Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Are You a Female in the Workforce?

Randstad, the international staffing company recently issued a report detailing results of their ongoing surveys that are part of the Randstad Engagement Index. The latest report talks about women's insights and perspectives on work and how they view the economy's impact on their jobs.

Women say that the top skills needed in the workplace today are "flexibility and adaptability, followed by knowledge of technology and teamwork."

It is obvious that employers need to pay attention to this for both hiring and retention purposes. Women are proving to be academically superior in our schools, have better graduation rates, and should be developed as leaders. It will be the wise employers who will benefit.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Looking Overseas to Find a Job

The Sunday, November 25th edition of The Washington Post carried an interesting article about Americans looking overseas to find jobs. It highlighted several individuals who were unable to find well paying or even any kind of job in their fields here, but found new and very good jobs abroad. The Department of State estimates that 6.3 million Americans right now are studying or working abroad. If you are looking for work, consider this as an option.

Lots of these newly employed Americans are teachers, but the article also follows one couple who are respectively a medical research assistant and a non profit employee and who both found work in Asia, a booming area, per the writer, Emily Matahar. Because of the high number of foreigners moving abroad, the writer also states that most Americans, even without local language skills, easily find the international community and fit right in.

There is no doubt that the job market is still a tough sell for most people. People will pay you for the skills that they want. You may have an easier time finding work aboard, at the same time adding to your resume as well as your bank account, by looking to the other side of the world.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Videos...Videos

Never underestimate the power of a video. You've reached out to prospective employers with resumes, your own website, blogs, LinkedIn sites...etc. How about a video?

Videos are easy to create, and you can upload something short highlighting you in action to your own website, if you have one, or to your LinkedIn. It is one more way to communicate and to get your message out. Make sure you spotlight a situation where you are demonstrating your skills, be it in public speaking, training, leading a meeting...whatever. A picture is better than a thousand words. Try it today.

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