U.S. Work World - Career News Briefs - April 2020
The Work World Is Changing

The world's work world is in an unusual situation during this Covid-19
virus pandemic.  Forty million workers may lose their jobs; while millions of workers are being hired. 

Workers losing jobs include workers in the hotel industry, travel industry (cruise ships, airlines), clothing industry, restaurant industry, personal service industry (hair stylists, massage therapists, manicurists), auto industry, sports industry, religious industry, and real estate industry.  These industries: a) cannot keep social distancing rules for customers, or b) are consider "non-essential" (not important during a pandemic).  Handshakes are going out of style.

To help unemployed workers and closed businesses, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) that offers $2.2 trillion to help the economy -- a) money loans to small businesses; 
b) money to hospitals that treat coronavirus patients; c) $600 weekly payments (for four months) to workers who lost jobs that is in addition to the workers' state unemployment payments. 
In addition, President Trump is using a war-time law, the Defense Production Act, to order employers to use their workers, and hire new workers, to make needed medical supplies during the pandemic.  For example,  U-PlayUSA in Virginia is changing from making pee pads for cats and dogs to making medical masks.

Amazon is hiring100,000 workers to help with online orders, and raising minimum wage to $17 per hour.  Walmart is hiring 150,000 temporary workers to help with online orders, and offers $150-$300 bonus  to Walmart's new grocery workers.  Target is also hiring to help with online orders.  Zoom, video conferencing app, is hiring technology workers to help with demand from churches, schools, and companies to use the internet for online meetings, lessons, and chats.  Outschool, online education company, is trying to hire 5,000 teachers to help with online teaching for elementary to high school students whose schools closed for the rest of the school year.

Important workers during the pandemic include health care workers (doctors, nurses, medical assistants)  and medical support staff (office clerks, cafeteria workers, warehouse workers) to care for sick people.  Truck drivers keep needed supplies moving to hospitals and grocery stores.  Firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) help sick people get to hospitals.  Police workers keep law  and order in cities.  In addition, repair technicians are needed to fix plumbing, heating/air conditioning,  home computers, entertainment systems, and appliances that break during heavy use.   Construction workers are needed to build needed homes and apartments.

Students are now going through an event that changes the U.S. economy similar to the Great Depression (1929 to 1933), World War II (1939 to 1945), September 11, 2001 Attack, and the Great Recession (2007 to 2009).  The U.S. economy changed, then recovered after these events.  The U.S. economy will change, then recover after Coronavirus as the virus is  eliminated by social distancing, medicines, and vaccines (like vaccines for measles and flu).

In the future, which jobs will be needed, and which jobs may forever disappear?

To download the newest lesson for students, click on usworkworld.com,  Then l og in, go to Career Lessons, and download Work World is Changing.

Do You Need a Series of Productive Lessons?

Job Hunt Portfolio is a series of 10 lesson areas that step students through the job hunt process.  Lesson areas include:

Cover Letter
Before the Interview
The Job Interview
After the Interview
First Days at Work
Earning Raises
Leaving a Job
Letters of Recommendation

Students keep their lessons and documents produced (such as resume, cover letter, thank you letter, leaving a job letter, and asking for a reference letter) in their Job Hunt Portfolio (notebook).  Also students are asked to collect other documents such as Job Training Certificates earned, Transcripts, Awards, and Reference Letters.

To be posted this week on usworkworld.com is the "Certificate of Completion" that teachers can sign and give to students who complete the Job Hunt Portfolio.  

The Job Hunt Portfolio contains challenging activities that require multi-dimensional learning as students answer questions, use the internet, and design and produce documents personalized to their ives.

Teachers may require students to do some or all of the Job Hunt Portfolio lessons areas, depending upon curriculum requirements.

To view Job Hunt Portfolio lessns, go to usworkworld.com.  Then log in, go to Job Hunt Portfolio, and download the lessons to post on your classroom's webpage.

Job Interview - Deep Think

Some employers test job seeker's thinking skills by  surprising you  with an unusual interview
questions that have no right or wrong answers. Interviewer wants to  see  if the job seeker can:  
a) keep a cool head under stress; b) think clearly; c) answer the question with a good reason.

Interviewers want to  know  how job seekers deal with unexpected event because workers need to deal with unexpected events on the job.

Unusual interview questions include 3 types:
  • Hypothetical (What If) Questions
  • Personality Questions
  • Situation Questions
To view this new lesson, go to usworkworld.com.  Then log in and click on Career Lessons to download: Job Interview - Deep Think.

Thoughts About Worry

As a cure for  worrying, work is  better than whiskey.  -- Thomas Edison

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may  never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.  
-- Benjamin Franklin

Worry affects the  circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and badly affects the health.  I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from worry.  -- Charles Mayo

There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry:  One is yesterday and the other day I do not worry about is tomorrow.
-- Robert Burdette

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. ---- Corrie ten Boom

You are today where your thoughts have brought you.  You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. -- James Allen

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the way he uses to frighten you. - - Eric Hoffer

Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts.  A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend.  It can also do us more harm than a brick. -- Frank Crane

Thought precedes (comes before) action as  lighting does thunder.
-- Heinrich Heine

If you think you're a second-class citizen, you are. -- Ted Turner

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. -- Henry David Thoreau

You are embarking on the greatest adventure of your life -- to improve your self-image, to create  more meaning in your life, and in lives of others.  This is your responsibility.  Accept it, now! -- Dr. Maltz

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles . . .
by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. -- Mark Twain

Worry is a misuse of the imagination. -- Dan Zadra

Sorrow looks back - Worry looks around -  Faith looks up. 
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You're worried about what-ifs.  Well, what if you stopped worrying?
 -- Shannon Celebi

Worry is the opposite of power. -- Bryant McGill

To view inspiration lessons for students, go to usworkworld.com.  Log in and click on Thoughts & Quotes Lessons.

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