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|December 20, 2008|
Use the holidays to take back control of your life and career, especially if you are unhappy in your job or career.
As discussed on a recent episode of Oprah (yes, the QuintCareers team does watch those episodes of Oprah in which she empowers people to change their lives), Marcus Buckingham (author of GO Put Your Strengths to Work) helped a handful of women take charge of their lives and careers by guiding them through a period of introspection.
If you are unhappy in your job — or with your career — as many people are, use some of the downtime during the holidays (and the approaching new year) to make major decisions about the future direction of your career… and your life. As we say in many places on QuintCareers, if you are not happy in your job, you will not be happy with your life.
While Marcus talks about finding your work strengths, we talk about finding your career passion. Different names — but basically the same outcome. Finding your career passion — a vocation that you truly enjoy doing and a job and career you like — is based partly on the idea that your passion has to be something you enjoy — something you are good at — a strength.
We believe that people who are searching for their career passion need to examine a number of different issues that together can begin to paint a picture of the perfect career… and we include all that in our free tutorial: Finding Your Career Passion Tutorial.
Take the tutorial at your own pace, examining key issues such as examining your lifelong interests, rediscovering favorite subjects when you were a student, analyzing the types of activities that energize you… in other words, uncovering sometimes overlooked or hidden talents and interests that will lead you to a new career and a better life… one in which you now have a passion for rather than a dread.
If you missed the Oprah episode, no worries, as Oprah placed the information on her Website: Take Control of Your Career and Your Life. You’ll actually find a free online class (with worksheets) to help guide you to making some decisions about your future.
Finally, if you like more interactive tools, consider taking one or more online career exploration tests, which you can find here: Career Assessment Tools & Tests.
|December 15, 2008|
As employers continue to announce job cuts, U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits surged to a 26-year high last week.
According to the Department of Labor, initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits increased by 58,000 to 573,000 — the biggest increase in claims in more than three years, and the highest level since November 1982.
Furthermore, the number of people still on unemployment after claiming an initial week of aid jumped by 338,000 — to a 26-year high of 4.4 million, the biggest increase in 34 years.
December is looking somewhat brutal for workers as Dow Chemical, Bank of America, 3M, Sony, Office Depot, Principal Financial Group, and about 15 other companies announced massive cuts — totaling more than 100,000 jobs that will be eliminated.
|December 10, 2008|
As the job market continues to get worse, with more workers facing layoffs or reduced hours, work-at-home scams proliferate on the Internet.
It’s almost a daily barrage of bad news these days — unemployment rate rising, more people unemployed, and companies announcing more staff cuts and layoffs — that can make the strongest among us fear that we must get a new job or a second job. Others of us, facing a layoff, have to find a new job.
And while you may need to find a new job or a second job to help make ends meet, you must not let yourself fall for the ever-increasing number of scam artists spamming our email boxes with “proven methods” and that guarantee wealth, financial success, or getting rich fast. Other scams offer high income for part-time hours.
Furthermore, never trust a job offer that requires you to pay money upfront for training, materials, or anything else that may supposed be needed to help you obtain the job. And never provide any personal information to a prospective employer until you are completely sure it is a legitimate offer.
Follow the old rule, better safe than sorry. Yes, there are some legitimate work-at-home businesses, but none will be get-rich quick opportunities. Do your homework and research any opportunity carefully before taking any actions. Find more tips from the National Consumer League’s Internet Fraud Watch, as well as from AARP Bulletin Today.
See also our article, Your Home-Based Career: A Key Resource Guide.
|December 5, 2008|
More than a half a million jobs were lost in the U.S. in November — the worst monthly cuts since 1974.
The Labor Department reported that employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years and far more than experts had been predicting. The news guarantees that more than 2 million jobs will have been eliminated by the time this year is over.
Along with the increase in lost jobs came the news that the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent last month — to the highest reading since 1993 — compared with 6.5 percent in October.
