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Survey: 75% of Job Applicants Don't Hear Back from Employers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you feel like you've wasted countless hours sending resumes and job applications to employers, only to hear nothing back, you are not alone.  

A new survey from CareerBuilder found that 75 percent of people who applied to jobs last year didn't hear back from employers.

"Employers are still being inundated with resumes and unfortunately they are not able to get to every single resume and give them a response," says Michael Irwin of CareerBuilder.

Applicants who managed to score an interview didn't fare much better -- 60 percent of them received no response after meeting with employers.

As Irwin explains, this lack of communication is leaving job seekers with a bad taste in their mouths.

"What we're finding from workers though is if they don't hear a response, even if its a no or a yes, they're going to have a negative view on that company and that can really impact their brand," he says.

The survey says 42 percent of applicants who have a bad experience with a company would never seek employment there again.  Furthermore, 22 percent would advise their friends and family not to work there, and 9 percent would tell their loved ones to not purchase products or services from the company.

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Asking to Be Paid 'Under the Table' Among Job Interview Blunders

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Making a good impression during a job interview will undoubtedly improve your chances of landing a position, while committing a blunder will probably result in a lost opportunity. 

Asking to be paid “under the table” seems to be a bizarre request, but that’s what one candidate actually did during a job interview.  That’s just one blunder uncovered by a recent survey of 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers.

Here’s a rundown of some of the real-life interview blunders uncovered in the survey:

  • Candidate said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal.
  • Candidate denied that he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing in the briefcase beside him.
  • Candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate said he didn't like getting up early and didn't like to read.
  • Candidate asked to be paid "under the table."
  • Candidate reached over and placed a hand on the interviewer's knee.
  • Candidate commented that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.
  • Candidate said he didn't want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate wouldn't answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

The survey also asked hiring managers to identify six fatal interview errors that job candidates make:

  • Appearing disinterested.
  • Answering a cell phone or texting.
  • Dressing inappropriately.
  • Talking negatively about a current or previous employer.
  • Poor body language: Failure to make eye contact or smile, bad posture and a weak handshake.
  • Not providing specific examples.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


A Third of Workers Lie About Being Sick, Survey Finds

Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Having a job these days is a valued commodity, but important or not, workers will occasionally call in sick whether they’re feeling lousy or just need that proverbial “mental health day.”

CareerBuilder’s survey of nearly 4,000 people reveals that in about a third of the cases over the past year, employees called in sick when they really weren’t ill.  Some of the real reasons for skipping work were pretty mundane, such as wanting to catch up on sleep, listed by 16 percent of the hooky players.

However, the excuses can also be pretty creative or pretty lame depending on your perspective, according to CareerBuilder, which also interviewed nearly 2,500 hiring managers and human resource professionals.  Those excuses include:

  • "Employee was upset after watching The Hunger Games."
  • "Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation."
  • "Employee's hair turned orange from dying her hair at home."

In any case, employers can be pretty understanding up to a point since workers’ absences can also put a burden on their associates.

It’s not so surprising to learn then that three in ten bosses will check up on people to make sure they really are sick by either calling an employee at home or asking for a doctor’s note.

Meanwhile, the most popular month of the year to skip out on work is December since it’s not only traditionally the height of flu season but also when people go out to do their holiday shopping.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Talking Politics at Work Is Risky but People Do It Anyway

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- If you want to make life easier for yourself at work, remember these three steadfast rules: don't gossip about the boss, don't fall asleep at your desk and don’t talk politics.

People can probably adhere to the first two rules, but a new CareerBuilder survey suggests it’s tough not to talk politics, especially during a particularly contentious election year.

Over a third of survey respondents admit they do chat with co-workers about candidates or hot button issues and 20 percent say that sometimes the arguments turn heated or even result in a fight.

What’s more, some respondents said they’ve gotten into a nasty political discussion with a higher-up in the company -- not exactly the best strategy for career advancement.

According to the survey, about 10 percent said their opinion about a co-worker changed after finding out about their political views and generally not for the better.

As for who likes to talk politics at work, it’s men more often than women while those 55 and older are most apt to discuss candidates and issues.  People 25 and under are the least likely to talk politics.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


More Bosses Are Taking Vacations than Employees

Steve Mason/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The recession may have forced many Americans to forget about taking an annual vacation, but a new survey finds more bosses than workers are still finding time to get away.

A survey commissioned by finds 81 percent of managers have or plan to take vacation this year, compared to 65 percent of full-time employees.

Additional findings from the survey:

-- 17 percent of workers took or planned to take a vacation for 10 days or more.  That’s down from 24 percent in 2007.

-- 30 percent of workers contact work during their vacation.

-- 37 percent of managers say they expect their employees to contact work while on vacation, although a majority say that’s only if a worker is involved in a big project or there’s a major issue going on within the company.

-- 15 percent of workers say they gave up vacation days last year because they didn’t have time to use them.

-- "Stay-cations" are still popular.  Thirty-eight percent of workers stayed home or are planning to stay home this year.

