Need a Job? The Economy and Offshoring Don’t Have to Be Obstacles

Why is there a scarcity of jobs for many Americans? In a technology-service economy, many people don’t have the skills that align with the openings.

There are other reasons, too.

Many businesses still don’t see an economic recovery, and they continue to reel from the effects of the severe downturn. Profits have been harder to achieve, especially for retailers, and under-employment for workers continues to be high. Human resources and advertising budgets have been cut.

ID-100286525 stockimagesThe situation was exacerbated when big banks and credit card companies started cutting credit lines and imposing stiff fees in undesirable usury practices.

For a boss planning a budget and workforce, it is certainly best to consider more than a macro-view of the economy. For an accurate snapshot, use discernment in the micro factors directly and indirectly affecting you. Listen closely to your customers.

That also means: Don’t be fooled about many companies exceeding earnings expectations on Wall Street.

Candidly, times are not necessarily good if those companies are merely cutting employee hours or laying-off workers and slashing costs to achieve profits. Profits created by stagnant wages adversely affect consumer confidence.

If you are a non-exempt employee – just like senior management – you should be aware of these issues. Higher profits do not equate with strong employment prospects, either. So, even if the GDP gets in the black, we still might not be in a true recovery.

What else should you do? Stay positive and passionately do your best to help your company make a dollar. And if your company lobbies government in the political arena, find why. It just might be to create an environment conducive to competitiveness.

Offshoring Job Losses

Many Americans have either been under-employed or jobless as the result of offshoring jobs, too. Just as automation replaced workers a few decades ago, look for innovation and productivity to increase as companies cut costs.

A study by The Conference Board and Duke University shows the number of offshoring by U.S. companies dramatically increased from 2005 to 2008 – 22 percent to 50 percent. What’s more, 60 percent of such companies planned to increase their offshoring.

Business has complained for years about too few Americans having degrees in science and math. The lack of talent and innovations in speeding products to the marketplace are the catalysts for the increase in offshoring.

Many CEOs believe innovation in engineering, research and development, development in technology, and knowledge processes will make their success possible. That’s why there’s been a vocal push to change immigration policy. (See: Can Immigrants Help Jumpstart U.S. Economy? Yes, Says Study.)

The shortage of American talent has prompted many small companies to offshore jobs. And the talent is not limited to China or India – talent is being utilized in Brazil, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Russia.

Jobs returning to the U.S.?

Conversely, many economists say jobs are coming to the U.S. as a result of the offshoring phenomenon.

It prompted two discussions:

One of the reasons for offshoring is competitiveness – due to a lack of economic and political liberty – a condition imposed by the federal and state governments.

Undeniably, many Americans have suffered hardship as a result of the recession and offshoring. However, remember the U.S. will recover and we are a vital part of an evolving dynamic global economy.

The best approach has always been the free-enterprise system. Embracing change is the only productive option for individuals to enjoy success.

The road to economic success will be easier if governments stop their heavy taxation and over-regulation. Instead, economic wisdom and best practices should be their goals.

Economic and political liberties are vital to the success of this nation – the effectiveness of economic policies depends on whether government has economic wisdom. That means allowing for economic and political liberties.

As I’ve written before: “Economic liberty is the freedom to make decisions in a free-enterprise system. Political liberty is possible when government stops its unproductive practices so entrepreneurs can have the necessary tools to create jobs and take full responsibility for their successes or failures.”

If you’re job hunting, don’t let the offshoring discourage you. If you are out of work or under-employed, it’s probably time for an assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Then, consider a career that offers more value to an employer or learn business-startup skills if you want to be the big boss.

Here are some job-hunting tips:

From the Coach’s Corner, if all else fails why not launch a business? But be mindful of why startup companies fail and how to win. Don’t be surprised if you become more aware of the need for economic and political liberty.

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”

-Dorothy Bernard


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

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