Mind and spirit overcoming fear,
Leading to productive activity,
Moving closer to meaningful work.

Let’s start with some good news—

  • Unemployment as reported in April, 2013, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was 7.5%, down from 8.1% in 2012, 9.0% in 2011 and 9.9 in 2010.
  • Jobless rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 276 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 78, and unchanged in 18. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 274 metropolitan areas over the year. Jobless rates were down in 40 states as reported in April, 2013.
  • For April, job creation improved by 165,000, with the 12-month average now at 169,000 per month.
  • NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) reports 13.1% more entry-level opportunities for the class of 2013 than the class of 2012.

I don’t hear any cheering. There are many reasons for this but in most cases, this type of data has little effect on what’s going on right now in your head and heart.

Experts keep telling us that things are getting better and we do see positive changes in the economy and job market from the darkness of 2004 when this recession started. But—this outlook is based in research at the “20,000 foot” level. The numbers overarch the country, cross all industries, include multiple employment levels, and encompass all job functions.

It may make a difference for you later—but not today. It may make you feel a little more optimistic but is not really helpful to your personal situation.

Today is now….and now is about your personal, ground level job market. Everyone has their own personal job market consisting of jobs and organizations which match their talents. Your transition work remains the same regardless of the Bureau of Labor message.

This is your personal, ground level job market…..

  • Real time openings posted on industry/field/niche job boards
  • Real time openings posted on organizational websites
  • Organizations doing well in your field/industry
  • People you already know in your field/industry
  • People you need to get to know in your field/industry (LinkedIn)
  • Potential opportunities where your experience and talents can meet organizational needs


Make a list of people, organizations, openings and potential opportunities in your personal, ground level job market.

Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D., President of the Board and Executive DirectorThomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.
President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.