Jobs, Labor Market and Economics


A Few Words About Jobs and the Economy


Buying into Bigotry April 2012 There is a price for the health and safety laws we enjoy, but Americans are not the ones paying it. 
Cultural Fit April 2012 Your goal is to package yourself as someone with the same general vocational values as everyone else in the organization.  It’s important for you to build the impression among your potential co-workers that you are a person who they will find very familiar.
Disciplinary Actions Mean Itís Time To Leave April 2012 Most organizations have a hierarchy of aversive procedures they inflict on employees who break rules or do not follow procedures.  It happened to me once.  Well, more than once, but right now I’m only going to tell you about the first time.
A Technological Future to Embrace November 2011 Race Against the Machine (Brynjolfsson and McAfee 2011-10-17) finally puts forth an explanation for our economic situation that begins to make sense. 
Creative Destruction May 2009 The postive side of business failures.
Crossing the Rubicon July 2012 We are now at the point where having twice as many workers for each job is a cause for optimism and gives bragging rights over places where there are five people for each job
Do What You Love...and the Money Might Not Follow October 2009 Research shows that people who give priority to their career choices tend to have better occupational outcomes. People who allow other goals to compromise their career choices do not tend to experience stellar careers.
Finding the Good in Economic News March 2012 Politicians put a self-serving spin on economic statistics; that is their job. We should not accept what they tell us at face value, but we should not ignore positive developments either – even if they are something short of “on road to recovery”.
Forget About What the Employer Wants April 2012 Forget about conforming to what the employer wants. That is like a marketer describing a low cost, low value, low margin commodity in terms of appealing to the most customers. Pretend you are a marketer describing a unique product appealing to only a few customers with unique needs who are willing to pay for quality.
Real Networking: Harnessing the Power of Weak Links November 2010 Why you have to get out of your network in order for netwroking to work.
How to Really Write a Resume July 2009 Using social psychology to increase the odds of getting an interview.
An Economy Without Jobs November 2007 The emergence of a jobless economy.
Knowing When to Quit Looking for a Job July 2011 Most unemployed people look for the same kind of jobs they used to do, using job search techniques that are no longer effective. Most of them will spend years filling out applications and sending out resumes until they qualify for Social Security – if it still exists.
Make Them Afraid Not to Hire You September 2010 What Ron Howard meant when he said “you have to make the other guy afraid to say ‘no’”, and why it is important advise for job seekers.
Meeting the Great Recession January 2010 It is finally becoming clear to political and financial leaders what most of us have known for some time -- our dismal economic situation is set to last years. We are not looking at an economic recovery, but rather building a brand new economy unlike the one that collapsed.
Unemployment Numbers and the Future of the Economy December 2009 Is there anything to be optimistic about?
Tucsons Forgotten Resource: The Educated Unemployed January 2010 About 19% of the 140,000 people in Tucson with a Bachelors degree or higher are “Not in Labor Force”. About 40,000 people with some schooling past high school are sitting idle. Altogether there are about 130,000 people in Tucson categorized as Not In Labor Force by the Census Bureau. Even if half of those are willing and able to work they would number more than the entire population of Flagstaff – 60,000.
Creating Organizations That Fit Employees August 2011 The old model of an organization arranged in a hierarchy of authorities, with bosses at the top and workers at the bottom is going away. What will replace it?
Rebuild the Economy, Create a 21st Century Infrastructure and Put the Idle Educated to Work August 2011 The Obama Administration made a lot noise about creating jobs by repairing infrastructure – fixing bridges, highways and the rail system. But why? How can 20th century infrastructure serve a 21st century economy? The economy that infrastructure was built to serve no longer exists.
Strategies for Creating Success in Tough Times October 2011 The role that random chance plays in getting a job and managing a career.
The End of the Industrial Revolution Requires
An End to Industrial Thinking
February 2012 We know we are in a postindustrial world, but we cannot quite come to terms with what that means.  We are so wedded to the concepts of an industrial economy that we do not really know how to make a life in the economy emerging right now because we think in terms more relevant to an economy based on manufacturing.
The Joy of Being Screened Out June 2012 Job postings are supposed to attract applicants, not turn them way. Or are they?
The Three Legged Stool of Tradtional Employment July 2009 Job seekers should think of the way they present themselves to an employer as being supported by three legs as well. One leg is education or training, one leg is experience and the other is job related values. In order to win the confidence of the employer all three legs must be compatible with one another.
Understanding the Unemployment Rate July 2009 There is a lot of confusion about what the unemployment rate is measuring. Let’s clear a few things up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issues something called the Current Population Survey (CPS) every month that includes a lengthy report called the Employment Situation. The Employment Situation contains, (among many other things), Table A12 which lists six different measures of unemployment labeled U-1 through U-6. The most conservative measure is U-1, and U-6 is the most liberal.
Why Your Job is Gone. Permanently. August 2009 Layoffs have became permanent. Instead of new hires going back to thier old jobs they go to newly created jobs, sometimes in new industries. This is not a good thing.

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