America Says “Thank You” to its Skilled Tradesmen

Quickly fading are the days when a father handed down his trusted hand tools so the family plumbing business could carry on for another generation. This trend is affecting all of our lives in ways we never expected.

According to a 2012 Talent Shortage Survey by ManPowerGroup, Inc., “skilled trades” are the hardest jobs to fill. As Baby Boomers retire, more jobs for skilled workers open up, but there aren’t enough skilled tradesmen ready to meet the growing demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than one-third of skilled tradesmen are over the age of 50. In fact, for every three tradesmen who retire, there’s only one skilled person available to fill the gap.

Dr. Luke, Swizz Beatz Have Midas Touch for Music Hits

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – You may not know them by name, but chances are you’ve heard their work. You may even be a fan.
To date, Dr. Luke and Swizz Beatz have collectively produced hit albums and songs for Britney Spears, Ke$ha, DMX, Katy Perry and Flo Rida, and are currently two of L.A.’s hottest record producers.
For the last few years, the good doctor (born Lukasz Gottwald) from Providence, R.I., has been responsible in whole or in part for such mega-hits as “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus, “Right Round” by Flo Rida, “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha and “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry.
In other words, Dr. Luke creates music that, no matter your age, makes you wave your hands in the air, tap on your steering wheel and turn up the music a little louder on your radio.
In short, if a recent radio hit was catchy, smacked of bubble gum pop and was irritatingly unavoidable, it most likely was produced by Dr. Luke.
Like Dr. Luke, Swizz Beatz enjoys his success while still acknowledging that “people are fans of my music more than fans of me … because they don’t know who I am.”
That may be true, but people do know the company he keeps.
Swizz Beatz’ third album, “Haute Living,” released last summer, includes an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop, and R&B stars such as Bono and Lenny Kravitz, Jay-Z and Kanye West and John Legend.
This album, according to Beatz, is a far cry from his first work with hip-hop artist and current renaissance man DMX.
The two collaborated in the late 1990s, when X was part of hip-hop’s notorious Ruff Ryders, creating an aggressive sound that led to multi-platinum success.
Since then, DMX’s famous legal problems slowed his music career, but X is only gearing up for more with a new independent label, Big Jake Music. And Beatz hasn’t forgotten his friend of more than a decade.
To underscore his loyalty, Beatz recently produced X’s seventh studio album, “Undisputed,” which includes hip-hop heavy hitters such as the late Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls.
Of DMX’s comeback attempt, Beatz said, “Expect the unexpected. Expect the new and improved. Expect hip-hop. Expect real music. Expect the Dog to be back.”
For more information on X and his album, “Undisputed,” visit www.bigjakemusic.com.

Rebuilding Your Career Toolkit to Meet the Needs of Employers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Despite an uncertain job market, many job seekers would like to believe they are qualified. However, it simply is not the case. Candidates are failing at the job search because they lack the qualifications that employers value.
A national online survey conducted by the Career Advisory Board established by DeVry University brings to light how job seekers can better position themselves by focusing on the attributes employers’ value most. The findings of the Job Preparedness Indicator conducted Sept. 6-12, 2011 by Harris Interactive revealed that employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.
In fact, only 14 percent of the 540 hiring managers surveyed said that within the past three years “nearly all” or “most” job seekers have had the skills their company looks for in a potential employee.
However, most job seekers believe they have what it takes to succeed. More than half (56 percent) of the 734 adults looking for work who were surveyed are confident they know what qualifications are required for employment. In addition, 72 percent are confident they know how to present their skills during an interview.
“These findings highlight the striking gap between what skills hiring managers value in a candidate and how job seekers describe themselves. But some of the disconnect between hiring managers and job seekers is due to misconceptions about what is most important to the other party,” notes Dan Kasun, senior director of developer and platform evangelism at Microsoft Corporation and Career Advisory Board member. “Job seekers should utilize these findings to better calibrate the way they present themselves to employers.”
According to the study, hiring managers place the highest value on the following skills across all job levels (entry, middle and managerial):
1. Strategic perspective
2. High integrity
3. Global outlook
4. Strong base work ethic/dependable
5. Accountability
For those looking to enhance their marketability to employers, Career Advisory Board members offer the following actionable advice:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Will Ruin Your Night

