TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Job applicants air their complaints in survey

2013-03-03T04:00:00Z Job applicants air their complaints in surveyDoug Schorpp The Quad-City Times
March 03, 2013 4:00 am  • 

Seventy-five percent of workers who applied for jobs through various venues in the past year did not hear back from prospective employers, according to a nationwide survey by CareerBuilder. And more than one in four workers reported that they have had a bad experience when applying for a job.

The survey also showed that job candidates who have had a bad experience when applying are less likely to seek employment at that company again, and are more likely to discourage friends and family from applying or purchasing products from that company.

The study, which included more than 3,900 U.S. workers, revealed that 82 percent of people expect to hear back from a company when they apply for a job, regardless of whether the employer is interested. Also, 26 percent said they had a bad experience as a job applicant, citing a lack of follow-through, inconsistencies from the employer, or poor representation of the company’s brand as the primary culprits.

And for good measure, 43 percent said they found out during the interview that the job didn’t match what was written in the job listing. Also, 29 percent said the employer never acknowledged receiving their application at all.

Vet dream program continues

Military veterans with entrepreneurial dreams have the opportunity to win startup money to open their own businesses through Signal 88 Security’s new contest “Operation American Dream: From Battlefield to Boss.”

Voting is now open for the first round of the contest at signal88.com. The three monthly finalists were chosen based on a 500-word essay explaining their desire to open their own business.

Applications are still being accepted. Interested veterans may submit an essay and video to signal88.com/OperationAmericanDream to be considered among the next round of monthly winners. The final deadline for video and essay submissions is May 15.

According to a May 2011 study from the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy, veterans are at least 45 percent more likely to take the plunge into entrepreneurship than people with no active-duty military experience.

In 2007 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, veterans owned 2.4 million businesses, or 9 percent of all businesses nationwide, generating $1.2 trillion in receipts and employing almost 5.8 million people.

Law office moves

The Quad-City office of Hopkins & Huebner P.C., has moved and expanded.

The law firm now occupies Suite 400 of the Northwest Bank Tower at NorthPark Mall, Davenport, down a few floors from its prior location.

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    hewski - March 03, 2013 8:57 am
    I believe that work ethics varies among people by location, so I wonder how many of the 3,900 interviewed were from our fly over country?
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