5 Ways You Can Build Your Professional Skillset with Certifications

In a competitive job market, making your resume stand out from the crowd could be as simple as earning a certificate or two by passing a few exams. This can serve as verification of special skills and training. Many certifications will be recognized and respected by hiring managers. This can give you an instant advantage over those who don’t have the certification. Here are five ways certifications can improve your job prospects.

1. Project Management Professional

A PMP certification shows that you have the management skills to get things done. Every growing business wants someone with the leadership ability to organize and complete special projects that come along. Applicants with the demonstrated skill to guide teams to finish projects on time and on budget are seen as a great asset. A few big projects under your belt could provide a great boost to your career and distinguish your resume.

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Tips for Coping with Unemployment

UnemployedUnemployment is tough, not only are there financial repercussions, but there are psychological ones as well. Getting laid-off no matter whether it is due to adverse nationwide economic conditions, or due to personal errors in judgement, it’s still painful. According to a Gallup poll Depression Rates are Higher for Long-Term Unemployed. “The longer that Americans are unemployed, the more likely they are to report signs of poor psychological well-being. About one in five Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more say they currently have or are being treated for depression — almost double the rate among those who have been unemployed for five weeks or less.” 

On the other hand, Healthy Eating Linked to Lower Likelihood of Depression so even if you’ve been fired, you need to continue to take care of yourself and eat healthy meals.

Unemployment can initially result in our systems going into a form of “shock” which makes it difficult to think clearly and so we tend to get depressed and just “shut-down”. But it is important to act quickly to minimize the negative impact on both yourself and anyone who is depending on you.

1) Cut Back on Expenses

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Only 25% Intend to Retire at Retirement Age

Every two years Gallup does a survey and asks working age adults if they intend to retire once they reach "full retirement age". This is the age set by the Social Security department for when you qualify for retirement benefits. In years past this … [Continue reading]

Over a Million New Jobs Not 211,000 

According to the BLS Commissioner's report for this month: "The unemployment rate changed little over the month but, at 4.4 percent, matched the pre-recession low reached in 2007. The number of unemployed persons, at 7.1 million, also changed little … [Continue reading]

Why the U.S. Isn’t at “Full Employment” Yet

U3 minus U6 Unemployment

The news is bristling with excitement as all the major media outlets are jumping on today's employment numbers hot off the Bureau of Labor Statistics presses. The BLS reported that the Seasonally Adjusted U-3 unemployment rate was just 4.4% and the … [Continue reading]

Whose Unemployment Numbers are Right?

BLS vs Gallup

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Gallup Survey people both generate numbers to help us understand the employment/unemployment situation. Unfortunately, they often present a different picture. Typically the BLS data presents a rosier … [Continue reading]

Data Entry as a Career Choice

If you enjoy typing and are able to type relatively quickly, you might want  to try your luck with a data entry job. It is a wide field that provides a great opportunity to learn different things and test your typing skills. However, don’t get fooled … [Continue reading]

Don’t Let Your Social Security Claim Be Denied

Social Security Claim Denied

Do you need to apply for social security disability or retirement benefits? In some cases, these claims are denied. To avoid a social security claim denial, be sure to follow the application instructions exactly. For Disability claims go to … [Continue reading]

5 Resume Tips for Healthcare Employees

Typically, one of the first steps for landing a career in the healthcare field is to apply with a resume to your desired position. Even though the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of over 30% across the healthcare field in the next … [Continue reading]

Ways to Make a Happier Blue-Collar Workforce

Not enough is said about blue collar workers in the media today. While those in more prestigious industries are often written about, blue collar workers are the backbone of society and deserve more attention. If you oversee a staff of blue collar … [Continue reading]