Trump or Clinton? Blessing or Curse?

Trump or Clinton? Blessing or Curse?

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What was considered nearly impossible by political forecasters and pollsters a year ago is increasingly becoming more probable – the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. With the candidates polling roughly even with a little more than a month left to go until Election Day, the outcome remains uncertain, terrifying some, exciting others, and perplexing the rest of us. Regardless of who ends up elected on November 6th, a smart business person would be wise to consider the broader picture and prepare themselves for the election no matter the outcome.

Judging by some of the media coverage, it may seem like it is time to start stocking up your Cold War-era bomb shelter to prepare for the possibility of a Trump presidency. In its endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the New York Times Editorial Board recently named Donald Trump the “worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” The Economist Intelligence Unit, a research firm, named a Donald Trump election victory one of the top ten economic risks facing the globe today, ranking it alongside a breakup of the Euro Zone and the rise of jihadi terrorism. Former U.S. Trade Secretary, Larry Summers, predicts Trump’s policies would cause a recession with global implications in less than 18 months. Nevertheless, despite all of this prophesizing, Trump himself, toting his career as a successful entrepreneur and businessman, promises job creation and economic growth on a level not seen since the Reagan era.

Central to Donald Trump’s campaign is his promise to “Make America Great Again.” Hillary Clinton counters this with the claim that America is already great, citing the tremendous economic gains made since the 2008 – 2010 Great Recession under the Obama presidency. To get out from under all of the hand-waving and finger-pointing, a sober look at the statistics does suggest the U.S. economy has made a significant recovery in the past six years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has been cut in half since the recession from a high of 10.1% to just 4.9%, and continues to trend downward.

While the central premise of any presidential candidate, whether Democrat or Republican, is the promise of job growth and economic development, it remains unclear to what extent presidential leadership actually has on the economy. Stephen Dubner, of Freakanomics fame, suggests that the president actually has very little influence on the direction of the economy. Dubner points to the 2004 Bush – Kerry presidential election and the stock market’s reaction to the premature announcement of a Kerry victory. The market changed very little, he points out, suggesting that those decision makers who actually pay attention to the working economy could care less who was elected for president. In 2014, Derek Thompson, writing for the Atlantic, penned an article with the controversial headline, “The President of the United States Does Not Control the Economy”. In it, Thompson points out that while GDP growth tends to be higher under Democratic administrations than Republican ones, this is often a matter of sheer luck rather than policy choice. So, while one might expect the economy to grow slower under a Republican administration, one should not necessarily hold that administration responsible. The economy will continue on its own trajectory regardless of who is in the White House.

So where does that leave us now? Statistically, presidential election years tend to have higher economic growth than on average. Additionally, recovery from the Great Recession of 2008 – 2010 continues to improve. This is good news for job seekers and employers in all industries. At one point in the recession, there were nearly seven job seekers for every one employment opening. Since then, that number has drastically lowered to 1.34 job seekers for every one employment opening.

In response to this competitive employment market, NPR reports that companies have taken more aggressive approaches to hiring, improving benefits packages and raising wages. Job growth is particularly heavy in the service, retail, and hospitality industries. While traditionally low wage occupations, recent minimum wage increases across the country are raising incomes and putting more money into the pockets of American workers, and therefore more money back into the economy. In New York and California alone, more than 9 million workers will be affected by new laws mandating a $15 minimum wage. Despite the resistance to raising the minimum wage, these new policies are not expected to significantly reduce hiring rates.

Despite prognosticating from both sides of the aisle, the general trend of economic improvement is not expected to significantly change, despite who will be sitting in the Oval Office come next year. This is good news for both employers and job seekers. The time is ripe for workers to put themselves on the job market to look for new and better opportunities. Employers are also aggressively recruiting top talent in an ever-increasingly more competitive labor market. But while the economy is generally improving, it is significantly changing as well. Job seekers in declining sectors need to focus on their transferable skills in order to successfully adapt to the new economy. Traditional sectors such as manufacturing are experiencing declines in employment numbers as companies move their operations overseas, while more modern industries, such as e-commerce and software publishing, are seeing rapid growth in employment figures and wages. In response to this changing economy, it has become increasingly common to see companies partnering with educational institutions, such as community colleges, to help re-train workers and build a reliable labor pool to recruit from.

