President Obama's State of the Union Speech: The Industries, Jobs, Competencies and Education That Will Help Your Career in 2011

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Kathryn Troutman of the Resume-Place, the leading federal job search and resume writing firm, presents her views on President Obama's recent speech and the future of careers in the federal government. Kathryn has a positive outlook for the American job market in the next five years. Learn how you can advance your career, what you should study and tips for effectively building your resume.

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The prospective federal job market is expanding and it is important to learn the steps to find a federal career.

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about a number of ideas for 2011 for America, but the big interest of Americans listening to the speech was JOBS JOBS JOBS.

Jobs and the economy were the primary focus of President Obama's State of the Union speech. The prospective federal job market is expanding and it is important to learn the steps to find a federal career.

It is possible that many of President Obama's ideas won't mean new jobs for at least another five years down the road. However, these jobs will likely be the wave of the future, so in order to prepare for this wave, think about what you will do today to prepare for the jobs that will be available, especially if you are thinking about your college major or preparing for a career change.

Specialized education and training in math, science, language and computer technology is becoming increasingly important. When attending college, it is imperative to consider what jobs are available for graduates with that particular degree. In today's innovative job market there are many growing hot job industries and fields to keep in mind when looking for a college major or job like:

  •     Clean Energy
  •     High-Speed Internet
  •     High-Speed Rail
  •     Exports
  •     Domestic Construction
  •     Biomedical Research
  •     Research and Development
  •     Renewable Energy
  •     Electric Cars
  •     Engineering
  •     Information Technology
  •     Global Business

For those that have creative functions and roles in their business or job, this will be very important in your future career plans. Make sure to keep track of all creative ideas implemented and highlight these in resumes.

For those currently enrolled in college, it is imperative to take advantage of internships and other special programs. For instance, for someone pursuing an Engineering degree, they should make sure they get experience in a hot job industry project like electric vehicles -- this could help land a position in the future automotive industry. Make sure to include details of these types of special projects in resumes to demonstrate past performance, skills, awards and objectives.

The government will always be hiring. Federal employment will require specialized experience, depending on the positions being sought. Read more about federal jobs at http://www.usajobs.gov . Through this resource, jobs can be searched by college major, job title, geographic location and agency name. Teaching positions are available with the right education and certifications. Also, some school systems are talking about top student performance salary incentives for teachers.

After this speech, education will be critical to succeed in all of these industries. Government jobs sometimes offer tuition reimbursement for students and parents who have student loans. It is important to ask employers about these programs.

As jobseekers continue to train to support these new industries, new education will be critical for career success. Jobs in curriculum design and planning, instructor-led programs, eLearning, distance learning and train-the-trainer will be also be on the rise to prepare people in all of these new industries.

Although the government will freeze federal salaries for the next two years, the government will be hiring more workers to support grants and programs for all of the ideas presented in this speech. The salaries will be frozen, but the career ladder positions in government will still get promotions. The government jobs are still the best in the country with excellent benefits and programs. The performance-based promotions to new grades will still be available to employees.

Engineers, international experts, contract specialists, IT specialists, administrative and accounting staff as well as many other professionals will be needed to support the enormous growth. Furthermore, the government is very interested in hiring new graduates to grow into these new industries.

President Obama's speech included many new job and industry ideas. Most of the proposed jobs require specialized training and education. Pay attention to the industries, legislation and programs in support of these programs, and FOLLOW THE JOBS. In the meantime, look up courses and college majors that can support the new industries. A career strategy will be needed to succeed in these new industries. Start planning now, listen to President Obama's additional speeches to see more activities and movement on these new jobs and training ideas.

About The Resume Place, Inc.:
The Resume Place provides its clients with consultation and help with federal or private industry resumes for all of the industries and jobs mentioned in this article. The Resume Place was the first federal resume writing firm in the country. Kathryn Troutman, the company's President, wrote the first book on federal resume writing: Federal Resume Guidebook. The Resume Place can help you with your federal job search and federal resume.

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