Wonder Why there’s a Great Resignation Going On?

Maybe because it’s been a long time since companies actually valued their employees. Here’s one example:

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Better.com CEO fires 900 employees over Zoom

Oops, maybe there is some justice:

The CEO Who Fired 900 Employees on a Zoom Call Is Out.

In that piece, Inc. reports that “The move to fire 900 employees via Zoom generated a considerable amount of criticism both inside and outside the company. Despite the fact that Garg later issued an apology–sort of–several of the company’s executives resigned, including its head of communications and head of marketing.”

Bravo to those who quit in protest, hopefully, they will soon find jobs with better CEOs.

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The Great Resignation—Employers brought it on themselves

This says it all…

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The Great Resignation — where people are quitting, why and what’s ahead

Changes in the American workforce, the likes of which have not been seen since World War II, continue. Here’s a look at where people are resigning from the Wall Street Journal (hint, it’s in Western States), why they’re resigning (fear of Covid) from the World Economic Forum, and what to expect (more) come January from Inc magazine:

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The great resignation — a major shift is happening in the American workforce

You’ve likely already heard about the great resignation — Covid is causing millions of people to say enough of dead-end, low-paying, high-stress jobs. The employment market is shifting more dramatically than it has at any time since World War II when women flooded the work force as millions of men, and women went off to war.

Employers keep expressing shock. Many are complaining about having to offer higher pay and some benefits to lure and/or keep workers. I say, about time.

The labor market has been in a depression since the 2008 Great Recession. From 2008 until I retired in 2015, for example, I only worked one place that gave annual raises anymore and those were all under 3%.

The tide is turning and workers now have the upper hand. Partially it’s people reacting to Covid, but another major part is the retirement of Baby Boomers.

And let’s not forget the hundreds of thousands of people who have died from Covid or Covid-complications. How many of those were still in the workforce?

The one economic consequence of the 1918 Pandemic that has been written about is that there was a contraction in the labor force because of the deaths the Pandemic caused. We’re seeing that again.

For the past several years, this blog has been devoted primarily to guest posts as my interests have turned elsewhere. But the Great Resignation is getting my attention, and rejuvenating my interest in writing about finding and keeping good jobs.

So I’ll be posting links to more items like this to help you navigate this new jobs market:

Heed these 8 tips from an employment lawyer before you quit

And don’t forget to check out my book, Always Be Job Hunting. Its advice is even more relevant today than it was when I wrote it.

Good job hunting everyone!

—John N. Frank

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No Stethoscope? No Problem! Getting Into Healthcare Without Experience

Changing careers when we don’t have any experience is one of those difficult obstacles we need to jump over. And when we are looking to work in the healthcare industry, it can be one of the most rewarding career paths out there but if we don’t have the relevant experience or qualifications, it can seem like a very difficult obstacle to overcome.

But, even before you think about the job interview further down the line, here are a few things to consider if you are looking to work in healthcare but don’t have the experience.

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Finding Healthcare Assistant Roles

This is a great way to get started in an industry without getting relevant qualifications. Usually found within hospitals, a healthcare assistant role is so important for the entire process. While previous experience may help, it is possible to become a healthcare assistant in a trainee capacity.

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Tips For Preparing For A Job Interview

Job hunting can be a real slog and something that no one enjoys. This is why, if you manage to get through and secure a job interview, you want to make sure it goes as well as it possibly can. Job interviews can be cut-throat, but as long as you are as prepared as possible you will be in a much better stead for it to be a success.

It is important to keep in mind at all times just why you want this job and ensure you do plenty of thorough research in the run-up to the interview. A lot of companies use consulting recruitment agencies to aid with their candidate search and they can also help you throughout the process.


Here we have put together some top tips for preparing for a job interview that should get you that bit closer to getting the job of your dreams…

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Research, research and even more research 

This is one of the most important things to do when preparing for a job interview. It may sound obvious, but it should never be overlooked. Give yourself plenty of time to do as much research as possible about the company and the role you have applied for.

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How to Find a Job When You’re 65 or Older

Many seniors decide it’s best for them to continue working into their golden years as it provides them with a sense of purpose. Not to mention that it also improves financial security, mental stimulation, and social activity.

