Posted by PRGUY222 on Feb 5, 2009 in Careers
, Job Search
If you’re reading this blog, you are dancing on the front lines of Newbie New(ish) Media. Yep, anyone with a bad recipe for banana nut bread or saccharine pics of their kids at Halloween now have (relatively) free access to the cyber airwaves and the denizens who troll them. Never has there been so much said about so little to so many.
So when in this cacophony of clutter real messages need to leak through, who the hell can find them? Given the propensity of our A.D.D. addled populace to jagged off kilter on REAL issues requiring REAL focus, can we expect any sort of reaction to the relevant anyway?
United States President Barack Obama had an editorial published in the New York Times today. He’s pitching his stimulus plan and because he’s President, and presumably a good writer (or capable of hiring them), he gets an Epic Win in a top rag. But will it trickle down to anyone really? There’s likely to be more buzz about the fact that he did it than on the actual content. How many voters/economic sufferers/citizens/malcontents will read about that he wrote it rather than actually read it? What’s wrong with this picture?
Here’s part of it: The value in being published is diminished because anyone can now be published. Three minutes with Blogger.com and you’re Gutenberg. Your voice isn’t earned, it’s become part of a scream that no more warrants mass attention than assembly instructions for an Ikea coffee table. We’re all drowning in it and ironically, this blog is contributing to it. Or is it? Hmmmmm.
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Posted by PRGUY222 on Feb 4, 2009 in Employment
Wednesday, President Obama made an ominous statement warning that the current recession has the potential to rise to the level of a catastrophe if certain measures are not put into effect immediately. He has postulated that if Congress fails to act swiftly in passing his economic plan, the recession will be both exacerbated and made more lengthy.
Obama’s statements were made in response to the continued debate over amendments to the stimulus package being discussed in the Senate. The debate is expected to last through the end of the week, with a potential vote coming as early as Friday.
While Obama claims that he wants Republican ideas incorporated into the final version of the stimulus plan, he also continues to contend that tax cuts alone are not enough. Rather, in his view, we cannot afford to ignore fundamental challenges like energy independence and the cost of health care.
Obama says his plan will create or save up to 4 million jobs. However, a preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office shows that the jobs created by the plan currently under debate in the Senate, would cost taxpayers between $100,000 and $300, 000 each. The cost for each job, when not under the proposed economic stimulus plan is around $100, 000. There is a potential for three times the cost to taxpayers for each job created.
According to many Republicans the problem is not that there is disagreement over whether there should be a stimulus plan or not. Instead they assert that there is complete agreement on the need for one. Consequently, the debate has been focused around the size and cost of the stimulus package. Much of the $550 billion in spending is divided among these areas: $142 billion for education, $111 billion for health care, $90 billion for infrastructure, $72 billion for aid and benefits, $54 billion for energy, $16 billion for science and technology, and $13 billion for housing.
Whether or not a pared down version or a the bigger version that Obama is pushing for is eventually passed, the economy should receive a boost. Whatever version ultimately passes, jobs will be created. So why not find those jobs using EmploymentCrossing. Make sure not forget about our free trial.
Posted by PRGUY222 on Feb 3, 2009 in Employment
Former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as head of the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. The resignation comes following, and as a result of, controversy over Daschle’s tax record and allegations of lobbying activities.
While he explained that he was honored by the nomination, he also explained that he understood that he could not reform the nation’s health care system without the full faith of Congress and the American people. Because of the controversy revolving around him, the degree of faith held in him is uncertain at best. He feared he would be a distraction, preventing Obama from getting both his economic and his health care agendas passed.
A New York Times editorial called for Daschle’s resignation on Monday. The issue which most injured his nomination for many Americans, was the fact that while he identified his unpaid taxes in June, he only paid them after being nominated to the top post at the Department of Health and Human Services. Despite this, a number of prominent Democratic senators, such as, Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Charles Schumer of New York, and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, rallied behind Daschle before he announced his resignation.
Regardless of whether Daschle was in fact the right person for the job, or if he was simply not trustworthy enough to either get enough support for reform of the health care system or to avoid influence from the private sector, his resignation does bring into question the prudence of Obama’s appointments.
With one other appointee resignation already under his belt, and with controversy still lingering around his appointment for Secretary of the Treasury, it appears that whoever Obama chooses to fill posts in his cabinet, will be subject to the strictest of scrutiny. Any past discretions will come to light and be cause for great controversy.
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Posted by PRGUY222 on Jan 29, 2009 in Employment
President Obama’s stimulus plan has cleared it’s first hurdle, with it’s passage in the House. However, it was nowhere near a bipartisan victory. The victory in the House is primarily attributable to a Democratic majority. And what’s more is that eleven Democrats actually voted against the $819 billion package.
