Resume & Career Advice

May 31, 2011

Tornado Preparedness: How Ready are You?

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May 22 Missouri Tornado

How can you prepare for a tornado as fierce as this?

Imagine waking up one gloomy morning. Despite this, you still consider going to work because you have loads of tasks to finish in addition to an important meeting later in the afternoon. As you hit the streets and head to work, you notice that everyone is in a state of disarray because a tornado is currently wrecking havoc a nearby district. What will you do next?

It is obvious that you are caught quite unprepared. Consider that weather conditions are essential aspect of everyday life and therefore it is a must to check newspapers or newscasts for weather news and storm warnings. Remember that tornadoes usually form after severe thunderstorms so one must always expect a tornado to occur especially if you are living in an area frequented by this kind of weather disturbance.

Moreover, at times of natural catastrophe, it is also a must to always have a contingency plan in mind. Think of a place where you can safely stay for a short period of time. It should be noted that tornadoes are very destructive that’s why it is important to stay away from the area as much as possible.

An adequate supply of food, water and clothing must be ready at any times because it is expected to be cut off from these provisions during and after a calamity. Also, always have a medical kit prepared.

Awareness, contingency plan and enough supply of basic needs are key factors to survival. These factors are also applicable to other real life situations. Remember that tornados and other natural calamity are inevitable aspects of everyday life. Just like in the workplace where an employee could face unexpected challenges on a day-to-day basis that may affect your career. With preparations, such setbacks, although unavoidable, are still manageable nonetheless.

May 2, 2011

Royal Weddings – How Many Jobs Do They Create?

Royal Wedding Jobs

How many jobs does a “royal wedding of the century” create?

The wedding of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton has created a worldwide extravaganza that practically no one could escape. But aside from the feel-good atmosphere it creates in London and elsewhere, the Royal Wedding is also, as one writer calls it, “a Royal Flush for Jobs.” Indeed, lavish events such as the recent Royal Wedding are actually good for the economy.

For one, if you were in Britain, you could have applied for a couple of Royal Wedding Job Vacancies: a coffee room and a wash-up assistant. Locals also had the advantage of possibly being providers of the food, flowers, security, and other event necessities.

Whenever a Royal Wedding takes place, people all around the world typically scramble to produce event-related souvenirs and trinkets, from Royal Wedding commemorative coins, to teabags and refrigerators with the likeness of the Royal Couple. Particularly with the holidays created by such affairs, the tourism industry also gets a jolt. With the influx of well-wishers and spectators who flock to the location to witness the event, travel agencies abroad, as well as local businesses, benefit from the spike in the number of clients.

During Prince William and Kate’s wedding, one woman had an instant dose of fame and employment when she was shortlisted to be a citizen reporter representing USA Today in the Royal Wedding. In fact, the news industry in general would need additional, if temporary, workforce to cover such an event.

Finally, the Royal Wedding created a situation where businesses encountered two successive four-day weekends. A report suggested using the extra down time for system upgrades, patches, or test runs. In retrospect, IT professionals could have offered their expertise to businesses, benefitting both sides.

Royal Weddings are a goldmine for employment and business opportunities. These prospects might not be long-term, but they are plentiful. If nothing else, something like “Ensured timely service to the future King and Queen of England and their 1,900 guests” might just look good on your resume.

April 19, 2011

Industries That Thrive With Earthquakes

Earthquake-Proof Industries

Are there industries seemingly unaffected and thriving after an earthquake?

The recent earthquake and the resulting tsunami in Japan have killed thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands, and left a nation of 100 million and the whole world—in tears. The tragedy is nothing to make light of, but in order to perceive the proverbial rainbow after the storm, we would need to move forward and see what we could learn from the disaster.

Not surprisingly, Japanese stocks fell after the catastrophe. However, it would seem that certain industries ought to thrive with earthquakes in Japan, Haiti or anywhere else. In fact, the data supports the theory that some industries boom after an earthquake hits.

One stock analyst pinpoints certain companies that develop storm and tsunami warning systems as potentially good buys. Also, businesses that deal with earthquakes, whether offering warning devices or building fortifications against such are expected to do well. In fact, the construction industry as a whole seems to be one that bounces back quickly after an earthquake. Less than a month after the incident, construction seems to be on the rise. It seems logical, as after the dust settles, people start to rebuild. However, the real winners are businesses that manufacture metal products. The industry has been doing consistently well after the calamity, registering the highest gains in the Tokyo Stock Exchange as of April 4.

Furthermore, despite the initial drop, insurance companies, even in the US, are starting to get better, as people begin looking for ways to survive financially after a disaster like in Japan. Another trade that seems to benefit from an earthquake is pharmaceutics, considering the resulting injuries. Numbers from both the TSE and Standard & Poor’s substantiate these claims.

Finally, while real estate is sure to suffer after an earthquake (would you buy a house in an area just devastated by an earthquake?), Haiti, struck by a 7.0 last year, showed how hotels, at least those that did not crumble, could benefit from such. The Haiti earthquake, one writer says, “shrank the market and jacked up occupancy rates.”

After an earthquake, not all industries are crushed to the ground. Not to be opportunistic, but some even tend to do better.

April 11, 2011

Natural Disasters and Armed Conflicts: Effects on US Economy and Overall Employment

The Libyan War & Its Effects on US

What effects are we to expect with the current US armed conflicts?

Less than three months into 2011, a couple of major world events shocked the world. First, one of the most powerful earthquakes the world has ever seen hit Japan, bringing tsunamis 10-meters high and causing over $100 billion in damages. About a week later, western forces executed the biggest assault on an Arab regime since Iraq in 2003. While both events happened continents away, their effects on the US are not negligible.

As we have seen in a relatively smaller scale in the form of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 ($125 billion in damages), we know that a natural disaster could deal tremendous damage to a country. With the shortage of food, death and displacement of people and the damage to natural resources and infrastructure, the disaster’s effect on Japan cannot be understated. Across the world, even the United States is feeling the grunt of the tragedy. For one, Japan’s goods trade with the US adds up to almost $200 billion a year (2010) — including the thousands of cars and electronics we buy from them, and the billions of dollars worth of agricultural products we sell to them every day.

On the other hand, the armed conflict in the African country is already costing Americans: gasoline prices have reached four dollars per gallon in some cities. The unrest might be happening thousands of miles away from us, but we are feeling it in our pockets. While Libya is nowhere among our top sources for oil, it is still the world’s 18th largest oil producer — 10th, if you consider the total proven reserves. Whether or not Libya takes a large share in the world’s oil production pie, the loss of its contribution means reduced supply and the greater competition for reduced supply means higher oil prices.

While much of turmoil is happening elsewhere, we are not unaffected in our country. The extra dollars that an American spends on gasoline means a lot. The lack of Hondas an American car salesman could sell means a lot. The loss of a buyer of the corn that an American farmer produces means a lot. The laying off of an American factory worker because of halted productions in Japan means a lot. Natural disasters and armed conflicts, wherever they occur in the world, mean a lot to us.

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