-- 23 percent of workers say they once had to work while their family went away on vacation without them.

-- 19 percent of workers say they can’t afford to go on vacation this year, down from 24 percent in 2011.

-- 12 percent of respondents say they can afford vacations, but have no plans to take one.  That percentage is consistent with previous years.

The survey of 2,303 hiring managers and 5,772 workers was conducted online by Harris Interactive.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Is Your Social Media Content Hurting Your Chances of Getting Hired?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Job seekers know that first impressions count, but many hiring managers who use social media to check out prospective employees say they get their first impression well before the face-to-face interview, and very often, it’s a negative one.

A new survey by reveals 37 percent of companies use social networking sites to check out job seekers.  Out of that total, 34 percent of hiring managers say they have found information that caused them not to hire a candidate.  That content ranges from evidence of inappropriate behavior to information that contradicted the individual's listed qualifications.

Here’s a rundown of the top negative findings, along with the percentage of hiring managers who have come across them:

-- Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info, 49 percent.
-- There was information about candidate drinking or using drugs, 45 percent.
-- Candidate had poor communication skills, 35 percent.
-- Candidate bad-mouthed previous employer, 33 percent.
-- Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc., 28 percent.
-- Candidate lied about qualifications, 22 percent.

On the flip side, 29 percent of hiring managers say they have found something via social media that has caused them to hire a candidate.  They cited content that showed them the following:

-- Good feel for candidate's personality, 58 percent.
-- Conveyed a professional image, 55 percent.
-- Background information supported professional qualifications, 54 percent.
-- Well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests, 51 percent.
-- Great communication skills, 49 percent.
-- Candidate was creative, 44 percent
-- Other people posted great references about the candidate, 34 percent.

The CareerBuilder survey of 2,303 hiring managers and human resource professionals was conducted by Harris Interactive.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


CareerBuilder Posts Worst Interview Mistakes of All Time

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- It's no secret the jobs situation in this country is dismal, so if you're lucky enough to land an interview, suggests you don't ask for a sip of the interviewer's coffee.

Believe it or not, an applicant actually did that during an interview.  That mistake and others are part of a new list compiled by the online jobs site, based on real-life encounters of hiring managers.

Among the obvious mistakes cited by experts are being late to interviews or appearing cocky.  Some less-obvious first impression flubs that hiring managers have seen?  Texting or taking a cellphone call during an interview, inexplicably wearing a Boy Scout uniform, or telling an interviewer the offered position, "isn't worth starting the car for."

Here's the full list of the most unusual interviewing mistakes, as compiled by

-- Candidate brought a "'How To Interview' book" with him to the interview.

-- Candidate asked, "What company is this again?"

-- Candidate put the interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday.

-- When a candidate interviewing for a security position wasn't hired on the spot, he painted graffiti on the building.

-- Candidate was arrested by federal authorities after a background check revealed the person had an outstanding warrant.

-- Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up 10 minutes late.

-- While driving to the interview, the candidate passed, cut-off and flipped his middle finger at a motorist who happened to be the interviewer.

-- Candidate referred to himself in the third person.

--Candidate took off his shoes during the interview.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Who's Hiring? 12 Companies Seek 500+ Employees

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The U.S. Labor Department will release its monthly jobs report for January on Friday.  Whether the number of jobs added last month will be better than expected remains to be seen, but as notes, companies are hiring.

The online jobs site released a list of companies that are looking to fill 500 positions or more on Thursday.  The list includes 12 companies and features nearly 38,000 available jobs.

"The number of companies hiring in large volume is encouraging," said CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson.  "While unemployment remains high, the increasing number of companies with many openings means job seekers have a wider variety of industries and job types from which to choose. 

"This is not only good news for those who are unemployed or underemployed, but for the overall economy as well," he continued.

Here is CareerBuilder’s list of companies that are hiring in large volume:
1. Starbucks
Number of jobs: 13,000+ Retail; 400+ Professional Service Opportunities
Types of positions available: Retail, Information Technology, Supply Chain Operations, Finance


Number of jobs: 3,000+
Types of positions: Software Development Engineers, Product Managers, Operations Managers and Communications, Product Marketing Managers

3. The Boeing Company
Number of jobs: 500+
Types of positions: Engineering, Airplane Manufacturing, Cyber Security & Intelligence, Finance.

4. Citibank
Number of jobs: 2,500
Types of positions: Customer Service, Personal Banker, Home Lending Specialist, Business Development Officer – Commercial Banking

5. Adventist Health System 
Number of jobs: 2,500+
Types of positions: Allied health professionals, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists

6. Time Warner Cable
Number of jobs: 500+
Types of positions: Direct Sales Reps, Customer Service Reps, Technicians and IT & Engineering.