As the bill prepares to be evaluated by the Senate, it’s fate is still not certain. Perhaps the bill with pass with some modification or with the addition of raised taxes, but regardless, the bail out is still only a proposal at this point. The Senate will vote on it’s version next week. Whatever the outcome, and whatever version is ultimately produced, it cannot be argued that the economy needs some kind of stimulus.
In mean time, while both parties and both houses sit on Capitol Hill trying to figure out how to fix the current economic situation, you can do your part to fix your own economic situation by using EmploymentCrossing to find your next job. And since not many of us are traveling around with a full wallet these days, make sure you take advantage of our free trial.
Posted by PRGUY222 on Jan 21, 2009 in Employment
Congratulations to President Barack Obama!
By his own schedule and design, today is his first day of hard work – although it could legitimately be said that he’s been at it since the election. And whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Republicrat, Reagan Democrat, NeoCon, Green Party member or ragingly apathetic, it is difficult not to feel SOMETHING for his constructively aggressive attitude and confidence. What kind of job will President Obama do, and why should you care? Well, we hired him, and he took the gig. Now, what should the average schmuck like you and me be watching for and learning from Obama about going into a new job?
Here are some employee basics that apply as much to a fish feeder at Sea World as to the new Leader of the Free World:
Communications: Tout your strengths, deftly acknowledge your weaknesses but tell anyone who’ll listen why you’re right for the job.
TeamBuilding: Assemble, coordinate, congregate and delegate with those who most compliment you and fill-in-the-blanks that may not be your strongest suits. (There is no “I” in “teamwork,” but there are a couple of them in “idiot.” Don’t be one of those!)
ConsensusBuilding: Work with those you may disagree with or who may not immediately see your way. Acknowledge that there’s a job to be done and a united effort is required.
Document your Progress: OK, so the President has a press corps doing that, but you’ll need to keep your own data for future reviews, future career moves and, well, the future.
Remember, that tired old adage about first impressions is pretty true. Start strong! And if you’re doing something that sucks or is sucking the life out of you, start over. There are plenty of jobs here. The may not put you in the White House, but doing something you like to do and were meant to do may keep you out of the nuthouse. Your call.
Posted by PRGUY222 on Jan 19, 2009 in Employment
What’s topping the agenda for the President-elect? According to the Obama camp, it’s the economy, with the turmoil in the Mideast trailing closely behind. During his first full day in office, Obama is planning to meet with his top economic advisers. The goal is to map out a strategy for getting Congress to pass his stimulus plan–a stimulus plan that has now reached the dollar amount of $825 billion.
Despite Obama’s intention of getting his stimulus plan in action as quickly as possible, he has been reticent to promise major change in the economic situation any time in the near future. He has expressed his intentions to make an economic speech to a joint session of Congress to communicate that even if his economic recovery plan is passed into law during the first 100 days of his term, the financial crisis will likely continue for a long period of time. However, the one upside to the situation is that there appears to be worldwide consensus that the correct step to take in this situation is the one that Obama is pushing Congress to accept.
We need to be bailed out—and I mean literally!
The $825 billion bailout that Obama is sponsoring is expected to create three to four million new jobs. While that is a reassuring estimate, the problem remains—What can we do in the mean time?
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Posted by PRGUY222 on Jan 15, 2009 in Employment
Earlier today the Senate voted to release the second half of the $700 billion dollar bailout package originally authorized under the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). But this time the $350 billion dollars won’t be bailing out the automotive industry. According to Larry Summers, Obama’s economic advisor, “The incoming Obama administration has no intention of using any funds to implement an industrial policy.” Instead the plan is to keep the funds in the financial sector. Obama is planning to expand lending to consumers and small businesses, and Summers has pledged to commit $50 billion to $100 billion to address foreclosures. The aim is to promote stability of the financial system and increase lending, preserve home ownership, promote jobs and economic recovery, etc…all with the maximum degree of accountability and transparency.
This time around let’s hope that the benefits can be felt by the average American who has been struggling to get by in these tough economic times. Since the economic benefits definitely did not trickle down to most Americans last time, the stated focus of the plan on small businesses and consumer loans seems to be a step in the right direction. And we all know what more money invested in small business and consumer loans means–more spending and the need for more manpower to meet consumer demands.
That’s right, if Obama’s confidence in this plan is well-placed that means you and yours will have a much better chance of finding and keeping gainful employment in the near future. You can be certain that every new position popping up as a result of this economic stimulus plan will be found in one, convenient location. You know what I’m talking about—it’s EmploymentCrossing of course.
