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|November 7, 2011|
Job Action Day 2011: Skill Up, Start Up, Speak Up
The current and ongoing Jobs Recession, deeper and longer than expected, forces job-seekers to focus on job-hunting fundamentals on Job Action Day 2011.
Most experts had predicted that job growth would lag well behind economic growth after the Great Recession, but no one predicted the depth of the problem that we now face in this jobs recession.
We had hoped for a more upbeat Job Action Day months ago when we were planning it, but circumstances forced us to focus on some key fundamentals of job-hunting and job growth advocacy.
So, on this day when you are supposed to be focusing on your career, consider these issues:
First, whether you are currently employed or seeking employment, it’s important to have the skills employers are seeking. There are numerous ways to gain these skills, including community colleges, apprenticeships, and volunteering.
Second, if this jobs recession has taught all of us anything, it’s that we must depend on ourselves more than any employer. We have to make our career our primary focus — from branding ourselves as indispensable to our current employer (and prospective future employers) or planting the seeds for starting our own business (or businesses). We must be selfish in our focus because no one else will be looking at for our best interests.
Third, at a time when there is a lot of talk “ and counter talk — about job creation — and very little actual job creation, it’s time to speak up. It’s time for us to tell politicians and businesses to stop wasting time with the talk and get down to actually hiring people again.
You’ll find many ideas for all three of these ideas “ Skill Up, Start Up, Speak Up — at Job Action Day 2011 — with a multitude of articles and a plethora of bloggers all focused on the one goal of helping you focus on your career and move forward with it.
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