A service sector survey and the first peek at December's jobs
market are likely to sway stock and bond markets.
Stock index futures are pointing slightly lower early Wednesday
ahead of the release of the morning's economic reports.
The Institute for Supply Management report on the service sector
for December is expected to show a slight gain to 55.5. That would
be the highest point reached since May 2006, well before the
recession began in December 2007.
Payroll company ADP will also release its monthly report on
private sector hiring. Economists expect employers added 100,000 to
their payrolls last month.
In premarket trading, Dow Jones industrial average futures are
down 64 points, or 0.5 percent, to 11,555. S&P 500 futures are down
8, or 0.6 percent, to 1,257. Nasdaq 100 futures are down 13, or 0.6
percent, to 2,232.
A service sector survey and the first peek at December's jobs
ATLANTA - A panel weighing an overhaul of Georgia's tax
code is set to hold what's expected to be its final meeting on
The Special Council for Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians
must make its recommendations to the state Legislature by Monday's
start of the legislative session.
The panel is weighing whether Georgia should place the sales tax
back on groceries, boost the tax on cigarettes or reduce the
state's income tax. State lawmakers would have to approve any
In fact, Kowtko says, although she's been looking for work for more than five months, only this last month did her resume really take shape and her job search take off.
"I have gotten phone interviews, I now have a couple of face-to-face interviews set up, so I'm thinking maybe some of my changes did help", says Kowtko.
Such changes are what experts say every job seeker should be making.
"If you really want to stand out, you want to point to things that are specific to you as a professional that no one else has", advises Krista Canfield of LinkedIn.
The folks at LinkedIn recently mined the profiles of their 85 million users to find the most overused phrases -- the ones you'll want to get rid of.
Topping the list: extensive experience.
"If I'm a sales professional and I'm looking for new clients I want those clients to know I have eight to ten years of experience, not extensive experience", says Canfield. "Extensive could mean a year, it could mean two years, three years? Being more specific is really important."
"I see thousands of resumes. "The most common mistake that it's a biography", says Techskills" Megan Pittsley.
Pittsley is Director of Career Services at TechSkills of San Jose.
"If it's not something you've done in the past fifteen years, someone really is probably not going to hire you to do that today", warns Pittsley.
Pittsley says the smartest job seekers create, in essence, a new resume for each job opening, going so far as to take keywords out of the actual job description and working them into their resume.
It is a lot of work, so you need to be choosy about where you apply.
"And really putting a lot of effort into each application, it should be taking you probably an hour for each cover letter and resume for each position", advises Pittsley.
Another great tip for those who have their resumes posted on job-search sites is to update it -- even if it's a small change -- at least once a week.
That's because when recruiters search those sites, the newest resumes matching the qualifications are the first ones they see.
"So if you haven't updated or refreshed your resume on the job boards in months, I'm not even going to find you", warns Pittsley. "You are going to be four pages back, and I'm already going to have my candidate before I get there."
Of course, resumes are just the beginning of the job search -- the "foot-in-the-door", if you will.
But if you do it right, what you learn from creating the resume is going to help you once in that door.
"I think all these tips help one recognize skills, one's own value, basically", says Kowtko. "Even as a human being."
Shopper Kimberly Torres says "I think it's kind of an easy way out. Shame on me, I did it though."
Like so many people this holiday season, Kimberly Torres of San Jose gave and received the one plastic that's so easy to get, that shiny little gift card.
Kimberly says "I never received a bad one. I've always gotten something that I used."
But what if you don't have a use for it? Well, you can make the most of an unwanted gift card by considering several options. Why not sell it to a friend for cash or just swap cards. You can always re-gift it, donate it to a favorite cause, or use it to buy someone else a present.
Shopper Liz Gill says "it's how I did all my shopping, because I don't have to go to the stores and fight the crowds."
They've always been convenient, and now they're even more so thanks to new federal rules. Fees and limitations must be printed somewhere on the card, usually on the back. Secondly, the money on your card will be good for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. And if the card does have an expiration date, you can still use unspent money that's left on the card after it expires and don't forget using it online.
If you lose your card or if it's stolen, some stores offer a replacement if you have a proof of purchase, and this includes Target stores, so it's a good idea to hang on to that receipt.
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Upset the federal government recently extended tax cuts for the rich, three professors at Yale and Cornell universities have created a website that encourages wealthy Americans to give their tax savings to charities and send a political message in the process.
The professors started giveitbackforjobs.org to allow Americans "who have the means" to calculate what their tax cut would be and donate that amount to a charity. They recommend groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Children's Aid Society and Salvation Army that they say promote fairness and a strong middle class.
The professors the contributions could replicate good government policy and, in effect, draft the government as a funding partner when the donation is tax deductible.
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