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As the country slogs on and begins to recover from the current recession, focus is on whether things will return to the way they used to be. Early signs indicate┬áthat they will not. As a part of cutbacks, companies…
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Discouragement can sabotage the job search. When doors keep getting closed, we can begin doubting ourselves and give up. This is one of the reasons why economists state that the unemployment rate is really around 16% instead of near 10%.…
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We should not fear the threat of a layoff, but rather embrace the opportunity should it present itself. More new businesses get started during recessions than at other times. One of the common things people who lose their jobs and…
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All too often we limit ourselves as to the options available to us. We see most options as binary, that is, one or the other. We don't look for imaginative or creative solutions to the "problems" we are presented,or we…
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That was the gist of my conversation with a local morning news producer recently. About a week and a half ago, I sent her some information about the upcoming job-search workshop in the Charlotte area and explained how it would…
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Looking for a job these days is more difficult than it has been in decades. Job searches are taking longer than ever before. Losing a job and being out of work for an extended period of time can lead to…
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This last week, I was able to catch up with a long-time friend and talk about his situation. In our initial contact email, one of the things he mentioned is a manager who is "a piece of work." This is…
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This past weekend, my youngest daughter Melissa traveled with me to visit our friends Steve and Jody a little ways outside Washington, DC. It was a wonderful time to be visiting with another couple pursuing the dream of becoming solopreneurs…
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With the Internet and Web 2.0 coming of age, there are new job search strategies available for the job seeker. There is not enough data available to determine the effectiveness of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites, but…
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The job market today is more competitive than ever for the job seeker. There are things you should be doing to help yourself become more competitive if you are looking for a job. You can bypass other job seekers who…
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While the government hurriedly announced an end to the recession yesterday, the proof has yet to manifest itself in the NC job market. The unemployment rate for the Charlotte region is currently at around 12.4%, maybe higher. Employment is considered…
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I find it interesting to talk to people about their perceptions of their job. This past weekend I was talking to a neighbor while our children were performing at a band show. A little over a year ago, he had…
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