November 19, 2013 |
Ty Slovak walked from the van up to the front door of the Radnor Township house Wednesday, both hands clutching a small brown teddy bear to his chest. Two shiny green "Get Well Soon" balloons attached to the bear floated above his not-quite-5-foot-4 frame. He raised a hand and knocked a few too many times. A voice from the side of the house said to come around. A driver sat in the van, ready to give him instructions if he needed. Ty hesitated, but he followed the voice to the side.
May 10, 2013
By Paul E. Harrington and Nancy L. Snyder As the school year ends, teens will be flocking to apply for summer jobs at local stores and restaurants. Most of them will be turned away. Overlooked in many discussions about the Great Recession is the plummeting number of employed teens. In Philadelphia, just 20 percent of all teenagers were employed last year. A recent study we conducted at Drexel University's Center for Labor Markets and Policy and Boston's Commonwealth Corp.
December 18, 2013 |
TRENTON - Over the objections of business groups, a bill that would bar employers from checking a job seeker's criminal history during the application process was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee. Republican lawmakers opposed the bill, which cleared the Labor Committee by a 6-3 vote along party lines. An identical bill has yet to be taken up by Senate lawmakers. Under the bill, employers would not be able to conduct a criminal-background check on an applicant until they extended a conditional offer of employment.
January 11, 2012 |
Business owners, take note: "Ban the Box" goes into effect Friday. Pull up a chair if you just uttered a deeply confused, "Huh? Wha?" "Ban the Box" - also known by its less-catchy official name, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance - was signed into law by Mayor Nutter in April. The ordinance prohibits any business in the city that employs more than 10 people from asking job-seekers either on their application or during their first interview if they have any criminal convictions.
October 18, 2012 |
More than 25 employers will be on hand for a job fair on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William H. Gray Youth Center, 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Employers include Temple University, Kensington Hospital, the Philadelphia Police Department, SEPTA, UPS, Einstein Healthcare Network, Wells Fargo and LIFT-Philadelphia. "The statistics on unemployed and underemployed residents in Philadelphia continue to be at a record high," said state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, sponsor of the annual job fair.
March 19, 2012
It's a shame that some employers are making it harder for the jobless to find work. In a disturbing trend, a growing number of employers are telling the unemployed not to apply. Being either currently or recently employed has become an eligibility requirement. With 12.8 million Americans out of work and a national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, employers should openly embrace those seeking to return to the workforce. Instead, they are punishing them for gaps in their resume due to no fault of their own. Eliminating applicants based on their employment status unfairly screens out millions of people, based not on their skill set but on their misfortunes.
May 3, 2012 |
When Dave Clarke wants to fill a position at AuthenticMatters in Old City, he sifts through the stack of resumes and looks up candidates on Google. He expects a presence online, he says, especially considering the company's work — digital strategy and communications consultancy. "That's your online resume," AuthenticMatters' founder says of tweets, blogs, and status updates. "It's not what you attach to an e-mail. "We're not digging for dirt or hunting for drunken photos or anything," he continues.
April 20, 2012
N EED A JOB? City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will be holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday with more than 50 employers at the Myers Recreation Center on Kingsessing Avenue near 58th Street, Southwest Philadelphia. Participating employers include the Philadelphia Fire Department, the state Department of Transportation, the Philadelphia Gas Works, Wal-Mart and more. The fair is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
November 23, 1988 |
AT A JOB FAIR for the disabled, Kenneth Zuber, 27, of Philadelphia, talks with Rose A. Lepera of Rohm & Haas. Zuber was among 75 people interviewed yesterday by 28 employers at the third annual fair, sponsored by the Delaware Valley Project with Industry, at the Hershey Philadelphia Hotel.
January 19, 2012 |
Until he began his new job this week, Mark Forman was an unemployed audiovisual technician from Roxborough, out of work, except for a few side jobs, for more than a year. He turned to Philadelphia's workforce system, CareerLink, for help finding something, but he said it proved to be a waste of time that did not lead to his new position. "Usually, the jobs I found posted on CareerLink I found everywhere else," Forman said. "I remember that applying for a job, I typed and typed, and then it sent me to the company website, and I had to do it all over again.