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Security Clearance, “In Many Cases It’s Better Than Having an MBA”

CAREER HACK: If you are in an area where Security Clearance positions are in demand consider applying for these positions and gaining clearance. If you are able to receive Security Clearance it can boost your salary by 25% on average while providing stronger job security.Career Hacker Bill Inman Employment Jobs Interview Resume Blog Success Boss Work Hiring

Would getting a security clearance be better than getting an MBA degree? The Associated Press in their article “Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential” discusses the advantages of having this clearance which is in high demand. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Job candidates with security clearances are hotter-than-ever commodities in the Washington area and elsewhere, due to higher demand, tighter security requirements and a wave of baby-boomer retirements”
  • “If a soldier has good skill sets in the IT arena, he’ll have a job offer in five minutes”
  • “We see people hoping to retire, and their employers are pleading with them to stay. They say, ‘We’ll pay you another 30 grand to stay on board.”‘
  • “Estimates are that there are 100,000 unfilled security-clearance jobs, many of them in the Washington area, the largest market for such positions.”
  • “Those with security clearances earn an average 25 percent more than similarly skilled workers who lack them. That gap has been widening, too.”
  • “It’s in many cases better than having an MBA.”

Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential. [Associated Press]


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Seven 2007 Job Trends

Here are “Seven Major Job Trends for 2007” by Matt Ferguson, CEO of

7 trends 2007

View the entire article with supporting statistics at:

 Seven Major Job Trends for 2007. [CareerBuilder – Matt Ferguson]


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Employment Confidence Statistics

According to the Spherion Employee Confidence Index, fueled by a more optimistic outlook on the strength of the economy and number of jobs available, U.S. workers’ confidence hit new highs in November.

Do you feel that your ‘career confidence’ is in line with the following statistics?

  • 66 percent of workers believe the economy is strengthening or stabilized.
  • 64 percent of U.S. adult workers feel confident in the future of their employer, showing no change from October.
  • 16 percent of U.S. adult workers have no confidence in their own ability to find a new job, up three percentage points from October.
  • Only 35 percent of U.S. adult workers believe that fewer jobs are available, down three percentage points from October.
  • 26 percent of U.S. adult workers believe the economy is getting stronger, compared to 24 percent in October.
  • 79 percent of the U.S. workforce believes that it is unlikely that they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months, virtually unchanged from October.

Spherion Employment Report. [Spherion]

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Macro View: Where the money and jobs were (1990), are (2005), and will be (2050)

The following slides illustrate the history and predictions on the global economy through 2050 [Presented by Spiegel Online with data sourced from Madison, IMF, and Goldman Sachs]. Click on any slide to display in a larger size.

The World in 2005
China has risen to the ranks of a global economic power and sets out on a course to surpass other nations in terms of economic might. Russia lags, India starts to develop, even if only gradually.

The World in 2050
The investment bank Goldman Sachs peers into the time machine: China has soared above the United States. Europe, once the motor of industrialization, has fallen markedly behind — even India is ahead. Resource rich Russia has reestablished itself as a global player.

First, consider yourself an asset, not an ass.

Not enough to go round
If you are skilled (in something of value), educated or dedicated to becoming it, and especially if you are creative then you are in demand! The recent print edition of the Economist describes the talent shortage and the problems it is causing. Being educated on the talent shortage may help you feel more confident about your possibilities.

 The battle for brainpower. [The Economist print edition October 7-13 2006]