It is both unfair and inaccurate to place all of the blame for unemployment solely on job seekers. Employers are less than perfect, too. In the current job market, technology has changed many of the "standard" practices. So it's a new ball game for both employers and job seekers.
As a dispatcher, there is a script that you follow, and while I am talking to a caller, I'm typing (I type as fast as you can talk), I'm keying my mike and sending units and I'm connecting you to the paramedics if you need them.
For an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending, this is not a trivial consideration.
Our nation needs to increase its commitment to the intellectual pursuit of scientific discovery - and to the "dazzling" talent in our midst. That's a proven strategy to produce the jobs that Americans want and deserve -- not directly but indirectly.
We need to prepare our people and our businesses to prosper in a world where businesses have more choices than ever before about where to hire and where computers are increasingly doing the work of laborers.
Are you given the proper support to fulfill these responsibilities? And, most importantly, can you handle more autonomy than you bargained for if you find yourself in an environment where the rules are, largely, up to you?
Whether you're developing a speech, preparing for a media interview, meeting with a client, pitching a proposal to your boss, or counseling an underperforming employee -- pick a point. Start there to simplify.
I didn't think I wanted to be an entrepreneur; that was for other people. But it turns out that a lot of the values that were important to me were a huge part of that entrepreneurial spirit that had always been inside of me, just waiting to burst out.
From my meditation teacher/practitioner perspective, I see ALL of these aspects as incredibly good, good, good and believe that meditation, dear millennials, is not only something that gels with what you already got goin' on... but it can help you navigate some of your biggest challenges.
On the surface, acceptance -- that is, changing what we can change and being realistic about what we cannot change in our lives -- should be the easiest thing to do. After all, how hard is it to resign yourself to the reality of a situation?
After dedicating four (or more) years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars to one degree, it's reasonable to expect a long and successful career in your chosen field. The reality is that your major at 18 may not end up being your dream job at 26 - and that's OK.
Warning: I have already been told this subject makes a lot of people uncomfortable. My employees were cool when I announced it during our Monday morning meeting, but I knew they were all cringing inside.
Many of us in the boomer generation are emerging from decades in corporate jobs where the new world of social media may have only been tangential to our work. We are looking at reinventing ourselves with encore careers, and we will need social media skills to get those jobs.
This week Senator Tom Harkin delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate after 40 years of public service and profound leadership on disability issues. His landmark work on the Americans with Disabilities Act dramatically increased opportunities for people with disabilities.
Let's face it. Work takes up a lot of our emotional energy. Add in a difficult colleague, feeling disconnected from your job, or the frustration of being constantly overlooked, and I guarantee that this will carry over into your home life.
The human cost in disrupted lives is enormous. Uncertain schedules undermine workers' efforts to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities or maintain stable childcare or pursue education or training or juggle a second part time job.