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Vault’ s Careers Blog is Moving

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An announcement: after almost a year on WordPress, we’re discontinuing Vault’s Careers Blog on WordPress. But don’t worry: you’ll still be able to get your fill of career information and advice on Vault.com–where our blogs are going from strength to strength.

Our full blog lineup on Vault.com is as follows:

Vault’s Careers Blog
Vault’s Law Blog
Consult THIS: Consulting Careers, News and Views
In Good Company: Vault’s CSR blog
In the Black: Vault’s Finance Careers Blog
Admit One: Vault’s MBA, Law School and College Blog
Insider Career Advice from SixFigureStart
Innovate with Influence: Global High Tech

Thanks for reading us on WordPress.

We hope to see you over on Vault.com soon!

–The Vault Editorial Team

The Job Market Stays Flat: This Week in Employment

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Employment-related news hasn’t been difficult to come by this week; the fevered speculation over the August jobs report made sure of that. As it turned out, the report was neither as good or as bad as feared: a loss of 54,000 jobs overall was offset by the fact that the private sector increased hiring by 67,000. And, with the overall rate climbing only slightly to 9.6 percent, the abiding concern now seems to be stagnation. Or to put it another way: employers aren’t laying off anymore, but they don’t seem to be hiring either.

That reality is reflected not only by the flat response to Vault’s job seeker sentiment poll, but also in the postings on the Employment Tracker this week. Sure, there’s news of a major restructuring at JAL—with the airline cutting 16,000 jobs–but that event stands out precisely because it’s no longer the norm.

A look at the hiring news on the tracker seems to confirm the thesis that hiring is stuck too. While there are some fifteen reports of firms seeking to add employees, collectively they will add less than 15,000 jobs to the economy—and that doesn’t factor in the fact that many of the positions are in international markets, or that the biggest U.S.-based announcement came from the government, which is seeking 1,700 cybersecurity pros.

If that isn’t indication enough of the kind of difficulty the economy is seeing, check out the following chart from The New York Times’ Economix blog. It compares this recession to previous ones in terms of percentage of jobs lost (left axis) over the duration of the recession (bottom axis). As you can see from the chart, we’re definitely in unfamiliar territory—and bottoming out to boot.

NY Times chart of job change vs previous recession

With all of that in mind, perhaps the most telling story of the week—and certainly the most unusual—has nothing to do with unemployment figures or projections of where the economy might go next. Rather, it’s the slightly absurd news that the Irish agency tasked with job promotion was forced to lay off staff as part of the government’s efforts to balance its budget.

All told, then: lots of talk about the unemployment number, but very little action.

–Phil Stott, Vault.com

Many More Career Opportunities Available as the U.S. Military Goes Green

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If you’re not realizing there are way more commercials now on prime-time television than ever before, vocalizing companies’ efforts to go green, then all I can say is, you’re either flipping channels during commercials or Facebooking on your smartphone. From HP, P&G, IBM, Apple to Honda, NBC and Panasonic, everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon. Then why not the U.S. military?

In a recent survey conducted by the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate, the military is going green in ways impossible to relate with one of the world’s largest consumer of fuel and energy. For example, as reported on AOL News, “troops in Afghanistan are using photovoltaic cells to power computers and spraying tents with insulation to cut heating and cooling costs.”

Military Goes Green

The study goes on to discuss several initiatives that the defense department is undertaking that would sound elementary for any global corporation with similar energy use and global reach. For instance, the report predicts that within the next three years, “the Army will have 4,000 electric vehicles, [making it] one of the largest fleets in the world, saving 11 million gallons of gas a year.” Not to be left behind, the Navy announced its initiative to explore alternative energy solutions last week on Earth Day by conducting a test flight of the Green Hornet, “an F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter jet powered by a biofuel blend,” according to the White House blog.

Green Jobs

Job Fair

Here’s the question of the day: If the defense department can be part of a traditionally-run and bureaucratic-for-the-most-part, government administration, and initiate green programs, what is stopping businesses? We launched our Green Trends in the Workplace Survey last year to find out and the results were indicative of a lack of perspective as well as a traditional notion of “going green,” i.e., recycling and using paper instead of plastic, across sectors. You can see the complete results here.

Adding to the debate more recently, have been the responses from our ongoing 2010 Law Firm survey, where we asked law associates what their firms do to be environmentally-friendly. Answers ranged from bizarre and funny to arrogant, ignorant and even a few that admitted they couldn’t care less. (Read: Law Associates Talk Green: Does putting “think before you print” on emails count?)

Green Jobs in the Military

Worth noting is another fact: As these initiatives expand, they are creating new jobs not traditionally associated with the military, every day. And with the green job market proposed to be the next “Great Job Market“, are we doing all we can to stay current and make sure that our skills and expertise remain relevant? Green careers cross industries and professions horizontally but this remains elusive to most job seekers even today. That you can use your current skill sets–without going back to school, as most fear–toward jobs and (stable) careers in non-traditional industries is now possible.

Check out our latest Guide to Military Careers, which explores further the many career options available in the military, including green careers. Besides, of course, the great work experience it provides for when and if you want to return to the private sector.

–Posted by Aman Singh Das, In Good Company

Written by Phil Stott

April 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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