All of this should be good news for job seekers and employers alike. A competitive labor market ensures a motivated and dedicated work force for employers, while workers have the opportunities available to pursue new positions and develop their careers. This contributes to a robust and active economy that we can all believe in. When you get beyond the name-calling and mud-slinging that has so characterized the 2016 U.S. presidential election, you can rest at ease knowing the economy continues to move in a positive direction. Why have to choose between Trump’s “Make America Great Again” and Clinton’s “America is Already Great”? Let’s just make it better for all of us regardless, and the good news is: We seem to be going in the right direction.

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Need a Recruiter? Secrets for Getting the Best Jobs

Need a Recruiter? Secrets for Getting the Best Jobs

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Job seekers could always use an added advantage while looking for a job. Knowing about recruiters and how best to work with them can provide advantages that simple job applications cannot.

Recruiters know specific industries, often have wide networks of contacts, and even have the ability to place the right candidate in front of a hiring manager on short notice. Although this sounds too good to be true, smart job seekers have gained the inside track on lucrative positions through recruiters.

Different Types of Recruiters

In general, there are three different types of recruiters. The first is an employee of a firm whose job it is to seek out talent. These human resources specialists are generally more passive, with the responsibility of receiving, processing, and pre-qualifying applicants for open positions. The second, and most sought after type of recruiter, are contract recruiters. A contract recruiter has arrangements with clients to find specific employees. Often a contract recruiter works with higher level opportunities. This type of recruiter is often referred to as a headhunter. The last type of recruiter is a freelance recruiter who works at large and generates income by presenting potential candidates to firms in the hopes of getting paid.

We’re going to focus on the second type of recruiter: the contract recruiter.

What Recruiters Want

The general rule with a contract recruiter is if you seek them out yourself, there most likely is very little reciprocal interest. The first rule is not to submit your application to a contract recruiter. A contract recruiter has three criteria by which they determine if they want a candidate. First, is there currently a contract to fill? The best candidate in the world serves no purpose to a recruiter if they don’t have a specific opening for them. Second, is the job seeker actively seeking employment? Recruiters get paid to find hidden gems. They do not get paid to help the unemployed or candidates who are on the open market. In addition, a job seeker who stumbles upon an opportunity incidentally could endanger tens of thousands of dollars in potential recruiter commissions. The third criteria is exceptional fit in terms of experience and personality.

How to Attract the Interest of a Contract Recruiter

The best way to attract a recruiter is to be visible in your industry. Recruiters look for award winners, public speakers, writers of articles, participants in industry forums, and important thought leaders. LinkedIn not only is an excellent tool for creating visibility, but also is a common source used by recruiters to candidates. Your LinkedIn profile should be up to date, you should include recognition and specialized skills, and you should join relevant LinkedIn groups where you can contribute content in order to get noticed in your field and attract interest. A LinkedIn profile also gives a job seeker the opportunity to publish industry articles. Activity on your account will increase the chances of a recruiter noticing you.

General Rules for Working with a Recruiter

Keep in mind a recruiter does not work for you, that you may be one of many candidates and your cooperation may make the difference between being assisted or not. A high-end recruiter may make a living placing between four and twelve clients a year, so quite a bit rides on successfully completing a contract. Working with a recruiter is not like going on a shopping trip. If you have criteria which must be fulfilled, like no relocation, make that clear before a recruiter puts a lot of time and work into your search. Do not refuse an interview and be very careful about turning down a position. By the time you get to that point, if you have been open with your recruiter, there should be no doubts as to whether the job is the right fit. Very few recruiters take the loss of a month’s salary lightly and many will stop taking calls from those who walk out on a “good opportunity.”

Contract recruiters may not be relevant to all job seekers, but for the right candidates they can make all the difference. Getting noticed by a contract recruiter can give you access to bigger and better opportunities that you otherwise would not know about. Get on the radar of contract recruiters by staying active in your industry and publicizing your work on social media channels, such as LinkedIn.

About RazorEdgeResumes

RazorEdgeResumes is the executive resume writing division of A Better Resume Service, Inc., combining more than 25 years of resume writing experience. We offer a full range of career search services, from LinkedIn profile optimization to resume writing and personal branding. We are able to analyze your specific situation and needs in order to provide personalized services that will help you get the career you deserve. With a proven track record of helping clients in all kinds of industries, put your trust in RazorEdgeResumes to help you take your career to the next level. For a free resume critique consultation by one of our experienced writers, email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or schedule an appointment online.

