Monday, November 1, 2010

There is 90% Employment

First, let's state the obvious. The math is simple. If there is 10% unemployment, then 90% of the working population is employed.

Let me be clear, I am not trying to diminish the problems we face in putting America back to work or the hardships of those looking for work.

What I want to do is talk about the seemingly disproportionate amount of blog posts, advice, career sites etc..  speaking about; the Great Recession, Tough Times, How're You Holding Up?, and even mentioning murder suicides caused by layoffs. It's almost like these posts are pandering to the unfortunate for traffic.

Now that people have been told to start blogging, open a twitter account, update their Linkedin and Facebook  profile, how about providing them some value?

The following are a couple of experts I think are getting it right, tell it like it is, give practical advice and deserve some recognition for it.

From  What Would Dad Say

From    Ask The Headhunter® | Nick Corcodilos

As career advisor, recruiter or sourcer, it is our job to provide practical advice that will help people improve their career equity and maximize options in a job change.

It is also our job to find the best candidates for our clients or companies. That doesn't mean someone that is between jobs in not one of those best candidates, but they will find you. The majority of the talent pool, 90% , is out there working at the competition or a company in your industry.  The majority of those people and probably the best ones, don't have a resume posted somewhere for you to pull up at will from a database.

And chances are, they probably aren't interested in hearing about "Being Kind to Yourself During Your Job Search".

If you want to build an audience of job seekers and increase your authority in the recruiting or career advice field, your time might be better spent  appealing to the employed 90%.  Just Sayin...

If you know any other  you think are getting it right and offering valuable insight to the job seeker/changer, please tell us about them in the comments.


If you know any others bloggers  or pundits dolling out useful and actionable career advice  and you feel they should be on this list, drop me a note and I will add them if appropriate.


  1. Hi, Not true. 10% unemployment does NOT mean 90% employment.

    The unemployment rate is a statistical calculation and thus has a margin of error.

    There are many people who are NOT working that are not included in the unemployment number. The government excludes people who they deem have "stopped looking for work", or who they deem have "left the workforce". etc.

    i.e. people who have lost hope in finding a job because, for example, they've been out of work for a long time.

    It also doesn't include the "underemployed". i.e. someone who went from a full-time job to a part-time job because no full-time work was available. It's not a reliable indicator of the "not employed", let alone, the employed.

    A 10% official unemployment number probably means a much higher actual unemployment number, and thus a much lower actual employment number.

    See the last line of this article below:

    "In June [2010], the official U.S. unemployment rate — the one we all heard about — was 9.5 percent. Meanwhile, the rate of total unemployment, including those marginally attached to the labor force, was 16.5 percent."

    Yes, 16.5%. That's the reality for people in the US. So why is that number rarely if ever explicitly cited?

  2. It's not simply that. The churn is high in such jobs which means employees need to be available for the ones you lose because you treat them poorly. So you have to treat them poorly because you treat them poorly.. To get more info just check out plagiarism detector.