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January 16, 2010

Pools Getting Larger, BUT not for Swimming

A few days ago I read an article from the Career Management Alliance (CMA) highlighting how the pool of workers will be increasing for many years to come.  In a nutshell, this is due to our seasoned employee’s intent to remain active in the workforce many years after retirement age.  The rippling effects of such a shift have consequences well beyond the immediate.

For those unfamiliar with the article, I’ll share the text printed by CMA:

The baby-boom generation-those born between 1946 and 1964-is expected to remain in the labor force longer than previous generations. As this group ages, the number of people in the labor force aged 55 to 64 is expected to grow by 33 percent between 2008 and 2018, and the number of people aged 65 and older is projected to grow by 78 percent. The numbers of 45- to 54-year-olds and 35- to 44-year-olds are expected to shrink as baby boomers age and shift into older groups.

Total labor force growth is expected to average about 8 percent during the projections decade. Because of such factors as better health and medicine, the number of adults in the labor force aged 65 and older is expected to grow about 10 times faster than the total labor force.

With our unemployment situation in such a depressed mode, it appears the world will need more than a helping hand from our government and President Obama.  From senior-level employees to high school students to graduating students, the impact of a larger pool of applicants means more competition.  As a result, more competition means a return to Darwinism; survival of the fittest may be this decade’s mantra…. Hey, just keeping it real.

No longer are employers seeking candidates unable to perform a wide range of responsibilities.  The new “fittest” will be employees capable AND willing to do more (and often for less—sorry).  For those in the workforce, continue professional development training, learn more skills, become adaptable, prove to your employer that you are focused on progression.  In other words, no more complacency.

For the student or recent graduate, I encourage you to also learn as many skills as possible.  Become active in the community; develop a diverse network of peers from various industries.  While in high school or college, take a good look in the mirror and check out what stares back, objectively.  Sitting back, attending to your major while ignoring the competition is not career survival.  As a career coach and resume writer, I encourage you to study beyond your major—as a matter of fact, obtain a minor in a completely different field…think about it.

With the pool of applicants increasing (and no release valve in sight), it’s time to gather as many skills and experiences as possible.  Is the pool large enough for all to swim?  No doubt if Darwin was around, he would keep it real and tell it like it is.

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPCC, CPRW
Owner, Author, Publisher
Career Services International
Education Career Services
dhuffman@careersi.com
www.linkedin.com/in/dannyhuffman
407-206-5883 (direct line)
866-794-3337 ext 110 

October 10, 2009

Projected Federal Jobs on the RISE

No doubt this is an extremely difficult time to find employment for thousands upon thousands of graduates and experienced professionals looking to either obtain a job or transition into a better career.  Economic forecasts indicate the private sector may not bounce back to acceptable levels until late next year and warns of further ebb and flow.  Amidst the dust there is a towering presence in the public sector…an option which may be perfect for you.

Before going into the excuses of not having a federal resume or knowing what a KSA is (much less how to write a well developed and thought out one), kick back and check out the opportunity.  After investigating, if you decide you want to test the federal side of employment you have many helping hands eager to assist you.  On this note, I would be glad to guide you upon the path and would also recommend several booklets defining techniques which will enhance your chances of a great catch…just gotta let me know.

Enough talk for now.  According to tinyurl.com, the Federal government is looking to fill 273,000 mission critical positions in the next three years. Yes, you read right!  My advice, don’t wait as NOW is the time to get started (it is not uncommon for the process to take up to nine months before an offer is made).  Thus, for those looking to earn over $70,000 annually, GovCentral completed the research to help you make an informed career path.  Check out the list below to see the largest growth and current openings that all earn over $70,000.

The list of 10 Government Industry’s Projected to see the largest growth in the next three years:

1.  Medical and Public Health – 54,114 Projected
2.  Security and Protection – 52,007 Projected
3.  Compliance and Enforcement – 31,276 Projected
4.  Legal – 23,596 Projected
5.  Administration/Program Management – 17,287 Projected
6.  Accounting and Budget – 16,664 Projected
7.  Information Technology – 11,549 Projected
8.  Business and Industry – 10,765 Projected
9.  Engineering – 10,642 Projected
10. Transportation – 10,560 Projected

To learn more details about the ten industries, go to the web page, http://tinyurl.com/ycjuqog (Original URL: http://govcentral.monster.com/careers/articles/17529-10-government-careers-that-earn-70k?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=gc_r1_20090924_70k 

I will be glad to help you out in this endeavor; just let me know (or go to www.educationcs.com and decide if two of my booklets would be the right next move),

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPCC, CPRW
Owner, Author, Publisher
Career Services International
Education Career Services
dhuffman@careersi.com
www.linkedin.com/in/dannyhuffman
407-206-5883 (direct line)
866-794-3337 ext 110

April 9, 2009

Education House Bill: Career Commitment?

In typical fashion, this morning I enjoyed a cup of tea for breakfast while relaxing in the back porch and reading the Orlando Sentinel.While skimming, I noticed the headline: “Tougher teacher tenure bills move forward.” As my neighbor is a teacher, I decided my attention would be necessary…after all; a teaching career is a highly respectable (though often under-appreciated) trade. (Quotes in this blog were taken directly taken out of the paper—just to add a measure of context.)apple-coreu-s-178660-3

“Teachers also could be fired at any time if their students underachieve.”

