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March 9, 2009

12.5 Million Unemployed: could this be true?

Mind boggling, don’t you think?  On my way home a few days ago, a reporter for NPR stated we are at an 8.1% unemployment rate, equating to 12.5 million people looking for a job.  Does this number include the millions of people not on unemployment who happen to be unemployed as well?  If not, and I seriously doubt it does; who knows what the true unemployment rate is.  I don’t!


So, where are we as a country?


I’m not an economist; I am an optimist.  Beating the odds and securing a job (and for many, any job) may be a matter of luck—being in the right place at the right time.  If this is the case, how does one become “lucky?”  Truth known, to me, luck is a matter of strategy and preparedness.


  • Strategy:  know where job fairs are happening and attend; attending social and professional functions; becoming aware of employment trends and educating yourself in your field of choice; attending seminars, workshops, and webinars; developing a calendar of events, obligations, and goals (short and long term); and always display professional respect to all you come across—after all, one never knows who that person getting in the elevator with you happens to work for—he or she may be a hiring executive in need of an entry-level recent graduate or a CEO to head a product development phase.
  • Preparedness:  not only look and behave professionally in all arenas, but have well-written material ready at the hip.  Practice your marketing quip (elevator speech), have a professional review (redo if necessary) documents (a well-written document may be the wisest investment of your career), and know your surroundings.


Unfortunately I believe we experiencing an unreliable unemployment rate—I think it is much higher than the government wants the masses to believe.  Naturally they would have an agenda to keep this number low…but that’s jut my opinion.  I did tell you I was optimistic—I forgot to tell you I am also a realist.


Let me know what you think,


Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

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