Ten Critical Qualities Employers Look For

October 15, 2008
  1. Positive attitude toward work
  2. Proficiency in field of study
  3. Communication skills (oral and written)
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Confidence
  6. Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  7. Flexibility
  8. Self-motivation
  9. Leadership
  10. Teamwork

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Non-Verbal Communication

October 15, 2008

Many interviews fail because of lack of proper communication. But communication is more then just what you say. Often it is the nonverbal communication that we are least aware of, yet it speaks the loudest. Your body language, facial expression, and eye contact make up the majority of the communication process. It’s not just what you say but how you say it.

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Preparing for an Interview

October 14, 2008

First impressions are everything! It is important to note that up to 60% of the hiring decision is made within the first three minutes of the interview, so your impression is critical! By preparing for the interview, both physically and mentally, you will feel more organized and ready for the meeting. It is natural to feel somewhat nervous about an interview. Take consolation, though, being nervous means you care.

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Dow Jones, riding the wave.

October 13, 2008

Good news about the markets today for the first time in what seemed like forever.

Does this mean that the worst is over? No one knows but I’d say not by a long shot. Even if the markets do rebound it still doesn’t solve the problem that started the mess in the first place. Although one thing you can bank on these days, as the markets go up, so will the price of oil. I noticed that some stations around town where up a penny already.

Crude for November delivery rose $3.49, or 4.5%, to close at $81.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


Dow Jones Blues

October 10, 2008
Dow Jones

Dow Jones

Well, I got my IRA statement today, which was my 401k before I left my company, it was down about a thousand dollars.

Normally I would have decried the evils and incompetence of the holding company, who while I was working seemed to almost always lose value, if not for the regular contributions. This time however I felt almost lucky, I said to myself, “It’s only down a thousand, phew.”

Of course my good mood quickly evaporated when I caught the news and found out the Dow had dropped another 600 points. Just last year it was over 14,000, now it’s below 9,000, about 5 years backward. GM stock for example has lost about 50% of it value, bringing it to under $5 a share, it hasn’t been that low since 1950.

We’re playing a dangerous game these days, do we believe the news and stock traders, pull all our money and panic? Or do we believe the opposite and watch things unravel before our eyes? Personally I don’t want to take a loss so my money will stay put until I have to take it out, I just hope that’s not any time soon.

Great Depression Collapse

Great Depression Collapse

I’m going to say what I’ve felt for the last 5 years, we’ve been watching the start or an era, like the great depression. Not the exact same thing but just as monumental in it’s effect on our lives. It’s easy to ignore this as long as you’re stable or feel you are. Just like in the depression, not everyone lost out but the effect can not be ignored. The bad part is now we may be entering a Greater Depression, because this problem doesn’t just effect one country, but the entire world economy.

Only time will tell which way it goes, maybe, I hope, it’s just blind panic and everything is better then it looks. Life has taught me though, not to understate a problem.

They used to tell me I was building a dream
And so I followed the mob
When there was earth to plow or guns to bear
I was always there, right on the job

They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead
Why should I be standing in line
Just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower to the sun
Brick and rivet and lime
Once I built a tower, now it’s done
Brother can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell
Full of that yankee doodle dum
Half a million boots went sloggin’ through hell
And I was the kid with a drum

Say, Don’t you remember they called me Al?
It was Al all the time
Say, don’t you remember, I’m your pal
Buddy can you spare a dime?

WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit)

October 8, 2008

I picked the Internet brain today, trying to find out about something I’ve seen on job applications. There are questions which ask if you or anyone in your family is or has been on Food Stamps/SSI in the last 6 months.

I’d heard of the WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit) before but hadn’t really looked at it in detail. I still haven’t determined if it’s legal to be asked these questions before you’re hired for the job but at least I know why they’re being asked.

I do feel the need to point out that it’s a program of the DWD, an arm of the DED in my state, Missouri. Which is why when I asked questions at the local Career Center, also run by the DWD, I was surprised they didn’t seem to know anything about it, even at a supervisory level.

But I gave up expecting people to be professional or know their field a long time ago.

Tent Cities

October 7, 2008

I just watched a story on CBS news about tent cities cropping up around the nation.

This is not a new phenomenon by any means but it’s still rare you see the evening news focus on things like this. The part that was really unsettling to me was the couple they interviewed. They had both worked and lived in a rented house. The husband had been a forklift operator, when they both lost their jobs, they ended up homeless, living in a tent.

I guess what scares me most is the fact this guy’s work experience is similar to mine. They briefly looked over his resume while interviewing him. Where he’s at there just isn’t any jobs to be had. At least not for him or the other people in the tent city.

It makes it really scary knowing when you wake up tomorrow, you won’t have a job but not knowing what you can do about it.