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Prezi+resume=presume

In a constant battle to avoid using PowerPoint, I've used Prezi as an alternative: While it's still linear storytelling, it provides a far greater palette for creativity. Now the Prezi people are suggesting using their tool for resumes - or "presumes." Check out some user-created examples here.

-gB

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Is the Internet destroying the middle class?

Jaron Lanier possesses one of the more fascinating minds of our time. I first met him in the mid-90's when he spoke at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course about virtual reality and the future of the Net, and he had many memorable - and accurate - things to say about how we would all be interacting online. 

Here he makes the case for the Net's impact on the middle class of the U.S. I don't buy all of his contentions: For example, he uses the Internet as a catchbin for all technology, which is a little suspect. The Net didn't kill Kodak: It was hammered by the confluence of two tech curves that had little to do with the Net, cheap digital cameras and cheap inkjet printers.

But I agree with his overall premise that technology not by itself necessarily a net job creator. This was one of the failures of the imagination of much science fiction of the prior century; we envisioned technology making life easier - but not what economic mechanisms would step in to put food on the table for the displaced.

gB

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The Jimi Hendrix job interview

My brother Mark would have loved this. (He was co-author of "Job-Hunting on the Internet," an amazing guitarist, and a huge Hendrix fan.)

gB

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/jimi_hendrix_job_interview

(Illustration by Craig Swanson and idea by James Cennamo.)
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Dick Bolles video: A great overview of a lifetime of service

Here's a link to a well-edited video providing background on the life and work of Dick Bolles, prepared by Korea Today in advance of a series of recent talks in South Korea.

gB

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I'm excited to announce the recent launch of a new website dedicated to the plumbing profession!  Whether you are already a plumber or are thinking of entering the profession, our new website www.ePlumbingCourses.com will be a great resource.  Check back to the website often to see the site roll-out, and please let your friends know about this great new resource.  Thanks for your support.

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10 Happiest Jobs, and 10 Most-Hated Jobs

These are from a while back, but Forbes' Steve Denning posted research showing what roles seem to have people who are the happiest, and the jobs that are most hated. Note that these aren't opposites: Certain roles can attract happy people, but hating a job and being unhappy aren't exactly the same.

gB

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/12/the-ten-happiest-jobs/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/08/11/think-your-job-is-bad-try-one-of-these/

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Re-entering the Job Market

One of the biggest challenges anyone can face in a tough job market is returning to work after a hiatus. Re-entering parents can especially face some daunting responses from employers who don't necessarily understand the wealth of skills that parents have developed. And the stigma is often greater for women.

Ms. Hetter gives some good advice here, though I'd suggest making sure to spend enough time up-front on self-inventory steps, and to make sure you're targeting work opportunities you're passionate about.

gB

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/01/living/back-to-work-job-market-new-year/index.html?hpt=hp_bn11

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Class of 2012: Unemployed or Underemployed

We're failing to help entering college students to make the best decisions about their majors - and failing to help exiting college students to find meaningful work.

The stats: "About 1.5 million, or 53.6%, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years."

The fields: "College graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level; those with nursing, teaching, accounting or computer science degrees were among the most likely."

The future: "According to government projections released last month, only three of the 30 occupations with the largest projected number of job openings by 2020 will require a bachelor's degree or higher to fill the position — teachers, college professors and accountants. Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren't easily replaced by computers.

One quote from the article, a recent graduate: "Everyone is always telling you, 'Go to college.... But when you graduate, it's kind of an empty cliff."

What's needed? We have to help graduates learn job-search skills - understanding how their unique abilities and knowledges can map to different opportunities - and then either find or create those opportunities.

gB

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-22/college-grads-jobless/54473426/1

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One Face of Systemic Unemployment for Youth: Older Teachers

The challenges of youth unemployment aren't just American: It's a global problem, and nowhere more difficult than in Italy. According to this article, the average age of teachers in Italy is 50; in a new candidate pool, it's still 38. This is what the work market will look like, around the world, now that we're all working longer: Younger workers will find it more challenging to find employment.

Does that mean older workers should simply get out of the way? Of course not. As economies, we need to leverage both the wisdom and experience of older workers, and the energy and ingenuity of younger workers.

gB

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/world/europe/a-frenzy-in-italy-over-teaching-jobs.html?src=recg

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The Heartbreaking Extent of Youth Unemployment

Young adults 18-24 have the highest rate of unemployment - and underemployment - in the country. By omitting any preparation to help them to learn effective job-hunting techniques, we've deserted them as a culture and an economy.

gB

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/us/since-recession-more-young-americans-are-homeless.html?hp
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