Over the past few days, there have been several news stories about Alberta’s increasing unemployment numbers, the difficulties some people are having in accessing employment insurance, and the challenges many are facing in finding work and making ends meet. It’s not an easy time and even with some cautiously optimistic reports that the economy may be starting to slowly pick up, it will still take time before we see job opportunities increase.
The news today isn’t good. A record number of Albertans are currently collecting Employment Insurance (EI) premiums. In fact, according to CBC, the number of Albertans collecting EI soared faster than any other province, with a stunning increase of 16.8 per cent to 57,000 in May 2009.
Summer has not been kind to many young people looking for work to help pay for school, get some pocket money or gain valuable work experience.
In a struggling economy, downsizing is inevitable as some companies are under pressure to just keep afloat.
Budgets can be tight during a recession – and those usual “must-haves” start turning into “must-waits” as we watch our wallets and learn to say no to those non-necessities (as much as it pains us to turn our heads as we pass by those used-to-be-must-have killer red pumps at Towne Shoes). But how can we, as fashion-forward males and females, still look great at work- without breaking the bank?
One of the things that I am very passionate about is giving back to our community.
It’s not easy to be an employer in today’s economy. As things have shifted dramatically in the past 12 months, employers have been faced with making tough decisions around cutbacks and layoffs. In many instances, employees are being asked to do more than ever.
I have always believed networking is an important piece to career development and succession. During tougher market conditions, networking moves to critical. People hire referrals far faster than unknown resumes because it can shorten and streamline the process, saving the employer time and money.
One of the hardest things about being a manager is that sometimes you have to take on the very difficult task of telling an employee they’ve lost their job. While at this time last year, managers couldn’t hire fast enough in many industries, this year, their focus is much different.
Going into the summer months can be a challenging time to look for work. Even if you aren’t on vacation, it can seem like many are in “vacation mode”.