What should the average American know about the job market and the government’s role in job creation?
Ted Sadler: Employment/recovery was the obvious first monthly topic for our new discussion series because so much pivots off jobs. We should admit a painful fact: many of the jobs that America lost during the economic downturn won’t be coming back. Companies are functioning leaner with more automation so the unemployed and underemployed should plan carefully. We must work hard and work smart because the traditional 40 years with one employer and a solid pension is becoming the exception rather than the norm. The government can’t guarantee a job that produces funds to meet your financial needs and wants. As President Kennedy might have said, what you can do for your country is limit your obligations, training hard and pinch pennies until they scream.
The government should provide quality schools for K-12 kids and educational options for adults while creating a business environment conducive to job creation. We must keep a watchful eye on politicians and their relationships with special interest groups because at times it seems that the paychecks elected officials are most concerned with protecting are their own. Candidate Obama was a master at straight talk and I need him to speak honestly about the possibility of emerging nations out hustling us with their “hungry for opportunities” workforce. We better get on the ball. Finally, I was alarmed by a CBS Sunday Morning cover story about 50 plus years old unemployed people. Surprisingly, many employers pass on experience applicants because they are concerned with retirement while young workers are cheaper to employ. Look here: the job market is a rough game and must be worked from every angle….half the process is crafty networking. If you find yourself unemployed, the time could be right to build your own house or spend precious time with young family members—raise them or the streets will.
CBS Sunday Morning story