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Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 1:42 PM
— Oh, it happens −you just hope it never happens to you.
All kinds of people lose their jobs without notice, whether it's the unexpected company takeover, the "how can you be so harsh" before a holiday layoff or a downsizing that even the gossip girls didn't have a hint about.
If you've become one of the suddenly unemployed, your first inclination might be to huddle under the covers and moan for days, but you should try talking sense to yourself instead, according to psychologist Robert L. Leahy in Psychology Today. Keep repeating that being unemployed is simply a current situation to deal with, not a character failing.
"Unemployment is a normal part of life for millions of decent people," he said. "Being unemployed is not a crime or a moral failing. Feeling ashamed of economic conditions is like blaming yourself for the economy. You didn't cause it, you don't control it. Bad things happen to good people during difficult times."
Along with a good dose of positive thinking, experts recommend taking these five steps if you lose your job suddenly:
Face your finances
"Don't ignore it. Don't think it will go away," David Jones, president of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, told PsychCentral. "You don't need to panic, but you do need to address it right away."
Take steps to apply for unemployment as soon as you are eligible and adjust your budget immediately. Don't wait −not even a few days −before cutting out expenses for things you can live without, from cable TV and eating out to cleaning and gardening services.
Determine how many months you can live without a paycheck before you must take a second mortgage on your home, advised professor of behavioral science Wayne L. Strom in Pepperdine's Graziadio Business Review. "This is an important number," he said. "If you know that you can make it for six months you will feel less pressure to take the first job that comes along. Taking the first job is sometimes a mistake."
Be honest with your family
If you don't have a job, don't leave the house every day like you do, Strom advised. Right off the bat, begin normalizing your status as a suddenly unemployed person. "Don't assume that people will judge you. Maybe they have been through this in the past. The more people you talk to, the better your chance of getting a job."
Get your resume out there
Start with updating your profile on LinkedIn, which reported that 43 percent of employers use social media to recruit and 88 percent of those use LinkedIn. Make sure to follow LinkedIn's tips for the unemployed and take particular care not to enter "Unemployed" when you fill in your profile's current "Job Title" at "Company." Instead, show viewers of your profile what you want your next role to be by listing "Desired next role (specific keywords)" at "your industry." The fact you're "seeking opportunities" can be addressed in your Headline and Summary, according to LinkedIn experts.
Tap your real-life contacts, too
Be methodical and considerate when you're asking for job-seeking assistance from friends. It's a mistake to tell someone you've lost your job and then rush straight to asking about job openings. "Such an approach usually puts the person on the receiving end into a defensive, self-protecting mindset," Strom said. "A better approach, if it is a friend, is to ask if he or she would spend a few minutes critiquing your resume. Offer to buy a coffee. Ask if they know people you might contact for an executive informational interview."
Keep in mind that pressing directly for a job forces your contact into a yes-no situation. "Your objective is to warm up the conversation, gently build rapport, gaining the other person's confidence so that he or she will introduce you to others."
Help someone else while you've got open hours
Once you've put in the obligatory hours of job searching each day, make it a point to donate some time to a worthy cause, PsychCentral recommended. "Although you may be tempted to hang out in your sweats, don't let self-pity take over your life. You could feel useful by helping someone else. Find out if there are any volunteer opportunities in local food banks, schools, shelters or pet rescues."
Published: Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 1:31 PM
— It's sort of like one of those social media photo series that asks, "So, you think you had a bad day at work?" and goes on to show images of people who feed alligators and smell armpits for a paycheck.
Any reasonable recent graduate might wonder if college is worth it, given the jobs that are available for their degree and the student debt piling up for millennials and Gen Zers. But what about those who went to school for two or three times as long, earned a doctorate and are still making half or a third what other doctors do?
There's a decent chance that you make more than some of those doctors, even if you're not at the top of your field and your dream career is still a dream. (Something to remember for the next time your mom is encouraging you to find a nice doctor to date.)
Surgeons? Yeah, they're still going to earn more than $200,000, and seven other doctoral and professional-degree jobs in places of honor on the Georgia's Hot Careers to 2020 list have substantial earning power.
But there are jobs that require doctorates that earn half or even a third of that, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections. That could be a pick-me-up the next time you have a bad day at the job that only required four years of college.
School psychologists, elementary and secondary schools
Median 2017 salary: $77,430
Median 2017 salary: $68,640
Social work teachers, post secondary
Median 2017 salarty: $66,940
Social science teachers, post secondary
Median 2017 salary: $64,480
Judicial law clerks
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
CINCINNATI — Disabled American Veterans and RecruitMilitary will co-host the Cincinnati Veterans Job Fair at Paul Brown Stadium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24.
The event is free to veterans, military spouses, active-duty military personnel and members of the Guard and Reserves. Nearly 70 employers actively seeking the unique talents of America’s veterans will be on site. At least 400 veterans are expected to attend, according to organizers.
“DAV is proud to co-host traditional and virtual career fairs all over the country and we’re excited to bring this one back home to Cincinnati where DAV was founded in 1920,” said Barry Jesinoski, the executive director of DAV National Headquarters. “We’ve provided employment services to the veteran community since 2014 and so far nearly 60,000 job offers have been made to veterans as a result.”
Navy veteran Josh Vinson, a highly-decorated Navy recruiter, wanted to find a job that matched his skills. He said he found a great fit with his current company when he attended the Cincinnati Veterans Job Fair in 2017.
“I was looking to go into sales, marketing or recruiting,” Vinson said. “I stopped at Gus Perdikakis Associates and talked to the recruiter at their table. He said he wasn’t for sure if they were looking for recruiters, but he would give my resume to their recruiting folks. I got a call a week or two later for an interview and three days later they called me with an offer.”
