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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 underempl 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 out 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 exciting 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 rate i 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 They?ve been replaced by scanners that read your license plat Continue Reading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
How Women are Making the Most of the Gig Economy
Women in the gig economy is redefining what it means to have a job in 21st century America. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 3 million Americans formed what are called ?non-employer? businesses between 2003 and 2013. While more current statistics are not yet available, it is Continue Reading
How to Find Gig Work in the Gig Economy
We're hearing more and more these days about gig work and the gig economy. It's increasingly becoming the workstyle of the 21st Century economy. It?s an excellent way to create an extra income, a needed cash flow in retirement, or even to create a whole new career. But how can you go about finding g Continue Reading