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ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING IN EMAIL, please stop!

In Workforce on March 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING IN EMAIL.

Ah, maybe that is you that has your caps lock key stuck or has has decided to write in all capital letters to get your point across in emails?

Shame on you. In the world of email etiquette, you are shouting, or should I say, SHOUTING!

After recently receiving emails in all caps, I thought it might be nice to offer some remedial help. Many might not even know of this nasty habit.

If you think it will help get the point across better or faster, not really. You are shouting in your communication and the message is lost, then I press delete. You are familiar with the boy that cried wolf? When there was really a wolf he was not believed as he has been crying wolf when there was no wolf to be found.

If you get another shouting email all caps, an important message might be there waiting for you, but you are tired of the shouting, so you push delete and never read about an important family, work or emergency news.

if you are writing in all lower case letters, that’s like whispering. i have a friend that does this and always wondered if they were still in a poetry class time warp, and not in the real world workforce.

Learn to use your keyboard
Learning to type or learning how to use your keyboard might be helpful if you are only using all capital letters. Here a link to help you find your way to a mix of lowercase and uppercase letters.

If you are working full time in today’s market where it hard to find jobs, there is someone waiting to replace you, so careful with the all caps. If you are writing a cover letter for a job application, please seek help and have a friend or family member review your application before you send your letter.

If you are having trouble with your caps lock button, consider having the keyboard cleaned, repaired or replaced. If you like to shout with your keyboard, reserve your shouting for real emergencies. You just might be a better communicator. REALLY!

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About Jannet Walsh
Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society. Read full biography of Jannet Walsh.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Spring Snow Storm Report video posted

In rural, snow, Travel, Weather, Willmar on March 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota


Snow Report – March 23, 2011,
U.S. Highway 12, between Kerkhoven and Murdock, Minnesota

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Clara City flooding video posted

In Flooding, Weather on March 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Clara City, Minnesota


Flooding in Clara City, Minnesota

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St. Patrick’s poster, video and more

In Blogging, Family, Genealogy, Minnesota, Murdock, Patrick McGinty and Mary (Moran) McGinty, Religion, rural, Saint Patrick, St. Paddy, St. Patrick on March 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Trace your Irish roots!



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Irish scenery and thanks

Learn to Irish step dance or at least watch!

Irish Harp

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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What to wear to job interviews

In Money, Workforce on March 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Looking good for a job interview is a must!

The key is to be conservative. Save the low cut blouses and way-to-high heels for your night out on the town. (If the interviewer shows up in inappropriate clothing for your job interview, this is information that can be stored away for reference.)

Gentlemen, clean-shaven is the safest, but beards and mustaches just need to be neat and trimmed. The clothing can be as simple as a long sleeve shirt, such as solid color of white or blue, with a tie, trousers, sports jacket and dress shoes. A tailored suit in black, gray or another neutral color would also be great.

Limit your jewelry to a ring or another piece. Make sure your shoes are polished and clean. Employers will be asking themselves if you can represent their company if you would work for them.

If you have tattoos, consider wearing clothing to cover them up for the interview or maybe apply makeup. Some companies have adopted policies about tattoos at work. Read more on tattoos.

Bathing is always important and even for a job interview! Avoid heavy colognes or perfumes just for the interview as it might cause your future boss to have an allergic reaction and be rushed to emergency room.

Many thrift stores have new or slightly used items, including shoes, briefcases or other items to give you a polished and professional look if you are low on funds.

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About Jannet Walsh
Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society. Read full biography of Jannet Walsh.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
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Veteran or spouse of veteran? Find next job, career. . .

In Money, Workforce on March 15, 2011 at 6:00 am


By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

If you served our country in the U.S. Military, or a spouse of a veteran, than there are special employment services waiting for you.

Below is a list of how to qualify for help along with links to the nearest workforce centers in Minnesota to start your job search.

Qualify for veterans employment services you must:
•Have served more than 180 consecutive days on active duty (not for Reserve or National Guard training) and been discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge, OR
•Have served on active duty and been released because of a service-connected disability, illness or injury, OR
•Have been a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty, served on active duty during war or in a campaign or expedition, and been discharged or released from duty with other than dishonorable discharge, OR
•Be the spouse of any veteran living or deceased who qualifies for benefits.

Click here to learn more about services for U.S. Veterans looking for help.

Find the nearest workforce center in Minnesota to help in your job search, veteran or non-veteran.

Learn about the Minnestoa job fair for veterans

About Jannet Walsh
Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society. Read full biography of Jannet Walsh.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
Looking for a job? Looking for a new employee? JobsHG

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Search for job or employee page added!

In Money, Workforce on March 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Find a job
JobsHQ
Minnesota Works.net

Find an employee
JobsHQ
Minnesota Works.net

On my Workforce page, I have added links for searching for work. Click to view link.