 

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Smart Business People Make the Best Pokémon Go Players

Smart Business People Make the Best Pokémon Go Players

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“Gotta Catch ‘Em All” has people around the globe seeking out 148 Pokémon characters. Interestingly, although a pure form of entertainment, the application of simple rules for business success also applies to Pokémon players.

Pokémon Go has become a world-wide phenomenon. According to Expandedramblings.com, more than 100 million people worldwide have downloaded the Pokémon Go app. It received more first week downloads in the Apple Store than any other app in history. More than 10% of Android devices have Pokémon Go installed on them.

So what can playing Pokémon Go teach you about how to be a more successful business person? You need to set goals, educate yourself on the market, play the long game and learn how to successfully build teams. Even though Pokémon Go may seem like a simple game to play, keen decision-making skills and long-term strategizing go into making a successful player. Below is some advice on how to be the best Pokémon Go player, and you’ll find that all of these tips have transferable applications in the business world.

Set Your Objectives

1). Collect as many Pokémon as possible.

2). Advance to new levels to gain additional advantages.

3). Use resources wisely.

4). Enjoy the rewards and entertainment gained from a job well done.

Educate Yourself

The Internet is full of tips and tricks for making you a better player. One of the most accessible sources is YouTube where you can find the latest Pokémon news and advice. For example, when you evolve Eevees, you get one of three Pokemon at random: Vaporeon, Jolteon or Flareon. However, if you rename the Eevee before you evolve it, you can actually choose what they will become. If you don’t know this trick, Google it and educate yourself.

Play the Long Game

It is easy to get caught up in short-term rewards at the cost of losing of long-term gains. Pokémon is a progressive game where the rewards handed to you are sometimes greater than the ones you use resources to obtain. For example, in levels 1 through 15, the Pokémon found usually have low Combat Power (CP) and there might be a temptation to boost this by using valuable Stardust. Imagine catching a Pokémon at level 4, increasing its CP and finding that at level 15, you find the same CP Pokémon just for the catching. Here are a couple of tips for being a successful Pokémon Go player.

1). Use Stardust when you possess at least 50K of it have at least reached level 15, some even say level 20.

2). Some Pokémon have two levels of evolution, these include Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Nidoran (male/female), Oddish, Poliwag, Machop, Bellsprout, Geodude, Gastly and Dratini. Wait until you have enough candies to evolve them all the way. The first level usually takes around 25 candies; the second, 100. Your evolved Pokémon is based on picking the best option and evolving it up to higher levels. You don’t want to evolve at 25 candies only to find the next one you catch is better than the one you just evolved. A complete evolution table can be found here: Pokemongoevolution.com.

3). Use the evaluation tool to determine the potential of your Pokémon. A “perfect” Pokémon character will evolve the most and have the highest potential. You will waste weeks of work if you evolve inferior Pokémon only to find it can’t successfully battle with them.

Teamwork Makes for the Best Earning Strategy

The only way to earn Pokémon gold, which can be redeemed for upgrades, is to participate in Pokémon Gyms. A Gym can have up to ten levels, and the larger the number of Pokémon in the Gym, the less likely it is to be taken over by other players. Seek out Gyms with available openings, or train in a Gym to make an opening and then add your Pokémon to it. You can earn ten gold pieces a day in a Pokémon Gym. If you collect a number of high level Pokémon, you can have several Gyms earning you free income every day. If you take over a Gym, take it over with other people so you can fill as many positions as possible. When you take over a Gym alone and have the only Pokémon there, you are very likely to lose the Gym.


Oftentimes, the same skills that make you successful in the business world, also translate to other areas of your life. Pokémon Go is a prime example of how the same skills that make you a successful businessperson can make you an excellent Pokémon Go player. Learn to set measurable objectives, educate yourself on the playing field, think about the long-term potential, manage your resources in the most efficient manner, and develop effective teams to maximize rewards.

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If you have other tips or tricks to share about playing Pokémon Go, please add them to the comment section below.

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The job search process can be a daunting task for many, but you don’t have to go it alone. Find below a list of resources we’ve compiled to help you navigate the often confusing employment market and get you on the right track to landing your dream job.

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When was the last time you updated your resume? Send your resume to us and receive a free consultation from an experienced resume writer. Learn about what you can do to make the best first impression with a better resume. Also, learn about the services we can provide for turning a mediocre resume into a fantastic one. Resumes are often the first impression you make to a potential employer, so make sure you put your best foot forward.

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Driving Your Resume Off the Employment Highway – Funniest Resume Bloopers

 

Like a computer, resume outcome is only as good as the input. It only takes a small resume oversight to run your career off the job search highway. Often individuals will bring in unsuccessful resumes for review, only to find that with care, errors could have been avoided. Here is content from a few examples:

  • Certifications: Notary Republic
  • Completed evening shit work. (Too bad about the f in shift.)
  • Interests: Women and fishing, not always in that order.

Women or fishing. Resume Bloopers.

  • Social Worker: Assisted undeserved populations.
  • Resume with a picture of a tombstone on the front which read, “This Could be You!” On the back was a resume with an opening indicating the consequences of passing up this candidates excellent background.
  • Retail Clerk: Pretended to be interested in clients so they would buy stuff.
  • Administrative Assistant: Supported staff in daily activities… basically the office bitch.
  • Reasons for leaving the last three jobs. 1). Boss was crazy. 2). Boss was crazy. 3). Boss was crazy.
  • Adept at daily flogging.

Daily flogging. Resume Bloopers

  • Called potential customers for aluminum siding sales preferably while they were eating dinner.
  • Hospital Engineer under personal: Married to Boffo the Clown, available for children’s parties.
  • Proofreader: Ensured eror-free copy.

 



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If you don’t think you need to have someone look at your resume, take the quiz below.

Should you write your own resume quiz.

Answer these questions.

1. True or False. A resume should always be one page.

Answer: If you answered true, then you should consult a professional

Answer 2: If you still think the answer is true, you REALLY need a professional.

2. Given a choice, you should have a friend, neighbor or relative write your resume or fix your brakes on your car.

Answer: It is more dangerous to have a non-professional write your resume than it is to have them fix your brakes. Your career can have a value into the millions and a poor resume will keep you from the best opportunities where as a bad break job has a much lower risk potential.

3. What is the best day to apply for a job?

Answer: Ask a professional resume writer or ask your neighbor who just fixed your brakes.

4. It is cheaper to write your own resume?

Answer: The bigger question is what would be lost by not having your resume done professionally. If for example, it took six months to find out a home made resume wasn’t working, then the cost of doing it yourself might be ½ a year’s pay which is definitely more than a resume writer would charge you.

5. What could possibly go wrong when doing my own resume?

Answer: Please reread this article from the top of the page.


 

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RazorEdgeResumes is the executive resume writing division of A Better Resume Service, Inc., with more than 25 years of professional resume writing experience. We offer a full range of resources to help you get the job you want, from cover letter writing and personal branding to LinkedIn profile optimization. We provide personalized services focused on your specific situation and needs. With a proven track record of helping clients in all sorts of industries, put your trust in RazorEdgeResumes to help you take your career to the next level. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because you aren not prepared. Send us your resume for a free consultation by one of our experienced writers and see what we can do for you. Email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or schedule an appointment online here.

For more resources, visit Job Search Success Central where you can find advice on how to optimize your job search and tailor it to the career you want.

 


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About RazorEdge Resumes

RazorEdgeResumes is the executive resume writing division of A Better Resume Service, Inc., with more than 25 years of professional resume writing experience. We offer a full range of resources to help you get the job you want, from cover letter writing and personal branding to LinkedIn profile optimization. We provide personalized services focused on your specific situation and needs. With a proven track record of helping clients in all sorts of industries, put your trust in RazorEdge Resumes to help you take your career to the next level. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because you are not prepared. Send us your resume for a free consultation by one of our experienced writers and see what we can do for you. Email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or schedule an appointment online here.

For more resources, visit Job Search Success Central where you can find advice on how to optimize your job search and tailor it to the career you want.

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4 Ways to Save on Outplacement Services

Outplacement does not have to be a burden on an employer. In the ebb and flow of business, inevitably and employer must face staff reductions. Long-term, loyal employees are no longer able to be employed. Decision-makers must identify ways to make the transition easier. Often outplacement services are engaged which can cost $2,000 to $7,000 per employee, however; there are ways to provide benefits to employees while maintaining a financially responsible position. Below are some suggestions which can significantly reduce outplacement costs.

