Are you looking for a job?

(with thanks to Mark Anastasi for sharing)

You might want to reconsider after reading this…

8 Shocking Facts, Quotes, & Stats about the Job Market.

#1:  A SHOCKING three-quarters of the world’s adults do NOT have a full-time job.

According to Gallup’s new “Payroll to Population” metric, only 27% of the world’s adults were employed full time for an employer in 2011 (the 2012 figure is likely to be lower and 2013 similar)

#2: The True US Unemployment Rate is 23.6% (36.7m Americans are Unemployed)

According to CNN, there are 86 Million “Invisible” Unemployed in America.

According to John Williams, an economist who runs ShadowStats.com, the true number of people currently out of work is at 23.6%. That’s a whopping 36.7 million Americans.

Whilst in the United Kingdom the figure is estimated to be 6.5 million, equating to 19.1%, which is more than double the claimed 2.52 million.

#3: “The middle class is dead. Most jobs that existed 20 years ago aren’t needed now…”

James Altucher wrote recently: “The middle class is dead. A few weeks ago I visited a friend of mine who manages a trillion dollars for one family. No joke. A trillion.

He said: “Look out the window. All the cubicles are empty. The middle class is being hollowed out. […] It’s all outsourced or technology has taken over for the paper shufflers.”

“You’ve been replaced. Technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies, have all replaced the middle class.

Most jobs that existed 20 years ago aren’t needed now.”

#4: Technology and the Web are destroying far more jobs than they create.

“Over the past 15 years, the global economy has experienced structural changes to a degree not seen in nearly 150 years.

Put simply, the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s has given way to a post-industrial economy.

In this post-industrial economy, technology has now evolved to the point where it destroys more jobs than it creates.”

Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/labor-day-2012-future-work

#5: We are returning to Depression Era unemployment

Between 1929 and 1933, U.S. GDP fell around 30%, and the stock market lost almost 90% of its value.

In 1929, the unemployment rate averaged 3%. In 1933, 25% of all workers and 37% of all non-farm workers were unemployed.

#6: “The job-for-life generation told us that if we worked hard we’d end up with a great retirement.”

“If we stuck at that soul-sapping job, when we were 60 we could live fabulously, travel and have a whale of a time (assuming you make it that far).

Wait a minute… would those be with those same retirement plans that went down the tube in the crash of 2008? Where thousands upon thousands of regular people who had worked their whole life for the dream at the end were left stranded?”

That career-cage deal isn’t looking so hot now.” ―  Marianne Cantwell, ‘How To Become a Free-Range Human’

#7: “Workers over 50 are the new ‘unemployables'”  http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/26/news/economy/over-50-unemployables/index.html

#8: “Young people in bankrupt western nations […] society is going to force-feed you a rubbish sandwich. Higher taxes, more debt, fewer prospects, and a much lower standard of living await you.”

“University graduates are forced into lowly jobs such as cleaning lavatories. Youth unemployment in the Euro area stood at 22.6% in July. In Spain it rose to 52.9%.” ― Source: The Evening Standard, 20 September 2012

So, what is the solution? –> Think like an entrepreneur. Add more value.

Simon Black says: “The average Korean works 1,000 hours per year more than the average German. Here in Thailand, people who don’t have a job simply create one for themselves– selling fruit on the streets, fixing flat tires, whatever they can do to trade their skills and labor for income.”

Finally, I want to leave you with this quote from Robert Kiyosaki’s book ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’…

“Most people work very hard, for little money, clinging to the illusion of job security, looking forward to 3-week vacation each year and a skimpy pension after 45 years of work.

If that excites you, go for it. […] Most people never see the trap they are in. Every morning, they get up, they get ready, and hurry out to work. Do they look happy to you?

Why do they do it? Because everybody else is. […] Every day they wake up with this fear gnawing at their soul. They rush off to work, hoping that a pay cheque will kill the fear.

Money is running their lives, and they refuse to tell the truth about it…”

So if you recognise this and are based in the United Kingdom, it is worth exploring this business and creating your own future and control your cheque:

http://www.future-biz.co.uk

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What Makes a Successful SOcial Media Campaign?

There are some very interesting facts within, and thankfully, I appear to be following their suggestions. Relief. Social Media can be a minefield, but some simple rules make it pleasant for all. Great blog.

SO! What? SOcial.

How is a social media campaign best executed?

This infographic below created by Cox Blue highlights some of the universal components of a successful social media marketing campaign. What are your thoughts in regards to this infographic?

What makes a successful social media campaign?

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Telecom plus Plc delivers again through photosynthesis

One of my friends spotted this and thought I would share it too:

This has to be one of the best reports I’ve read on the company. Even a non finance guy like me can understand it! I love the quote “Telecom Plus isn’t a normal utility, it’s not even a normal growth company, its more like a robust house plant, growing through photosynthesis and the odd sprinkling of water. And neither the sun nor rain get switched off”.

http://www.sharesmagazine.co.uk/news/telecom-plus-both-weird-and-wonderful

For people looking to create new income streams, then the following is of vital interest, since it shows the potential profit for team members, which are called Independent Distributors.

“Over half of new sign-ups (55%) come in as Gold members, those taking at least four of its five services (gas, electricity, home phone, broadband, mobile), and when it gets them through the door, they tend to stick like flies to paper, churn down to just 1.2%.

What this means is that average revenue per user, or ARPU, rises on a seemingly unstoppable tide, jumping 14.5% to £1,363 last year. That’s nearly 200% up in 10 years and makes the £190 ARPU in its first year back in 1999 look laughably minuscule.”

I can write from direct knowledge, since I have been involved in the business since 1997, and the ARPU referred to above is so on the money, if you pardon the expression. :o)

And the future is looking brighter and brighter, as more people hear about the award winning services and customer care.

To find out about becoming involved in the business, this link will tell you more: www.future-biz.co.uk

If you are in London on Monday 3rd June, then there is a massive presentation taking place in the evening – details here:

http://super-cop-london.eventbrite.co.uk

Update: Tuesday 4th June – what an extraordinary evening. Over 500 people came along to the event last night. Clive Leach and Robin Brooks were in stunning form as they presented the business to the assembled numbers. It truly was standing room only and the attendees were educated and entertained by two stars in our successful business.

O2 closes call centres

An announcement that appeared in the Daily Telegraph this week shows the pressure the main mobile networks are under financially as they go the outsourcing route again to India and South Africa.

Unfortunately, it is simply the user that will suffer in the long run as call waiting times increase.

More here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10087909/Capita-plans-to-close-O2-call-centres-and-cut-thousands-of-jobs.html

The article also says:

Meanwhile, a Capita call centre in Cape Town that already handles a small proportion of O2 customer service will be expanded from 200 staff currently to 660 in 2015. A Capita centre in India offering support via web chat will also be expanded as part of plans to discourage customer calls, known as “contact deflection”.

Overall, it is planned that the staff of more than 5,800 worldwide currently serving O2 customers will be cut to fewer than 3,000 at the end of Capita’s contract in 10 years.

That is quite a frightening cut back in service levels.

Whereas Telecom Plus here in the UK is more than doubling is HO footprint and customer care staff to cope with ever more increasing demand for its range of award winning services.

This growth is reflected in the record share price delivered this past week as The City continues to sound its approval. http://www.sharesmagazine.co.uk/news/telecom-plus-both-weird-and-wonderful

The range of services on offer to both the business user and home user continues to deliver value for money. More here: www.go-fast.co.uk

A further comment can be found here on the impact of the year end results:

http://wp.me/pae1W-8L

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