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Improve Your Technical Recruiting Efforts!

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The mission of each engineering recruiter at our engineering recruitment agency is to be on the constant look out for high quality engineers, scientists, IT and technical professionals to meet your engineering recruitment needs. This is but one example of the types of candidates our executive recruiting efforts can provide to meet your needs.

MULTI-INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING EXECUTIVE

Business Process Optimization  Operational Excellence  Change Management

More than 15 years of leadership driving sustainable improvement of key performance metrics within multiple industries and companies of all sizes. Have held corporate-wide and global responsibility, managing up to 20 direct reports in systematically redesigning and optimizing business processes, driving continuous improvement, and leading change initiatives that…
• Lower costs
• Simplify systems
• Solve safety issues
• Enhance quality • Improve productivity
• Increase efficiency
• Streamline business operations
• Strengthen customer relations

Uncommonly strong interpersonal and communication proficiencies. Especially skilled at building buy-in and support for process improvement and change management initiatives, even among initially change-resistant leadership teams and organizations. Work closely with functional managers to incorporate their experience and expertise into solutions; create a team atmosphere in which all stakeholders are engaged, involved, and invested in the changes and improvements.

Six Sigma Green Belt – Black Belt in progress  MS and BS in Industrial Engineering

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Ventura Foods, LLC – Brea, CA  $2.5 billion food manufacturer 2010 – Present

DIRECTOR OF MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS: Recruited by former boss for return to Ventura Foods as the business lead for the JD Edwards ERP deployment, leveraging prior experience to lead a team of 20 and effectively manage the business process change impact and associated change management challenges through the ERP deployment.

CONTRIBUTIONS SNAPSHOT: Faced with 11 manufacturing plants and 9 warehouses operating as 20 individual entities with little-to-no business process synergy, plus major additional challenges related to changing project managers, exceptionally tight timelines, and minimal dedicated resources, led team to meet or exceed every expectation and deliverable.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Led team in conducting business process mapping and gap analysis in each facility; developed action and contingency plans, created communication and stakeholder management plan, provided training for each employee impacted by changes, and standardized business processes for key functions.
• Delivered first 2 ERP deployments 12% under budget, freeing funds to increase support staff which ultimately resulted in ~$2.7 million savings based on expedited deployment of remaining ERP modules.
• Consolidated 17 different tools and systems used by the operations team down to 5. Rolled out new business processes, producing real-time business results and improved efficiencies.

Informance International – Northbrook, IL  $4+ million software company 2006 – 2010

EXECUTIVE ACCOUNT MANAGER / CLIENT SOLUTIONS MANAGER: Earned rapid promotion to account manager in a global territory driving development of new business and revenue within many of the company’s largest and most important accounts. Sold and drove consulting engagements to support implementation of the company’s data collection and performance metrics reporting software.

CONTRIBUTIONS SNAPSHOT: Ranked as company’s #1 sales executive and consultant, leveraging unique mix of experience, excellent analytical abilities, and strong interpersonal skills to forge strong relationships within accounts. Consulted directly with multiple-industry clients across a wide range of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, translating extensive operational metrics into actionable plans for continuous improvement that lowered expenses, eliminated inefficiencies, streamlined processes, and increased productivity.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Developed and managed Informance’s largest account, propelling a $1 million increase in sales with the Fortune 500 packaged foods company the 1st year and continuing to grow the account year-over-year for the next 3 years.
• Positioned as the #1 sales executive company-wide for 3 straight years as an EAM, producing more that 33% of total company revenue. Outsold predecessor and colleagues by greater than 20% every year.
• Raised renewal rate on software maintenance contracts from 45% to 80%, and simultaneously increased maintenance revenue 150%. Repaired damaged relationships with 4 major accounts.
• Exceeded sales target of $1 million annually every year by a minimum of 20%. Played significant role in helping company grow from $2.5 million at hire to $4 million at its height.
• Managed and consulted within many key accounts, such as ConAgra, Clorox, Chevron, AkzoNobel, Cargill, Johnson & Johnson, Halliburton, Wyeth, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKlein, Coca Cola, and more.

Ventura Foods, LLC – Brea, CA  $2.5 billion food manufacturer 2004 – 2006

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT ENGINEER: Supported and led the corporate-driven continuous improvement initiative. Facilitated and managed more than 30 Kaizen event teams.

CONTRIBUTIONS SNAPSHOT: In an effort complicated by the lack of standardized best practices and uniform operational performance metrics across the company’s 12 manufacturing facilities, led the corporate-wide continuous improvement initiative, producing ~$3 million in sustained savings and driving 5% improvement in overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) within 3 years, an achievement that was 2 years ahead of the corporate goal.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Assembled process redesign team and led process mapping and associated manufacturing process redesign at the company’s largest plant. Successfully mitigated change management challenges associated with process redesign that impacted 30 hourly workers.
- Delivered $1.1 million annualized savings by eliminating process bottlenecks, loss, and waste.
- Increased productivity in the process area 400%.
- Reduced employee turnover rate 70%.
- Solved and mitigated a serious ergonomic problem, significantly reducing recordable safety incidents.
- Implemented similar process improvements in 3 other facilities, slashing overall process time 27%.
• Provided interim operations management that laid groundwork for the turnaround of a critical, failing facility in 3 months. Improved production efficiency 5%, eliminated customer complaints, and managed 3 new product line implementations. Led task force that resulted in new process for product development.
• Realized 100% ROI in less than 4 months as the project manager for the installation and implementation of an automated, lost-time data collection system.

Coors Brewing Company – Golden, CO  3rd largest brewer in the United States 2000 – 2004

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER: Recruited to lead the Throughput Optimization and Loss/Waste Reduction modules of company’s World Class Operations initiative. Indirectly coordinated the activities of 100s of employees. Created fully developed training curriculum for Throughput Optimization and business process criteria for Loss/Waste Analysis. Identified untapped opportunity to optimize filling operations across all manufacturing lines. Improved run times 43% to 80 hours across all filling lines in 3 months, producing $400,000 annualized savings and 4% increase in capacity.

Hershey Foods Corporation – Wheat Ridge, CO  Largest chocolate manufacturer in North America 1997 – 2000

SENIOR ENGINEER / INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER: Managed $2 million annual capital budget and 20+related projects per year; drove manufacturing process improvement for the Denver plant with 200 employees and 25 production lines. Served as SAP trainer and Power User. With an investment of $150,000, delivered savings of $1.2 million annually and eliminated the #1 customer complaint and #1 safety issue. Developed production and supply chain performance measurement tool. Recipient of QTE Leadership Award for Innovation. Served as QTE Team Leader, coordinating team efforts in deploying 2 new products, implementing SAP, improving safety and quality, and cutting expenses ~$4 million.

EDUCATION: M.S. (1997) and B.S. (1995) in Industrial Engineering, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee

ASSOCIATIONS: Institute of Industrial Engineers  American Society of Quality  Quest International

Only 74,000 Jobs Created: ENGINEER A NEW RESUME!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

According to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, though the unemployment rate dropped another .3% to 6.7%, much of this drop was due to job seekers leaving the workforce (and thus not being counted by BLS)! Furthermore, only 74,000 new jobs were created last month (a drop of 156,000 from the previous month). However, with 1,309,000 new jobs created over the last 8 months, competition is increasing for existing jobs. This means that it is time to reformulate your resume!

Sectors that added jobs were:
1. Retail Trade rising by 55,000 new jobs in December. This brought the total to 121,000 jobs added in the last 3 months. Furthermore, the field averaged 32,000 new hires per month for all of 2013!
2. Wholesale Trade employment continuing to grow and adding 15,000 last month and averaging 8,000 per month for 2013.
3. Professional and Business Services added 19,000 last month and 75,000 over the last 3 months.
4. Manufacturing added 9,000 new workers and 55,000 over the last three months. However, the rate of increase is declining with only 77,000 added for 2013 versus 154,000 in 2012!

On the negative side:
1. Health Care, which has been a constant for growth over the last decade, actually decreased by 6,000 jobs. Furthermore, the employment has been trending down over the past 12 months averaging only 17,000 jobs created per month in 2013 versus 27,000 per month in 2012!
2. Construction lost 16,000 in December. However, did average adding 10,000 per month for 2013!
3. Information (e.g. motion pictures and sound recording) employment lost 12,000 in December.

Therefore, it is time to engineer a new resume. To that end, one mantra I recommend is: numbers, numbers, numbers. This means to include as many quantitative accomplishments as possible. Instead of saying, “I was part of a team to implement a new MRP system” one should quantify that. For example, “as a result of my 34 man-hours managing a team of 7 IT professionals, software engineers and design engineers which resulted in our new MRP system being engineered 30% ahead of schedule and saving our company $4.5 million.”

One should also include such quantitative accomplishments as patents, awards and any ways you have made or saved money for your employer. This will be a lot easier to quantify if you are an engineer, scientist or technical professional, but everyone can accomplish this task with some planning and calculations. Remember as a rule of thumb for every dollar you are paid in your job, your company will earn $3 or more for your efforts. To that end, an employer needs to feel that you will be generating profit from your work. That is why you should include as many “numbers” in your resume as possible.

DO YOU NEED A SENIOR RELIABILITY AND VALIDATION ENGINEER?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Profile: Reliability and Validation Engineer with over 15 years experience including strong analytical foundation and extensive mechanical engineering experience in the area of product design and development.  Accomplished in designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting tests and engineering experiments to demonstrate compliance with customer and regulatory requirements using cross-functional teams.

Technical: Safety, Performance, Reliability, and Durability Testing/Analysis

 Skills:         

  • Design and Statistical Analysis of Engineering Investigations and Experiments
  • Factorial Design of Experiments, (DOE)
  • Accelerated Life Testing, (ALT)
  • Stress, Fatigue, and Finite Element Analysis, (FEA)

Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Design Expert (Design of Experiments), WinSMITH Weibull (Reliability),

Proficiencies: MINITAB (General Statistical, Reliability, and DOE), and ANSYS (Finite Element Analysis)

 

Patents: Tool-Less Rotatable Depth Adjustment for Fastener Driving Tool (United States Patent US CONFIDENTIAL)

Fastening Tool with Blind Guide Work Contact Tip (United States Patent US CONFIDENTIAL)

Faceted Fastener Driver Bumper with Cooling Slots (Patent Pending)

   

Experience: ITW Paslode Pneumatic Tool Unit, Lake Forest, IL    (1995 to Present)

Manager Reliability/Validation Engineering                                

  • Served as principal reliability and validation member on cross-functional product development teams providing technical counsel and validation support throughout each product’s life.  Designed, analyzed, and reported results of product safety, performance, and reliability tests.  Reviewed, interpreted, and implemented product safety regulations; ANSI, CEN, and ISO.
  • Designed and analyzed R&D experiments in support of product development engineering including factorial Design of Experiments, (DOE), focused on increasing product power and performance, decreasing cost and weight, while maintaining or increasing durability.
  • Developed and implemented Highly Accelerated Life Testing using strain gauge test data in conjunction with finite element and probabilistic fatigue analyses … Six Sigma Green Belt Project.
  • Designed and implemented a reliable probabilistic method for analyzing fatigue failures in case hardened steel investment castings.
  • Commissioned to develop and instruct ‘In-House’ classes in Fatigue Analysis, Design of Experiments, and Understanding Reliability Analysis.
  • Created, published, and implemented the Paslode Engineering ‘Validation Handbook’, a comprehensive book of all procedures for product testing, engineering experiments, and validation.
  • Championed a cultural change in the Paslode Marketing and Engineering departments from using loose qualitative performance definitions to using verifiable data-driven quantitative requirements.
  • Managed projects, staffing, and budget for Paslode Pneumatic Tool Unit Validation Department; including two Lab Technicians and a variable workforce of twelve contract employees.  Managed Duo-Fast Engineering Services Department; including a permanent staff of nine and a variable workforce of seven contract employees.
  • Successfully doubled the output of the Duo-Fast Test Lab while reducing labor costs by 33% through the use of continuous improvement programs focused on workflow and data management.
  • Commissioned to solve a critical product safety fatigue failure in a pneumatic tool which precipitated a total product recall.  Designed and managed automatic accelerated life test fixtures for 24/7 operation, analyzed failures, and successfully redesigned the tool to ‘fail safe’ by replacing a crucial component in the field precluding the cost/logistics of recovering/redesigning/rebuilding the entire tool.
  • Trained Kanematsu-NNK Corporation, Duo-Fast Division (Atsugi City, Japan) engineers in the proper interpretation of and testing for compliance with CEN/ISO regulations for Hand-Arm Vibrations and Acoustic Noise Emission to obtain ‘CE Marking’ for their products.
  • Served as Technical Representative to the International Staple, Nail, and Tool Association.
  • Coordinated the relocation of the Engineering Department to Huntley, IL; on to Elgin, IL; and ultimately to Lake Forest, IL.

 

Education: B.S.M.E. (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering)  Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI

Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Design   Gateway Technical Institute, Racine, WI

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GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING FOR ENGINEERING JOBS.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Originally produced in Springfield, Massachusetts, Indian Motorcycles were a symbol of America’s fascination with motorcycle engineering for over a generation. Unfortunately, the original owners went out of business in 1953.

