Archive for the ‘Job Crunch’ Category

Create a Personal Brand for Career Advancement

05 Jan

“Branding” is a marketing term that traditionally applied to products and services and their characteristics. It is a way of bringing a product to life so to speak and a way of making it easier for consumers to both identify and identify with it, and is therefore a critical component to a customer’s purchasing decision. One would typically talk about the corporate brand (Grace, Digicel, BMW), and the product brand (supligen, BMW M3 Coupe). Read the rest of this entry »


Acing that Job Interview

05 Jan

Congratulations! You have been spending days, weeks, or possibly months of looking for the right job and this finally paid off when you were asked to come in for an interview. This is of paramount importance considering the present global economic recession in which jobs are not so easily secured. You can wipe the sweat from your brow as you’ve cleared the first hurdle. The biggest question of all comes next: now what? You will have normally only 15 to 20 minutes to sell your experiences, attitude, and skills to the employer – most likely without knowing what the employer wants to hear from you. It can seem overwhelming, but remembering a few key points can help make your interview successful. Read the rest of this entry »


Delay in Getting a Job? Do Your Own Thing

05 Jan

“Downsizing, rightsizing, adjustments in staff complement…” Aren’t I tired of hearing terms like those; all a pretty way to say job cuts. The result?: I don’t know anyone who any longer feels secure in their job.

In times past, people would feel some measure of surety that, as long as they performed at the company and was an all-round good employee they would have their job for the long-term. But even good employees often find themselves unceremoniously placed back into the job market as a result of the seemingly unending job cuts. Are you one such person? Then welcome to the global club of the axed (which, by the way, is a large one). And unfortunately, many businesses have also “packed up shop” or closed down sections of their enterprise. So with fewer positions in existence, many job seekers are understandingly feeling utterly frustrated. But life must go on despite a job loss, right? Bills must be paid, groceries must be purchased, and kids must go to school. Considering this, what does one do after they’ve finished moping and bemoaning their state of seemingly perpetual joblessness? Well, ever thought about a small business of your own? I hear the experts all the time saying firstly that job creation is essential to allow the Jamaican economy to not just survive but thrive. I also hear them saying that if you can’t find a job, do your own thing. Plenty of people both here and abroad are setting up their own business with good success. Sure it’s not something to just slap together on a whim but if properly approached could yield some really good results for you. Read the rest of this entry »


Find a Job In a Recession?… Yes You Can!

21 Dec

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

People are getting new jobs daily. There is no reason why you should not be one of them. I know job hunting is tough right now but it is not absolutely impossible. Just think of all the vacant positions that are advertised in the newspapers and online each week. The key to finding and keeping work in tough times is the same as in good times: action. The more positive the action you take, the better your chances of landing a great job. Be as visible and connected as you can. Even though there are very few jobs on the open market, as I pointed out before, there’s always activity so be well placed to take advantage. Read the rest of this entry »


The Workplace, the Minefield of the Crazies

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

Ahhh the workplace. Such a conundrum of experiences… good and bad. You know I like watching “The Office”. A lot of what goes on in that show accurately depict life at the office. Seeing the “goings on” on the screen, I can finally get to have a good laugh or make all the comments I want about a particular situation that I’ve had to face or about particular persons that really sit on your patience and try your nerves. Oftentimes I’d want to give them a good tongue lashing or even have had to clench my fists and squeeze them tightly by my side to prevent a hand from suddenly flying up of its own volition and connecting with the offending person’s nose. A nice thought yes, but not a good course of action if one wishes to hold on to one’s job. Worse if it’s the boss. What can I say? With the range of personalities that exist in such a small environment – the workplace – it’s a wonder that more persons don’t actually come to blows, for its is typical that on any given day at work, one can go through such a range of emotions and experiences and with so many different types of people, it can literally make you feel like freaking out by the end of the day. All you can do is drag yourself home to take you sanity back to peak. Read the rest of this entry »