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Why a Lack of Job Opportunities May Not Be the Problem
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Since the beginning of the recession has had people across the nation wondering the same thing: what jobs are left and where can they find them?

For those who have been on the job hunt for a while and still on it, it may seem like all the jobs have disappeared without any sign return.

The problem may not be as simple as that, however. According to a recent survey done by staffing firm ManpowerGroup, 49% of employers in all industries are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions.

The unemployment rates remains at a little more than 8% with thousands of job seekers still looking for income. More than 1,300 employers in the U.S. were surveyed to see which positions they were having the hardest time filling.

The survey revealed that these positions required essential skills and training to carry them out, skills that are becoming scarce to come by in the job market.

Trades such as electricians and plumbers and other craftsmen-type work are those where individuals develop skills through experience from apprenceticeships and on-the-job training.

Also on this list are jobs in the accounting, nursing and IT fields. Current changes in the job market has shown is that the available talent hasn't adapted to meet employer demands.

During the recession, many employers made cuts in their workforce in areas that other ones had to make up for. Cutting costs meant having to make due with what you could afford to keep on.

So while those who stayed on expanded and developed new skills, the ones who were let go were left with positions that really had disappeared--usually for good.

Trade vocations, on the other hand, have had other factors contributing to why their open positions remain unfilled.

One factor is the older demographic of current skilled job holders who are reaching the end of their careers. As they enter retirement, the wave of newcomers to take their places big isn't enough to keep up.

Popular emphasis for younger generations has been geared toward obtaining a college degree rather than certified training for a skill. This funneling of education has had much to do in creating a void in the trade workforce.

Solving this begins with a shift in how vocational training and careers are viewed. Bringing in new blood to rejuvenate the skilled trade workforce will help portray it in a better light.

Whichever educational route young people choose to follow, it's important to remember that the best chances of finding a job stems from have the skills to match demand.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Communication Style
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Speaking styles can be a tricky thing to master. They are always altered based on each particular person and setting to maintain propriety. It can be especially difficult for people who don't know each other well to bridge communication gaps.

The thing that employers look for in candidates is that they are able to live up to what they claim about themselves on paper. An ideal candidate is one that is well-rounded and quick to adapt.

There are ways to develop a standard speech style that can be used when speaking to anyone that doesn't have to completely alter your personality.

Communication among colleagues and superiors is important to how you represent yourself. Your ability to communicate effectively can make or break your career success.

Here are some ways for you to get the most out of your interactions at work:

1) AAA: Alive, awake, assertive. No one wants to hear anyone talking that sounds like a zombie or doesn't sound like anything. When you want people to actually listen to you, the words coming out of your mouth have to be audible and meaningful. Above all, you have to sound like someone they want to hear and wants to be heard.

2) Eyes on the prize. Eye contact and speech tone go hand in hand in effective communication. It can also indicate to the listener signs of truth. Constantly looking away or down shows that you might be uncomfortable or lack conviction in what you are saying. Keeping eye contact keeps their attention.

3) Avoid fillers. This remains a common speech hinderance as people are so used to filling in the gaps with words such as, "like," "um," and "uh.". This is hard for anyone to listen to so imagine being in the interviewer's shoes having to listen to a prolonged version of filled speech. Instead of using those words to fill the gap, simply allow yourself to pause and follow up with the rest of what you wanted to say.

4) Be responsive. Being actively engaged can be demonstrated in a multitude of ways from asking questions to using body language. Good communication has a lot to do with your ability to be a good listener as well. A conversation goes both ways so each person should have an equal amount of command.

5) Say what you mean. Beating around the bush rather than just coming out directly with your point can be annoying. People don't want to have to figure out what you're saying. Turning conversations into puzzles is frustrating and uneffective. People will think that you don't know how to get your message across or are too afraid to.

6) Follow their cues. This is a little trick that you can use mirroring someone else's body language keeps you both on the same level. For example, if they lean in, you should follow suit. It should not be obvious so make sure to do it without looking like an exacty copy cat. Remember, it's an interview, not a game of "simon says."

7) Take turns talking. This might sound silly, but people are often quick to interrupt and aren't aware that they are cutting someone else off. In an interview, you want to let the interviewer say his or her piece in full and allow them to reciprocate the courtesy. This is polite and effective.

8) Use names. Remember to use names when introduced to someone and at the end of the meeting. It's a good professional move because it shows that you are sincere and have a genuine interest in the people you meet. It also leaves a good impression on the person as they'll feel like you actually cared about remembering his or her name.

One Of the Safest Careers People Fear Most
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

We might all like to hear ourselves talk (even if we won't admit it) but only those with nerves of steel can handle doing it in front of an audience which is why public speakers make big bucks.

Public speaking is actually one of the top ranking fears for people. In some surveys it surpassed the fear of flying and even terrorism.

Speaking to a large group of people, listening only to the sound of your own words with all eyes on you can give a rush comparable to the thrill of, say, skydiving. But many are still not up to taking that leap.

Careers in public speaking range from teaching a class to being broadcasted to thousands of viewers. The following are some of the common career options involving public speaking and what it takes to succeed in industries that many wish to be a part of.

1) Spokesperson
Spokespeoples' jobs are to deal with inquires to the media and give public service announements. Acting as the organization's representative, spokespeople provide the face and the voice on the outside. They make sure the company's image isn't tarnished while accurately informing the public. On average, they make between $31,000-$95,000.

2) Speech Writer
In this job the writer isn the one acutally doing the speaking. However, speech writers have to do their job as if they did. They need to understand the technical aspects of the interacttion between the audience and the speaker. The style and language written in the speech they compose is done with a reason behind it. Working the crowd is hard, and can often be even harder when doing it indirectly. Their average salaries are $31,000-$95,000.

3) Professor
College classes are typically considerably larger than ones in secondary educational institutions. Depending on the class and school, some professors can have over a hundred students just in one period. This can be tough because your lessons need to engage the students which means keeping them awake. Average salaries for professors range from $30,000-$129,000.

4) Religious Leader
Speakers in religious settings are usually expected to give inspiring speeches. These orators often show passion in what they do as it is more than a job to them. Religious leaders have a lot of influence on their audiences and some people even travel great distances to hear them speak. It can be a fulfilling career but as head of a congregation it can also be a huge responsibility. They make on average $24,000-$77,000.

5) Politician
As a public figure, politicans need to not only be comfortable with but work well in the public eye. In order to be in good favor of the people they represent they need to know how to relate to the public in campaigns. Support from constituents gives them votes and keeps them in their position. Average salaries for politicians varies.

6) News Reporter/Anchor
News anchors and reporters talk to a vast audience of viewers that tune in to hear the broadcast. Most local news stations report on similiar events, the difference between which one to trust is in part on the professionalism of the reporters and anchors. Stumbling over words and making frequent corrections will be an anchor's and reporter's downfall. People want to hear the news read clearly and accurately so stations favor putting people on air with impeccable reading and speaking skills. On average, anchors and reporters make $128,000-$146,000.

7) Motivational Speaker
This job is as close to the top-tier of public speaking jobs as you can get. if you've ever watched a motivational speaker, they're essentially given a performance. Their words and voice not only have to move you, but their body language as well. A motivational speech is meant to put you into you action. The speaker has to be able to get inside your head and spark a fire from within. They can make anywhere from $23,000-$86,000.