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Posted by PRGUY222 on Jan 12, 2009 in Careers
, Job Search
It is difficult to read anything about our “economic crisis” without the nasty comparisons to THE GREAT DEPRESSION. Considering most of us know only what we’ve learned in history classes or from aged relatives, the concept is as far-removed from today’s consciousness as it is inconceivable. (Shoes? You had shoes when you went to school? We were so poor we didn’t even have feet!)
But if you look at the numbers of unemployed, economic growth, the BIG DUMP that the stock markets have taken – at least with respect to percentages – it’s hard to argue that something ugly isn’t going on. I’m guessing if we haven’t been hit with unemployment ourselves, we all know someone who has.
So what’s a country to do? Well, WWII notwithstanding, probably the single-most proactive step taken during the original Depression was for the government to create jobs. All kinds of good stuff seems to happen then, including people get to eat and keep their homes, and America starts to rebuild itself. Yea, there’s more federal debt – a trillion here, a trillion there, soon it’s going to start to add up to real money – but that’s pretty universally less of a concern now.
In the 1930s, this jobs initiative was the WPA or Works Progress Administration. From 1935 to 1943, the WPA created about eight million jobs. Yowza! And so it is again…President-Elect Barack Obama is proposing a similar program. According to U.S. News & World Report “90 percent of jobs will be created in the private sector; nearly a half-million jobs in alternative energy production (solar panels, wind turbines, fuel-efficient cars); lots of healthcare; lots of education; nearly 400,000 jobs from building roads, bridges, schools and broadband lines.”
So what can you do to get ready? Start with staying informed. Regardless of your political persuasion, we’re all in the same boat and are going to have to count on government leadership to move ahead. Check out reliable news sources or go to the horse’s mouth at www.Change.gov. Updates on the jobs programs are there.
AND go to EmploymentCrossing.com, the only reliable employment website for access to these jobs as they become available. EmploymentCrossing.com post jobs located and screened by its hundreds of researchers – not job listings paid for by employers. Get real. This is how it’s done.
Look for updates here.
Posted by PRGUY222 on Dec 24, 2008 in Employment
If you’ve got it, flaunt it! It seems that Obama has created yet another reason for his popularity to soar. Recent photos of the shirtless President-elect have been popping up all over the Net, and the consensus is that his body is pectacular. Despite the fact that there is an obvious media frenzy surrounding the new President-elect, he still had no problem strutting his stuff at the beach while on vacation in his home state.
It is reported that Obama did not neglect his exercise routine either. Slacking, even when relaxation seems in order, can mean falling behind the curve. Obama obviously didn’t want to trade his washboard abs in for a spare tire. We, like Obama, have to remain on top of our game.
In order to get what you want you’ve got to keep working and never let yourself get complacent. This applies to everything in life, including your career. When it seems like relaxation is in order because you have complete security in your job, it’s often wise to keep an eye on other opportunities. This advice is especially pertinent in a bad economy such as this one. So let EmploymentCrossing help you sweat out all of the opportunities out there. Who knows, maybe the perfect job really does exist. So flex your jobseeking muscles and take advantage of our free trial offer now to find out for yourself.
Posted by PRGUY222 on Nov 7, 2008 in Careers
We like to give thanks when it’s Friday. You might hear your co-workers chirp “TGIF!”, or see many shout-outs to Friday in your friends’ status messages on Facebook or Twitter. Some of you out there might have been especially perky today because you have Monday off for Veteran’s Day.
Before you start mentally reviewing your 3-day weekend (or what you would do if you had a 3-day weekend), let’s just take a moment to give thanks again. Not because it’s Friday, but because there are many, many veterans out there who need to be recognized for their service.
When you think of Veteran’s Day, you may picture a group of older gentlemen telling stories about their service in WWII, Korea, or Vietnam. They may appear at dedications in their honor, waving small US flags and wearing their medals. Certainly Veteran’s Day honors the brave men and women from these past wars, but what about recent history?
The wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan have yielded veterans of all ages and backgrounds. Veteran’s Day is no longer just about honoring your grandmother or grandfather. It’s also about the guy who lost his leg in Fallujah and now working at the 7-11, the young family down the street having financial problems since the wife was deployed to Iraq, a young man rying to sell some of his things before his deployment. They are people your age fighting for our country and then many times returning to work in our stores, fields, and schools. Sometimes, sadly, they don’t come back.
Rethinking the way we look at Veteran’s Day also means rethinking how we might observe it. If you know a veteran, call them and offer your heartfelt thanks. Listen to their stories if they want to tell them.
The future First Lady Michelle Obama has strongly hinted that her focus may be on military families.
Here are some websites you can go to for more information about getting veterans the help they need and deserve:
Welcome Back Veterans lists many ways you can help.
Hire a Hero: a resource where employers can find quality candidates who have military experience.
Volunteer for the USO
As we go about work and make plans, remember that our wars involve US Citizens who left civilian life for our sake.