YourForce: The Job Hunt Gets Better

By Mike Prokopeak

Jan. 25, 2015

Time to party like it’s 1999.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released last month, 2014 ended with a bang on the jobs front with U.S. employers adding 252,000 jobs in December alone.

All told, the grand total of jobs added to employer rolls last year comes to 3 million. More job seekers ended their long search in 2014 than at any time in the past 15 years.

That’s good news for the economy and also welcome news to Richard Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?” who is profiled here.

Since the early ’70s, Bolles’ mission has been to help job seekers navigate the challenges that come along with finding a new gig.

Bolles, who turns 88 next month, updates the book every year so while careers are much different now than in 1999, let alone 1972, his advice for job hunters and insight for employers remains fresh.

Rewarding Experience in Rwanda

Fulcrum Partners January 2015

River Financial Group partner Robert Kruty, pictured with the soccer ball, has shared his experiences of being part of the 2014 ValMark Global Gift Service Adventure to Rwanda. Those stories inspired organizations including executive benefits consultancy Fulcrum Partners to launch its own initiative by donating $10,000 to help build a vocational education school in Boneza, Rwanda. Photo credit: ValMark Global Gift Fund

Reader Feedback

Readers reacted to James Tehrani’s blog post “Interview With George ‘The Animal’ Steele” (real name Jim Myers) (

GloriesWriter said:

Always refreshing to hear of pro wrestlers who are grounded in something beyond the typical wrestling lifestyle. Clearly, Myers and his understanding of God’s design have served his life and family well.

Trudy Robinson stated:

I enjoy wrestling. I remember the “Animal,” Andre the Giant, the “Junk Yard Dog” and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. I am glad to read that the “Animal” was a real person with a family, and that wrestling was good to him and his family. Thank you George for sharing your story and not letting a label of having a learning disability stop you from living your life to the fullest.

Alfredo Rodriguez emailed regarding SHRM’s certification plan:

As a certified professional through HRCI, it took me many years to realize the value of the HR certification program. To measure professional capabilities, it is best to have an objective standard administered by an independent entity. Truth be told, I do not know how time will tell the story of the SHRM certification. But on its face, the story of the SHRM certification is one of self-interest, covered in technical jargon, smothered by a lack of openness and filled with disregard for the HR profession. I really hope that SHRM reverses its course and instead hands over the reins to HRCI.

Mike Prokopeak is Workforce’s editor in chief.

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