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? Do you wake up feeling unrested and consistently drowsy?
Constant daytime drowsiness is one of the leading symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Sleep apnea is a condition occurring when a person’s breathing pauses or decreases during the night due to blocked airways. Extreme snoring and sudden gasps are other common symptoms.
Although sleep apnea isn’t particularly devastating or dangerous, it has adverse effects on one’s life and responsibilities. Someone suffering from OSA will often feel impatient, irritable, forgetful and listless. If untreated, the condition leads to hard-to-treat headaches, severe depression and poor performance at work or school.
The long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea are significant as well. The sleeping condition may cause or worsen heart disease, heart arrhythmias, heart failure, high blood pressure and strokes.
Furthermore, research shows a connection between shift work and sleep apnea. Shift work is the opposite of a nine-to-five schedule, often consisting of late-night or early-morning hours. Since shift work interrupts an already-damaged sleep cycle, it only compounds existing apnea side effects.
The number of apneic episodes per night can increase significantly, and sleep-deprivation symptoms will only worsen.
It’s estimated that up to one-third of shift workers experience side effects severe enough to diagnose them with shift work disorder. Due to their interrupted sleep schedule, shift work disorder causes sufferers to struggle to stay awake, and to fall asleep.
Imbalanced biological clocks prevent workers from falling asleep when they actually have time, and they also disrupt digestive systems. These added complications make shift work and sleep apnea the Molotov cocktail of sleep deprivation.
For more information on obstructive sleep apnea or shift work disorder, visit www.sleepapnea.org.

Bypass Sleep Deprivation: How to Enjoy Quality Sleep

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What do the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Challenger space shuttle tragedy and the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine all have in common? The Australian National Sleep Research Project says sleep deprivation contributed to the human mistakes that led to each disaster.
“Getting a good night’s sleep is as important as feeding yourself or putting gas in the car. You absolutely cannot function without it. Start addressing the stress and anxiety in your life by first considering the quality of sleep you get,” says Edward Grandi, executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA).
New research is discovering that sleep deprivation has its tenacious claws embedded in 17 separate health conditions. Not getting enough sleep can unleash elevated hostility, lead to anxiety and depression, affect weight loss and obesity and increase chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Avoid the woes of sleep deprivation and protect your long-term health by getting enough quality sleep with these tips from ASAA:
* Be wary of late-night eating habits. Going to bed overstuffed or hungry will cause your body to spend more energy on digestion and discomfort than sleep. Plus, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can negatively affect the quality of your slumber.
* Find a sleep schedule and stick to it. Sleep schedules help enforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle, which leads to better sleep. A consistent sleep schedule is even more important for anyone doing shift work — hours that aren’t nine to five — because their inconsistent sleeping habits make them prone to shift work disorder (SWD). SWD is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder characterized by insomnia and excessive drowsiness.
* Avoid using TV or electronics to fall asleep. New research indicates that TV or laptop use before bed interferes with sleep, especially if they are left on during the night. Any kind of artificial light, even alarm clocks, can disturb sleep and disrupt REM cycles.
* Don’t be afraid to talk to a doctor. Everyone has restless nights, but if it’s the norm, there may be an underlying cause. There are 84 different sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, SWD, insomnia and narcolepsy, among others.
If constant snoring is your complaint, you could have sleep apnea, an involuntary halt in breathing that may happen up to 300 times a night. Get more tips for quality sleep at www.sleepapnea.org.

Stock Your Arsenal for Cold and Flu Season

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What do the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Challenger space shuttle tragedy and the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine all have in common? The Australian National Sleep Research Project says sleep deprivation contributed to the human mistakes that led to each disaster.
“Getting a good night’s sleep is as important as feeding yourself or putting gas in the car. You absolutely cannot function without it. Start addressing the stress and anxiety in your life by first considering the quality of sleep you get,” says Edward Grandi, executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA).
New research is discovering that sleep deprivation has its tenacious claws embedded in 17 separate health conditions. Not getting enough sleep can unleash elevated hostility, lead to anxiety and depression, affect weight loss and obesity and increase chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Avoid the woes of sleep deprivation and protect your long-term health by getting enough quality sleep with these tips from ASAA:
* Be wary of late-night eating habits. Going to bed overstuffed or hungry will cause your body to spend more energy on digestion and discomfort than sleep. Plus, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can negatively affect the quality of your slumber.
* Find a sleep schedule and stick to it. Sleep schedules help enforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle, which leads to better sleep. A consistent sleep schedule is even more important for anyone doing shift work — hours that aren’t nine to five — because their inconsistent sleeping habits make them prone to shift work disorder (SWD). SWD is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder characterized by insomnia and excessive drowsiness.
* Avoid using TV or electronics to fall asleep. New research indicates that TV or laptop use before bed interferes with sleep, especially if they are left on during the night. Any kind of artificial light, even alarm clocks, can disturb sleep and disrupt REM cycles.
* Don’t be afraid to talk to a doctor. Everyone has restless nights, but if it’s the norm, there may be an underlying cause. There are 84 different sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, SWD, insomnia and narcolepsy, among others.
If constant snoring is your complaint, you could have sleep apnea, an involuntary halt in breathing that may happen up to 300 times a night. Get more tips for quality sleep at www.sleepapnea.org.

