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April 2012

Make your own good news

You won't see a lot of good news on the internet or in newspapers. It's a proven fact: it just doesn't sell. Good news doesn't capture attention and it doesn't sell ads.

But this is the season for Good News — Easter, Passover, spring, new beginnings, new life… So let's make our own good news and look at the world in a positive way — glass half full.

If the unemployment rate is still more than 8 percent, think about the 92 percent who are employed. Rather than the number of job losses last month, how many were created? If you didn't hear back from all of your networking calls last week, how many did you hear from?… One?…Good!

“Some sectors of the economy, like manufacturing, healthcare and technology are doing relatively well — and hiring,” said Adolfo L. Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director at financial services firm Mesirow Financial. "…this is not a job market equally in the doldrums… the trick is not to focus on the headline number but to really explore what the opportunities in this job market may be."

“…Roughly four million jobs turn over every month. That's where job seekers need to focus their efforts…Even though we're in the job doldrums, that doesn't mean there isn't dynamism in the economy and there aren't jobs out there,” said John Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Make your own “Good News.”

In his new book “59 seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot,” Richard Wiseman, a psychology researcher, says to develop the gratitude attitude. This will cause you to be more optimistic about the future and improve your health.

It encourages you to try new things, and look back and see what you've achieved.

Check out Stephen Martin's blog, a GPS for soul searching, at You're in for a treat. This entry will tell you what happened when he turned off the news!

Kathleen Martinek, former UNCG alumni career counselor, has more than 15 years of experience in career development and corporate management. She can be reached at















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