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7 Oct, 2012

Top 3 Things the U.S. Presidential Debate Can Teach Job Seekers


IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)- October 04, 2012-CareerBliss, an online career community helping people find happiness at every step in their careers, shares the top three lessons from the 2012 presidential debate for job seekers and those looking to improve their career.

At the first of the three debates, President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney squared off on the topic of creating new jobs. This primary debate offered insight into each candidate’s plan for job seekers and tactics for improving the economy. Regardless of party affiliation, CareerBliss offers key takeaways from the debate that can be helpful to those looking to advance their career.

#1 Do Not Overlook Small Businesses: Both candidates emphasized the need to support small businesses moving into 2013. They agree that looking to small business, as an opportunity for employment is key to more job creation. Even if someone already has a position in a large company, taking a job with a growing start-up can be a great way to jump-start one’s career.

“Although large Fortune 500 companies may have a higher number of open jobs, over 50 percent of the 3.5 million jobs on CareerBliss.com are with companies who employ 50 people or less,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and Co-founder of CareerBliss.

“Working in a small business can offer employees greater visibility, and a feeling of ownership which can be rare in larger companies. A small start-up that will eventually grow into a successful mid-sized firm, is a great place to improve skills,” says Golledge.

#2 Invest in Training: Both candidates emphasized the importance of training and education.

“Many job seekers find that having minimum education and training unfortunately results in minimum wage jobs,” says Golledge. “If you are currently employed, take on new challenges and focus on ways to make your company even more successful. If you are looking for a new job, figure out how the skills you currently have can get you in the door so you can prove yourself.”

Golledge advises to research and attend seminars, community college classes and specialized training courses and invest the time to improve and create new skills. These skills can help differentiate a candidate from others who may have more experience. Taking the time to participate in training also shows the candidate is dedicated to being at the forefront of their industry and is ready and willing to learn new things to improve job performance.

#3 Think About Energy:

Whether it is solar, wind or another way to leverage new energy, President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney both said the energy sector is an important source for more jobs. For people who have an interest in math, science and engineering, applying to a job in the energy sector could be a viable way to find new opportunities.

Despite which way one may vote, some of the key messages discussed by the candidates can also be great lessons to those looking to find a job in the near future.

For more information, visit: www.CareerBliss.com