Many have tried to revive the iconic Indian brand. Unluckily, most of those attempts failed. However, three years ago Polaris Industries, known more for engineering of snowmobiles and ATV’s, bought the Indian brand and vowed to bring back its glory days. Recently, the results of that promise have hit the streets in the form of three mighty machines: the Indiana Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain.

This rollout was monumental for two major reasons. First, the Polaris Director of Engineering, Director of Manufacturing, Director of Quality, Director of Product Development all teamed up to streamline the entire product development process. This resulted in accelerating the rollout of all three of these motorcycles to only 27 months! This move from conceptual design and design engineering through manufacturing engineering out to the showroom is about 50% of the time it takes most companies take to launch a new bike!

Second and equally impressively, Polaris has launched these three bikes at very, very reasonable price points. For example, the previous owners of Indian were selling the Indian Chief Vintage for $36,000. Instead, Polaris is selling their 2014 Indian Chief Classic for less $19,000 and their top-of-the-line Chieftain for $22,999!

In order to accomplish both Herculean feats, Polaris orchestrated a team effort among all their key engineering, scientific, technical and marketing personnel including recruiting the best personnel and managing them effectively. This team effort permeated their entire organization including plant managers, directors of engineering, mechanical engineers, design engineers, CAD drafters, process engineers, quality engineers, material scientists, chemists, polymer scientists and engineers, product developers, electrical engineers, software engineers and IT professionals. Hopefully, Polaris will provide a benchmark for other organizations in the engineering, scientific and technical fields that I am a recruiter for. This will result in a lot more jobs for our U.S. economy!

TIME TO SHARPEN YOUR JOB INTERVIEWING SKILLS!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

According to today’s delayed Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, 148,000 jobs were created in September. This adds up to 849,000 jobs being created in the last five months. Though not earth shattering, it has been slow and steady. This means that it is time to sharpen your interviewing skills.

The gains have been across the board in: 1) Professional and Business Services, which added a whopping 32,000 new jobs 2) Transportation and Warehousing, which added 23,000 3) Wholesale Trade, which continues to rise (adding 7,000 per month over the past year) by adding 16,000 and 4) Construction, which added 20,000 after showing little gain during the past 6 months. Furthermore, anecdotally, I have noticed that many of our clients have significantly ramped up hiring in the last few months (especially technical positions such as engineers, scientists and IT professionals). Unfortunately, few candidates are prepared for this hiring surge.

As a result, we recommend that many candidates, who have given up looking, may want to now sharpen up their job-hunting skills. Research shows that one can exponentially improve their interview performance by first practicing interviewing on videotape. To assist job seekers, we have developed a comprehensive system of interview preparation strategies; please go to http://www.strategicsearch.com/real-benefit-exercise/introduction.php to view.

 

Recruiter: 3-Pronged Job Hunting Approach Needed!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Though the growth has been tepid, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced today that 169,000 new jobs were created last month as the unemployment rate dropped .1% to 7.3%. As a result, 701,000 new jobs have been created in the last four months. The leaders last month in jobs creation were: a) Health Care, which continues to rise and added 33,000 b) Retail Trade, which rose by 44,000 and has added 393,000 over the past 12 months and c) Wholesale Trade, which added 8,000 last month and 83,000 over the past 12 months.

Therefore, job seekers need a three-pronged approach to increase their probability of success:

  1. Developing a quantitatively laced resume.
  2. Selectively using recruiters
  3. Networking, which is the most important of the three!

Let’s take these from least important to most important. First, having a resume is a necessary evil. Most hiring managers (especially human resources) require it. Therefore, you need to mold your resume into a quantitative one. Please go to http://www.strategicsearch.com/interview-preparation-tips/interview-preparation-tips.php and review my 1st Commandment of Interviewing. The key is seeding your resume with numbers (e.g. % improvements or dollar savings to employers).

The Second prong is the selection and use of recruiters. I recommend using both recruiters who place full time and temporary positions. Access both: a) The Directory of Executive and Professional Recruiters for full time and b) the website http://www.americanstaffing.net/jobseekers/find_company.cfm for temporary agencies. There is no magical formula to selecting recruiters. Instead, develop a list of questions to ask, contact them and select a few that you feel meet your needs. However, DO NOT RELY UPON ANY RECRUITERS! Some may provide some assistance, but the primary way to land a good job is through networking.

