Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Will Your Career Be Hot in 2024?

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

The year 2024 seems a long time away. But if you are planning your career, the moves you make now can affect how successful you’ll be then.

That’s where employment projections can help. This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), part of the U.S. Department of Labor, released new employment projections on the labor market through 2024. These employment projections can help you decide on a career and an education/training path for your future livelihood and success.

“Four out of the top five fastest-growing occupations are related to healthcare,” said BLS Commissioner Dr. Erica L. Groshen.

The following video highlights key employment projections. To catch all the details, be sure to watch it at full screen (click frame image, lower right, as video starts), then hit Esc when the video is over.

Visit the BLS for the full employment projections news release, complete with interesting charts and tables. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Networking for the Unemployed

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Unemployed during the holiday season? As family and friends give you greetings and gifts, they may also offer you something else: unsolicited job search advice. Loved ones, of course, are trying to help you. But many don’t know how to job hunt effectively, don’t know what type of work suits you best, and don’t understand how tired you may be of looking for work.
Holiday Networking May Lead You to a Job [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Holiday networking may lead you to a job.

If you have been job searching for any length of time, you may not be in the mood to talk about the online job application grind, unresponsive employers, and lack of good opportunities. So you nod your head, say thanks, and change the subject.

There’s one exception to this scene, however. If you are meeting new people or people you haven’t seen in a while, consider networking. Now if you are introverted or shy, the thought of networking is bad enough, let alone trying to network during a holiday event.

But anywhere new people are together, it can be awkward to keep the conversation going. So when you meet someone new and the talk inevitably goes to careers, give your elevator speech about what you do and what you’re looking for. Then ask the other person if he or she knows of any opportunities or knows of someone who could lead you to job openings. It’s as simple as that.

The person may not know anyone, but then again he or she may. So it’s worth a few minutes of conversation, because you never know where a good job lead will come from. A little holiday networking just may connect you to the right job.

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