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I work 4 jobs and I’m still struggling — but why?

I came across this story while reading on the internet — these stories make me sad — but also make me ask “why” — “why” does he have 4 jobs and only barely making ends meet?

I’m not sure that raising the minimum wage is going to fix the problem — is it a problem of not the right jobs, not the right skills, or not enough of the right people with the right skills to fill the jobs?Is it a problem of opportunity? motivation? laziness? I honestly am not sure. Its been a while since I’ve talked about it, but one of the reasons I started this blog was because my sig-o is kinda in this same boat. As an HR pro, you can imagine how frustrating it must be to have the skills to help coach others in their careers but struggle to make it the translation to the person your share your life with. People often forget the wider impacts of unemployment.

Here is an excerpt of the story and a link to the full story here:

Bingham is 37 years old and has a college degree, but like many Americans, is stuck working many hours in low wage, part-time jobs.Each week, he works a total of about 60 hours in his jobs as a massage therapist, a waiter at a Mexican restaurant, a delivery man for sandwich chain Jimmy John’s and a receptionist at his massage school.He brings home about $400 a week, or $20,000 per year, and has joined the nationwide movement of fast food protests fighting for higher wages.”I’ve come to the point in my life where I wonder if I can ever support a family,” he said. “I have no idea how that’s ever going to logically happen.”

Bingham’s is an increasingly common story. The share of part-time workers who couldn’t find full-time jobs surged during the Great Recession, more than double what it was in the preceding decade. Though their situation is improving now, more than 7.7 million Americans are still settling for part-time work, compared to about 4.1 million on average in 2006.

via I work 4 jobs and I’m still struggling – Dec. 12, 2013.

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Rising Home Prices And Falling Unemployment: Don’t Trust the Numbers – Forbes

Another interesting look at the numbers — what do the numbers tell you? Is unemployment really going down because people are getting jobs, or is it because they have given up?

Its really hard to say — even for me — and that’s as an HR professional, hiring manager, and the girl of a guy who was laid off in 2009 and has been on a roller coaster of a ride to find work over the last few years. I can see it from all angels — but its also hard to refute what we’ve actually been through — since I’m in a unique experiencing this on both sides of the argument.

What do you think?

The nation’s unemployment rate fell this morning to 7.6%.

That’s good news…right? Home prices are rising smartly around the country. That’s good news…right? Wrong…on both counts.

Unemployment is only lower because there are fewer workers in the labor force. Single-family home prices are only higher because institutional investors are buying up distressed properties, one at a time and in bulk, as fast as their flash cash can fly.The falling unemployment rate is easy to see through. With only 88,000 jobs added in March, where estimates called for 200,000 new jobs, the ranks of the unemployed only decreased because the number of people in the total labor force decreased.Workers are still here, only they’ve given up looking for work and because they aren’t considered unemployed if they aren’t looking for work, the rate goes down. America’s labor participation rate is now 63.3%. That’s the lowest it’s been since 1979. Unemployment isn’t shrinking. The number of people looking for work who haven’t been able to find jobs for months and years and have just given up isn’t shrinking, it’s growing.

via Rising Home Prices And Falling Unemployment: Don’t Trust the Numbers – Forbes.

3 Reasons Job Seekers Should Be Excited About Their Prospects in 2013 |

Things are looking up for job seekers, at least according to the latest unemployment report for February. Reuters reported that the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate since December 2008. So after years of struggle, new opportunities, (236,000 jobs in the last month) are for the taking for job seekers and professionals wishing to change jobs and careers.

While the workforce makeup may likely never return to pre-2008 levels, 2013 will see the growth of several new employment sectors. If you are seeking employment, be optimistic. New ideas, prospects, and resources are available.

1. The Growing Economy

The American economy is improving. However, 12 million Americans are still currently seeking employment. While it’s progressing at a slower rate than everyone would like, it is headed in the right direction. The financial markets are closing in on all-time highs. Recent employment data has been positive, and forecasters predict continued growth in 2013. Approximately 170,000 new jobs per month are expected, with unemployment dipping below seven percent by the end of the year.

Over the last five years, employers’ needs have changed. Due to the economic decline, employers learned that they could survive and grow with a leaner workforce. Many former positions have been eliminated, but new prospects in technology, design, and networking have created a strong demand for trained professionals. The dynamics of our economy have changed and will continue to do so in terms of developing an efficient and effective workforce.

2. Better Online Resources

In addition to a recovering economy, the wealth of online resources for job seekers is almost overwhelming. Consider today’s tools for job searching in contrast to the standards of only 20 years ago. The landscape has been revolutionized by technology. Job search engines are prevalent, as are detailed job postings on companies’ websites. While the tried-and-true classified ads are still a resource, the digital world offers you greater convenience and accessibility, and a chance to really refine your search for the perfect position for you. All of these advances work to aid your quest for new possibilities.

