It’s the end of the economy as we know it, and I feel fine….

Well maybe not fine, but the doomsday headlines of this week are conveniently hiding some key pieces of information to make them salacious enough to scare everyone into reading them voraciously.  Here are the headlines of my Google News feed for “career or job or employ or job market”

Only ONE in five headlines tells the true story.  Continue reading “It’s the end of the economy as we know it, and I feel fine….”

Amid Job Losses, Obama Launches Gov Jobs Website

The US Department of Labor announced last week that October job losses hit an enormous number- 240,000 jobs lost in one month, bringing the year’s job loss totals to 1.2 million.  The unemployment rate now stands at 6.5%, with the state of Rhode Island topping 8%.  Amid the bad economic news and deepending recession, President-Elect Barack Obama has announced his new website- www.Change.gov.

If Obama is serious about his renewal of public service and infrastructure reinvestment, there ought to be a LOT of jobs coming in his administration.  www.Change.gov allows you to sign up to receive information about Obama Administration jobs as they begin opening up.  It’s very easy to sign up for information, and the rest of the website includes information about Obama’s top agenda items and his cabinet choices as they’re made.  I’m sure the odds of landing a job in the administration aren’t great, but it’s worth a shot!

Voting is like a Job Search

HAPPY ELECTION DAY EVERYONE!  In honor of our country’s greatest tradition, here is a post comparing the act of voting to the act of job searching…

The process of selecting a candidate and voting for them is a lot like the job search process.  No, I don’t mean from the employer’s perspective, where they are literally “selecting a candidate” for a job.  I mean from the job seekers perspective and from the voter’s perspective, similarities abound.  Here are a few…

1. Research is key.  When you go to the polls, you often know the basics- who you’re voting for for president, senator, and perhaps representative.  But if you forget about the smaller, but still important offices, you may cast your ballot without all the information you need.  The same goes for job searching.  If you don’t research potential employers thoroughly, you could wind up throwing your hat in the ring with an employer who turns out to be a bad fit with your skills, personality, values, etc.  OR you could get to the job interview and look like a fool when the employer quickly realizes you don’t know your stuff.  So research, research, research!  Learn about how to conduct research for a job interview here.

2. A little faith plays a large role in each.  Whether voting or job searching, you can’t possibly know everything that the future holds.  Once your candidate starts their position, they could turn out to be just what you expected, or a total dud.  The same goes for a job.  No matter how great an opportunity looks on the outside, you can never totally prepare for what happens once you start the position.  Research can help make you more certain of outcomes, but you’ve also got to have a little faith and listen to your intution when it comes to both voting and job searching.  Learn about developing your intuition to find your ideal career from Quint Careers here.

3. Your location determines your competition.  When you go to the polls, you might find incredibly long lines or no line at all, it all depends on your location.  Swing states and urban polling places are typically packed with other voters (aka “competition” for time standing in line).  The same is true for job searching.  There are certain areas of the country where there are more job candidates than jobs available.  And on the flipside of that, several areas where there are more jobs than candidates.  Texas has the top 3 hottest job markets in the country right now (Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth).  Check out the hottest job markets in the country right now here.

Job Action Day, Better Late than Never!

Job Action Day logoQuintessential Careers declared November 3rd as Job Action Day.  But even if, like me, you missed this great event, turn any day in the future into Job Action Day for yourself!

What is Job Action Day? “Quintessential Careers has declared Nov. 3 Job Action Day 2008 worldwide — a day for job-seekers and workers to confront the current economic crisis head-on and take action steps to improve their careers.  Quintessential Careers will mark Job Action Day 2008 with service-oriented articles and blog entries to provide workers and job-seekers with information, ideas, and concrete steps that they can take to secure their futures — both in the short-term and the long-term. The articles, to be introduced in a special Job Action Day edition of Quintessential Careers’ newsletter, QuintZine, include:”

Also, check out all the bloggers who participated in Job Action Day, they’e got some excellent useful and clever tips, tools, and techniques to help anyone in any stage of their career:

In addition, the Quintessential Careers family of blogs, including the Quintessential Careers Blog, Career Doctor Blog, Quintessential Resume and Cover Letter Tips Blog, and A Storied Career, will feature Job Action Day entries.  

No Job Seeker Doesn’t Like Sara Lee

Sara Lee, the company repsonsible for Ball Park Franks, Jimmy Dean sausages, and of course, the original Sara Lee Cheesecake, is putting a delicious new idea out there for experienced job seekers- returnships.

According to the Forbes.com article, returnships, like internships, are a way for people to get into the workforce, only this time, it’s for Act II.  Sara Lee describes it as a 4-6 month internship for folks who have been out of the workforce for 3-5 years.  Tailored specifically for those who left the workforce to spend more time with their families, these returnships acknowledge the fact that just because people leave their work for a while “doesn’t mean they lost their brains.”

On a handiwork scale from 1 to 10, this idea is a 10 for sure.

Free Inspirational Webinar- Weds. 10/29

The folks over at The Extraordinary Life are putting together a free webinar entitled “If you can’t stand up, stand out!” which will go over some excellent ways to overcome your own limitations and change your attitude for the better.  In these rapidly devolving economic times, it’s important to keep things in perspective, understand yourself and your abilities, and “respond with confidence instead of fear.”

If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!
Host: David Bush, Executive Coach and Founder of eLifePlans.com
Speaker: Mike Schlappi, Author, Speaker and Gold Medalist
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 1:00pm CDT (2:00pm EDT, 12:00pm MDT, 11:00am PDT)
Cost: Complimentary! 

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/214762772

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50 Most Powerful Women in Business

Fortune magazine released its annual list of America’s most powerful businesswomen.  Some you’ve certainly heard of, but most you haven’t, and it’s pretty amazing the things they’ve been able to accomplish.  Note there is only one who works for a company which is her name backwards.

Here are the Top Twelve:

Rank Name Company
1 Indra Nooyi PepsiCo
2 Irene Rosenfeld Kraft Foods
3 Pat Woertz Archer Daniels Midland
4 Anne Mulcahy Xerox
5 Angela Braly Wellpoint
6 Andrea Jung Avon Products
7 Susan Arnold Procter & Gamble
8 Oprah Winfrey Harpo
9 Brenda Barnes Sara Lee
10 Ursula Burns Xerox
11 Ann Livermore Hewlett-Packard
12 Anne Sweeney Walt Disney

Read more about each of these exciting women here.

 Helpful Career Resources for Women: