Don’t Be Fooled: Increases in the Minimum Wage Cause Job Loss


Job Loss Is Common When There Are Increases in the Minimum Wage

Personally I’m amazed when I hear people profess an increase in the minimum wage has no impact on jobs. Not long ago I heard a successful businessman, Nick Hanauer, on a talk show come out in support of Seattle’s $15.00 minimum wage and say he sees it having no impact on jobs. This makes no sense to me; how can a business absorb a $5.68 per hour increase in wages without a corresponding increase in prices or productivity? The logic is missing!

Business Owners and Managers Must Plan for Survival

Business owners and managers are not stupid! They will react when an increase in the minimum wage is announced. They don’t wait until the day the increase goes into effect to respond; they start planning immediately. They look at the jobs performed by the minimum wage employees and employees currently earning an amount equal to or less than the new minimum.

What Jobs Can Be Eliminated?

The owners and managers carefully consider which jobs or tasks can be eliminated, rolled into other positions, automated or changed in some other way which will not hurt the business while increasing productivity and output. As those changes are implemented new jobs are not created and old jobs are inevitably lost!

Job Loss Occurs Over Time

Again, it’s not the day the new minimum takes effect; it’s the day the business is ready to implement the changes. Some job loss will occur prior to the new wage effective date and some may occur after the new wage takes effect; it all depends upon when all the pieces are in place.

Australia’s $17.00 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Going back to the Hanauer interview he went on to say the minimum wage in Australia is $17.00 – actually $16.88 but who’s counting – and points to this as proof the $15.00 minimum wage can work. What he failed to or chose not to say is Australia has numerous exceptions to their minimum wage which exempt certain classes and types of employees. $17.00 sounds great, but even Australia finds it difficult to justify in certain cases.

Minimum Wage Jobs Are Entry Level Positions

Entry level jobs, you know those where employees are learning the basics of how to work, are not high paying jobs. The individuals filling entry level jobs have few skills and little or no experience. The goal is to provide the worker an opportunity to learn the basic employer expectations and prepare for more skills and responsibilities.

The employer expects the employee will learn:

  • Basic job etiquette;
  • To show up on time;
  • To be dressed appropriately and ready to work;
  • To be at work for all scheduled shifts; and
  • To call in if the employee will be late or unable to fulfill the shift.

That the employee will be:

  • Substance free; and
  • Mentally and physically prepared to do their assigned tasks.

Employers are willing to make this exchange, the minimum wage for minimum skills, if the wage is reasonable. However, if the employer does not considered the wage reasonable the employer will look for alternative and less expensive methods for completing the tasks.

Examples of Minimum Jobs Replaced by Technology

Automated Attendants – Have you ever called a business only to have the phone answered by an automated attendant, answering machine or voice mail? There was a time when there was no automated system instead a person sat at a desk and answered the phones. This individual would then transfer the call to the correct person. Today it’s either an automated process or a role filled as a secondary responsibility by other employees. There are several reasons businesses made this change and one of course is the cost of the person answering the phone. The employee cost savings offset the cost of the technology and after a payback period; the company is saving money.

Serve Yourself Drink Dispensers – When you go to McDonalds®, Burger King® and most other Fast Food Restaurants the customer, who orders a drink, is given a paper or plastic cup and they serve themselves. In the past drinks were poured behind the counter and given to the customer. With the self-serve option customers may have one, two or even more refills or share drinks; however, the decision was made it is cheaper to have the customer self-serve and drink more; than to have counter workers serve the drinks.

Automated Drink Dispensers – If you go to a Fast Food drive through many of the drinks are poured automatically. The employee or maybe even the transaction itself starts the process. The right sized cup is automatically dropped into the machine, the drink is dispensed all with very little human interaction. Was this a high paying employee replaced? Obviously not, it was a minimum wage position which was eliminated by automation.

ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) – Every bank, every mall, every rest stop and even most DMV offices have ATMs. The simple answer is it’s automation, the truth is ATMs are cheaper and more convenient than tellers. There was a time when you either paid cash, which you received from the bank, or wrote a check. There were no credit or debit cards and the bank was, in many cases, a community meeting place. If you wanted cash, you went to the bank.

As soon as management recognizes there is a lower cost option which doesn’t:

  • Take breaks;
  • Get overtime pay;
  • Take sick days or vacations; and
  • Receive a paycheck
  • Always shows up on time
  • Is always sober; and
  • Misses very few days or hours of work (there can be breakdowns).
  • The decision becomes easy.

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    The Lost Art of THINKing


    The Lost Art of THINKing

    THINKing has become a lost art! One of the messages conveyed by Earl Nightingale in his 1950’s classic “The Strangest Secret” was the comment from Dr. Albert Schweitzer about man’s problem being the lack of THINKing!

    Today it’s no different! In our tough economy people are constantly looking to others to solve their problems or to find the answers. In reality we can solve our own problems and find our own answers if we choose to do our own THINKing and ACTing!

    We can’t leave the work, we must do, to someone else; we must take responsibility!

    You Need to Think from the Outside Your Box

    You may believe you have heard this before but this is different! If you are paying attention and THINKing about what you just read, you recognize the difference! Most of us are familiar with people saying “You must think outside the box.” What they mean is you need to look beyond the normal pool of answers for something new.

    I disagree!

    I believe you must stand outside your box and look in!

    Inside your box you will find all the skills, abilities, education and experiences you have had and the stories telling how you used those personal attributes. The stories you find will help you better understand what you have given to customers and employers and what you have to give to your future customers and employers.

    Inside Your Box You Will Find the Stories to Tell Your Referral Network

    The idea is you want to look into the box to see all you have done throughout your career. You want to see the stories of how you applied your skills, abilities, education and experience. When you see the stories from your past; they will serve two purposes: 1) give you the stories you need as you describe to your referral network how you applied your skills, abilities, education and experience to solve problems and 2) help you to rebuild your self-confidence and self-esteem.

    Additionally the process does one more thing; it gets you THINKing again. THINKing for many is not a regular practice and ACTing on those thoughts is even more foreign for most. However, THINKing and ACTing are two skills you must put to work, so you can get back to work!

    Experiencing the “What If” Syndrome

    If you are unemployed or under employed; I’m willing to wager that at some point in the past you have gone through the “what if” process. What if I could do what I want to do? What if I hadn’t been pushed into this or that career? What if I had followed that dream or idea? We have all had these thoughts and we have allowed them to fall to the ground; to go unrealized!

    Yes, there are plenty of excuses: timing, finances, family obligations, lack of time, not knowing how to start, not being sure of what resources would be required, etc. Well it’s time to put the excuses behind you and move forward. You need to THINK and ACT; you cannot delay.

    My THINKing Story

    After 9/11/2001, like many, my business was turned upside down. The contract work I had been doing dried up. I had to do something, but I struggled trying to figure things out. The reason I struggled – I wasn’t THINKing! I wanted things to recover quickly and, as a result, I waited around for the recovery to occur. Guess what? It didn’t!

    At this point I wasn’t suffering from the problem of looking to someone else for answers; I was simply sitting and waiting for things to happen. It doesn’t work that way; if you sit around and wait for things to happen; sure enough they will – it’s just the things which happen are not the things you want.

    What you get are bills piling up, endless frustration, family issues, bill collectors calling, utility shut off notices and scrimping to buy food and gas.

    Eventually I gathered myself together and started THINKing from outside my box. I looked at the current economic climate and the skills employers were desperately looking to add. Having worked for many years in the technology space I came to the conclusion I should position myself as an IT Security Specialist. To read the story of how I was able to re-craft myself check out My 9/11 Story.

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    Is Closing Your LinkedIn Account the Answer to Annoying Calls?


    Is Closing Your LinkedIn Account the Answer to Annoying Calls?

    I saw a friend of mine the other night and after exchanging some pleasantries I asked if he had closed his LinkedIn account because I was no longer seeing him on LinkedIn. He said he had. He was finding many of his unwanted calls were from people who found him on LinkedIn. He didn’t like the calls, so he closed his account. Was this a good idea?

    People Expect to See Your Profile On LinkedIn

    The expectation today is you WILL have a profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn started as a place for business professionals to network but it has rapidly grown to become the professional/business networking site for all walks of life. “If you are not there; you are square.”

    Your co-workers, customers, vendors and others expect to find your profile on LinkedIn. If your profile is not there; the conclusion is you must have a problem. Either you are hiding something, hiding from someone or you are a really poor networker and do not understand the value and importance of a network.

    Who Are You Attracting?

    If you are receiving annoying calls because of your LinkedIn profile; maybe it’s the way you’re advertising yourself! The reality is many unsophisticated networkers search LinkedIn for “C” level executives, directors, purchasing agents and numerous other high profile positions solely to promote their products and services. People in high-level positions play into these searches by listing their current title as their headline or tag line.

    LinkedIn even exacerbates the problem because, by default, your current job title automatically becomes your headline unless you uncheck the box “Update My Headline To” when it appears. You DO NOT want your title as your headline! Listing your current title serves no one other than a person looking for someone in your position.

    The Funny Thing About Titles

    Many people get caught up in the importance of their own title and want to display it proudly; maybe even brag a little. The truth is if you are the CEO, CFO, COO, CIO or any other “C” positions of Podunk, Inc.; no one cares! Most likely the people seeing Podunk, Inc. have no clue about the company and until they have more information: do not care! Not only are you making yourself a target for marketers; the information you provided tells your audience absolutely nothing about the value you offer!

    However, if you are the CEO of Coke, Proctor and Gamble, Macy’s Department Stores or some other large easily recognized company; your title will mean something and it will also draw a lot of attention – unwanted attention. So unless you are with a large company using the C-level title has intrinsic value; otherwise it is wasted effort.

    Your Headline Should Be Your Value Statement; Not Your Title!

    This is where people go wrong with their profile and invite the unwanted attention. If you have a title in your headline you are making yourself an easy target. Your headline should tell your reader about the value you offer. Your headline, next to your name, is your most prominent piece of information – as a headline should be; so make sure it draws the attention you want!

    When You Do Your Headline Properly the Unwanted Phone Calls Will Be Reduced and May Stop

    Because your headline is prominently displayed and has high value as searchable information; you must focus on your value proposition. What is it you offer that people want and will search to find?

    I can have a headline which says I’m a Realtor or my headline can say Realtor Specializing in West Linn, Oregon Homes; which tells your audience more? I could go further and say “Realtor in West Linn, OR specializing in high end homes.” If I’m not interested in people searching for low end or starter homes; I am filtering them out with my headline. Some may call regardless, but I’m doing my best to get the prospects I want.

    Deleting your profile is a solution to unwanted calls based upon your LinkedIn profile, but it is a drastic response to a fixable situation. Before you take this action; look at your profile to identify the cause of the unwanted attention and make some changes.

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    Top-O-Mind: When Was the Last Time You Thanked a New Connection?


    Top-O-Mind: When Was the Last Time You Thanked a New Connection?

    With LinkedIn and other Social Media sites it is easy to set your self apart from 99% of the other members. It’s as simple as saying “Thank You”. When you connect with a new person your thank you is the beginning of a relationship; the beginning is NOT simply sending or accepting an invitation to connect!

    Simple Actions Can Reap Big Rewards

    Your network can be a valuable resource and treating your members with respect and courtesy WILL work to your advantage. People love to be appreciated, especially because it doesn’t happen very often.

    Thank Yous Are a Big Deal!

    Very few people look for opportunities to appreciate family, friends and their network. We have become so busy and wrapped up in ourselves that the niceties in life have been forgotten. Because society has moved away from simple courtesies you have an open opportunity to show you are different!

    Regardless of how busy you are or they are; people like to be acknowledged and appreciated! They like to know someone recognizes their efforts and is willing to say so. Be that person, be something different, reach out and appreciate the things others do!

    When to Thank Your Connections

    The opportunities to thank your connections are unlimited. As noted above, one of the first opportunities is when you are invited to connect or when an invitation you extended is accepted.

    Less than 1% of LinkedIn members take the time to thank new connections.

    Connection “Thank Yous” are private emails between you and your new connection. Your thank you is important because it starts to set the tone for the relationship; remember you are building your credibility.

    Other times to thank your connections include when they like or comment on your post, send you congratulations on something work related, send you a birthday greeting or share something with you.

    You can also thank your connections when they endorse you for a skill or write a recommendation.

    How to Get the Most Mileage Out of a Thank You

    Any thank you must, most of all, be sincere! Your sincerity will show and conversely a lack of sincerity will show as well; don’t mess it up!

    With that caveat in mind; there are ways to get more mileage out of your thank yous. When you send an email thank you; it is between you and the recipient.

    When you do the thank you as a post; all of your connections have the potential to see your thank you as well as the connections of the individual you are thanking. Again, you are working to build your credibility and being a thoughtful, caring person goes a long way in building credibility and trust.

    If you are thanking people; you just can’t be all bad!

    Taking time to tell someone you appreciate what they did or what they wrote is often overlooked because we don’t think it’s a big deal! However, what is you feeling when someone offers you thanks for something; regardless of the size of the effort? You may be a little embarrassed and feel it wasn’t necessary; but you still liked being acknowledged. Your connections are no different; a little acknowledgement can go a long way!

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    My name is Tom Staskiewicz and my goal is to help everyone do a little better, get a little further and reach the success they are destined to achieve!

    Do you need help with your message? Are you struggling for people to know you and what you have to offer? If so, I can help. My contact information is below or Email  Me Now! and lets get started.

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    Why You Should Consider Beginning Your Career as a Temporary Employee


    Why You Should Consider Beginning Your Career as a Temporary Employee

    As a recent graduate being a temporary employee is not a normal thought; but maybe it should be. We are becoming a society of part-time workers and temporary employees; which means you must consider the temporary employment option or you may overlook some great opportunities!

    The Job Market Is Changing and You Must Be Looking at All the Options

    Today’s job market is not the job market of 20, 10, or even 5 years ago. Increasingly companies are going to temporary employees at all levels. Some companies will not even hire people for certain positions unless they first work as a temporary employee.

    Keeping that in mind; recent graduates must look at all their options in order to see all the opportunities.

    Other Reasons to Consider Temporary Employment

    When you take a temporary job, it’s not long-term. Some look at this as a downside, but when you are working to gain experience why commit to long-term jobs? If you take a series of short-term positions you have the ability to go wider with an assortment of jobs exposing you to a broader understanding of work opportunities. Your other option is to take a series of short-term positions which build a deeper understanding of a specific skill set gained through working at multiple companies where each skill is practiced a little differently.

    This building block approach of beginning your career as a temporary employee has two benefits.

    1. You will get more exposure to the actual position more quickly; and
    2. The experience you gain will qualify you for better pay as you move from one temporary job to the next.

    Temporary employment is rapidly growing component of today’s workforce. Recent graduates can no longer afford to simply rule out temporary work as an option following graduation.

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    LinkedIn Experience Section – Record it Correctly!


    LinkedIn Experience Section

    The LinkedIn Experience section is your opportunity to demonstrate career progression, align recommendations with the appropriate role and time frame and serve as a reminder for you when creating or updating your resume and looking for highlights to list.
    This is a follow up article to You May Have 20 Year’s Experience, but What Have You Done

    What Was Your Career Path?

    Many people simply wrap all their time with an organization into a single entry spanning several years and in some cases even decades in their LinkedIn Experience section. This is a mistake!

    Your LinkedIn experience section is your opportunity to show where you started and the path you followed to reach your current position. Whether it is a single organization or several; career progression is important to demonstrate the skills which qualified you for each subsequent position.

    It Takes a Little More Time, but It’s Time Well Spent

    Identifying each position definitely takes longer, but the result is well worth the effort and remember you don’t have to flush out all the details at one time. Simply start with the most recent position and work backward with the detail.

    What to put in your detail

    Have you heard of PAR or SAR statements? PAR – Problem – Action – Result or SAR – Situation – Action – Result are common definitions of how to present yourself on a resume or in a profile. I also like to call it the Caesar approach when he said “Veni, Vidi, Vici”; I came, I saw, I conquered.

    What did you see? What did you do? What was your result? Employers, customers, managers and other interested parties want to see how you have used your products, skills, education, abilities, customer service and experience. It’s not enough to have these attributes; it’s how you put them to work for the betterment of yourself, your organizations and those you serve.

    Understanding the LinkedIn Experience Section and knowing every experience you list should have one or two of these veni – vidi- vici statements and the best of the best should be listed in your summary.

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    My name is Tom Staskiewicz and my goal is to help everyone do a little better, get a little further and reach the success they are destined to achieve! Whatever I can do to help you or anyone to move forward in reaching your goals; I’m all for it. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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    What did you conquer?

    Does Your LinkedIn Profile Convey Desperation?


    Does Your Resume and Profile Cry Desperation?

    I see many resumes and especially on-line profiles crying out in desperation for someone to help. These people need a job and it just isn’t happening, but the problem is they are more interested in someone helping them versus their helping themselves. If you want someone to help; you must give them something so they can help!

    Think of the movie, “Jerry Maguire”, with Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The part where the Cruise character says to the Gooding character, “You want me to help you, then help me help you!” The Gooding character wants a new football contract but is so caught up in himself, he doesn’t bring anything to the table for the Cruise character to use as justification for the new contract.

    The people you reach out to must be able to connect the dots between you and the opportunities they see. Simply saying you need a job only tells a story of desperation. Telling your connections the skills you have to offer and how you have applied those skills gives your connections the information they need to work with on your behalf.

    What Did You Do in the War Daddy?

    In 1966 a movie came out titled “What Did You Do in the War Daddy?”, it was a comedy with James Coburn.

    The title makes me think back to my time in the Air Force. The Air Force how exciting! When my kids would ask me about what I did they would have these visions of my piloting an airplane, flying high over enemy territory (I was in during Vietnam), being in a dogfight, etc. All exciting visuals from what they have seen on TV and with my younger kids what they see in video games. Was it that exciting for me? Nope, but my answer has always been I flew a desk. My answer was in jest, but the simple statement “I flew” would resonate and fortunately they didn’t picture a flying desk.

    Today I reflect on the movie title much differently; I do it relative to what people put in their resumes and profiles and when I read I’m looking for the answer to the question: What did you do in your previous life? If the resume or profile cannot quickly tell me; I lose interest and move to the next always looking for the resume or profile which answers this question.

    My question to you is: What Did You Do in the War or, in this case, Your Previous Life?

    Is Your Resume or Profile Desperate or Is it Telling Your Story?

    Recruiters and hiring managers want to read and then ideally hear what you have accomplished! They don’t want to simply read about your skills, they want to know how you put those skills to work. They want to know how those skills benefited you and the companies where you worked.

    My story: I enjoy researching and analyzing information. On one engagement the client had a vendor support agreement for their computer equipment. One day I decided to review the charges and found they were being over charged hundreds of dollars each month. Additionally I was able to go back and challenge charges over the life of the agreement recovering over 12% of their total billings.

    When you can relate your skills to a story of how you used those skills it drives home the point and the value. I’ve referred in other posts to the old adage facts tell and stories sell. You can tell your resume and profile readers all day about your skills but until you demonstrate how you use those skills; the message does not stick and you want stickiness.

    Apply the KFC Approach to Your Resume and Profile

    Nicholas Boothman in his book, “How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less”, he presents the KFC concept.

    1. K= Know what you want;
    2. F = Find out what you are getting; and
    3. C = Change what you are doing until you get what you want!

    This is a very simple concept but one few people use, especially when it comes to their career.

    Your Stories Will Set You Apart from Your Competition

    In light of what Boothman says with the KFC approach, look at your career. Can you pass his test and answer each of those statements? If not, it is time to reassess your situation. If you have answers you can put the KFC approach to use in your career and change what you are doing so you will get what you want!

    First know what you want for the next phase in your career and the relevant skills necessary to succeed. Identify how your skills match and write a story for each skill.

    Do you want to make a difference in how your resume or on-line profile is received? Tell stories describing how you have put your skills, your education, your intuition or your experience to work and made a difference. It will matter!

    Don’t just tell what you can do, show what you have done!

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    My name is Tom Staskiewicz and my goal is to help everyone do a little better, get a little further and reach the success they are destined to achieve! Whatever I can do to help you or anyone to move forward in reaching your goals; I’m all for it. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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