YES! 16 more weeks of getting paid to do nothing!

Gov. Paterson signed a bill that gives New York residents 16 more weeks of unemployment!  That brings the grand total to 18 months!  I guess that’s why NY residents have been getting less unemployment than CT and NJ!  Now it all makes sense!  Unemployment is great and all but I’m sure most people would prefer a job.

Unlucky: Thirteen More Weeks Of Unemployment Benefits In New York State.

*NEAT* 200 jobs ranked

If you are like me and constantly wondering what other jobs require, pay, and are like, then this article should be pretty interesting.  It’s a ranking of 200 jobs, what they are, what they do, and where they are.  I’m sort of an employment voyeur at this point…love learning about what everyone does, how they got there, and what their typical day is like.  To date, I think I’ve worked in 10 different fields…I’m hoping to slow my roll a little bit and figure out what field and job are a proper fit but I don’t seem much closer.  But along the way I’ve learned certain things about office environments and types of work that appeal and repel so I guess I’m making some progress.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

JobsRated.com: A Comprehensive Ranking of 200 Different Jobs – CareerCast.com.

Real Simple keeps it simple: How to find a job

Real Simple, as the name of the mag implies, tends to take complicated issues like cleaning and relationships and breaks them down into easy to read lists and articles.  They’ve slapped together a decent little job how-to.  I think I’ve featured articles that deal with most of these issues in depth but for those of you looking for a simple list, here you go!

How to Find (and Keep) a Job.

Where the Wild Things Are…is also where the jobs are

Forbes just released a list of the worst cities for job searching and the best.  Anchorage is up at the top of the list!  Apparently they have tons of health care jobs and some other stuff going on.  There are certainly some interesting towns but most of the job growth seems to be in seasonal industries like tourism or agriculture.  It’s certainly an interesting slide show and it’s fun to day-dream about being an apple farmer…of course the dream is a little different than the reality.

Where The Jobs Are, Spring 2009 – Forbes.com.

Ways to Help a Friend Survive a Job Search – NYTimes.com

DaydreamsI’ve already posted a few articles about how to help a friend who has been recently laid off.  This is an excellent list for people who are in a position to help and are looking to do something more constructive for a friend in the midst of a job search.  Love the idea of gift cards in exchange for services.  It won’t pay the ConEd bill but it can help if it’s for the grocery store, liquor store, or drug store.  These tough financial times call for creativity and innovation and job searching tends to take a toll so it often helps to have a friend taken an interest and offer a fresh perspective.  The Job Search Survival Kit is a great idea.  Just remember, don’t ever start off with “how’s the Job Search going?”…That’s the worst question.  But constructive suggestions like creating vision statements and balancing the job-hunt with things like matinees or walks in the park are great.  I’ve basically been splitting my day.  I spend the mornings job hunting and then spend the rest of the day exploring the neighborhood, meeting friends for lunch or early happy hour.  As silly as it sounds, I really enjoy getting to explore the city when everyone else is at work.  The streets of New York are never empty but at least they are less crowded during the workday!  At my old job, I used to daydream all the time about other things I could be doing…I wish I’d kept a list so I could be checking it off now!

Ways to Help a Friend Survive a Job Search – NYTimes.com.

Ignore Doom and Gloom? CNN FAIL

Storm comin'So CNN says “Ignore the Doom and Gloom!” errr and particular the seriously dark news that’s coming out tomorrow about the unemployment rate 😀  Forget about it!  Concentrate on changing your career so that it falls neatly into health care, education, government, or agriculture.  That sounds so easy!  Oh and you should be ‘flexible’ too.  And move to the South!  Apparently they’ve finally recovered from all the carpet bagging and the War of Northern Aggression and are rich with jobs that they want to share with Yankees and people from square states.  Oh wait-then the article says, yes the south but not South Carolina or Florida…and that you should move to North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma.  Well sure!  Those states are great!  That seems perfectly reasonable!  I should totally move there for a job.  Oh wait…now the article says to ignore location and concentrate on making your self seem ‘unique’ and focus on your ‘core skills’.  Well, that’s the problem see…I don’t have core skills for a job in health care, education, or agriculture.  This article is awesome.  Thanks for the GREAT advice CNN.  The only thing this article shows me is that the ‘experts’ giving out advice are just as confused, lost, and scared as the rest of us.  I also read another article today that said even recruiters are now passing out their resumes.  Aces!

To find a job, ignore doom-and-gloom news, experts say – CNN.com.

What’s even more hysterical is that EVERY OTHER FREAKING ARTICLE under jobs is DOOM AND GLOOM.  This is literally the next article below the above on the website: 

Worst is yet to come for job market

Thanks CNN!