7. State Farm Insurance
Number of jobs: 2,600
Types of positions: Actuarial, Agency Department, Banking, Claims, Creative Services, Customer Service, Information Technology/Systems, Legal/Litigation, Public Relations/Communications, Underwriting

8. Deloitte
Number of jobs: 3,300
Types of positions: client service professionals in all business segments including Accounting, Assurance and Advisory, Risk, Tax, Strategy, Financial, Technology, Human Capital

9. URS

Number of jobs: 4,300
Types of positions: Engineering, Logistics/Supply/Procurement, Business Operations/Admin/IT, Construction, Project/Program Management, Aviation, Environmental/Sciences, Health & Safety/Homeland Security, Operations & Maintenance

10. ADP
Number of jobs: 2,000+
Types of positions: Sales, Implementation, JAVA Development, Client Services, Human Resources

11. T-Mobile USA
Number of jobs: 1,000+
Types of positions: Retail Sales, Business Sales, Corporate, Technology

12. Humana Inc.
Number of jobs: 2,200
Types of positions: Sales, Pharmacy, Nurses, Physicians, Service Operations, IT

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Nearly One-in-Five Telecommuters Spend One Hour or Less on Work

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Working from home is great work if you can get it, especially in light of a new survey that reveals 17 percent of Americans who telecommute at least part of the time spend one hour or less per day on work.

The national survey found 40 percent of telecommuters work between four and seven hours per day, while 35 percent work eight or more hours.

The online jobs site also found:

-- 37 percent of telecommuters say they are more productive at the office, while 29 percent state they are more productive at home.  Thirty-four percent say they are equally productive at home and the office.

-- Telecommuters rank household chores as the biggest distraction, followed by TV, pets, running errands, the Internet and children.

-- 41 percent of female telecommuters work in their pajamas, compared to 22 percent of males.

The national survey was conducted between May 19 and June 8, 2011, and involved nearly 5,300 employees.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Who's Hiring? CareerBuilder Lists Top 10 Companies

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The U.S. may not have added jobs in August, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 9.1 percent, but there are companies that are hiring.

Online jobs site released a list of the top 10 companies taking on new employees in the U.S. and the world, drawn on data collected within the past two weeks.

At the top of the list is moving and storage company U-Haul in Phoenix.  A company spokeswoman said it has approximately 1,000 field positions and about 75 corporate jobs open.

Perhaps the company’s success attests to the growing mobility of the U.S. population.  According to the company, which has offered services for “do-it-yourself moving households” since 1945, one in five people move each year and the average person moves 11 times in a lifetime.

“Unfortunately, the economy is not yet consistently producing jobs in a healthy range each month, which is necessary to bring down the unemployment rate,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said.  “The encouraging news, however, is that today there are companies looking to add a large volume of new employees in a variety of positions, and we expect this trend to continue through the remainder of the year.”

Here is CareerBuilder’s list of the top companies that are hiring in large volume:

1. U-Haul, based in Phoenix

Number of jobs: 1,575+

Types of positions: General Manager and trainees, Shop Manager, Customer Care Representative, Programmer, Web Designer, Traffic Control Manager, Storage Team Manager, Structural Engineer, Production Manager and Transfer Driver

2. AON, based in Chicago

Number of jobs: 1,390+

Types of positions: Risk Management, Insurance Brokerage Services, Benefits Outsourcing, Human Capital Consulting and Actuarial

3. PNC, based in Pittsburgh

Number of jobs: 1,000+

Types of positions: Mortgage Loan Officer, Bank Branch Manager, Software Engineer, Part-time Teller, Relationship Manager and Financial Adviser

4. Yellowbook, based in Uniondale, New York

Number of jobs: 1,000+

Types of positions: New Media Specialist, Client Service Representative, Entry-level Customer Service, Finance, IT-Engineering, Developer, Programmer, Entry-level Production and Entry-level Field Distribution Management

5. Red Ventures, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina

Number of jobs: 1,000+

Types of positions: Inside Sales, Web Developer, Online Marketing, Sales Trainer, Corporate Recruiter, PHP Developer, Sales Recruiter, Human Resources and Copywriter

6. Comfort Keepers, based in Dayton, Ohio

Number of jobs: 900+

Types of positions: Caregiver, Home Health Aide, LPN, Personal Care Aide, Registered Nurse, Community Relations and Marketing Director

7. Motorola Solutions, based in Schaumburg, Illinois

Number of jobs: 600+ globally

Types of positions: Various IT and Engineering roles – Product Manager, Systems Engineer, Information Security Specialist and Software Engineer

8. Bridgestone Retail Operations, based in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Number of jobs: 400+

Types of positions: Retail Management Trainee, Retail Sales (full-time and part-time), Automotive Technician (full-time and part-time) and Automotive Maintenance Technician (full-time and part-time)

9. UniTek Global Services, based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Number of jobs: 400+

Types of positions: Cable Installer, Satellite Installer and Wireless Installation Project Manager and Foreman

10. Earthlink, based in Atlanta

Number of jobs: 300+

Types of positions: Account Executive, Major Account Executive, National Account Executive, System Sales, Channel Sales, Sales Engineer, Field Technician, NOC Technician and Branch Manager

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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