Last Friday’s monthly figures from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) continued to show almost 26 million people who were either: 1) unemployed or 2) working part time because they could not find a full time job (e.g. the cab driver who drove me to the airport who is a degreed electrical engineer) or 3) have just given up looking for work! That is 17% of the total workforce or 1 in 6 people you meet!
However, there were a few glimmers of hope. Manufacturing actually rose by 36,000. Health care continued to be an engine of growth by adding 27,000 jobs. Additionally both transportation and warehousing (added 12,000 jobs) and mining (added 7,000 jobs) were also up.
Unfortunately, you still need to work extra hard to secure what few jobs are available. This is the case because there is a backlog of talent competing for those scarce positions including the 7.9 million who lost their jobs from the recession and the countless students, from the last few graduating classes, who still have yet to secure their first jobs. To assist you, I have created the 12 Commandments of Interviewing. Please go to
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