USA-Unemployment statistics for America!

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Unemployment statistics for America remained at 9.1 percent for the month of August, and while that tally was all to be expected, a surprise came as, despite predictions that new jobs were created last month, economists’ expectations of 75,000 new jobs were not met.

The latest reports from the Labor Department reveal that only 17,000 jobs were added to the private sector in August while the government shed more and more positions. Payroll figures in the manufacturing sector were down, as were the hours in an average work week and the average hourly wage earning among American workers.

The White House announced on Thursday that they predict an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent in 2012, but the country will need to add 200,000 jobs per month in the meantime in order to bring the unemployment statistic down a full percentage point in 12 months’ time. With zero job growth for the month of August and the Labor Department now revising statistics for June and July to show fewer jobs created than calculated earlier, the pickup necessary to push the unemployment rate down seems more unlikely than ever.

Taking into account the three summer months, an average of 35,000 jobs were created in June, July and August.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech next week to address the dire jobs situation as the country grows wearier of the administration’s failure to keep the country from an economic slump.

Economist Patrick O’Keefe from the accounting firm JH Cohn says a slump isn’t likely, but instead expects the economy “to slouch and stagger,” reports Reuters. Other economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond released a paper recently in which they write, “After a long period of unemployment, affected workers may become effectively unemployable,” suggesting that the actual rate of unemployment is only accelerating. Nearly 43 percent of unemployment Americans have been without jobs for more than six months.

A strike of around 45,000 employees at Verizon Communications contributed in part to the sad statistics for August, which overall saw a drop of around 48,000 workers in the information industry. The 17,000 jobs added in the private sector shows the smallest increase in over a year and a half and fell short of the prediction of 95,000 that Bloomberg expected. Little to no job growth across the board was displayed for August, with healthcare services being the only notable exception.

Whole sectors of this whole economy have just gone. You have whole sectors which are gone, sectors which are at risk and a few sectors that are still there. According to one person who previously worked as a director for World Bank, the whole picture of manufacturing is changing before our very eyes.

There was another figure that managed to go up for the month of August, however: the measure of Americas who have stopped looking for work and those that have settled for part-time employment.

A Salesman- Lessons to be learned

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If you have never been a salesman, then you probably don’t understand what you are missing. If you want to succeed in life then you surely should try the salesman’s route. You will learn a lot and the experiences will be worth their weight in gold.

  • You’ll learn to negotiate. Every job involves negotiating: With peers, with other departments, even with your boss.  Salespeople learns to listen, evaluate variables, identify key drivers, overcome objections, and find ways to reach agreement — without burning bridges.
  • You’ll learn to close. Asking for what you want is difficult for a lot of people.  Closing a sale is part art, part science.  Getting others to agree with you, and follow your direction, is also part art and part science.  If you aspire to a leadership position, you must be able to close. Great salespeople know how to close.  Great supervisors and managers do too.
  • You’ll learn persistence. Salespeople hear the word “no” all the time.  Over time you’ll start to see “no” as a challenge, not rejection.
  • You’ll learn self discipline. If you work for a big company, sometimes you can sleepwalk your way through a day and still get paid.  When you work on commission, “If it is to be, it’s up to me,” is your credo.  Sales is a great way to permanently connect the mental dots between performance and reward.
  • You’ll learn to work well with a wide range of people at all levels. Plus, working in sales is the perfect cure for shyness.  Learn to step forward with confidence, especially under duress or in a crisis, and you can take on any role in an organization.
  • If you want to own a business, you’ll always be in sales. Every business is an extension of its owner.  Even if they have a sales team, a business owner is always involved in sales.   (In many companies the owner still handles the major sales personally —  or at the very least is brought into the process to help close the  deal.)  An entrepreneur who can’t sell faces a major challenge.  Gaining  sales skills will help you win financing, bring in investors, line up  distribution deals, land customers — in the early stages of starting a  company, everything involves sal

Understanding the sales process and how to build customer relationships  is incredibly important, regardless of the industry or career you  choose.  Spending one or two years in a sales role is an investment that will pay dividends forever.

To be a true success you must learn the above, it applies to every job you will ever have. When you apply for a new position, or job, you are in the selling mode. You are trying to get the company you are applying to; to accept you, to accept your credentials, to accept your references. So if you are not good enough at selling yourself, then how can you expect some company to accept you as the right person to satisfy its needs.

Try it. you might learn something, and sometimes it does not boil down to what schools you went too, but how you present yourself in that all important Job interview. Did you make a sale or did you blow it?


Jobs, Education and the Future #10

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Getting started in building a career is what you make of it!

