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NC Jobs Spot, the official blog of job site The Employment Guide, for North Carolina/South Carolina regions has pronounced their affection for our station. They became one of the first sites to take advantage of our partner program which lets job related websites to display our audio player.

About NC Jobs Spot: Find information about employment in North & South Carolinas, particularly: Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro. You’ll find job openings, upcoming events & job fairs, recruitment opportunities, links & resources for job seekers & recruiters.

What they say: “This seems like a great resource and we’ve listened in to a few really great segments. So it’s definitely worth checking out and adding to your job search resources. Every tip that can help you stand out in the crowd is a great idea.”

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We’ve just created a “Partner Program” for websites interested in displaying the audio player on their sites. By cutting and pasting the code below onto your web page you can let your site’s visitors hear our stream without leaving your site.

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This is a great idea for job boards & career coach blogs. If you choose to use the player on your site be sure to contact us and let us know. We’ll thank you by linking to you in a thank you post on our blog and highlight your site to our readers.

Partners to date:

* NC Jobs Spot
* Minnesota Jobs
* Laid Off USA
* Arab Women Connection

3 strategies for moving your career forward

Hoping to advance one’s career during a recession may seem like wishful thinking. After all, unemployment rates are soaring, the job market is shrinking, and employers across the nation are increasingly implementing salary and hiring freezes.

In spite of such obstacles, career coach Katy Piotrowski believes that people can still move their career forward and even use the economic chaos to their advantage. “The major shifts in today’s job market are opening exciting doors for savvy professionals. While others flail about confused and worried, those with a proactive advancement plan can make huge strides ahead in their careers over the next 12 months.”

In her most recent book, The Career Coward’s Guide to Career Advancement, Piotrowski unveils the essential steps that everyone—from entry-level rookies to workforce veterans—should be taking to position themselves for new opportunities in their career.

Piotrowski shares three of her strategies for uncovering opportunities and moving your career forward in floundering and flourishing times in the economy:

· Join groups that will support your progress.

Connecting with other like-minded professionals can keep your career goals on track and introduce you to little-known opportunities within your occupation or industry.

To uncover groups that align with your career goals and interests, consider joining: civic organizations, such as Rotary Clubs or Junior Leagues; business networking and mastermind groups, such as Business Networking International; hobby clubs and nonprofit organizations, such as church boards or United Way; and professional associations, such as the Society of Women Engineers.

· Work for free to move ahead faster.

With so much competition in today’s job market, it can be difficult to score a job without a track record of success. But how do you get the experience you need when no one will hire you?

To sidestep this dilemma, consider working for free. This strategy will help you try your hand at a particular role and may be particularly attractive to employers looking to save money. Try coordinating this opportunity with smaller organizations, which have less red tape and boundaries, or through educational institutions in the form of an internship.

· Infuse your network with Internet power.

If you’re not taking advantage of online networking tools, you could be missing out on great opportunities in your career. Participating on networking Web sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Brightfuse will introduce you to business contacts in your occupation, industry or local area; enhance your online visibility; connect you to unadvertised job opportunities; and keep you up-to-speed on emerging trends and tools as they relate to your job or future career goals.

Remember, simply having a profile on these Web sites isn’t enough. You’ll need to keep your profile up-to-date and work to connect with people who are familiar and new to you.

The Career Coward’s Guide to Career Advancement is now available at all major bookstores and from the publisher ( or 1.800.648.JIST).

Bad news for college grads this year

The National Association of Colleges and Employers says this year will be bleak for college grads.

“Undergraduate hiring is expected to plummet this spring according to the results from a recent survey, dashing some analysts’ hopes that a degree would help graduates weather the economic storm. The study, conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), estimates that employers will hire 22% fewer new graduates from this year’s class than they did from last year’s class. The projection, if true, would represent the biggest downturn since 2002, when the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the dot-com bust sent hiring down 36%.

This year’s dip, though, could prove to be even worse than that year. After the 2002 downturn, hiring leveled off in 2003 and rebounded by 2004—followed by double-digit increases until the spring of 2008. This time around, employers are largely unsure about when or if their hiring will recover. In all, 46% of the employers surveyed by NACE said they were uncertain if hiring would recover by the fall, and 17% said they were certain, but not in a good way: they were going to hire fewer college grads than they did last year.”

Fastest growing jobs without a degree

Based on information from the Department of Labor,  author Laurence Shatkin compiled a list of the best jobs expected to experience high growth through 2016. Here are 10 of those occupations:

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Percent Growth: 41.0 percent

Medical Assistants
Percent Growth: 35.4 percent

Social and Human Service Assistants
Percent Growth: 33.6 percent

Physical Therapist Assistants
Percent Growth: 32.4 percent

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Percent Growth: 28.0 percent

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Percent Growth: 26.3 percent

Environmental Engineering Technicians
Percent Growth: 24.8 percent

Court Reporters
Percent Growth: 24.5 percent

Bill and Account Collectors
Percent Growth: 22.9 percent

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Percent Growth: 22.9 percent