Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 01, 2017

Percentage of executives who said they would disregard a job candidate if they found a typo or bad grammar in the candidate's resume, according to a survey conducted by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry: 10

Percentage who said they would keep the candidate in the pool, but with reservations: 46

Percentage of executives who said the most important information on a resume is the candidate's experience that is relevant to the position: 83

Percentage of respondents who said short tenure or "job hopping" matters to some or a great extent: 87

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Percentage of workers who said they have regrets about leaving their former job, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps: 23

Percentage who said they regret leaving friends and colleagues: 28

Percentage who said they departed for the wrong reasons: 27

Percentage who said they regret having to say goodbye to a great boss or mentor: 20

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of people (48 percent of males and 39 percent of females) who said they had participated in an interracial sexual relationship, according to a survey by 42

Percentage of respondents (70 percent of females and 58 percent of males) who said they feel there is still a stigma associated with interracial relationships: 64

Percentage of respondents who said they were open to dating outside their race: 79

Source: Adam & Eve.

Percentage of U.S. workers who are living paycheck-to-paycheck to make ends meet -- up from 75 percent last year -- according to CareerBuilder research: 78

Percentage of all workers who say they're in debt -- up from 68 percent last year: 71

Percentage who say their debt is manageable: 46

Percentage of those in debt who say they feel they will always be in debt: 56


Of the five most valuable college majors, number that are engineering degrees, according to a report from 4

Rank of petroleum engineering, boasting the highest median income ($134,840.88) and an elite 2.38 percent unemployment rate (13th overall), on the list of the most valuable majors: 1

Ranks of pharmaceutical sciences/administration, geological/geophysical engineering, mining/mineral engineering and naval architecture/marine engineering on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of clinical psychology, miscellaneous fine arts, composition/rhetoric, human services/community organization, and studio arts on the list of the least valuable college majors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Of the top-10 bachelor's degrees, number that are STEM majors: 10


Percentage of all fatal car crashes -- totaling 6,400 deaths each year -- that are attributed to a drowsy driver, according to a study by the National Safety Council: 21

Percentage of Americans who work high-risk hours, at least occasionally: 41

Percentage who have trouble remembering things at work because of fatigue: 39

Percentage who commute 30 minutes or more, exacerbating the chances of falling asleep behind the wheel: 31

Source: National Safety Council.

After getting through back-to-school season, percentage of parents who will enjoy using free time to go shopping for themselves, according to a survey by RetailMeNot and Kelton Global: 44

Percentage who will go to lunch with their friends: 43

While their kids hit the books, percentage of parents who will utilize their free time by exercising: 35


Percentage of HR professionals who are fully confident in their employer's overall ability to effectively assess the skills of entry-level applicants, including dependability and reliability, integrity, respect and teamwork, according to a survey by SHRM/Mercer: 20

Percentage of HR professionals who have little or no confidence in the application and resume reviews used for screening entry-level job candidates: 50

Source: Mercer.

Average amount that teenagers will contribute toward back-to-school costs this year -- up from last year's $32.90 -- according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: $37.64

Average amount that pre-teens will contribute, up from last years $20.08: $27.09

Source: NRF.

Starting price for a full pass to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, according to WalletHub: $2,125

Total purse for the U.S. Open: $46.3 million

Year that the U.S. Open became the first major to pay men's and women's champions equally (this year, the winner's share is $3.5 million): 1973

Source: WalletHub.

Idle Thought

"Literature encourages tolerance -- bigots and fanatics seldom have any use for the arts, because they're so preoccupied with their beliefs and actions that they can't see them also as possibilities." -- Northrop Frye, writer and critic

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