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6 sites to bookmark when looking for a tech job

(BUSINESS NEWS) Unemployment rates are improving, and as more and more people find work, many of them have job search sites to thank for landing their new opportunities. Here’s a look at our favorite ways to kickstart your job search and networking process.

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With outdated posts, missing information, and already-filled listings, finding tech jobs can sometimes be the hardest part of the job application process. Still, unemployment rates are improving, and as more and more people find work, many of them have job search sites to thank for landing their new opportunities. Here’s a look at our favorite ways to kickstart your job search and networking process.

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6 sites to bookmark

1. LinkedIn
It’s no surprise that LinkedIn is one of the best places to find job listings, and one of the most popular for recruiters. It can sometimes be a bit overwhelming though, so make sure you’re approaching the networking site the right ways.

Actively seek out companies or recruiters at companies you’re interested in to see if they have posted about openings on their own feeds. You can also take advantage of groups, which often have open-position discussions and job listings that can only be posted by a member of the group.

We have a lot of great resources on perfecting your LinkedIn profile to score a job. Try these articles for some extended reading:
Secretly tell recruiters you’re available on LinkedIn (without your boss seeing)
LinkedIn is NOT your resume – here’s how to maximize your use
Job hunting? Format your LinkedIn profile like this

2. Indeed
An oldie but a goodie, Indeed is one of a classic job search sites that has managed to stay relevant amidst a sea of new arrivals. The fact that the site is well-established means it is a go-to for job posters, and often one of the most comprehensive job search sites. There are of course some outdated or irrelevant posts, but an effective Advanced Search feature makes finding the good stuff relatively easy.

3. Indeed Prime
One level up from Indeed is Indeed Prime, created specifically for those seeking tech jobs. Top companies like Facebook, Uber, and Dropbox rely on Indeed Prime to find qualified candidates in Austin, London, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City, where the service is currently available. To top it all off, although it is definitely a premium service, Indeed Prime is 100 percent free for job seekers.

4. Hired
Hired is aimed at matching people actively seeking jobs with companies actively seeking new hires. This means only active listings will be on the site, and you won’t compete against applicants who are not actually looking for new work.

Another selling point of Hired is the machine-learning algorithm used to help match candidates with jobs that fit their needs. In a way, it can take the “search” out of “job search,” as relevant posts that appear on the site will be pushed directly to you.

5. Google
Sometimes, if you know what you want, all you have to do is ask. Googling “Austin IT Recruiters” or “San Francisco Sales Recruiters” might help you find some great leads. Simply google “[Your City] [Your Job Type] Recruiters.” The results you’ll get will be third party recruiting firms paid for by employers, not the other way around. This can be especially useful for finding opportunities at smaller companies that may go to a third party firm because they do not have a large HR or Recruiting department of their own.

6. Dice
Dice is specifically for technology careers, so while it may not as well-known as some other job search sites for those outside the industry, it’s a go-to for insiders. With long lists of positions for both entry-level and experienced candidates, it is used by companies big and small to find tech hires. While it may not be as fancy as some newer job search platforms, it’s reliable, comprehensive, and easy to search through.

Bonus: Facebook Groups
If you’re in Austin, the very popular Austin Digital Jobs group is a great option. In other cities, spend a little time searching through Facebook (or asking friends or colleagues) and you’ll likely find a great job posting group that provides you with direct access to people who work at the companies that are hiring and can answer questions.

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Brian is a staff writer at The American Genius who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and majored in American Culture Studies and Writing. Originally from California, Brian has a podcast, "Revolves Around Me," and enjoys public transportation, bicycles, the beach.

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Hobby Lobby increases minimum wage, but how much is just to save face?

(BUSINESS NEWS) Are their efforts to raise their minimum wage to $17/hour sincere, or more about saving face after bungling pandemic concerns?

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The arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby announced this week that they will be raising their minimum full-time wage to $17/hour starting October 1st. This decision makes them the latest big retailer to raise wages during the pandemic (Target raised their minimum wage to $15/hour about three months ago, and Walmart and Amazon have temporarily raised wages). The current minimum wage for Hobby Lobby employees is $15/hour, which was implemented in 2014.

While a $17 minimum wage is a big statement for the company (even a $15 minimum wage cannot be agreed upon on the federal level) – and it is no doubt a coveted wage for the majority of the working class – it’s difficult to not see this move as an attempt to regain public support of the company.

When the pandemic first began, Hobby Lobby – with more than 900 stores and 43,000 employees nationwide – refused to close their stores despite being deemed a nonessential business (subsequently, a Dallas judge accused the company of endangering public health).

In April, Hobby Lobby furloughed almost all store employees and the majority of corporate and distribution employees without notice. They also ended emergency leave pay and suspended the use of company-provided paid time off benefits for employees during the furloughs – a decision that was widely criticized by the public, although the company claims the reason for this was so that employees would be able to take full advantage of government handouts during their furlough.

