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: Refers not only to starting small businesses as an alternative to traditional jobs or unemployment, but a whole new mindset of being the CEO of your career — 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 your career path.
Speak Up: Job-seekers have the option to be more vocal and demand action from our elected officials — using the media to push a jobs agenda and demanding better media coverage of the jobs crisis — as well as from the so-called job creators to create more jobs.More information about Job Action Day can be found here. The second event takes place a week later on Nov. 14, when Quintessential Careers celebrates its 15 years of serving job-seekers with the unveiling of tips, insights, and advice from 15 of the country’s top career experts. Other features, according to Hansen, will include the 15 best career books, samples, tools, and more. “These 15 career experts together have an amazing breadth and depth of career and job-hunting know-how – and a passion for sharing that knowledge with job-seekers, career-changers, and the entire career community,” Hansen said. Some of the career experts providing insights include Richard Bolles, author of the best-selling career book in history, What Color is Your Parachute?; Tory Johnson of Women for Hire, a top career site for women; author and Generation Y expert Lindsey Pollak; Steve Rothberg, founder of the top college job board, CollegeRecruiter.com; and Eric Shannon, CEO of LatPro, a specialty job board for Hispanic and Spanish/English and Portuguese/English bilinguals. The full list of experts can be found here. About Quintessential Careers: For almost 15 years, this comprehensive career development site has been empowering job-seekers of all ages find their ideal careers and jobs. With more than 5,000 pages of content — from articles, quizzes, and tutorials — Quintessential Careers offers visitors no-cost content that can improve their lives. About Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.: Randall Hansen is the founder and publisher of Quintessential Careers. He has been involved in the career industry for more than 20 years, and is the authors of numerous career-related articles, tutorials, and books.