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US free trade agreement to support 70,000 jobs

The term “Made in America” could soon take on a new level of importance with new free trade deals passed last week. The US Congress approved three new agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama on Oct. 12 that could help to preserve and create tens of thousands of American jobs.

By decreasing and removing tariffs on certain American products exported to the three foreign countries, 95 percent of US goods could become duty-free within the next five years. In what is considered to be the most groundbreaking deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada in 1994, it could account for a $10 billion to $12 billion annual boost in US exports.

The trade agreement was originally drafted in 2007 while President George W. Bush was still in office, but it has been delayed by widespread Democratic objection. Touted by President Obama over the past few years, the deal is expected to benefit the economies of all countries involved.

Although criticized by many that are skeptical of any increase in jobs from exported US goods being eliminated by layoffs due to more competition from imported goods, the deal could benefit American workers in multiple industries, including automakers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and various small businesses.

The new agreement was backed by many different US organizations such as Ace, Citigroup, Pfizer, Caterpillar, General Electric, Whirlpool, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

The US auto industry is expected to profit substantially from the new deal with South Korea, where tariffs on imported American vehicles will be initially cut in half and eventually lifted entirely over the next five years. The agreement was promoted by both the UAW and Ford, which supported the cause through newspaper ads and a website.

The city of Detroit and the rest of Southeastern Michigan play an important role in the new pact with South Korea. Both President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak toured the Orion Township GM plant north of Detroit on Oct. 14, announcing their agreement and pushing its potential to boost the hard-hit area’s economy by creating jobs and increasing production.

The GM plant in Orion Township was reopened earlier this year to manufacture the Korean-developed Chevrolet Sonic subcompact, currently the smallest vehicle produced in the US.

Production of the Sonic was moved to the US from countries such as South Korea and Mexico. The new free trade deal includes a provision that will allow 40 percent of GM workers involved in manufacturing the vehicle at the Orion Township plant to earn more than the standard first-tier rate of $28 per hour.

General Motors currently exports the Chevrolet Camaro, the Cadillac CTS, SRX and Escalade to South Korea. Plans to export the Chevrolet Corvette are also in the works for the end of the year.

Detroit and the auto industry could benefit greatly from the free-trade pact with South Korea, and it is a welcome change for many in the area who have suffered from high unemployment rates and a depressed economy.

The new deal has been widely criticized because of its decrease on tariffs of goods imported to the US from other countries. Many Democrats believe that more imported goods will ultimately lead to fewer American jobs.

But the main advantage of the new pact is the fact that more US goods will be exported. In the long run, more products and services that America can sell overseas means more jobs created right here in the US.

 

WORKS CITED:

Abrams, Jim. “Congress passes 3 free trade agreements” Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/congress-passes-3-free-trade-agreements-003629553.html  Accessed 10/15/11

Martin, Eric and McQuillen, William. SFGate http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/10/14/bloomberg_articlesLSZD6X6S9728.DTL  Accessed 10/15/11

Thompson, Chrissie. “Obama: New trade deal with Korea to support 70,000 American jobs” Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20111014/NEWS15/111014037/Obama-New-trade-deal-Korea-create-70-000-American-jobs  Accessed 10/14/11

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Rise of elderly persons in the workforce

The Great Recession wrought havoc upon the labor market: Unemployment rates increased, overall hours worked decreased, and more people over the age of retirement were forced to remain in the workforce.

According to a US Census Bureau report from June 2011, 14 percent of the civilian work force in the United States was aged 65 or older. Of that number, 58 percent were men and 42 percent were women.

Of the many reasons the older individuals are choosing to work longer, increased financial stability and the creation of a sense of community are usually the most prominent reasons.

As science and medicine have progressed over the years, so has life expectancy. With fewer disabled persons over the age of 65, this population is ready and willing to work. The nature of employment has progressed, as well. Jobs that the elderly take on usually aren’t as physically taxing as they once used to be.

The majority of jobs that employ people over the age of 65 include professional, managerial, technical and administrative support positions.

With the US minimum wage increases of 2007, 2008 and 2009, people everywhere are able to earn a few dollars more per hour than several years ago. This is an incentive for the elderly to stay in the workforce, as they are guaranteed to make more money and bolster their savings.

Another element that contributes to the aging workforce is the fact that baby boomers are beginning to come of retirement age.

A baby boomer is someone who was born during the post-World War II era that saw a dramatic increase in the number of US births. According to US Census Bureau estimates, by the year 2030, one in five US citizens will be of age 65 or older. This will undoubtedly result in an influx of older individuals in the everyday workforce.

Hours worked by the elderly were greater after the recession than before it began, although for the entire population hours worked post-recession were fewer than before. When the stock and housing markets crashed, some of the hardest hit individuals were the elderly.

The need to make money because of the recession has stimulated much of the elderly population to get back out there and find a job. Retirement is no longer an option for some, and the only way to achieve financial security is to keep working.

In some cases, employers are much more willing to hire an older person than someone at entry level; generally, they have more experience and don’t always demand high salaries.

