by Teri Fritsma My title may be a little misleading, because let's face it: almost no job is completely safe these days. But there are some fields that still have job openings. Some openings are in relatively shock-proof industries, like health care. Other openings exist because they're in occupations where there's always some turnover. So while they may not be completely recession-proof, here's a list of occupations with the … Continue reading Recession-proof careers in Minnesota
by Teri Fritsma Is this glass half full or half empty? According to this report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of all private-sector employees participate in a retirement benefit program. Among all employees who have access to a retirement plan, 77% actually choose to participate.
by Teri Fritsma A little good news for unemployed Minnesotans: 1. Health care through COBRA is now a whole lot more affordable, thanks to a provision in the ARRA. 2. Unemployment benefits will be extended for up to 13 extra weeks in Minnesota, which means that unemployed Minnesotans may be eligible for up to 72 weeks of unemployment insurance.
by Teri Fritsma When networking, consider this: it's probably not your closest friends or family that will do you the most good. Usually, it's their friends, or their friends' friends, that are likely to bring you the best leads. This idea isn't new. It's from a theory called the strength of weak ties, which says that our … Continue reading Networking: the strength of weak ties
by Teri Fritsma Almost one-third (30%) of Americans think economic conditions in the country are getting better, according to a daily Gallup poll. That's the highest percentage in a year.
by Teri Fritsma According to DEED's most recent job vacancy survey, there were nearly 6 unemployed Minnesotans for every job vacancy during the 4th quarter of 2008. (We'll try to balance things out by bringing you a little good news tomorrow!)
by Teri Fritsma According to a new Gallup poll, just 9 percent of Americans think that now is a "good time to find a quality job." That's tied with last month for the lowest percentage since they started conducting this survey back in 2001. Ouch.
by Teri Fritsma The answer is: It's complicated. A recent blog post by the Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. sums up where we are in our understanding of "green jobs": "The concept of green jobs still lacks concreteness and tangible examples...So how do we even begin to plan, train, and get people ready for this sector … Continue reading What is a green career?