March 2009

When to Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant

Finding out that you are pregnant can be very overwhelming. A new baby on the way means there are going to be a lot of changes in you and your family's life. Expectant mothers in the work force also have to face their employers with the news of the new arrival and that can be a nerve wracking ordeal. Some worry that they may lose their job or their hours are going to get cut or it's just not going to go over all that well. No matter what the scenario or where you live, there is one law that protects you no matter what. You can not get fired for being pregnant. Federal laws prohibit employers from doing so. All you have to worry about is spilling the news and letting your boss know what changes to expect.
 
Aside from having the piece of mind knowing that you aren't going to lose your job, it's a good idea to plan when the best time is to actually inform your boss. Some women chose to spill the beans the second they get confirmation and that's okay. However, during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, women are at the highest risk for miscarriage. Miscarriage is devastating enough so it's a good idea to think before speaking.

Job Outlook Map

CNN again has made it easier for job searchers. Wondering what areas are hiring employees in your specific job field? Or maybe you are thinking about moving but want to make sure that what you do is in demand. Now you can even use CNN's map search tools to find out what jobs are hot if you are thinking about moving on into a new career path. Right now some states are worse than others as far as unemployment goes and CNN has been keeping track of it all to keep job searchers in the now. The site is updated anytime they get new information to make sure that you are on the right track.
 
Get started and direct your browser to CNN's Job Page and Track The Economy. View each state's details concerning unemployment, jobs by industry and even foreclosures. On the map each state is color coated in different variations of red. The darker the red, the higher the unemployment rate is.

Online Networking

Professionals out there that are looking for work or looking to expand with more clients networking is the way to go. Remember back before the internet was booming and everyone was connected? We had to use word of mouth to get out there in the world and make connections. Looking for work was easier to come by through friends and family. When we were out looking for work or opportunities, we made sure to let the people we knew what we were looking for and what are ventures were in hopes that maybe someone that they new could get us that connection.

Now we are in the wave of the future. Networking is now provided on a much larger scale now that everyone has the internet at their fingertips. Sites like MySpace and FaceBook allow us to network with friends and co-workers and their friends as well. We can build our profiles in any way that we want to simply be social to keep in touch or have it displayed as a working professional looking to make connections with others in the same realm of interests.

Government Jobs In All Areas

Get handed the dreaded pink slip? No worries because there are still jobs out there, you just have to know where to look. Recently I came across a great government site that is totally legit, offering jobs all over the United States and world wide. Using their site's search engine, you can search by zip code as well as what type of work you are looking for. There are numerous jobs needing new people with all different types of skills. Chances are, you'll be able to find a job that you can easily fit into.
 
USAJobs.gov is a pretty large site but still easy to navigate around. It is the official job site of the United States Federal Government. Any jobs that are available can be found here in this one place. World wide, they have over 41,000 jobs listed for you to apply to. You really can't beat that any where else. Plus, because it is a government site you know that you are actually looking at real jobs with out the added worry that it might be a scam or a waste of your time.