While it may be reassuring for retirement-age persons that they can remain in the workforce if they need or choose to do so, this poses a problem for the younger population. If the 65 and older crowd take all the jobs, where will all the greenhorns and young bucks go for work?

 

WORKS CITED:

Mulligan, Casey B. “When Times Get Tough, the Elderly Work” Economix – The New York Times http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/when-times-get-tough-the-elderly-work/ Accessed 10/6/11.

“Rates of elderly Americans in workforce climbs” CNN U.S.http://articles.cnn.com/2001-06-01/us/census.elderly_1_elderly-workers-elderly-women-older-men?_s=PM:US Accessed 10/6/11.

Jobs in social media

Wouldn’t it be nice to get paid for something that you already do in your free time?

For many, this dream job is quickly becoming a reality. Businesses across the nation have gone on a hiring spree for social media jobs, and the trend is likely to continue.

There are hundreds of new social media jobs posted every week on job boards everywhere. Monster.com reported that the number of these positions increased 75 percent from last year.

As companies are beginning to realize how important the use of social media can be in promoting and growing a business, they are investing more into the technology and employees to work it.

Job titles, descriptions, requirements and compensation are quite varied as this is a relatively new field and has only seen major growth in the past few years. Some of the different titles for these positions include social media specialist, social media expert, social media manager and online communities manager.

Unlike many other jobs out there, social media positions are actually geared toward a much younger applicant base. Companies typically prefer to hire fresh college grads that have a strong knowledge of the Internet and sites Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Job candidates at this age have grown up with the Internet and can be much more tech savvy than older applicants. Social networking sites have become an integral part of this generation and for many companies, they value social media experience over an impressive employment history.

One of the most important qualifications that one can possess when going for a career in social media is to already have a solid following online. Businesses use these sites to promote their company and bring in more clients. If they hire someone who already has 1,000 followers on Twitter and 2,000 friends on Facebook, that pans out to 3,000 potential new customers for them just by hiring one new employee.

Most social media positions usually require a bachelor’s in marketing, communications, journalism or other related fields. Marketing experience is also helpful, along with a working knowledge of social networking sites and tools. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and basic computer proficiency are also common requirements for this field.

Job duties do include more than just updating a Facebook status here and composing a random tweet there. Maintaining and developing content on web pages and blogs, monitoring fan and follower growth and editing are also common responsibilities of a social media specialist.

All qualifications and requirements aside, what’s most important for a social media worker is how well they can interact with an Internet audience on various platforms. The main objective in utilizing different sites is to build relationships and interact with potential customers via social media. This includes paying attention to customer feedback and responding to negative web attention before it becomes a major issue.

Since these types of jobs are pretty new and responsibilities are varied, salaries can range anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 per year. This can also depend upon how large a company is and the size of their client base and Internet audience.

For many, this growing trend may be the ideal job. For others, spending all day online surfing various social networking sites might sound like a headache. But, with 800 million people on Facebook and 200 million on Twitter, the social media market is so vast that companies would be hurting themselves by not tapping into it.

 

WORKS CITED:

Li, Shan. “Employers are liking – and hiring – social media workers” Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-social-media-jobs-20110929,0,6158114.story Accessed 9/29/11

Waugh, Danielle. “Social Media Jobs: Are They For You?” abcNEWS http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/jobs-social-media-strategists/story?id=13246140 Accessed 9/29/11

Part-Time Rock Star

In trying to get ahead in this world, one thing that you can do is take on extra work. During the trying times of a recession and its lasting effects, you have to use every opportunity to its full advantage and never shun a chance to make some extra cash.

Harder, better, faster, stronger; these are not just novelty ideas taken from the title of a Daft Punk song. To make it in today’s economic climate, one has to do just that; work harder, do better, make it faster and perform it stronger.

One easy way to perform all the aforementioned tasks and stay ahead of the competition is to get a part-time gig. A full-time job may leave you spent and confused at times. After a hard day’s work, the last thing on your mind is probably doing more work. But sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and do it up.

A part-time job might not always seem like the ideal solution, but sometimes you have just got to do what you got to do. Extra income is almost always a welcomed idea. Although taking on a part-time may just cut into your personal time, at least you will have more money coming in.

Part-time jobs can come in many different forms. Restaurant gigs are easy to come by, as are convenience store cashier jobs or even bank teller posts. Whatever the position may be, an additional influx of cash flow is always a good thing, so take it as it comes.

Whatever the case may be, one should always keep doors open. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you what I’m saying?

If you have a job plus a side gig to fall back on, you are automatically ahead of the game.

The job market is still tough, and if you have one, I am happy for you. In fact not only I, but my leagues of followers are also happy for you. Go ahead and feel privileged; I do.

 

 

Persistence is Key in Job Search

Finding a new job can be tough these days. Unemployment rates are dropping, but the job market and the economy have not fully recovered from the lasting effects of the Great Recession. We are nowhere near the state of job stability and prosperity that existed ten years ago.

If you are one of the unfortunate individuals that has had to look for work in our sluggish economic climate, you know all too well about the trials and tribulations of the job search. It’s not enough anymore to simply peruse the classifieds or walk into a business that has a “Help Wanted” sign hanging in the window. Nowadays, it takes ingenuity and perseverance to land a job.

