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Kanye West To Fix “Wolves” Tonight With Drake, Still Making Changes To Life of Pablo

Kanye West is still making changes to his new album The Life of Pablo. The G.O.O.D. Music emcee just announced on Twitter that he will be fixing the single “Wolves” […]

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Are You Making These 3 Mistakes In Your Job Hunt?


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The process of tracking down job postings, researching hiring managers, and altering your résumé can easily feel like a full-time job within itself.

That’s why diversity recruiter Torin Ellis has made it his duty to educate both employers and job seekers about the process of finding the right employee and job that suits them best.

As founder of the Rip the Résumé program, Ellis hosts career development sessions for college students and professionals where he offers career strategies and consultation for navigating the job market space. With more than 17 years of experience in the talent recruitment industry, below are the big mistakes Ellis says many professionals make during the job-hunting process.

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1. Unprepared résumé: It’s important to make your résumé as concise and detailed as possible so that future employers understand the value you can bring to their company. Ellis admits that far too often, he sees résumés that don’t capture in a qualitative or quantitative way the contributions professionals have made to past employers or organizations. If you’re a professional who list your fraternity/sorority leadership position, then you need to provide details in terms of how you grew that organization or chapter to what it is today.

2. False expectations of job: Many candidates have false expectations about what the next move might look like or should look like. According to Ellis, a lot of professionals think the success, presence, or history that they’re bringing to the equation automatically sets the tone for “I should be receiving this” or “I should be responsible for that.” However, opportunities don’t work that way and Ellis says far too often he’s seen candidates with expectations that were just not a good match for the opportunity they were seeking.

3. Not searching for the right opportunity: While looking to land your next job can be an anxious process, it’s important to not apply to any and everything you see just because the title seems attractive or you think it will be fun to work in a particular space. Both of these factors can lead to an elongated job search if you go after opportunities that don’t fit the experience, success, and accomplishments you have amassed.


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Rising Home Prices Making Consumers Nervous

Mixed reports on home sales coupled with a drop in consumer confidence paint a mixed picture of the housing market and the consumer’s willingness to spend.

The S&P/Case Shiller U.S. Home Price Index was up 5.4% in December over the previous year. Portland led the way with a near 11.5% year over year gain in home prices.  San Francisco was number 2 with a 10.3% increase,  and Denver came in third with gains of 10.2%.

“While home prices continue to rise, the pace is slowing a bit, says David. M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.  “Housing construction, like much of the economy, got off to a slow start in 2009-2010 and is only now beginning to show some serious strength. [That] should encourage further activity in new construction,” he adds.

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Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors says sales of previously owned homes, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose slightly in January to an adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million, the biggest year over year gain since July 2013.

Sales for new homes, however, plummeted 9.2% last month from a 10-month high, led by declines in the West.

The mixed housing data and the recent uncertainty about the economy and financial markets have shaken confidence in American consumers, as evidenced by a drop in the Consumer Confidence Index to its lowest level since July.

“Consumers’ short-term outlook grew more pessimistic, with consumers expressing greater apprehension about business conditions, their personal financial situation, and to a lesser degree, labor market prospects,”   Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board.

Longer term, Franco like many economists feel that despite short-term nervousness, economic growth is on track.

“Continued turmoil in the financial markets may be rattling consumers, but their assessment of current conditions suggests the economy will continue to expand at a moderate pace in the near-term,” she adds.

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