Employment rates are heading in the wrong direction. For those new to my writing style, I have a habit of not coloring words while laying the news on the table for all to see and oftentimes taste. If you are interested in sugar-coated data, know this, I am on a diet—no sugar coating here.
News is not good. Numbers released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is clear on one trend: unemployment figures for the month of December are up from the previous month in each of our 50 states. With this news, how does the average person survive?
The first step is to accept the difficult situation we are all in. Secondly, do not become overly frustrated, depressed, or stressed out…which is all but impossible not avoid. Thirdly, represent to your advantage and stand out from sea of other job applicants.
On a brighter side, the lowest unemployment rates are found in Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, all with 4.0 percent or below. On a dimmer note, states with a 9.0 percent or above rate of unemployment include California, Nevada, Oregon, and leading the pack was Michigan with 10.6 percent. Combining the 50 states, the national rate for December was 7.2 percent.
Besides trying to keep a positive approach and an upbeat career marketing campaign, now is the time to make sure your job portfolio reflects your skills and accomplishments in a metric style. Double check your career objective and career summary (refer to an earlier entry for additional insight). If you are a student or alumni, contact your university career services department for possible information, including job postings. For the seasoned professional, I recommend professional assistance from an accredited and reputable career management firm. I review hundreds of resumes from executives and many from students on a monthly basis; take it from me, have someone review and evaluate—it is an investment with great ROI.
In other words, do not go solo, more than your career is at stake!
With the unemployment figures the way they are, it is hard to keep emotionally pumped; this is understandable as budget crunches affect everyone. For today, we simply need to make sure we display the mot effective personal career marketing material available and that’s where double-checking and having assistance may be what it takes to lift you up. Hold your head up and when you are called back for a job interview, nail each interview question perfectly.
Perhaps President Obama and the economic stimulus package will benefit the average person soon. Though hopeful, I am not optimistic this will become reality. If you have any specific questions or topics you would like covered, let me know…I will definitely tell you the way I see it—no sugar coating, just the facts.
Source: Career Management Alliance and http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1746#
Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP
Education Career Services: http://www.educationcs.com
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