Finding a job that fits your needs and skill set can be challenging, especially if you haven’t had to job-hunt in many years. To help you, we’ve curated some tips for finding a job when you’re already eligible for medicare.

Update Your Resume

If you haven’t job-hunted in years, odds are that you don’t have an updated resume. Add only your work experience within the last ten years and make sure to showcase your skill set.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while also developing more skills. You may also grow your professional network and find a job through those you volunteer with.

Consider Self-Employment

Many seniors begin their own businesses after retiring. Retirement is the perfect time to chase any dream you never got to pursue, whether it be cake decorating or consulting. This is a great way to bring in extra income and stay busy.

Whether you are wanting an activity to keep busy or financial security after turning 65, a job is a great way to spend your golden years.

Author Bio: Abby Christensen is a content creator with experience in a variety of industries, including finance and Medicare. When she’s not soaking up the latest digital marketing news, you can find her reading, playing with her pooch, or budgeting.

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Online Interview Tips That Will Help You Get Your Dream Job During A Pandemic

Landing that dream job you’ve been painstakingly researching and waiting for to open up is nerve-wracking. Landing that dream job you’ve been painstakingly researching and waiting for to open up during a pandemic is frightening. Many businesses have taken a devastating hit as the pandemic continues to affect the job market with orders to close down businesses temporarily or lay-off employees indefinitely.

While job opportunities and employment are not scarce, businesses are transitioning to work-from-home set-up, which means job applicants are competing with a broader range and variety of equally qualified applicants that could be based anywhere in the world. More applicants mean more interviews, which means a smaller window to make a lasting impression on the recruiter. Continue reading

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11 Ways to Prove Your Value at Work

Many professionals might say one of the most important skills to master is being able to prove your true value. In an interview for example, you only a few minutes to connect your skills and experience to the role’s bottom line. So it’s essential to be strategic about how you present yourself. Once you’re in you’re role, it becomes even more important to demonstrate your worth. Arguing for new responsibilities, negotiating a raise, or asking for a promotion, all require a clear understanding of your worth to your employer.

Whether it’s taking on an additional project or leading the team through a difficult setback, you will likely have many opportunities to bring something unique and valuable to the company. However, your boss may not always be aware of the great work that you do. That’s why keeping track of your accomplishments and finding opportunities to share them should be an important part of any job. Once it’s time to ask for a raise or promotion, being able to point to instances of success will become invaluable.  Continue reading

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Essential Things To Think About When Running A Small Business

Running a small business can be exciting, rewarding but also daunting and stressful at the same time. Small business owners are renowned for wearing many hats and having to juggle several different jobs at once. However, there are some essentials that you can use to make your business run more smoothly and efficiently. 

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Let’s have a look at some of them below: 

A Clear Office Space 

You might not think that your office space is important, however, having a clear, well-organised office space to work from is essential to keeping your business running as it should be. Make sure you have the space that you need, plenty of places to file and store paperwork, products samples and employees information. Take some time each month to organise and sort through any post and paperwork that has piled up. You should also take this time to sort through your emails, ideally, you should do this at least once a week. As well as keeping a well-organised office space you need to create a pleasant working environment, make sure your desk and chair are set up properly, you have plenty of natural light and clean air. 

Look After Your HR 

When running a small business you are going to come across certain areas that you’re not as familiar with. HR is usually one of the areas that fall into this category, this is because usually, specialised training needs to go into it. This is why so many small business owners outsource their HR services or make sure they are using decent hr software and educate themselves with how they manage it. 

Your Marketing 

Your marketing is one of the most important things you need to think about. You could have the very best product or service, but if no one knows about you then it just won’t sell. You need to make sure you are working with a good marketing strategy and follow the latest trends. It is essential for you to have a responsive website for your customers to find you. Nowadays customer is less likely to use a business if they can’t see them online, even if you just have a page with your contact details it’s better than having no website at all. You should also think about looking into utilising social media as a marketing tool. Most people have a social media account on a place like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, that they check on a daily basis and through the day. The majority of these are free to set up and incur minimal costs for advertising to reach a further audience which now makes it a favoured marketing tool by many businesses. Another great way to market is to create a blog where you can share relevant content with your customers, it will also drive traffic to your website which is fantastic if you have your products or services available to buy online. 

These three areas are three very important areas for any small business, do you have any others that should be included that you can share in the comments below? 

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