Furthermore, with some adjustments made to the previous months, the total number of jobs lost in 2008 is now at 1.9 million. (October’s loss was revised to show a cut of 320,000, originally given as a 240,000 loss, while September’s drop was revised to 403,000 from 284,000 — making this three month period the third highest three-month job loss total since World War II.)
In terms of specific losses in November, professional and business services lost 136,000 jobs, retailers cut 91,000 workers, manufacturing axed 85,000 jobs, the leisure and hospitality industries cut 76,000 jobs, construction cut another 82,000 jobs, and financial services jobs lost 32,000 jobs.
Growth was only seen in government hiring, which has stayed strong throughout the downturn, where another 7,000 jobs were added. Education and health services also grew payrolls, adding 52,000 employees.
Yes, the news is bad, and yes, it’s amazing that politicians and economists are finally calling this economy in recession — when we have known this fact for many months based on the job market and your stories of struggles, along with the real estate, home mortgage, and financial services meltdowns.
Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, worried about losing your job, or simply wanting a new job — now is not the time to panic or give up in your search. Organizations are still hiring. Now IS the time to double, triple, quadruple your job-search efforts, focusing on productive activities such as networking and tracking down job leads — not wasting your time on the big job boards such as Monster or CareerBuilder. Besides networking, focus on individual companies and specific industry niche sites. Make certain your resume is top-notch and practice your interviewing skills so you’re ready when you get the chance.
Tools to help you today:
See also our article, Silver Linings in a Financial Meltdown: How Workers and Job-Seekers Can Make the Best of a Bad Economy — as well as our entire collection of job-hunting in a weak economy series: Job-Hunting During a Recession Articles for Job-Seekers.
|December 3, 2008|
More U.S. job losses expected when November job report is released on Friday.
According to the ADP National Employment Report, about a quarter million private sector jobs were cut in November — well above the estimated 200,000 loss.
The goods-producing sector lost 158,000 jobs last month, its 24th consecutive month of decline, while the service industry shed 92,000 jobs, according to the report.
Job losses occurred in all size firms, with medium-sized businesses (between 50 and 499 workers) cutting 130,000 jobs, small businesses (less than 50 workers) slashing 79,000 positions, and large businesses (at least 500 workers) axing 41,000 jobs.
Furthermore, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that job layoff announcements by U.S. employers soared to 181,671 last month, up 61 percent from October’s 112,884 cuts.
Finally, a recent Business Week reports that U.S. employers are once again coming up with new names for layoffs — beyond the overused downsizing, rightsizing, restructuring, redundancy (more European), or re-engineering — including Yahoo’s plan “to become more fit” and eBay’s “simplification” plan. Does a new name make a laying off real people any less harsh?
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|Other Career/Job-Hunting Blogs|
- Quintessential Resume & Cover Letter Tips Blog, a blog from another part of the QuintCareers Network, with new resume and cover letter tips daily. A must-see for any active job-seeker.
- The Career Doctor Blog, a blog from another part of the QuintCareers Network, where each day our own Career Doctor Randall Hansen answers one career, job, college, or workplace question.
- Job Stuff, A Blog for Your Career, from Stephen Harris. Stephen’s blog is a great resource for those job-seekers who find yourselves in transition, searching for guidance and reassurance.
- The Occupational Adventure Blog, from Curt Rosengren, a Passion Catalyst. Curt’s blog is great for finding encouraging ideas (and resources) for moving forward with your career… a career that lights your fire.
- Blue Sky Resumes Blog, from career expert Louise Fletcher, a general career and job-search blog that covers all aspects of the job-hunt.
- Career Transition Discussion, a blog that deals with the issue of mid-career change… for job-seekers 40+.
- LifeWork Design — a conversation about topics related to career counseling and coaching.
And for our entire list of favorites, go here: Career-Related Blogs for Job-Seekers.
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- QuintZine: A Career and Job-Hunting Newsletter
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- The Career Doctor Career Advice Column
- College, Career, and Job-Related Articles
- Career and Job-Related Tutorials
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