Volume 17, No. 1 • January 2020

Spotlight

  • Questions to Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Meaningful

    By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

    Have you already made your New Year’s resolutions?  Are you excited about them? Or not quite so enthused? If they do excite you, great!  I encourage you to go for them and celebrate your successes as you move forward!

    If your resolutions under- or overwhelm you, you’re not alone. Various polls show that 75 to 80 percent of people don’t stick with their resolutions beyond the end of February. 

    And if you’re among those who haven’t Read the rest

Career Advancement

HR Practice

  • What’s Replacing Job Interviews?

    Most employers rely on the traditional in-person job interview to make hiring decisions. However, the author of this article gives several reasons that interviews don’t lead to good hires. First, a large percentage of people are not completely honest during interviews. Also, interviewers subconsciously allow their biases to cloud their judgments regarding candidates. The article “argues that we should disrupt the HR process of live, in-person interviews and replace them with ‘job auditions’ that are relevant to the tasks Read the rest

Salaries

  • New State Minimum Wages

    With the start of the new year, twenty-one states across the country increased their minimum wage requirements for workers. Additionally, Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, Oregon and the District of Columbia are all set to increase their minimum wage later in the year.

    Based on guidelines of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage for nonexempt workers remains at $7.25 per hour. However, if a state or local law requires a higher amount, workers must be paid Read the rest

Work/Life

  • A Powerful Question to Ask Yourself

    With the start of 2020, we began a new year and a new decade. A new year is a time when some people are excited to get started on new projects and new ideas. Many of us make resolutions and develop goals regarding things we want to accomplish. However, some people decide not to make any resolutions. Some people convince themselves that there is no point in making resolutions because things won’t work out the way they want them to. Read the rest

  • Stress Management and Mindfulness Sessions at ALA Midwinter Meeting

    The ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host stress management and mindfulness sessions during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. They will be held in the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. The details of each session are below. For information on other programs and activities held in the Center, visit the workshops page.

    Real Stress Management; Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 – 11:30 Read the rest

Unions

  • Cleveland Public Library Workers Give Union OK to Strike

    In a nearly unanimous vote on January 8th, Cleveland Public Library workers voted to give the authorization to strike if its bargaining committee can’t reach an agreement with library officials on a new employment contract.

    Nearly 400 Cleveland library workers have been without an employment contract since talks between its union — the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 — and the library administration failed to produce a new agreement before the January 1st deadline.

    Significant points of Read the rest