Top Career Advice Stories Of The Decade

How COVID19 Has Impacted The Job Market


By Dorothy York, President and CEO of North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

For millions of Americans displaced by COVID 19 related business closures, which are either temporary or permanent, there are employers across the country in need of hiring for thousands of roles.  While some organizations have been forced to make cuts, others are hiring to meet increased demand.  “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is advice attributed to Confucius and is an idea that is popular with many career-minded Americans today. 

Whether people are focussed on short-term solutions that will get them through a challenging time, or if they are considering long-range goals, getting expert advice on how to find a job and manage work-life balance in the mean time, is a great first step.  Thousands of editors nationwide have been helping job searchers and employers by publishing feature news articles with helpful advice from trusted sources.  If you have a way to help, tell your story. 

To help our clients choose formats that are getting the best results, North American Precis Syndicate ranks the top feature news stories of the year by the highest number of placements in media outlets nationwide.  We have compiled the results to show the top feature news stories of the decade, those that have performed brilliantly, way above and beyond what is typically expected. 

The most successful stories included attractive color photos or infographics, helpful advice from experts, celebrity spokespeople, the latest statistics, results from surveys, trends, time-saving tips, money saving ideas and other helpful information.  The stories targeted people across various demographic groups and related to safe, enjoyable and prosperous experiences, protecting the health, and assets, of the readers, their friends and family members. 

We are passionate about working on the kinds of stories that help millions of people nationwide with the news that is potentially life saving or can improve the quality of their lives. 

To name a few, here are examples of the top career advice stories of the decade. These are from some of the best and brightest communications professionals for some of the most demanding management teams at leading organizations:

1- LinkedIn:
“Five Steps Toward Successful Job Hunting”

For people who are just starting their careers, looking for a new job or considering an entirely different career, tips were offered for tools that are at the fingertips of readers. 

“Three Tips To Get The Job You’ve Always Wanted”

For those looking for a fulfilling and rewarding career, advice is offered for how to network, including a way to make it easy for recruiters to find them.   

“Take A Moment To Thank Your Mentor”

For expanding quality youth mentor experiences in the U. S., to bring thousands of mentoring opportunities to people’s fingertips, reader were alerted about new resources

“Millenials: Should We All Be Following Their Lead?

Readers were informed about how volunteering could be good for them and the community, and alerted that to proudly add their social impact to their profiles may help their careers.  

2- BookTrib: “Stay-At-Home Dads”

A book story, “Lean On — The Five Pillars of Support for Women in Leadership,” was about a man who put his career plans to the backseat to support his wife, a successful executive.

3- Philips: “Caregivers Take Care: How To Keep Your Caregiving Duties From Overwhelming You”

For 40 million Americans who care for their aged loved ones, advice was offered to help them feel empowered, lighten the burden and help achieve a new sense of control over their jobs.

4- Chrysler: “Helping Working Mothers Keep Their Balance”

Readers were alerted about a variety of flexible work programs to enable working moms to balance the demands of a challenging career and a growing family. 

5- Lexus: “Learning Golf Can Be Good For Your Career”

Readers were informed how, for many women looking to advance their careers, the grass is greener on the golf course, enabling them to earn more, network, and to build confidence   

6- Kellogg’s: “Up Close & Personal With U. S. Olympic Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler”

Passion that led to a successful career was the story of a celebrity Olympic athlete who inspired others to rise and thrive, starting with a healthy, satisfying breakfast.

7- Guidant Financial: “Boomers Pursue Business Ownership Over Retirement”

For entrepreneurs who want to start a small business, often those not ready for retirement or wanting a new lifestyle, a financing option called Rollover as Business Startups was described.

8- Robert L. Dilenschneider Book: “50 Plus Critical Career Decisions For The Rest Of Your Life”

Book Author, founder of The Dilenschneider Group, offered wise advice and down-to-earth insights that couldn’t be more timely and necessary for America’s baby boomers.

9- