The big news of the day is the Labor Department’s report that emplo...

This news coupled with the current housing crisis has many people fearing recession. What is up for debate is whether or not we are headed in that direction or already in one.

Regardless, we shouldn’t let the drive-by media machine dictate how we feel and/or think about the current state of the economy. As with everything else, there’s a cycle, a natural ebb and flow to things and the U.S. economy is no exception.

In addition, make sure you take some time to look beyond the headlines. All we’ll hear about today is the “sky-is-falling” headlines, but in reality the national unemployment rate fell from 4.9% in January to 4.8% in February (and this was after “experts” were “confident” it would rise to 5%).

Like the ’80s TV Hit Facts of Life theme song reminds us, “you take the good, you take the bad, you take ‘em both and there you have the facts of life.”

Being that we’re smack dab in the middle of an election season means that we will see and hear several talking heads (including those running for President) over these next few weeks and months debating this very issue.

They will most certainly have different opinions on what needs to be done. One thing’s for sure - - don’t believe anyone who claims that the government needs to be more involved. The best solution is to simply let the market correct itself.

Sure, things may be a little leaner and we’ll have to tighten our belts a bit, but that’s life! Businesses and industries will undoubtedly feel the effects, but it will be those who adapt and redefine themselves who will survive and make it through to the other side.

As Recruiters, our job will become more difficult this year (if it hasn’t already!) as we’ll be faced with the challenge of recruiting professionals who would rather stay in a “bad” situation just to maintain the status quo during a time of relative uncertainty.

Again, we need to be willing to adapt and redefine our approach and try to understand where candidates are coming from. Be thorough in painting a clear picture for them as to why making a change now, to a company like the one you represent, in a position like the one you’re offering is truly the best move for them and their family.

If you’re still working under a black cloud today due to this news the only other thing I can suggest is that you find a mirror and scream “TGIF” to yourself about 10 times over and over again. That should do the trick.

Don’t be scared by the “r-word” today.

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