Archive for 2011

Jobs Forecast for 2012: The Year of Collaboration

Jobs Forecast for 2012:  The Year of Collaboration
With 2011 almost over, most of us can agree that it was a difficult year beset with many challenges as we attempted to manage our debt and keep balance in our lives, along with keeping our jobs; if we had one!  Employment opportunities remained scarce with many who had to work 2-3 jobs to make... Read more »

(5) Tips for Staying Competitive in the Job Market

(5) Tips for Staying Competitive in the Job Market
With 2011 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past year.  Whether you are employed, unemployed or underemployed, it has been a tough year navigating in a sluggish job market and a tumultuous economy. There’s not much you can do, but let our world economy sort itself out.  It will take time... Read more »

Tips for Dealing With Holiday Depression

Tips for Dealing With Holiday Depression
The holidays are in full swing.  For many of us, this time of year is particularly stressful, Feeling overwhelmed and dealing with issues that are often out of your control often leads to depression.  It is a time that many are forced to handle underlining family issues, financial problems and lack of job opportunities, as... Read more »
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Finding the Hidden Job Market: Networking is Key

Finding the Hidden Job Market: Networking is Key
In a job market with more qualified candidates than openings, you need to be smart in your job search.  Networking is key to finding a job.  There are many ways to network besides going to networking events that are often filled with unemployed or underemployed job seekers all looking for job leads. As part of... Read more »

(5) Tips for Job Hunters During the Holidays

(5) Tips for Job Hunters During the Holidays
The month of December is one of the best times to speak with potential employers.  It is certainly the best time to network at holiday parties and reach out to hiring managers.  This is especially true during the days leading up to Christmas. It is assumed that executives are busy this time of year when... Read more »

Small Businesses Start Hiring: Unemployment at 8.6%

Small Businesses Start Hiring: Unemployment at 8.6%
In what surprised economists, the unemployment rate for November went down to 8.6% from a stubborn 9%.  This is the lowest unemployment rate since March, 2009 and two months after President Obama took office.  The unemployment figure has been hovering around 9% for 2.5 years. The start-ups and small business that were skittish about hiring... Read more »
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Does Your Résumé Tell Your Story?

Does Your Résumé Tell Your Story?
Having a résumé that clearly shows your experience, skills and the value you bring to a company is the most important tool you will need to find a job. Yet, few job seekers spend the time necessary to create a résumé that truly tells their story. Your résumé is your ticket to get through the... Read more »

Need Help with your Branding? Check out NAPW Midwest Conference

 Need Help with your Branding? Check out NAPW Midwest Conference
Mark your calendars for an insightful, worthwhile event for women.  On Friday, November 18 the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) will be holding its first regional conference in Naperville. NAPW, a women’s networking organization founded in New York in 2009, will be hosting its first Midwest conference. It is totally “green” platform with the... Read more »

Trick or Trick? Where are the Jobs, Mr. President?

Trick or Trick?  Where are the Jobs, Mr. President?
The stock market is set to rise 12% for the month of October for those lucky ones that managed to stay in the market and ride the tidal wave to a profit.  I was not one of those people that made money this year on the stock market, in fact, I lost 6% after taking... Read more »
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The Art of Networking at Holiday parties!!

The Art of Networking at Holiday parties!!
With the holidays approaching us, it’s time to think about how to best utilize your invitations to the holiday parties in your job search or quest for a more fulfilling career!  I have said this many times, the best way to get a job in this stalled economy is by networking.  Introductions to people at... Read more »