Do You Know What Employers Are Thinking? They Have Priorities Too…

September 21, 2010

Times are tough for a lot of employers nowadays… What does it mean for job seekers when companies are running “lean and mean” and stretching their dollars?

The September 13, 2010 edition of Businessweek magazine (p. 54) contains some research performed by the Boston Consulting Group, World Federation of People Management Associations. Their goal was to survey 5,500+ HR professionals and then summarize how companies are trying best to manage people.

Sometimes, to be hired, it is helpful to think like an employer.
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Here is an overview of a few things this research says about how companies will try to manage people in the near future:

  • Improve the quality of company leaders
  • Keep, engage and develop talented employees
  • Measure and reward performance better
  • Worry less about employee’s work-life balance
  • Reduce company costs:
    => less overtime
    => reduce compensation
    => more part time and temporary workers

Additionally, the research says that there will be major talent shortages in the U.S. in the next decade. So, the time is now to plan for transitioning into a career that will be rewarding and in demand. LINK: Interested in Green Jobs?

Question: What needs would you help an employer fill?
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Whether I agree with all these things or not, I see how they impact a company’s bottom line. Seeing things like an employer is a powerful job hunting activity. Ultimately, as employees, our job is to make our presence worthwhile and beneficial for the employer. Right?

How to tell if your potential boss is the lord of the underworld

Understand Yourself

If you are a results-based person who thrives on being valuable, and if you can communicate this during an interview, then you have a leg up on the competition.

If you are a reliable worker who is willing to work part-time, temporary, or take less compensation, then you are also more competitive.

No matter what, knowing as much as possible about the company before you apply can only help you thrive when the interview happens.

How to research a company?

Did you hear about April?

May 17, 2010

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Did you hear about April?

April’s job hiring stunned people with a huge jump in hiring of over 250,000 news jobs.  An incredible turn around for the past few years, it was finally nice to hear some good news about the economy.

As a result, more people went back into the job search which increased the unemployment rate from 9.7% to 9.9%.  This jump in unemployment shouldn’t worry anyone looking for a job.  It should actually make your job search more fruitful.

Because confidence is rising everyday that people land new jobs.  Businesses know consumer purchases will be on the rise as more people have money in their pocket to feed their families, pay their mortgage & get back to neglected bills.

Paying down debt will open up news lines of credit for consumers to make bigger purchases & start small businesses.  All these signs of a growing economy we’ve become accustom to not seeing.  Heck, consumer borrowing was up in April; the first time in 14 months.

Because of the new numbers we’ve receieved hundreds of comments, questions & emails regarding resumes, cover letters, interviews & job training.  Because of this, here are two articles to help your resume & 1 to kick you in the behind if you feel you’ve slumped in your job search.

No matter what you think, numbers are up, people are optimistic & everyday there is less of a reason to be unemployed.  Now, what will you do to get a job?

Executive Resumes: 5 Common Mistakes

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5 Ways To Get You & Your Job Search Out of A Slump…Fast!

Is your state recovering?

May 4, 2010

April 2010 saw a rise in home sales over the previous month.  More homes were purchased as the recovery begins a long recovery process.  A clear sign the economy is expanding & not retracting.

In a few states government programs have been created to subsidize lost wages & keep employees off unemployment benefits.  Illinois is a great example of this program.  Putting Illinois Back To Work is program enacted by the governor Pat Quinn.

Question for you: From your perspective, do you see the economy growing? What signs do you use to see the recovery might be working or isn’t working?

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Interview tips for job seekers

Census Jobs 2010 & State Jobs for You

February 24, 2010

The census 2010 is spurring government jobs.  Have you seen the commercials?  The census is in a hiring frenzy. Accumulating citizens for a measurement of national proportions.  The largest opportunity is as a census counter.  For more information: Check out the census job offers here

The stimulus has opened up a little flood gate for many states to recieve funding for education, healthcare and IT education.  We have all the information in our Monday Podcast

If you’re interested in finding out more about – Your Career Transition Resource – Click HERE

Take this chance to write a comment, did you check out these sites? What did you think?

Unemployment falls….

August 27, 2009

Anyone else feel like we’re on a see-saw? Unemployment goes up, then it goes down, then it’s back up again, and today it’s been reported that the number of new jobless claims filed, as well as the total number received, are down. While this is most definitely good news, it’s too early to say that the job market has begun its recovery. Yes, many analysts are beginning to assert that the U.S. economy is on the upswing, on the road to a glorious comeback. However, there’s little doubt that the job market will lag behind other economic indicators.

So what does the dropping number of jobless claims mean? Is it, in fact, meaningless? Well, no. According to, what will probably happen is we’ll see jobless claims hover around this number for a while. No one’s really started hiring yet; once that happens, things will really start to pick up. But it’s coming. Be ready.

Lastly, on a sad note, Senator Ted Kennedy passed away yesterday; he served his country with honor and distinction, and should be remembered for his countless contributions.

Recovery or no recovery…?

August 13, 2009

A number of economic indicators are pointing towards the end of the recession. But just today, retail sales fell more than expected, and the number of new unemployment claims rose more than expected (though the number of overall people on unemployment dropped). What this means is that the economy might be starting its slog through recovery, but it’s going to be a while before its reflected in the American consumer. Part of this might be a change in the mindset of Americans: They’re saving more and spending less. Which might not necessarily be a bad thing in the long run.


March 26, 2009

Like a number on the Richter Scale, here comes the number that will put the economic damage into some quanitiable, knowable form: 6.3%. The economy has shrunk 6.3%. Yet, that’s still a little fuzzy. So let’s say we started off with 100 economies. Right now, if my math is correct, we’d have 93.7 economies. Of course, this was the rate of shrinkage only for the fourth quarter.

The point is, these economic number are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. In fact, the most pertinent economic data to the average American is pretty darn simple: The jobless rate. There are other indicators that can give the pulse of the economy, but the jobless rate is really like listening to the beating heart.

So yes, the economy shrunk 6.3% in the fourth quarter of last year. But no, don’t panic.