1). Work with a Local Organization

Every major metropolitan area has numerous service providers. Distance creates cost in travel, inefficiency, contractors and accessibility. All those expenses are factored in to what you pay while they do not add value to the services your employees receive.

2). Engage Outplacement Services Provided on an “Out-Patient” Basis

The most cost effective Outplacement Services meet with individuals on an as needed basis. It may seem of value to provide an office suite, secretarial support, a telephone and a coach for 8 hours a day, but in today’s job search environment, a majority of tasks can be completed from home.

3). Purchase Core Services

Look into purchasing a resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile preparation and possibly interview training. These are the necessary tools to find employment. A focus on these services can reduce outplacement costs by up to 75%. Keep in mind that without a resume, the job service does not begin. A process which begins with personality tests, sessions on job search and other time consuming services can delay starting the employment process by a weeks if not a month or more.

Save on outplacement services for your employees

Employees can benefit from outplacement services.

4). Only Pay for Services Which Your Employees Use

Often an outplacement contract provides blanket services with no accountability. Rarely will an outplacement service prepare a resume but will coach or teach an individual to prepare their own. If an employee finds a job right away, the outplacement company clams success and justifies fees regardless of time allocated to the job seeker. When an job seeker opts out of certain options by refusing them or simply not participating, the employer receives no discount.

If you are a Chicago-based employer and are looking for outplacement services, contact Harvard Oaks Enterprises, Inc. We are a 30-year old company with an A+ BBB rating and a track record of successfully assisting job seekers in our Chicago, Oakbrook, Naperville and Tinley Park offices. You can reach someone to speak about outplacement directly at 1-800-730-3244.

About RazorEdgeResumes

RazorEdgeResumes is the executive resume writing division of A Better Resume Service, Inc., combining more than 25 years of resume writing experience. We offer a full range of career search services, from LinkedIn profile optimization to resume writing and personal branding. We are able to analyze your specific situation and needs in order to provide personalized services that will help you get the career you deserve. With a proven track record of helping clients in all kinds of industries, put your trust in RazorEdgeResumes to help you take your career to the next level. For a free resume consultation by one of our experienced writers, email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or schedule an appointment online here.

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Tips for Reaching Those Who Can Get You The Job You Want

If you are successful in finding a decision maker, you will be more successful in selling yourself as a potential employee. In today’s world where thousands of inquiries fall on deaf ears, it is time to find those who want to hear your story. Here are some suggestions developed from years as an executive recruiter.

Smart job seekers success tips

1). Travel in the Same Circles

A female client of mine, in the early days of cell phones accepted a sales position in that industry. She decided that the best place to find customers was on golf courses. She carried her phone and 30 pound battery pack to club houses and offered it’s use to make calls to the office or the spouses of the players. Even at a price of several thousand dollars, she outsold every rep ion her company. Frequent places where decision makers are to be found.

2). Stand Out in Your Industry

As a recruiter, finding outstanding talent was always a challenge. We would look for intelligence, strong communication skills and respect in the industry. We found all these attributes in people active in industry organizations and publications.


3). Find Someone Who Knows Someone

It comes back to 7 Degrees of Separation. I met a man and within a short time, we found out the following. 1) He lived in a town I had lived in 20 years ago. 2). His best friend had married the daughter of a man I had worked for in high school. Someone you know, knows someone who knows someone you want to know. Canvass people you run into and you would be surprised how quickly you can find your goal.

4). Manage your Social Media

Keep your Linkedin profile updated. Participate in Twitter, Facebook, even Pinterest and Tumbler if you can reach people through them. Publish a blog. The electronic age allows you to reach thousands of people.

 

About RazorEdgeResumes

RazorEdgeResumes is the executive resume writing division of A Better Resume Service, Inc., combining more than 25 years of resume writing experience. We offer a full range of career search services, from LinkedIn profile optimization to resume writing and personal branding. We are able to analyze your specific situation and needs in order to provide personalized services that will help you get the career you deserve. With a proven track record of helping clients in all kinds of industries, put your trust in RazorEdgeResumes to help you take your career to the next level. For a free resume consultation by one of our experienced writers, email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or schedule an appointment online here.

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