3 things you must do if you want to land your dream job

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Organic CEO Cathy Butler believes the secret sauce is all in building skills outside of the box. Demand for jobs has skyrocketed while job loss mounts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With competition at an all-time high, job seekers have their work cut out for them—especially women, who accounted for all job loss in December 2020 according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) . BIPOC and LGBTQ+ candidates and those with disabilities face even greater challenges. Read Full Story

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Flexible work programs can help retain working women if designed thoughtfully

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Creating more opportunities for remote and highly flexible work is essential—but companies must avoid common pitfalls. We are facing a gender equality crisis. The numbers have made for a steady string of headlines recently: We hit a 33-year low in women’s labor participation in January, and nearly 3 million women have dropped out of the workforce compared to a year ago. Since February 2020, women have lost a net of 5.4 million jobs , accounting for 55% of net job loss in the U.S. during this crisis, despite making up slightly less than half of the workforce. On a net basis, all 140,000 jobs lost in December 2020 in the U.S. belonged to women, and 2.2 million women have left the workforce entirely. Especially impacted are women of color, who comprise a large portion of the workforce in industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic , including hospitality, …

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Men need to care about caregiving so the entire labor force can benefit

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A psychology professor at USC proposes that the new administration appoint a male care czar to concentrate on overturning both institutional and cultural barriers to men’s participation in care. If it wasn’t already blindingly obvious that the pandemic has crushed women’s workforce participation, the December jobs report brought sobering news. The U.S. economy shed 140,000 jobs , and women accounted for not some, not most, but all of those losses. School closures were a double whammy: Not only did the lack of childcare create an impossible balancing act for working mothers, but the female-dominated education and childcare sectors were among the hardest hit. Read Full Story

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This pandemic isn’t the first time women have left the workforce in droves

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As long as women have been working outside the home, they’ve held a precarious place in the labor force. Over the last year, countless headlines have framed the economic fallout from the pandemic as the first female recession. While overall job losses between men and women now seem relatively comparable , the pandemic has uniquely affected many working women, and especially working mothers. Read Full Story

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Lost your job? These are the groups you need to contact now

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As job losses mount, these are the types of people in your network who may be able to help your job search most. Over the past few weeks, unemployment skyrocketed and more than 22 million people in the U.S. lost their jobs, mostly as a result of the pandemic. Once the shock wears off, many will join the ranks of job seekers who are currently refreshing their LinkedIn profiles and poring over job ads. The smart ones are also taking a strategic approach to reaching out to their networks . Read Full Story

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Losing health insurance after a job loss: 5 alternatives to employer-based coverage

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For millions of Americans and their families, the shock of a sudden job loss will be compounded by the loss of their employer-based healthcare. The massive scale of job losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of horrifying. And for millions of Americans and their families, the loss of their employer-based health insurance will be equally horrifying—especially because it comes at a time when families need it most. Read Full Story

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The gender pay gap, visualized: Women work 63 unpaid days each year

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This startling calendar visualizes the gender pay gap in a visceral way. Put it on your wall. You can buy one for your boss, too—anonymously. Across the U.K., women make 17.3% less than men—a result of women holding lower positions than men in the workplace and women earning less than men even when they hold the exact same job. This is the gender pay gap. It’s a bad number, but it’s just a number. Like sales tax or inflation, it can be hard to visualize. “What’s 17.3% of $76,000 a year?” you may find yourself wondering. Read Full Story

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Pandemic unemployment tool helps you calculate how much assistance you could get

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Freelancers, gig workers, and those who are self-employed can now calculate if their loss of work makes them eligible for PUA. Twenty million jobs were lost in April alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . Yet while economists are calling it the worst unemployment rate since the Great Depression, it doesn’t account for untold thousands of freelancers, gig workers, and those who are self-employed. Read Full Story

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Who’s hiring right now? These companies have entry-level jobs openings and internships

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LinkedIn data shows there are more than 1.5 million entry-level jobs and 65,000 internships in the U.S. currently. You know you’re facing an unprecedented economic tsunami when the number of jobs lost in one month alone is in the tens of millions. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not only looking at an extraordinary loss of life but the fallout from businesses shuttering across the country and the world. Nevertheless, some experts are pointing to signs that a recovery may be closer than we know. Read Full Story

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