Job-Market Strategies for Graduates By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN

Later this month, Mary Beth Lease will graduate from Iowa State University with a stellar academic record. But when it comes to securing a job, she’s afraid she’ll receive a failing grade due to the slumping economy.

“I’ve had lots of interviews and I still don’t have a job,” says the marketing major, who boasts …


Benefits Update: Shifting Priorities in an Uncertain Economy By Dona DeZube

Salary alone isn’t enough to attract the best candidates in accounting or finance. Today, benefits have become the top priority of professionals looking for a new career challenge, surpassing the lure of work/life flexibilities, signing bonuses and extra vacation. Survey data from such divergent sources …


Credit Suisse Cutting 500 Jobs as Client Demand Wanes By Christine Harper

Credit Suisse Group, Switzerland’s second-biggest bank, is cutting 500 jobs in its investment banking and administrative support divisions as demand for the firm’s services declines.

The cuts bring to 1,320 the total number of jobs eliminated by the Zurich-based bank since the collapse of the …


Working it Out: How to recession-proof your job. By Tara Weiss

Whether we’re actually in a recession or not is the subject of debate.

What is certain is the rising unemployment rate. U.S. unemployment rose to 5 percent for the first time in two and a half years in December. That’s likely a result of the fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis—and there’s probably more …


Santa Clara County unemployment rate jumps By Pete Carey

The subprime mortgage crisis gobbled up more of the region’s jobs in retail, construction and finance in March, but the impact was cushioned by a resilient Silicon Valley technology sector….

…But even in the tech world, there are reports that companies are taking longer to fill jobs.

“There is hiring …


Career Journal Career Tip of the Week: Search for Jobs by Company Size

Are you a big or small company person? The size of a company is often one of the biggest factors in determining work success or failure, but is rarely taken into consideration by job seekers, says Rick Linde, a partner at Battalia Winston International, an executive-search firm based in New York. …