Finding a job is greatly assisted by — and almost requires — multiple online resources today. These resources could include LinkedIn for networking, The New York Times or similar publications for the latest employment news, and Monster.com for endless job listings. These resources are just the tip of the iceberg. Access to your future career is easier than ever before. Online tools are only improving as search engines become more efficient and sophisticated to meet your needs. If you rely on five to seven career resources, you’re likely to be in a better position to sort through the noise and find your next employer. Begin with a general search, but pare down those postings to the genuinely promising ones that address your present and future skills

3. New Career Opportunities

Many professionals have switched careers altogether in recent years. Switching careers is a brave and bold decision, but in our post-recession workforce, it can be the right choice for many. Over 3.5 million jobs are available in today’s economy if you have the right skills and experience. To gain these skills, consider online and offline resources that can help train you for a new field. Current knowledge in technology, operating systems, and network administration is sought after in many areas.

Skillshare is a great online resource to begin exploring. Offline resources, like the Flatiron School, also offer very skill-specific training courses that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. The course to build web developer skills only takes 12 weeks and can lead to immediate employment in many locations. My own company recently hired two web developers trained at this school; one previously worked in finance, while the other was a boxer. Change can greatly benefit not only your current situation, but your future opportunities as well.

A new year offers a variety of reasons to be optimistic about job market trends. Our economy is recovering, and companies are more willing to hire than in the dark days of 2008. With greater online resources available, the job search itself has become more convenient and specific for your needs as a professional. It’s possible to search locally or nationwide with the push of a button. This impressive technology — and the changing demands from it — have changed our workforce. With an open mind about your career and the skills that could most benefit you in the future, your potential is unlimited.

This post was originally published on Under30Careers.

via 3 Reasons Job Seekers Should Be Excited About Their Prospects in 2013 |.

What Did You Learn From the State of the Union

Did you watch the State of the Union address? I missed most of it because I was at work — just in case you missed it too — here is a quick recap for you that I found on cnn.com.

But don’t take their word for it — check out the speech yourself and make your own conclusions. The awesome thing is that with technology is that we can find the whole address on YouTube. I found a video link from the New York Times for you to view.

Just another reminder — I’m not too interested in the actual politics or having political debates  (I know its very hard to separate the two though) but these are issues that have a direct impact on your employees and likely even your business — and its on their minds. As a leader or HR pro, you should have it on your radar too and understand the impacts. Get the facts and listen to all sides of the commentary.

Making the HR connection,

On to the recap and some takeaways

With the recovery still weak, unemployment at 7.9% and the nation’s growth rate shrinking the last three months of 2012, the president and his team know much of his legacy may be dependent on helping reignite the economy. The president pushed for 15 manufacturing hubs to help spur high tech job growth.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Obama’s State of the Union address could have been a campaign speech from last year
  • While he did give a nod to the opposing party, some of his proposals are non-starters with GOP
  • Obama says proposals won’t increase debt, but officials won’t say how they’ll be paid for
  • President made it clear that if Congress won’t deal with issues, he’ll do it by executive order

via 5 things we learned from the State of the Union – CNN.com.

Watch the Address — State of the Union 2013: President Obama’s Complete Speech, With Annotated Analysis from the New York Times

Overeducated and underemployed

This one is a little near and dear to my heart — its the boat my special guy is in as well as several close friends — people with bachelors and even masters degrees who are working in jobs that they are overqualified for. A sign of the times? A temporary thing? Bad luck? Poor interviewing/networking skills? … all of the above, none of the above, or maybe a combination. I’m honestly not sure.

Still trying to make sense of it all — but making the HR connection,

Getting a college degree still helps your chances of getting a job, but not necessarily a good one.

Some Americans are becoming overeducated for the jobs that are available to them, as data shows more college educated workers are taking low-skill jobs that are clearly below their qualifications.

via Overeducated and underemployed – Economy.

Postal workers worry about job security

There could be 22,500 jobs eliminated nationwide under the plan that the Postal Service says would save it $2 billion annually. The Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said he will not lay off any workers and accomplish the cuts by cutting overtime and part-time hours and offering buy outs to current employees.

First class mail, the most profitable product for the postal service, has fallen by a third since the peak in 2001 amid the rise of email and electronic banking. But the key culprit for the Postal Service’s financial woes has been a 2006 congressional mandate, under which it has to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees. The USPS has been borrowing billions of dollars from taxpayers to make up for the shortfalls.

There could be 22,500 jobs eliminated nationwide under the plan that the Postal Service says would save it $2 billion annually. The Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said he will not lay off any workers and accomplish the cuts by cutting overtime and part-time hours and offering buy outs to current employees.

via Postal workers worry about job security – Feb. 6, 2013.