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RST: Jobs, careers, and living the American Dream

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 19, 2013 2:35 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Tuesday, August 20, 2013:

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The recovery from the Great Recession is unique – not unprecedented – but different than other recoveries.  Normally in an improving economy, employers hire more workers. 

However, cautious employers have been slow to create or fill jobs this time and as a result, the unemployment rate budges ever so slightly. 

The government announced Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states and the District of Columbia in July, even though the national jobless rate fell by .1% to 7.4%.   In Pennsylvania, it stayed at 7.5%. 

Tuesday’s program is not about numbers – it’s about finding a job or career and later what one group of Americans is facing as they look to the future.

Kathleen Brady, a career/life management coach, Principal of Brady and Associates Career Planning, and author of the new book, GET A JOB: 10 Steps to Career Success appears on the show to discuss strategies for starting or switching careers.  Here's a hint: It takes preparation and work.

Also, Jennifer Silva, interviewed 100 young working class Americans and put her findings in the book, Coming Up Short: Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty.  Here's another preview: It's not a pretty picture.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-08-20 08:57

    Email from Elizabeth

    I was surprised to see how many young adults choose career/majors in college, that even in a great economy, are shaky, at best as far as income. I am referring to Theater & arts. Why don’t they see to choose something that has good income potential, with enough free time to pursue their theater passion???

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-08-20 08:58

    Email from Joel

    Part of the problem is helicopter parents. Parents do not let their children do things. I work at a university. Quite often, their parents register for their classes and deal with the red tape of any institution with which their children must deal. They need to let their children learn how to fail. They have to stand back and let their children deal with their problems. It's fine to offer advice, but they shouldn't be doing everything for their children. If they don't stand back, their children will take a lot longer to grow up.

  • Deborah Abel img 2013-08-20 18:52

    I found the speakers on today's program completely on target.

    Here are a few points that I'd like to share (more details below).
    1. Obtain written letters of reference.
    2. Many employers appreciate mature employees, but jobs seekers should be open to develop new skills.
    3. Make a good personal presentation.
    4. Have confidence!

    1. Obtain written letters of reference. Ask your former employers for written references. In the future, you may not be able to locate the people or even a company where you worked. If you are a college student, ask an adviser, professor, or reference from an internship/work-study job. Outstanding reference letters may be submitted with resumes, and may make all the difference.

    2. A number of comments were addressed to potential employment for those in their 50s and older. Many employers are happy to have employees with maturity and depth. They appreciate their work ethic. However, these candidates should also make an effort to continue growing. They should try to gain greater skill levels in programs such as Word, Excel etc. There are free resources at libraries, on the internet and some career training funds if you have lost a job. It is sad for us when we see a capable person unwilling to learn a new skill that they can master.

    3. It only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. Candidates must make a very good presentation in their emails, resumes and personal presentations on the phone and in personal interviews. We recently had an interesting experience where we interviewed about 25 candidates in Baltimore. ALL the candidates 1. arrived early or on time; 2. were dressed in suits or jackets and ties, or suits and professional dresses; 3. were prepared with references and copies of credentials; and made good presentations in the interview. In Harrisburg, we often have candidates who miss appointments, who do not dress for an interview, and are not prepared with information such as reference contact information.

    4. Have confidence! It is a tough job market, but with time, there are jobs with good potential out there. When you get a job, be positive, work hard, and find extra areas where you can assist your employer!

    Deborah Abel
    Abel Personnel

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