Are you confused about what to do “when you grow up?” Perhaps that’s because choosing a career isn’t so easy … not if you do it the right way. Some people seem to fall into the right career, but for most of us, finding something fulfilling to do with our lives takes quite a bit of effort. First you have to learn about yourself. That’s the only way to find out what careers are suitable for someone with your personality, values, interests and abilities. Then you have to learn about the occupations you are considering. An occupation that seems suitable for you based on your characteristics may have some features you find unappealing, such as a poor employment outlook. If you’re thinking that this seems like a lot of work, imagine how it will feel to spend at least eight hours seven days a week doing work you don’t enjoy.

While planning your career, don’t forget to start from your last career plan and spend some time jotting down your career reviews. If your career growth has lots of ups and downs, sit back and analyze your history and plan ahead. Past mistakes can guide you towards a better future. If you are content with your career growth, then continue along the path or find a significant way to grow further.

While planning your career, don’t forget about your likes and dislikes, since your likes two years ago may have changed. Take time to reflect on the new developments in your personal life, not just on the job front.Make two separate rows of likes and dislikes, and then use this list to analyze your current job path. If you feel your current job falls under the like column, then you can consider yourself lucky as you are on the right path. If it falls into the dislike category, then you need to examine your career and your available options. Career planning also gives you time to think about your hobbies and pastimes. It may sound bizarre, but sometimes these passions and hobbies give you insight into what you like doing on the job.

After your re-think about your plan and strategy and what is good and what is not so good, try to explore other avenues of building yourself, that career you have been dreaming about. Remember what your friends are doing may not be whats right for you. This comes down to individual choices, and you have to make that decision, only for you.

Your exploration should include:

  • Reading job descriptions to learn required skills, and competencies
  • Identifying education paths
  • Talking with employers in the field
  • Talking with people already working in the field
  • Learning about the typical work environment in your chosen field
  • Learning about related jobs
  • Reviewing compensation and advancement opportunities
  • Gauging the future

In the end when you make that final decision, it will be yours and no-one elses, and your career is 100% in your hands. Do not be afraid when you are just starting out to test the waters, gain valuable experience in everything you undertake. This will lead you to that career decision that is right for you, and your happiness and success will depend upon your commitments.


Jobs, Education and the Future 4

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The root causes for the situation in the Middle East and spreading around the world, is the lack of Jobs, dwindling trust in the governments to provide the bare necessities of life, and the uncertainty that goes with it, and that of the Future. ” In a recent survey of Middle Eastern youth, the No. 1 wish of the young in nine countries was to live in a free country, although, to be sure, jobs and the desire to live in well-run, modern societies ranked very high as well.”* I am making a very broad statement, that needs to be analyzed more. Freedom and the right to choose ones destiny is  a pre-requisite and Jobs are required for people to survive in this world, without them we can not chase our dreams or earn a living as a result.

 Yet, many jobs, render very little in terms of monetary gain for the individual in these countries being less than 2$ a day. The labour market world-wide is over saturated with applicants applying for the limited number of job opportunities available to them. Therefore, we must find new ways in which to employee the hundreds of thousands of new college/university graduates that our Education system is turning out each year.

In the not far distant past, a college education got you in the door at most Companies. It was your guarantee to a better life, and it provided you with the expectation of owning your own home, having a family and sending your children to school. Otherwise, follow in the foot-steps of the parents. That is no-longer the situation. Yes, there are the wealthy families that have made it. And yes, they can send their children to the best schools. What about the others, that can not afford the same schools, yet they work and struggle to make ends meet so they can say “my child has a college/university degree.” The point I am making is; No matter who you are the Job Market is getting smaller. This affects everyone, and this is our dilemma. What do we do with the over abundance of Graduates.

Our governments speak about job creation. How can this be achieved, when our world economic situation is in a state of chaos. So we are confronted on multiple fronts, the same as being in a war.  Only this is a war, of human survival and not about Presidents, Dictators, Kings, corrupt politicians and power mongers. The people need to know that there is a future, sometimes change can make the future look a little brighter, for the moment. But that can be, short lived, as time passes and the changes the people expected do not come. People naturally become anxious and depressed when they are seeking a way to assure their future.  Change is the right word, if it is used to address the plight of the people and something comes of it. 

The future doesn’t look so bright, look around you and see, your neighbors, your friends and the general population have problems. Lack of food due to Drought and over population, lack of jobs due to struggling Economies and too many Applicants, Border tensions, Protesters crying in the streets for change, to make it better. Innocent people being shot-down, because they are trying to make a difference in their respective counties. Then we have the change in the environment which, is also adding to the plight of the people. Where is all  of this taking us!