Month: March 2011

March Madness

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring in the United States, featuring 68 college basketball teams, both conference champions and at-large selections.  The tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was the brainchild of Kansas coach Phog Allen.  Held mostly in March, it is informally known as March Madness or the Big Dance; the tournament, and especially the national semi-finals (the Final four), has become one of the nation’s most prominent sporting events.

Accepting Temporary Jobs

Accepting a Temporary Job does not “Mess Up” your  Unemployment:  At a Legal Symposium for Members of the NJSA, a representative of the Dept. of Workforce Development explained that once you have been determined to be eligible for unemployment, you can collect for 26 weeks within a calendar year.  If you take a temporary position during the 26 weeks, you can resume your unemployment at the same rate when and if the temporary assignment ends.  Companies are starting to slowly add staff.  Hiring authorities are interviewing more candidates than they used to for each position and are taking longer to make decisions.  Job seekers should be open to joining a company on a temp to hire basis since some firms are choosing to use this option for bringing in new talent.  Accepting a temporary position is also a good way to make contacts which can lead to fulltime employment.