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Jobs Advertised But NO Jobs – What’s Up With That???
Have you ever applied for a job that you were perfectly qualified for, but got no response? That’s become the new normal – jobs advertised but no jobs. Not only is this a practical problem – that you need an income from the job – but it also hits on a personal level. If you send out enough r Continue Reading
Work From Home – Is It Worth It?
When you spend half the day battling the heat, the humidity (or the snow and ice) and the heavy rush of traffic just to commute to work every day, work from home seems like a wonderful idea. You can lounge around all day indoors in your PJs and make a living! However, that’s not all, a freelanc Continue Reading
The REAL Job Market Problem is Underemployment – Not Unemployment
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the government in general, economists and industry leaders have been proudly proclaiming the “low” 4.something percent unemployment rate. To hear the official dogma, unemployment is a non-problem. And they may be right. Because the real job market problem is under Continue Reading
Do You Have a Bad Attitude – or Does Your Job Really Stink?
Do you have a bad attitude, or does your job really stink? It's not always you who is the problem. Sometimes the job really is that bad, or at least a bad fit. How do you work around that? Continue Reading
7 Ways to Tell if You’re Being “Targeted” at Work
Years ago, I had a coworker who was in a management position, who was facing several obvious threats to her job. It wasn’t that she was incompetent – quite the opposite. She was very good at her job and highly sought after by other employers. But a new department head had been appointed from the Continue Reading
3 Jobs You Can Land with the Right Information Technology Degree
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offers some promising data on the future of computers and information technology within the United States. According to the federal bureau, jobs within this industry are expected to grow faster than in many other occupations over the next eight years. By 2024, it Continue Reading
How Do You Know When it’s Time to Leave a Job?
Recently it had become time to leave a job at a company I had worked at for many years. It wasn’t a difficult decision either – the overall culture of the workplace had shifted dramatically in recent years, and unfortunately, in my humble opinion, not for the better. What had been novel and exci Continue Reading
Careers Most Likely to Survive an Uncertain Future
Nobody’s really talking about this, and that’s why we have to do it here. We’re overdue for a recession. There I said it. The stock market has been straight up like a rocket for eight years, housing prices have recovered and are pressing higher in many major markets, the official unemployment Continue Reading
The Subtle Ways Technology is Eliminating Jobs
Back in January, on a trip from New Hampshire to New Jersey, I saw graphic evidence of how technology is eliminating jobs. The toll booths that were once a fixture on the Massachusetts Turnpike and the New York State Thruway are all gone. They’ve been replaced by scanners that read your license pl Continue Reading
How to Use Gig Work to Stay Home With Your Kids
Last week reader and frequent commentator, Bev, and I were having an exchange on How Women are Making the Most of the Gig Economy in which we took a rabbit trail into how the internet is opening up opportunities for people to use gig work to stay home with your kids. It was an interesting side trail Continue Reading