Springing Forward: Good News on the Work Front


I just realized that I have been blogging about the workforce in Michigan for almost two years now. Boy, time sure does fly. As I look back at the previous blogs I have written, I realize that there are common themes of massive change in the Michigan workforce, as well as dealing with job loss and career transitioning.

Over the past two years, I have endeavored to provide useful information to help people and businesses re-engineer their careers and business strategies to meet the emerging workforce challenges head on.

I don’t know if I made a difference, but I sure did try.

That is why I was so happy to see the news reported by WWJ radio in early April regarding the economic forecast in the great state of Michigan:

“According to a respected University of Michigan economist, the worst may be over for the state’s economy.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Paul Snider reports that U-M Economist George Fulton’s latest economic forecast paints a much rosier picture for the state hardest hit by the recession.

Fulton believes Michigan bottomed out in the summer of 2009 and has experienced sustained jobs growth since then, the first gains spanning a year’s time since 2000.”

I know that there are still people out of work and some people who are still losing their jobs. But from what I see and hear on the street, we have turned the corner.

That being said, this is no time to sit at home and wait for the phone to ring. It will still take some personal effort on your part to sniff out the new opportunities that are beginning to pop up all over.

A good friend of mine sent me a great book on how much the job market and job searches have changed over the past 18 months. Jenny Foss, a Detroit expatriate, wrote a book, “To Whom It May Concern: How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search.” Jenny is an executive recruiter who hires people for a living. The book is short (just over 60 pages), poignant, and really nails the planning and strategy required for landing a new position in the brave new world we are in. It is a positive, proactive, no-nonsense approach to career development.

Check out Jenny’s book at www.JobJenny.com.

If the book interests you, you can use the promo code WELCOME50 and get 50% off.

So keep the faith gang — Spring has sprung!