Remodel Your Career Toolkit to Meet the Needs of Employers

Despite an uncertain job market, many job seekers would like to believe they are qualified. However, it simply is not the case. Candidates are failing at the job search because they lack the qualifications that employers value.

A national online survey conducted by the Career Advisory Board [careeradvisoryboard.com] established by DeVry University brings to light how job seekers can better position themselves by focusing on the attributes employers value most. The findings of the Job Preparedness Indicator conducted Sept. 6-12, 2011 by Harris Interactive revealed that employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.

Snag Your Dream Job With a Little Coaching

Far too often, employees find themselves stuck in an unfulfilling job, yet are reluctant to leave. They settle because of current economic conditions or because they simply lack the confidence or required skills to pursue their dream career.

According to a recent study conducted by The Conference Board, job satisfaction is at an all-time low – only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current job.

It can seem overwhelming for those yearning to step into a field that better suits their passions. Certified career coach Maggie Mistal specializes in helping individuals explore their purpose and find work they love. She advises individuals to break down the process into three steps:

Avoid the Night Terrors of Shift Work Disorder

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Do you work the graveyard shift? If you do, your health may be compromised. Over 15 million Americans work a job with late-night or early-morning hours, which leaves workers vulnerable to shift work disorder (SWD). SWD is hard to diagnose and treat, but the associated sleep deprivation and insomnia can be debilitating.
A recent study published in the Journal of American Physiology by researchers from the University of Toronto discovered another serious health risk posed by SWD — a higher risk for organ disease. With the side effects of SWD only expanding, workers must find ways to manage the bodily stress.
Shift work disrupts the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, called circadian rhythm, which affects other critical factors like body temperature and the way organs function.
“We knew that circadian rhythm disruption had been linked with reduced longevity, so we decided to try and find out where, why and how longevity is compromised,” explains psychology professor Martin Ralph from the University of Toronto, one of the lead researchers from the study on shift work.
Shift work is the opposite of 9-5, and demand for it is only increasing as customers expect more 24-hour services. Many occupations require permanent or occasional shift work, such as healthcare professionals, hospitality and restaurant staff, production and manufacturing workers, protective and emergency services and the transportation industry.
These workers suffer from the continual disturbance of their biological or circadian clocks. As the new study supports, long-term interference of this nature can lead to kidney or heart disease.
People suffering with SWD can also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is a condition marked by loud snoring, pauses in breathing and gasping. The repeated arousals contribute to the disruption of sleep. Like SWD, it can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness, diabetes and heart disease. Unlike SWD, it is easy to diagnose and effectively treat.
Another tip is to create an ideal sleep environment — eliminate extra noise and light to get the most out of your irregular sleep schedule. Try and stick to the same sleep and wake time, even on weekends. Don’t hesitate to seek medical help.
To find more information and advice on sleep disorders, go to www.sleepapnea.org.

Sleep Apnea May Cause You to Snooze on the Job

Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? Do you wake up feeling unrested and consistently drowsy?

Constant daytime drowsiness is one of the leading symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Sleep apnea is a condition occurring when a person’s breathing pauses or decreases during the night due to blocked airways. Extreme snoring and sudden gasps are other common symptoms.

Although sleep apnea isn’t particularly devastating or dangerous, it has adverse effects on one’s life and responsibilities. Someone suffering from OSA will often feel impatient, irritable, forgetful and listless. If untreated, the condition leads to hard-to-treat headaches, severe depression and poor performance at work or school.