Brutal Job Market Molding Dr. Phil's Everywhere
The job market has sent people searching for answers, and their search has resulted in a mass exodus to the self-help aisles, creating a mini-boom in the ever popular self-help industry. But how useful is all this career advice?
Looking to quell fears of impending job loss, several print and online publications have unveiled their lists of "can't-miss" ways for Americans to keep their jobs. An About.com list of 10 tips starts with "don't excel," followed immediately by "don't do poorly." Desperate--and by now confused--readers are later instructed to "use the mantra ‘I'm just happy to have a job.'"
Those hoping for something more, well, helpful than statements on mediocrity and self-preservation have sought out the popular business self-help racket, headlined by Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and its 15 million copies sold. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing 5.7 million jobs lost since December 2007, a troubled publishing industry is seizing a the opportunity.
The new crop of career rescuing titles started last year with the release of Stephen Viscusi's "Bulletproof Your Job: 4 Simple Strategies to Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out on Top at Work." In the search for a voice on professional stability, the CEO of the Viscusi Group executive search firm subsequently became a job-keeping authority.
With Viscusi appearing on everything from Good Morning America to the Tyra Banks Show, book stores have since seen a wave of similar leadership and job books. Originally a best-seller in the UK, Life's a Pitch recently made its North American debut while Harvard Business School Press' "Think Again" ties efficient decision-making directly to certain brain processes. Even Newt Gingrich has a new leadership book. Of course, the beauty of the self-help industry, which saw $11 billion in revenue in the U.S. market alone, is that there aren't available metrics to confirm how truly helpful these books are. But the market at least shows that self-help gurus are keeping their jobs.
The new offices will be built in New York's Long Island City and Viriginia's Arlington.
- Amazon will receive more than $2 billion in incentives from the two states.
- The company plans to create a total of 50,000 jobs at an average wage of $150,000.
- The announcement has caused controversy, raising concerns about rising rent prices and potentially lost resources in communities surrounding the upcoming developments.
They're at a higher risk for depression, weekend binge drinking, and unnecessary dieting.
- Body dysmorphia is not limited to women, a new study from Norway and Cambridge shows.
- Young men that focus on building muscle are at risk for a host of mental and physical health problems.
- Selfie culture is not helping the growing number of teens that are anxious and depressed.
Dozens of mummified cats were dug up this week. This isn't as shocking as you might think.
- Archaeologists in Egypt have found dozens of mummified cats in the tomb of a royal offical.
- The cats will join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of previously discovered ancient kitties.
- While the cats are nothing special, the tomb also held well preserved beetles.
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