing of the CHIPS Act in 2022, the Joe Biden Administration invested $52.7 billion in the semiconductor industry to encourage new domestic manufacturing jobs. With the industrial partnerships with Intel, Samsung, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. – they estimate there will be demand for 70,000 new jobs to operate the facilities.

Half of private industry workers participated in high-deductible health plans in 2023

51% of private industry workers participated in high deductible health plans in 2023 – paying between $2,000 and $3,000 for those in professional managerial roles and service occupations. Meanwhile, 58% of those working in natural resource, construction, and maintenance jobs participated in high-deductible health plans.

Rising and falling jobs in the agricultural sector - from farmers to agricultural engineers

While farmer and rancher occupations are expected to decrease by 42,300 or 5% by 2032– an average of 88,800 openings are projected each year. In 2022, there were 922,900 farmer/rancher job openings with median annual earnings of $75,760. Agricultural workers with 804,600 job openings in 2022, with median annual earnings of $33,290, are also projected to decrease by 16,000, or 2%, but 115,700 openings are projected yearly. Meanwhile, the number of agricultural engineers is projected to increase by 6%, with median annual earnings of $83,260 in 2022.

The Unseen Impact of Appearance Issues in the Workforce on Women's Mental Health

A new study unveils a troubling trend in workplace culture.

From the moment we wake up, many of us go through an extensive routine to look our best. But what if the pursuit of the perfect look is more of a prison than a panacea?

A recent study by the face yoga app Luvly unveils shocking truths on this matter during Mental Health Awareness Month. One you ought to know if you're related to the employment industry.

One in three women experience criticism based on their appearance. Yes, you read that right.

One in five has been bullied for how they look since becoming an adult.

And guess what? The bullies are often the ones we hold close. According to the study, a staggering one in three women report receiving the most offensive comments about their looks from family members.

One in ten faces harsher criticism from strangers.

Such realities are heartbreaking. And they're creating a crisis of confidence.

Nearly half of women surveyed admitted to feeling insecure about their appearance. This criticism directly contributes to their mental health. 41% of women have low self-esteem as they're not content with how they look.

One in five experience stress and anxiety.

One in ten admit to social isolation, body dysmorphia, or an eating disorder.

When asked about the root causes of their mental distress, 41% pinned it on signs of aging. One in six women cited acne breakouts or general dissatisfaction with their skin as primary triggers.

Such facts are not just numbers. They're a silent call for help. One in three women have sought professional assistance to address mental challenges resulting from dissatisfaction with their appearance.

But it's not just mental well-being that takes a hit. Our social lives are at stake too.

One in eight women have had to cancel significant life events due to skin issues. And one in five experience anxiety if they don't regularly check their appearance throughout the day.

These facts are sobering. They underscore a pressing need to redefine societal standards of beauty and promote a more inclusive, empathetic workplace environment.

Beware of the Red Flags: What Makes Recruiters Say "No Thanks"?

The fine line between landing an interview and ending up in the discard pile.

According to a recent study on Jobera.com, recruiters spend an average of just 7.4 seconds skimming each resume. In such a short time, they're on the lookout for a few specific red flags. Here's a handy list of what could potentially get your resume tossed aside:

  1. Job Hopping
    Did you switch jobs frequently in the last year or so? While you might see it as gaining diverse experiences, 52% of recruiters see this as a lack of commitment. Constantly changing jobs might make potential employers question your loyalty and fear that you'll leave them high and dry.

  2. Typos and Grammatical Errors
    Nothing kills a good first impression faster than spelling mistakes and poor grammar. They might seem minute, but they're a big no-no for 58% of recruiters. Such errors reflect a lack of attention to detail and could portray you as careless – something no employer wants.

  3. AI-Generated Content
    Using an AI content generator for your resume might seem savvy, but beware! It raises eyebrows among 10% of recruiters. They prefer a more personalised touch to your application, something that screams 'you.'

  4. Unprofessional Email Addresses
    That quirky email address you created in middle school? It's time to retire it. An unprofessional email address is a faux pas that could cost you dearly, with 35% of recruiters judging it harshly.

  5. Lies, Lies, and More Lies
    Honesty is always the best policy, particularly when it comes to your resume. Lies are an absolute deal-breaker for a whopping 77% of recruiters. Always stick to the truth - getting caught in a lie is not only embarrassing, but it also destroys your credibility.

  6. One Size Doesn’t Fit All
    Tailoring your resume to each job application might seem time-consuming, but it's worth it. Sending the same resume to every job can be obvious, and 22% of recruiters can tell and they're not impressed. Customize your application to fit the job description; it makes a difference.

By avoiding these red flags, you'll increase your chances of catching a recruiter's eye and landing that job interview. Happy job hunting!

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