Thursday, March 5, 2009

AARP offers great tools and tips for older

AARP, a Great Resource and NOT just for Oldsters!

Stimulus package will create jobs in several fields, expert says

The economic-stimulus package is expected to create demand for more computer systems analysts, construction carpenters and preschool teachers, according to occupational expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D. His recent book, "Great Jobs in the President's Stimulus Plan," discusses areas that will benefit from the economic-stimulus package. "It's important to understand that the Obama team wants the coming upswing to be different from the 'jobless recovery' that followed the 2001 recession, in which businesses increased their profits without taking on many additional workers," he noted. The Examiner (2/18)

§ More older workers turn to online career sites, Nielsen saysThe number of people aged 65 or older who are visiting online career development sites is growing, according to Nielsen. The number of unique visitors in that age category rose 41% to 3.6 million in January 2009, versus year-ago levels. The need to generate additional income as well as the decline in the value of retirement accounts is contributing to the trend, observers say. WebProNews (Lexington, Ky.) (3/3)

Industry & Workplace Trends
§ HR professionals see more job cuts in Q1, survey saysMany human resources professionals believe significant job cuts will persist in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey. Nearly 75% of the human resources professionals interviewed by the Society for Human Resource Management are pessimistic about overall U.S. job growth. CCH (2/24)

§ Several companies avoid job cuts amid economic downturnNot all companies are resorting to layoffs. This article names 10 companies that are avoiding cuts. Google, for example, simply stops hiring when it wants to control personnel costs. Colgate and Verizon also are among the companies that have avoided cuts. TIME (2/20)

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