Finally, the third and most important of my recommendations is networking. There are two types of networking: a) the old fashioned form of meeting people and b) e-networking. Please refer to my 2nd and 3rd Commandments of Interviewing for more information. However, one of the cornerstones of any networking approach is developing and applying a 20-30 second elevator pitch. During this pitch you want to quickly convey three things:

  1. Who you are?
  2. What you are looking for (be specific)?
  3. Your 2-3 greatest strengths.

Practice pitching this information aloud into either: a) a tape recorder or b) the mirror at least 50 times until you feel it is very concise, “rolls off your tongue” and conveys everything you wish to convey very powerfully. Also, time yourself with a stopwatch until you can complete it in no longer than 30 seconds!

Once you have a pitch finalized that you feel comfortable with, you want to use it on everyone you know and meet. Also, use the written version of this pitch on social media sites like LinkedIn. Join appropriate business groups and meet people. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to share your 30-second elevator pitch because you don’t know who might know about your next job.

This is a very tedious process that requires a lot of diligence, but there is no secret to landing a job especially in this terrible jobs market. You have to be work harder than everyone else since there are so many people now out of work! Finally, remember that networking is your most important tool. As part of that you need to develop a very strong, 30-second elevator pitch.

Memorial Day: Time For Recruiting Planning

Monday, May 27th, 2013
Memorial Day is a time of celebration and relaxation. It is also a time to begin manpower planning for the rest of the year. Especially engage your internal management recruiters and external executive recruitment teams to plan for future engineers, scientists, IT and technical professionals.
The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures revealed increased hiring of temporary (contract) workers by most companies. This is usually a precursor to intensified permanent hiring. In their most recent monthly labor analysis, the BLS reported that U.S. companies employed 7,900,000 contract workers, which is an increase of 278,000 over the previous month. Furthermore, we have noticed anecdotally that many of our clients have substantially increased their hiring of contract workers. A lot of which are then converted to full time employment after several months of trial.

As a result, we recommend a summer recruiting audit to project your future employment needs. This should include:

  • Projected staffing needs over the next 12 months.
  • A thorough analysis of the available talent pool per your projected needs.
  • A comprehensive investigation of your current recruiting systems and the external environments that will effect your recruiting including: a) projected recruiting needs of your competitors b) any special perks or techniques your competitors are using to attract talent and c) any forecasted changes in the economy, labor pool or legal structure that may effect your future recruiting.
  •  Making improvements in your recruiting systems based upon the results of your analysis.

To assist you with this process, besides our core of recruiting, we also offer STAFFING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING. This includes acting as a strategic advisor to share some of the best recruiting and workplace practices worldwide to streamline your staffing methodologies. This will greatly improve your probability of attracting the key talent you desire. Please go to http://www.strategicsearch.com/technical-recruiting-tips/technical-recruiting-tips.php to view some of our best practices.

Unemployment Drops To 7.8%, But Job Market Still Very, Very Soft: 3-PRONGED APPROACH ENERGIZES JOB HUNTING!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Though the unemployment rate dropped by .3% to 7.8%, which marked the first time in 3 ½ years it dipped below 8%, a lot more needs to be done. For example, if you total: a) Unemployed (12.1 million) b) those involuntarily working part-time (8.6 million) and c) those who have just given up looking (2.5 million), the aggregate figure actually rose from 23.1 last month to 23.2 million Americans this month! Fortunately, there is a three-pronged approach to increase job seeker’s probability of success:

  1. Developing a quantitatively laced resume.
  2. Selectively using recruiters
  3. Networking, which is the most important of the three!

Let’s take these from least important to most important. First, having a resume is a necessary evil. Most hiring managers (especially human resources) require it. Therefore, you need to mold your resume into a quantitative one. Please go to http://www.strategicsearch.com/interview-preparation-tips/interview-preparation-tips.php and review my 1st Commandment of Interviewing. The key is seeding your resume with numbers (e.g. % improvements or dollar savings to employers).

The Second prong is the selection and use of recruiters. I recommend using both recruiters who place full time and temporary positions. Access both: a) The Directory of Executive and Professional Recruiters for full time and b) the website http://www.americanstaffing.net/jobseekers/find_company.cfm for temporary agencies. There is no magical formula to selecting recruiters. Instead, develop a list of questions to ask, contact them and select a few that you feel meet your needs. However, DO NOT RELY UPON ANY RECRUITERS! Some may provide some assistance, but the primary way to land a good job is through networking.

