. Today, a coalition of bloggers, authors, and career experts is offering job-seekers empowering articles, tips, and blog posts with information, ideas, and concrete steps that they can take to secure their futures -- both in the short-term and in the long-term.
The initiative is part of the fourth annual Job Action Day, founded by Quintessential Careers (http://quintcareers.com).
“Jobs are scarce. Many employers are not hiring; in fact, a number of employers are again laying off employees,” said Dr. Randall Hansen, publisher and CEO of Quintessential Careers. “We may no longer be in an economic recession, but we are certainly in a jobs recession – Job Action Day 2011 is designed to empower all job-seekers, from recent college grads to baby boomers.”
Job Action Day 2011 focuses on three themes:
Skill Up: The skills mismatch is a huge issue in the current jobs crisis. Thousands of jobs are going begging because employers can't find skilled employees. This theme focuses on what job-seekers can do to attain the skills that will help land these jobs (including retraining, internships, apprenticeships, lateral job moves, and more).
Start Up: While many workers during the recession have successfully tackled unemployment during the recession by starting small businesses, others have developed a whole new mindset of being the CEO of their careers -- having a portfolio of portable skills, a great network, flexibility, a project-mentality; not sitting at the computer visiting job boards, but getting out there and meeting people, knocking on doors, taking ownership of their career path.
Speak Up: Whether or not job-seekers agree with the strategies of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its spinoffs, they have the option to be more vocal and demand action from elected officials -- using the media to push a jobs agenda and demanding better media coverage of the jobs crisis -- as well as from business to create more jobs.
More information about Job Action Day can be found here: http://www.jobactionday.com