For several years I was an instructor at a local college and to now learn a teacher’s career can be decided by students seems be a tad unfair, unpredictable, and un-defendable. After all, there’s so much more to being an effective teacher than standing in front of the class and lecturing. For teachers out there putting in 60+ hour weeks setting curriculum, reading papers, and tutoring, my respect is freely given to you.

On note with the quote, no doubt there is a relationship between outstanding teachers and student achievement but how many students just don’t care about achievement or intentionally disrupt the learning process for all lucky enough to be in the same class as the trouble-maker? Is it fair to now bring the concept of child success or failure onto the sole burden of the teacher? Where are the parents in this equation? Is it right to allow students to play such a powerful role when deciding promotions and terminations? Additionally, once students become aware of their power, how long before it is leveraged to their advantage? How absurd is this new policy to you (or is it just me)?

“…a tenured teacher would be limited to a five-year contract.”

Maybe not so bad, at least at first glance. But then again, many of the best teachers I have had the pleasure of learning from held over ten years of classroom experience. When does the sense of commitment by the school come into play? We trust and ask our teachers to guide our children but then throw a huge question mark which can be used as an administrative scare tactic. I am highly concerned about the blatant message as well as the latent meaning with the subjective agenda of this house bill.

Schools are all about lessons…in this, what does this lesson teach those looking for a career and for those looking to hire? If you’re looking for a career, be prepared to live life as a puppet-where no matter how hard you work and how well you do your job, you have no control over the strings binding you with your company. In effect, the precedent is clear: the House and Senate say it’s okay to terminate on the basis of a customer complaint, no matter the factors or agenda behind it. Are you feeling warm and fuzzy?

The bill “passed both the House and Senate committee votes today.”

How many people throughout the state of Florida knew of the upcoming vote? How many people in the state of Florida are willing to accept the consequences of this bill? For those outside of Florida, look out, this bill will act like a virus – so be prepared.

We are experiencing some of the most difficult times of recent memory and to have our educational leaders (House and Senate) allow fear to dominate the lives of teachers is, in my opinion, a travesty. And what does this tell the community and the children going to public schools? Ultimately, how can we expect our teachers to remain committed to the students and community when there is no return of commitment?

I’m not sure who the winners in this career move are…but I am certain who the losers are.

What’s your school district up to? How many out there know, I mean really know?

Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP
dhuffman@careersi.com
Education Career Services: http://www.educationcs.com
Career Services International: www.careersi.com

February 9, 2009

Going Green?

Over the past few months there has been a great deal of interest (as well as inflated rhetoric) regarding green jobs and its impact on the unemployment rate.

 

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The Career Management Alliance dedicated space to the green cause and I felt our readers would appreciate the information.  A sample of the opportunities and organizations seeking to do their part on the unemployment rate is as follows:

 

  • Campaign to Save the Environment is looking for people in over 60 cities throughout the United States to operate as Field Staff (summer employment), Field Managers, and Campaign Coordinators
  • The Green Corps 2009-2010 Field School for Environmental Organizing is seeking 35 college graduates to learn to be environmental activists
  • Environmental Defense Fund is in a hiring mode

 

According to GreenCollarHiring.com, the top green jobs are:

 

Land Use Planner

Ecotour Operator

LEED-Accredited Builder

Environmental Lawyer

Green Building Managers

Environmental Engineers

Solar Panel Installers

Corn Farmer

Green Venture Capitalist

 

The National Academy of Sciences recently characterized climate change as “irreversible,” so expect additional opportunities and, with President Obama’s promises, I anticipate growth in the green jobs sector to continue.

 

Thus, if you are looking to work in green, opportunities are global!

 

Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

http://www.educationcs.com

http://www.careersi.com

 

January 28, 2009

The Federal Government is Hiring

One of the best kept secrets in the hiring arena is our Federal Government.  If you tried applying for a Federal post years ago, you are in for a surprise.

 

The application process has become easier by leaps and bounds, so check out the possibilities and be surprised at the process.  If you need specific details, I publish material on the Federal Application as well as techniques on KSA development and would be glad to share any information requested.

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In a recent announcement, the FBI detailed its resolve to hire close to 3,000 new employees.  Included in the postings are 850 special agents and 2,100 professional positions, such as accounting and human resources.  With a large percentage of employees at the cusp of retiring, now may be the best time to apply.

 

Another positive, the Federal Government is all over the world—you are not limited to one geographic location! 

 

I recently gave a presentation about the Federal Job Application (specifically KSA Maximization) at Yale University and found a great deal of people (not just students) apprehensive about working for the government.  One thing I definitely insist upon when delivering guidance:

 

·        Read the application carefully

·        Do not skip through the application process

·        Answer all questions

·        Be patient (it may take up to a year before you hear anything)

·        Be persistent (keep applying)

·        Be realistic in the qualifications and your experience

 

One more thing, for more information check out usajobs and/or fbijobs.gov.

 

Good luck and let me know how I can help in this endeavor.

 

Danny Huffman

 

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