When asked their favorite way of standing out from other candidates when applying for a job, percentage who said they do nothing special at all -- claiming their CV and experience speak for themselves, according to the results of a global survey conducted by FindEmployment: 63
Percentage of candidates who go the extra mile and personally hand their CV to the HR department in order to enhance their prospects: 28
Percentage who attach an attractive photo to their CV, hoping to catch a recruiter's attention: 5
Percentage who attempt to flirt with interviewers to try to gain notice: 3
Percentage of Americans who would not like their child to go into politics as a career, according to a poll by Gallup: 64
Source: Gallup Organization.
Year that one of our favorite ice cream concoctions -- the sundae -- was purportedly invented to bypass the strict Sabbath laws of the time, which forbade selling flavored soda water, thus Edward Berner came up with the idea of putting chocolate syrup on ice cream, according to the Census Bureau: 1881
While drugstore soda fountains are gone, estimated number of ice cream shops there are across the country today: 11,500
Estimated number of employees who are busy making delights for customers worth nearly $3.2 billion a year: 90,000
Source: Census Bureau.
Percentage of people who believe erroneously that there is a chemical added to swimming pools that turns a conspicuous color in the presence of urine, according to a Mason-Dixon survey: 52
Source: Water Quality and Health Council.
Number of drinks in a two-hour period that are enough to put the average American male (four for the average woman) above 0.08 percent BAC (blood alcohol content) -- the legal limit in all 50 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 5
Percentage of Americans who consume alcohol at least once per month, according to a national survey conducted by BACtrack: 75
Percentage of respondents drinking more than four drinks in one night who admit to making poor choices: 44
Source: BACTrack, Inc.
Projected number of car sale units in 2013, the highest in six years, according to CarFinance: 15.5 million
Percentage of Americans who are buying cars with "below-prime credit" and who may be focusing only on the purchase price of the vehicle, unaware of some of the significant variable costs that are part of purchasing and maintaining a vehicle: 45
Total cost of ownership for a Honda Civic over five years, whereas the selling price is $18,423: $43,000
Source: mWEBB Communications.
Percentage of hiring managers who view millennials' (those 18 to 34) unknown long-term commitment to a company as the biggest possible liability, according to a survey by Adeco: 46
Percentage who have concerns about millennials' unwillingness in taking direction from older management: 27
Rank of "wearing inappropriate interview attire" and "posting potentially compromising content on social media channels" on the list of the biggest interview mistakes made by millennials: 1, 2
Amount of trash the average American produces each day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency: 4.4 pounds
Amount of trash produced in the United States each year: 250 million tons
Percentage that is currently recycled: 35
Source: The Ad Council.
Percentage of chief information officers (CIOs) who said they plan to hire new IT graduates in 2013, according to a poll by Robert Half Technology: 35
Percentage of CIOs who say new IT graduates are unprepared to start contributing as soon as they start a new job: 26
Among these executives, percentage who said the reason is a lack of skills in areas such as communication and leadership: 55
Source: Robert Half Technology.
Percentage of people who would either never allow a camera or sensing device to be connected to their TV, or would probably never be convinced that such technologies could be beneficial, according to the results from a Strategy Analytics study: 43
Percentage who said they had some reservations, but would not object if the TV service improved significantly: 20
Percentage of respondents who said they would not mind at all if their TV viewing behavior was observed and data collected: 14
Source: Strategy Analytics.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -- Leo Buscaglia, author
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)