Career Calling

February 3, 2012

What Good Job Numbers Mean for You

Filed under: Career Management — claycerny @ 11:46 pm
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The job numbers for January are very good, nearly a quarter of a million jobs added in one month.  Hopefully, this news is a sign of an economy that will generate more jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector.

What does this news mean for individuals?  It will motivate some dispirited people to look for work, which is a good thing.  However, finding a job is always hard work.  Rather than focus on a floating unemployment rate, follow the 100% rule: Do I have the job I want?  Am I working?  Those two simple questions are all that matters. 

You cannot control macroeconomic factors like the unemployment rate.  You can manage your career.  If you are unemployed, stay focused in your job search.  If you’re unhappy at your current job, identify what makes you happy and look for that kind of work.  If you’re happy at your current job, you have won the 100% rule game – enjoy your good fortune.

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