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Have a Plan

I received a layoff notice last week. June 30 was the last day of the 2011 – 2013 biennium for which the State of Washington had their operational budget. Their new budget was supposed to be agreed upon by April of this year, but it wasn’t. If an operational budget for our state was not … Continue reading

Ya Gotta Have Vision!

  I am in the process of developing the curriculum for a new workshop about marketing yourself effectively to employers. While researching material for this, I found some information on developing your personal vision. How important is that in job search? Squidoo.com defines a personal vision as “a compass that guides us to a destination we … Continue reading

Proposed Budgets and the Workforce: What Will Happen?

Anyone who has lived on a budget knows that budgets are used to set the overall spending limits for a family or household, so they don’t exceed their spending and go broke. Congress faces the same challenges for the country, on a much larger scale. They also have to make a lot more difficult decisions, … Continue reading

What Will Happen to Federal Unemployment Extensions?

As it stands right now, the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits are set to expire at the end of this year. Considering the present state of the federal budget, people directly affected by those extensions wonder what will happen to those benefits. EUC funds were appropriated by Congress in June 2008 and rolled out … Continue reading

America’s Workforce and Federal Support—Sequestration’s Impact

As the election season comes to a close, members of Congress prepare to convene in December 2012. Unless something is done during that time, an across-the-board sequestration is set to take effect in January 2013. My employment in workforce development has forced me to learn what this means. A little background information for those of you who, … Continue reading

What is a Resume? I’ll Tell You What It’s NOT…

I read resumes every day. Sometimes I scan them to see if they contain sufficient information to refer a qualified jobseeker to a job. Sometimes I make initial assessments on their skills and work history. Sometimes I just give resume reviews. You can imagine I have read just about everything a person could possibly put … Continue reading

You’re Never Too Old To Become Younger

Today I decided was the day to update my Mature Jobseekers Workshop content. Most of the statistics I have in there are outdated and missing vital information, so I set the day aside to update it. On the last slide is a quote attibuted to Mae West: “You’re never too old to become younger.” That’s … Continue reading

Stay Positive!

I have a co-worker who has so much energy I believe he has to be ADHD. Trying to keep up with him is a workout in itself. In his case, that energy level is necessary. He has a caseload of over 150 jobseekers, many just coming to the United States and barely able to speak English. … Continue reading

Someone Wants Your Facebook Password? It’s Called “Shoulder Surfing…”

The Associated Press reported recently on a New York man, Justin Bassett, who was interviewing for a new job. Bassett “had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page,” the AP reported. “But she couldn’t see his private profile and asked him to … Continue reading

Jobs Creation Will Influence America’s Vote for President in 2012

This is probably not a surprise to anybody. Half of America will be thinking most about their jobs when they vote next November. According to an Adecco Workplace Insights survey conducted last month, forty-none percent of Americans will be most influenced by jobs creation when they vote in the 2012 presidential election. And currently, this … Continue reading

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