Previous Workforce blog post

Economist Louis D. Johnson,


Read Chicken and egg dilemma: Waiting for economic uptick blog post featuring Louis D. Johnston, Professor of Economics from from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville. Learn about the part time – full time issue in today’s workforce.

About Jannet Walsh
Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society. Read full biography of Jannet Walsh.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Chicken and egg dilemma: Waiting for economic uptick

In Minnesota, Money, Workforce on March 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Historic Murdock House, Murdock, Minn. - Photo by Jannet Walsh


What does the economy need first: An uptick in the economy or employers hiring full-time workers instead of part-time workers?

There were 8.3 million in people in February working part time in the United States. Their hours at work might have been cut back or they were unable to find a full-time job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The part time pool of workers is crowded, 8.3 million, and I am part of this pool. The market only brought me a part-time job to this point after moving back to Minnesota in August 2010. I am very grateful for my job as there are very few in my career field in the area. I can practice my skills and jump into the Minnesota job market, all in one breath. That’s more than many might be able to say in a bad economy.

Workforce ready
What’s good about a part time job in a bad economy is that when employers are ready to hire, they have qualified workers standing ready to work full time, good for both employers and job candidates.

Minnesota’s current unemployment rate is 6.7 percent and is currently below the nation’s unemployment rate of 8.9 percent. The numbers sound and look good, but for individuals looking for work, they are just numbers.

Kandiyohi County Unemployment
7.3 percent
Labor Force of 23,740
Employment 22, 013
Unemployment 1,727
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Swift County Unemployment
9.2 percent unemployment
Labor Force of 5,436
Employment 4,935
Unemployment 501
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Unemployment by counties in Minnesota
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Midday Radio Show – Minnesota Public Radio
On March 3, 2011, I had a chance to talk to Louis D. Johnston, Professor of Economics from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville on the Midday radio show live on Minnesota Public Radio. (I was actually in Murdock when I called the radio show.) He is an author of major revisions of 4th edition of “Principles of Economics” by Ben Bernanke and Robert Frank.
(See related Midday show blog about Garrison Keillor.)

Economist Louis D. Johnson

Listen to the Midday radio show on Minnesota Public Radio. My comments are at about the 10-minute mark.

Johnson noted the job outlook in Minnesota is better than the national average. “Our unemployment has fallen faster than national average. People are finding jobs, but the unemployment is fallen, as people are leaving the labor force,” said Johnson.

Discouraged workers
The reference of people leaving the labor force is a group called discouraged workers. They are considered marginally attached to the labor force as they have stopped looking for work in the last four weeks. A reason for being discouraged could be a simple as they are tired of looking for work for weeks, months or longer, and not finding a job.

“In the 1981 and 1983, about ten weeks, now it is six months. A very long time to be looking for work, and easy to be discouraged,” noted Johnson.

Eggs and chickens
“Firms are very cautious about their hiring. They don’t want to get caught so they don’t have to fire full-time workers, so they are hiring people part time. What they are looking for? They are waiting for an uptick in demand for their products. They want to know for sure they hire them on full time.”

“What you got here is a chicken and egg dilemma. They will hire when economy starts to look good, but the economy will start to look when they hire.”

For public policy, such as taxes and government spending, it is unknown as businesses are unable to take cues for future labor expansion. Employers wait to hire and job seekers wait to be hired.

Opportunity
I personally have learned in a bad economy, opportunity is waiting if you are willing to open unknown doors. Education and retraining in areas where there is hiring is a great door to walk through. Visit an area workforce center.

Looking for a job or employee?
Visit my workforce page on Minnesota Native Daughter.


Job search and creation


About Jannet Walsh

Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society. Read full biography of Jannet Walsh.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
Looking for a job? Looking for a new employee? JobsHG

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Workforce – Videos of Senator Al Franken

In Family, Money, renewable energy, Workforce on March 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

First Workforce blog
To start my new Workforce page on Minnesota Native Daughter, I’m posting videos I recently photographed and produced of Minnesota Senator Al Franken on workforce topics. Oh, all the videos were shot with my iPhone!

The Workforce page will host topics to help job seekers and businesses in a difficult economy.

If you have suggestions for the Workforce page, please contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com.

My next topic
will be on part time work from a recent Minnesota Public Radio show. Find out what economist Louis Johnson had to say on the topic of part time work. I called into the radio program from Murdock and was connected to the world! A link of the audio will be included.
Thanks,
Jannet Walsh

Humor

Renewable Energy and Education

Workforce investment


Job search and creation


About Jannet Walsh

Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society. Read full biography of Jannet Walsh.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
Looking for a job? Looking for a new employee? JobsHG

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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