January 1, 2002 |
A Los Angeles County economic development group has launched a Web site to link job seekers, educational programs and businesses in the metalwork, food preparation and apparel industries. The Los Angeles County Workforce Preparation and Economic Development Collaborative serves as a matchmaker, connecting the unemployed and low-wage workers with better training in industries that are hiring, and helping businesses in those industries to find a more skilled worker base. The Web site, maps.
December 9, 2001
I am one of the numerous who are unemployed and have been searching the classifieds in the newspaper on and the Internet, and am confounded as to what constitutes an administrative assistant/secretary these days. The majority of listings I have seen for administrative assistant/secretary positions require some, if not all, of these qualifications: Typing skills of no less than 80 words per minute; Shorthand skills of no less than 100 words per minute; Proficiency on Excel, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, Outlook, Access, Visio, Photoshop, Quark and FilemakerPro, and other software; The ability to answer a multi-line telephone, screen all calls and route same to the appropriate individual(s)
December 2, 2001
"Firms Cut 21,000 Jobs in State" [Nov. 10] left me curious as to interviewee Deyanira Garcia's statements in describing her quandary. She is quoted as saying she needs at least $14 an hour, the rate of pay she received at her last job, to make ends meet. She now struggles along on $844 monthly unemployment benefits. She goes on to say that she would be unable to make it on what appears to be a rejected job offer paying her $10 an hour and continues drawing unemployment benefits while searching for that elusive $14-plus-an-hour job. With four small children to care for, she faces a daunting challenge to be sure.
October 27, 2001 |
They don't pay particularly well and the work they offer ranges from the dull to the dangerous. But since Sept. 11, the nation's intelligence agencies have seen a wave of applications more earnest and enormous than recruiters once dared to imagine. The CIA has fielded 20,000 applications since the terrorist attacks and up to 600 more resumes arrive each day, five times the pre-attack volume.
September 3, 2001 |
With the economy shedding more jobs than it added in recent months and unemployment rolls at a nine-year high, American workers have plenty to worry about this Labor Day. The people waiting in employment offices to search job data banks and talk to career counselors are signs of the increasing pain caused by the economic slowdown. Mounting corporate cutbacks helped to boost the number of Americans on unemployment to 3.
August 26, 2001 |
It wasn't long ago that corporate America couldn't stop fawning over dot-commers. They didn't need resumes or interviewing skills. Recruiters chased anyone with the least bit of Internet experience. But now that the fairy-tale job market has collapsed, many of these start-up refugees are learning what it takes to find work the "old-economy" way. They are studying up on business etiquette, what to wear on an interview and how to describe their skills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2001
Re "Residents Dismayed by Wachs' Absences," July 21: Los Angeles fired Councilman Joel Wachs. The vehicle used to accomplish that was fairly impersonal. It's called term limits. The city also fired his staff on the same basis. Term limits do give the employees a long advance notice period--the entire last term of office. I don't live in Wachs' district, but I do find it notable that his constituents have reelected him for multiple terms. However, term limits are not the point. The real question is: How do you expect the terminated employees to behave while waiting for their last paychecks?
June 21, 2001 |
The Dodgers moved Wednesday to end speculation about Dan Evans, saying the interim assistant general manager will not pursue other jobs during the season. Evans, in his first month with the Dodgers, is reportedly a leading candidate to become the Pittsburgh Pirate general manager and has been mentioned in connection with many possible openings.
May 12, 2001 |
A Los Angeles County coalition of business, educators and government agencies launched a Web site portal Friday to better link job seekers--including welfare recipients--with training, education, social service and employment opportunities.
April 22, 2001 |
Many of the once-highflying dot-com workers who've lost their jobs are discovering that they need new strategies--from low-paying temporary work to retraining--to cope with longer periods of unemployment than they ever imagined. "There were some very talented people working for these" high-tech companies, said Fred Hobbs, marketing director for JustTechJobs.com of Boulder, Colo., "and now they are having to apply to more staid companies who can afford to be more selective.