Before you even start looking for a job, think first about what you want to do. Even though it may seem that any job is better than no job at times, you don’t want to be stuck doing something you can’t stand. It’s important to do a self evaluation before putting yourself out there in the job world.

Think about your skills. What are you good at, and what do you like to do? Once you have figured this out, you should then highlight your qualities that will be most useful in your job and your search for work. You might have to spend a few hours revamping your resume, but it will pay off in the long run.

After you have assessed yourself and determined what you are good at, the next step is to figure out where you want to work. Although the easiest method in looking for a job may be to just log on the Internet and check out who has job listings up, this is not always the most effective procedure. Think about how many other people are doing the exact same thing. Why would you want to apply for a job that one hundred other desperate souls have already attempted?

Most positions these days are not filled through online job listings. A lot of companies don’t even post openings online. Many jobs are filled through word of mouth or by people going out of their way to track down work.

One of the best ways to get a job is to pick a company that you want to work for and do your research. What types of jobs do they have there, and who is in charge of hiring? Figure out what position might suit you best, and then track down the higher-ups so you can communicate with them directly. This way, you won’t end up being just another name on an endless stack of resumes.

So if you really want to find a job in today’s economy, you must be persistent and able to single yourself out from the crowd. Businesses want to hire people that are unique and special and capable of performing the task at hand. It’s up to you to convince them that you are the right person for the job.

How to Use Social Media to Get a Job

The job market has changed quite a bit since the days of perusing the classifieds and beating the pavement. These days, it’s important to be aware of your online presence and how you might present yourself to potential employers. Social media is a wild frontier. There are a lot of possibilities, but you can also build up a bad reputation if you are not careful.

Most companies look at applicants’ online profile before considering them for a position or even an interview. So it pays to keep your nose clean. Posting up those pictures of your drunken debacle out on the town last weekend might not be the best idea. Your potential bosses most likely do not care to see you shooting Jager bombs or chugging beers.

Social media can be beneficial in your job search. It’s all about using your connections. If you are on Facebook, you probably have over one hundred friends. And out of these one hundred friends, there’s bound to be somebody working in an establishment that you might be interested in. Since most jobs these days are landed by word of mouth, it’s important to utilize your connections to the fullest.

This does not mean posting on your Facebook wall that you can’t wait to get a new job so you don’t have to work at that crap place you do now. This is another area where you have to watch your back because your co-workers or current bosses might be checking out your social media profile when you are least aware.

Contrary to popular belief and the influence of Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood, it’s not all about Facebook either. There are plenty of other social media platforms out there; some even more helpful in your job search.

LinkedIn is a great resource for those looking to establish professional connections. In addition to hooking up with people who might be able to aid you in your job search, you can also post your resume and credentials to let all the headhunters out there know what you’re all about.

The cool thing about LinkedIn is that it’s a place where like-minded individuals come to meet other professionals and job-seekers. Lots of employers use LinkedIn to see who’s out there and who might be good for their company.

Establishing a sound online reputation might take a significant amount of time and effort, but in the long run it can pay off. The few hours that you invest now into hyping up yourself online might benefit you in dollars and cents in the near future.

The next time you are on Facebook, stop worrying about what your friends are doing and start making a good name for yourself. Somebody out there is looking at you.

Jobs in America

No matter what they say, the Great Recession is still upon us. You can go ahead and listen to the news all you want, But who out there in America is not struggling these days? The job market is hanging by a thin thread, and if you are lucky enough to be working in this day and age, do yourself a favor and work that job with all your might.

If you listen to Obama, we are supposedly in the clear and have nothing to worry about. Not to say that he’s not doing his job, but the United States of America is very far from being in the age of prosperity.

As an advocate for Jobnab and other related sites, one learns a thing or two about the job trade. First of all, you learn that spitting out resume after cover letter after resume after cover letter is completely pointless and an utter waste of time. You will just end up being another sheet of paper in the endless stack.

Another lesson learned in spending time researching the job market is that times are tough out there. It’s not 1995, and employers are no longer waving fatty paychecks at every new prospect walking down the street. You actually have to work for your money these days.

Before you can start making money, you quite obviously have to get the job first. When you apply for a job, keep in mind that there are probably one hundred other equally-qualified or better candidates applying for the same position. You are not special.

You have to differentiate yourself from the crowd. In order to get a job these days, you have to stand out. Not to say that you should wear bright clothing or sport a Mohawk, but you need to make yourself noticed. Otherwise, you are just another poor sap looking for a job – kind of like searching for water in the desert.

The most important thing you can do when you go in and apply for a job somewhere is to highlight your skills. Hype yourself up. One can take freedom with words on a resume and exaggerate a little bit. You don’t need to lie, but go ahead and turn that summer job waiting tables into a customer service position – same thing, different words.

In the meantime, before you hit it big playing the lottery or gambling on the horse races, check out Jobnab for some awesome opportunities out there. A job is a job, and any kind of work is better than no work at all. So instead of sitting around waiting for Obama to hand you your dream job, go out there and make it happen.