Tim Best, CEO of Bradley-Morris and RecruitMilitary, said each year the organization hosts more than 150 hiring events for veterans.
The events provide candidates with opportunities to interact not only with potential employers, but also with organizations that provide services and support to those who served, Best said.
“Our partnership with DAV allows us to meet the needs of veterans and their families by providing access to benefits services and employment opportunities in one place,” he said.
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 7:34 AM
— The hottest job in America may be one you've never heard of, but demand for people who can fulfill the roll is very high – as is its starting pay.
If you're qualified to be a data scientist, according to Bloomberg, you may find companies fighting for your services.
Andrew Gardner, a senior machine learning manager in Atlanta at Symantec Corp., an IT security firm, works to fill roles at the company but told Bloomberg he's frequently contacted by other firms who try to hire him away. In an effort to compete for data scientists, Gardner finds that he needs to offer more perks, such as the ability to telecommute.
As if that wasn't enough, data scientist was also recently named the "sexiest job of the 21st century" by Harvard Business Review.
The term data scientist was coined fairly recently, but it's already become an extremely popular job.
Job postings for this career rose 75 percent from January 2015 to January 2018 on Indeed.com, according to Bloomberg. Searches for data scientist jobs increased by 65 percent.
What data scientists do
This might be one of those job titles you hear and think, "OK, but what does this person actually do?"
As we're flooded with data in today's world, the challenge lies in how to best utilize that information. Data scientists, according to Forbes, use statistics and modeling to convert data in a way that helps organizations and companies do everything from developing products to retaining customers.
In practical terms, Atlanta-based Equifax Inc. gave Cornell University data that was scrubbed of personally identifiable information with the goal of determining how customers prioritized paying bills. The company wanted to know whether people placed a high priority on paying a mortgage, car payment or cell phone bill. Data scientists helped them mine and convert that data.
Data scientists can also be involved in a growing specialty known as "sentiment analysis," or finding a way to quantify how many tweets are praising your company versus complaining about it.
Even entry-level data scientists can expect to make six-figure salaries. The average salary for beginners in this field is $115,785 a year, according to Glassdoor.com. The average pay for senior data scientists is $141,257 per year.
Some data scientists who have Ph.D.s can earn as much as $300,000 or more.
Skills you need
Data scientists need technical, analytical and presentation skills, including the following:
Education and experience
Becoming a data scientist requires a good bit of education and practical experience. The following are some common pathways to landing a position:
Complete a degree – Majors such as statistics, mathematics, economics, operations research or computer science can be helpful.
Consider a doctorate – Kennesaw State University offers a Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science.
Utilize MOOCs (massive open online courses) – Coursera, for example, has a 10-course data science series from Johns Hopkins University.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:06 PM
— It's the ultimate accessory for that fancy diploma they just placed in your hands. Not a frame, no. How about a job to go with it?
Pay attention, anxious parents, recent grads and anyone currently in the process of choosing a college major who would like to earn a healthy income post-graduation.
According to LinkedIn, the 2018 college graduating class will be applying for certain jobs in record numbers.
There are more students graduating than ever before (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), and hiring authority LinkedIn identified numerous companies, industries and locations where they are most likely to apply based on 2016-17 figures. Experts at the career site picked a short list of popular jobs for this spring's graduating class, including one sought-after job description that pays more than $90,000 annually.
So, if you want to go where the competition isn't, it's good to know that these seven jobs are like magnets (or free pizza, or naps) in their ability to draw lots of recent grads to apply.
Here are seven of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads, along with the median income to expect:
New York City was No. 1 on LinkedIn's list of the Top U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads and it hired the most entry level folks in Marketing and Advertising spots like this one. Hello, Big Apple?
Yep, this is the heaviest hitter on the list, offering a $90K-plus income right out of school. Seattle is just one of the cities that needs software engineers–and it's also No. 10 on LinkedIn's list of the "Top 10 U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads."
The Information Age is still hopping, and graphic designer hopefuls must make sure they've got what it takes to convey information across a wide variety of visual communication media. According to LinkedIn, Chicago and New York are both hiring for lots of marketing, advertising and Internet spots.
Another one of the top-earning entry-level jobs for 2018 college grads is also a popular job description at some of the companies that did a lot of entry-level hiring in 2017, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. But you can only fill the investment banking analyst role if your education (like a bachelor's in finance, accounting or economics) has prepared you for duties like performing valuation analyses and building detailed financial models.
Many different college degrees would qualify a graduate for at least some administrative spots, but one of the top degrees for this position is psychology, according to LinkedIn.
It's only a little amusing that one of the most sought-after spots for first jobs involves helping companies hire much more experienced people... According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources specialists who work as recruiters may travel extensively to attend job fairs, visit college campuses and meet with applicants. Applicants usually need a bachelor's degree in human resources, business or a related field, but the BLS said that might vary by position and employer. It anticipated the human resources specialist job outlook overall to grow about 7 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is about average.
Account executive also makes the list, but account coordinator (which pays about 30 percent less) is a bit more accessible for folks with college degrees, client service skills and eyes for detail. Account coordinator was just one example of a job people with a degree in marketing would be qualified for, and Marketing was No. 2 on LinkedIn's list of "The top 10 majors that led to the most varied types of opportunities after graduation."
And whether you're looking for a job with the fewest competitors or are happy to run with the pack heading for the most sought-after spots, make sure you consider this job-seeking advice. (And you thought you were through with lectures.) "Get 'em while they're hot." According to LinkedIn, the best time to apply is "right now." For 2017, LinkedIn identified April through June as the months when the most grads were hired into entry-level jobs.