Take a breath…

August 4, 2009

Hope summer is going well for you. As we enter the final weeks of summer 09 I strongly recommend you take a little time to recharge your batteries for the coming race to the end of the year. The recession has been tough on all, but on the positive side, it has slowed down the war for talent and the impact of the skills gap. After you rest up a bit, be ready to resume that race. Now is the time to think about your talent retention and acquisition strategies. What are you doing now to assure that you will remain competitive when the economy heats up again? GMS

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Employment Opportunities

June 29, 2009

It sounds counter-intuitive while in a recession, but we are on the verge of a period of strong employment for anyone with a clue. Here’s why: This recession is just a bit of a breather before the hunt for talented people resumes. I should point out, that during the last recession when aggregate unemployment was round 8%, it never got past 3% for those with a college degree.

Spend this period before the recovery to hone your skills, take a course, and give deep thought to what you want to be doing when the headhunters start calling again.

Interview Notes

June 25, 2009

The interview went pretty well. It was actually kind of cool. I thought I might run out of things to say (yeah, right…) but actually I could have talked for an hour. That’s not really the point of a radio interview, of course.

I received a number of emails from friends and colleagues.

All that said, I’m excited that The PWAC Manifesto is starting to get some traction. I believe it is important for us to understand the issues facing our society, our economy, your company and your career.

This recession has been painful and while it might not seem like it, is only a respite before the demand for talent resumes its upward climb.

Take this time to refresh your skills and take a few minutes out of your day and start thinking about how you want to live and work when things start to improve, which I believe will be later this year.

Remember, all those Gen Y’s started graduating from college in 2007 and in about 3-4 years will be starting to buy houses and fill them with all the stuff we already have in our houses. Then the market and the general economy will rush to supply those new households with goods and services.

So, spend some time thinking about the future. Which one do you want?
GMS