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Will They Hire Soon?

Not always.  Nor will the skill sets that brought them to now be needed or desired in the next mass hiring. Is it good news? Unless you are one of those workers who are over 40, then you need a little boost.

If someone is over 40 and needs a job to keep their family fed and sheltered, they may find themselves chronically unemployed or vastly underpaid. If this is someone you recognize in the mirror, you will interview with two strikes against you to start.  Age is strike one, and the salary you used to make is strike two.  Strike three will be the fear of health risk and lack of current knowledge in the field.

As business moves forward and time to double general knowledge shrinks,  changes to cutting edge technology are inevitably going to happen faster and faster.  Needed skill sets will change more often, and both employers and employees are in real danger of being left in a bind.  Employees will not find sustainable employment unless they can meet the evolving needs of the employer. 

Is this scenario a horror movie for the future?  It already occurred in the great recession of 2008.  Businesses went under or moved offshore for better technology and cheaper labor.  While in America, many companies closed, and the middle-class technology-driven employees let go.  When the dust cleared, many job seekers found they were unable to find sustainable employment. 

The business could not have hired the people from the above scenario.  They no longer had similar positions to hire.  Times and technologies had changed, and they only had jobs for employees that had specific skill sets.  Nothing Personal; it’s just business. 

Today, many employers that are still here are barely surviving.  They cannot pay the salaries workers from last year earned. And they cannot hire as many. So if a candidate looks to be high cost, not keeping up with new technologies or probable health risks, they seem to get passed over.

That is where I can help.  I am a career coach.  I have faced this and survived.  I can show you the ways to both survive and thrive.  Contact me, and we can discuss your concerns.


Mike Balof


Just an Idea

Just an Idea

Remember, Mr. Newman, who never thought he had to worry?  Is that the same for you?  This year seems to be stretching our boundaries a little for all of us. 

If you find yourself a little off balance with all that has gone on lately, I need to assure everyone that you are not alone.  Sometimes it is excellent to safely get together and talk about what worries us and how we can deal with all the different things coming our way.

If you would be interested in a meeting on Zoom with others who are thinking the same way, please click the like button.  It helps me to know that the need is there.  If there is a need, we can work on the answers together.



Are you tired of those around you telling you you are wrong?  Especially when most of them do not have a clue about what they are saying? 

I have been there and suffered through that.  In a few weeks, I will have some help and some thoughts for you.  Right now, I am trying to see if I am in the right areas.  If I am, please click the like button.  I am not looking for any names or addresses right now, only how people feel.

Thank you for your time looking at this and liking.

Friday Thoughts

I know movies are only make-believe, especially the ones with spacecraft and other worlds, or dragons and magic. And I know that through this form of imagination, new products such as cell phones, emerge and new technologies are born into the world.

There is a wonderful idea from the Harry Potter movies that I wish someone would invent. A place to store memories when you need to clear your head and pay attention to what happens in front of you. Imagine how much better our concentration could be. Think about the ability to work much faster and better without the clutter of memories getting in the way.

Is there a theory out there? I am sure someone must be working on that. Think of how much more time and capacity we would have to make good things happen. How much time would be saved not having to get off and back on the right track?

If we could only concentrate on what is in front of us, does this mean that we could work faster? If we now spend 50% of our time thinking non-productive thoughts, does that mean I could do twice as much? We fine-tune computer processors to speed them up and place new tools within. Can we find ways to do so with our processors in our heads?

I guess these are just thoughts for Friday. I wonder if the telephone was first thought of as a Friday thought. I wonder how many Friday thoughts make it to the light of day.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.