Finally, the third and most important of my recommendations is networking. There are two types of networking: a) the old fashioned form of meeting people and b) e-networking. Please refer to my 2nd and 3rd Commandments of Interviewing for more information. However, one of the cornerstones of any networking approach is developing and applying a 20-30 second elevator pitch. During this pitch you want to quickly convey three things:

  1. Who you are?
  2. What you are looking for (be specific)?
  3. Your 2-3 greatest strengths.

Practice pitching this information aloud into either: a) a tape recorder or b) the mirror at least 50 times until you feel it is very concise, “rolls off your tongue” and conveys everything you wish to convey very powerfully. Also, time yourself with a stopwatch until you can complete it in no longer than 30 seconds!

Once you have a pitch finalized that you feel comfortable with, you want to use it on everyone you know and meet. Also, use the written version of this pitch on social media sites like LinkedIn. Join appropriate business groups and meet people. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to share your 30-second elevator pitch because you don’t know who might know about your next job.

This is a very tedious process that requires a lot of diligence, but there is no secret to landing a job especially in this terrible jobs market. You have to be work harder than everyone else since there are so many people now out of work! Finally, remember that networking is your most important tool. As part of that you need to develop a very strong, 30-second elevator pitch.

Are We Better Than Four Years Ago? THE BLS SAYS NO!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

With  both conventions concluded it appears that the Democrats won the battle of speeches. Beginning with the spirited keynote from mayor Julian Castro and continuing through Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and President Obama, the convention hall rocked to persuasive claims of: a) 4.5 million new jobs created b) a reinvented auto industry and 1 million jobs saved and c) plans to cut the deficit by $4 Trillion. But are these claims factual and are we really better off than four years ago?

Evidence shows the contrary. Our national debt just passed $16 Trillion for the first time in our history! Of that $1.16 T and $1.12 T are held by China and Japan respectively. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)http://www.bls.gov reported today that only 96,000 new jobs were added in August (67,000 less than the previous month) and the unemployment rate at 8.1% was the 43RD straight month of 8% or greater, which is an all-time record since record since BLS started record keeping in 1948!

Past U.S. attempts at big government and new society programs have mostly failed dating back to 1791 when our first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, prodded the federal government to add about $18 million to our domestic debt of $65 million after taking on states’ debts from the Revolutionary War. Furthermore, they have failed worldwide, which is why the Soviet Union collapsed and countries like Greece are now in trouble.

Instead: what is needed is to think small, as in doing more to cultivate small businesses, which have historically generated almost 80% of the net new jobs and have produced 13 times more patents per employee than large firms according statistics by the Small Business Administration. Politicians cannot create jobs. When they try, they actually stifle jobs creation by draining scarce resources from the real jobs engine, small businesses (e.g. Solyndra).

Many of my clients are begging to add new jobs, but are scared away by all the red tape and uncertainty created by President Obama. His lack of business acumen rings loud and clear in his policies, which stifle the main job creator, small businesses.

If the government does want to help, one answer may be to substantially expand successful mentoring programs like SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives, a counseling arm of the Small Business Administration). It has a specific mission and a proven track record in instructing small business owners how to better succeed in their chosen field of endeavor. This unleashes the time tested “Invisible Hand” of Adam Smith to create more jobs, which will more quickly drive our economy out of its malaise than anything the government can do directly. Another is to focus on balancing the budget and drastically reducing our national debt, which is at dangerously high levels!

The alternative is to be cast into the abyss like Greece!

Unemployment Rises To 8.3%; SEO A Tonic For Joblessness!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs in July, the most in five months. However, the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.3% as more and more workers scramble to enter the job market. This has created an uneven recovery heading into this fall’s presidential election. Fortunately, a cure exists in applying SEO to job-hunting.

As both: a) an expert on jobs, careers and workplace issues and b) a recruiter specializing in high technology, I came to realize several years ago the benefit of applying SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to job hunting and recruiting. As a result, I built up the largest, non-profit, professional SEO group in the Chicago area with almost 600 members. Our main objective is to explore cutting-edge SEO techniques.

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 4th starting at 10:30 a.m. at 200 S. Wacker we will host our first ever symposium devoted to analysis of one’s online presence. Two major goals are: a) to evaluate one’s Internet footprint (or lack thereof) and b) to suggest improvements.  These techniques can significantly increase a job seeker’s chances of getting noticed by prospective hiring companies and being hired.