Dan Fastenberg of AOL Jobs and Career Builder wrote an interesting story entitled “7 Facts About Labor Day”. It shows a different twist on how this day was originally formed and how it is now, with so many people out of work, 8% of the population. Giving a name to faces, Dan and Fran Hopkins provide an interesting series of articles on “Stories of the Unemployed”. If you know someone that remains unemployed, take a moment to read one, two or three of these articles to get a sense of what they experience in the job market today.


It is definitely an employer’s market where they can ask for specific experience. Employees no longer can bank on many transferable skills when their competition may have that specific program, degree, experience that the employer desires. It is worthy to note that regardless of the specialized skills an employee obtains, any employer will have to spend a certain amount of time training the new employee. How much extra time do you think it would take for a potential new hire to learn the software or specialized skills? Most employees are trained in very similar software programs so adding a new program is not too difficult. In all seriousness, most of the new employees might just volunteer to learn this new software on their own time to bring them up to date. So how much extra training time would it take the employer, probably not much?

Every single one of us plays a role in putting people back to work. If you work in HR, start taking a moment to see people beyond the “box”. If you are interviewing potential candidates, look for reasons to hire someone not the reverse. Take the whole picture not slices of the pie when making important considerations. Think about if you were on the other side, how would you like to be treated? Develop a sense of humor as interviewees because one person will tell you “It doesn’t mean anything if you have that experience if it was not recently” while another might say: “We are looking for someone who has this experience, the exact experience you listed on your Resume.” From these statements just consider it “inane” and trust that the right position, person will come along to appreciate what you uniquely have to offer. People working in human resources capacities must be overwhelmed because they spend more time weeding than cultivating. Would you like to be encouraged or discouraged? My hope is that you give what you would like to receive. AZILE