Staying Ahead of The Game

Unemployment is up and if you’re lucky enough to still have a job it might be time to do some damage control to keep one.

The entire country is feeling the job pinch. Every state is reporting a spike in unemployment and no one is sure when jobs will come back. Companies are living lean and finding ways to cut costs, including payroll.

So how can you protect yourself in this warzone filled with pink slips? Robert half international is a leader in staffing and consulting services. The company’s regional Vice President Camelia Lim says right now it’s all about showing what you know.  read more »

Being Optimistic in a Pessimistic Job Market

This past week the country’s unemployment rate spiked to 6.7 percent, with 1.5 million jobs lost in just the past six months. Analysts are split on when the economy will turn around, but you still have to pay those nagging bills.

Despite all that pessimism, entrepreneur, economist and University of San Francisco business professor Jon Fisher says it’s still possible to land a good job.

He says some of the pain we’re encountering now is the result of problems that we went through in the past. While the economy will certainly get worse in the short term, it will be a lot better in ’09. So it’s just a question of how much risk tolerance you can endure.  read more »

Good Jobs in Bad Economy

It’s official. The country’s economy is in the toilet and chances are you or someone you know is looking for work. But where should your job hunt begin?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the professional and service categories with the most job openings in the coming year. It includes careers such as a scientist, health care worker and artist in the professional category. In the service sector police officers and caretakers will add about one million more jobs to the economy.  read more »