However, the furloughs are not Hobby Lobby’s first moment under fire. The Oklahoma-based Christian company won a 2014 Supreme Court case – the same year they initially raised their minimum wage – that granted them the right to deny their female employees insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Also, Hobby Lobby settled a federal complaint in 2017 that accused them of purchasing upwards of 5,000 looted ancient Iraqi artifacts, smuggled through the United Arab Emirates and Israel – which is simultaneously strange, exploitative, and highly controversial.

Why does this all matter? While raising their minimum wage to $17 should be regarded as a step in the right direction regarding the overall treatment of employees (and, hopefully, $17 becomes the new standard), Hobby Lobby is not without reason to seek favorable public opinion, especially during a pandemic. Yes, we should be quick to condone the action of increasing minimum wage, but perhaps be a little skeptical when deeming a company “good” or “bad”.

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RIP office culture: How work from home is destroying the economy

(BUSINESS NEWS) It’s not just your empty office left behind: Work from home is drastically changing cities’ economies in more ways than you think.

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An empty meeting room, unfilled by work from home employees.

It’s been almost six months since the U.S. went into lockdown due to COVID-19 and the CDC’s subsequent safety guidelines were issued – it’s safe to say that it is not business as usual. Everyone from restaurant waitstaff to start-up executives have been affected by the shift to work-from-home. Even as restrictions slowly begin to lift, it seems as though the office workspace – regarded as the vital venue for the U.S. economy – will never truly be the same.

Though economists have been focusing largely on small businesses and start-ups, we are only just beginning to understand the impact that not going back into the white-collar office will have on the economy.

The industries that support white-collar office culture in major cities have become increasingly emaciated. The coffee shops, food trucks, and food delivery companies that catered to the white-collar workforce before, during, and after their workday, are no longer in high demand (Starbucks reported a loss of $2 billion this year, which they attribute to Zoomification). Airlines have also been affected as business travel typically accounts for 60%-70% of all air travel.

Also included are high-end hotels, which accommodate the traveling business class. Pharmacies, florists, and gyms located in business districts have become ghost towns. Office supplies companies, such as Xerox, have suffered. Workwear brands such as J. Crew and Brooks Brothers have filed for bankruptcy, as there is no longer a need to dress for the office.

In Manhattan – arguably the country’s most notorious white-collar business mecca – at least 1,200 restaurants have been permanently lost. It is also is predicted that the one-third of all small businesses will close.

Additionally, the borough is facing twice as many apartment vacancies as this time last year, due to the flight of workers no longer tied to midtown offices. Workers have realized their freedom to seek more affordable and spacious residence outside the city. As companies decentralize from cities and rent prices drop, it isn’t all bad news. There is promise that particular urban white-collar neighborhoods will start to become accessible to the working class once again.

Some companies, like Pinterest and REI, are reporting that their shift to work from home is in fact permanent. The long-term effects of deserted office buildings are yet to make themselves evident. What we do know is that the decline of the white-collar office will force us to reimagine the great American cities – with so much lost due to the coronavirus, what can now be gained?

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2020 Black Friday shopping may break the mold

(BUSINESS NEWS) Home Depot states their new plan for deals and discounts over two months, in place of a 1-day Black Friday event.

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Humans change and adapt – that’s just in our nature. Retail stores have struggled to maintain their sales goals for years as more and more people move to ordering online. Online prices still seem to be within customer expectations and often come with free shipping. Additionally, people that may have preferred to shop in an actual brick-and-mortar store have changed their shopping habits dramatically in 2020; it’s hard to social distance and be safe in crowded stores or in small aisles. Black Friday may be next to change.

Amazon and other big box store’s online ordering platforms have simplified getting what you need delivered right to your front door. According to Statista, “Amazon was responsible for 45% of US e-commerce spending in 2019 – a figure which is expected to rise to 47% in 2020.”

Retailers count on the holiday season, specifically Black Friday deals (the day after Thanksgiving), to bring in up to 20% of their annual revenue. It’s hard to just remove that option completely. But considering the times of social distancing, wearing masks in public, and especially avoiding large crowds, the tradition of Black Friday will need to look different this year.

It will also be interesting to see what supply chain disruptions from early 2020 will have the most effect this shopping season. We saw predictions in March that said the United States would see the biggest disruptions in about six months. Black Friday falls right on that timeline.

Home Depot has announced their plans to go ahead and give the deals over a two month span, starting in early November through December (both online and in stores with the possibility of adding some special deals around the actual Black Friday date) to help encourage a more steady stream of shoppers versus so many packing in on the same day.

The home improvement chain has actually seen a great sales year. This is likely due to people working from home and being interested in doing more home projects (and possibly having a bit more time to do them as well). As of May 2020, “The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $28.3 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, a 7.1 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were positive 6.4 percent, and comparable sales in the U.S. were positive 7.5 percent.”

Home Depot, along with many other retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have confirmed that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which may not be new for all of them but has always signaled the kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

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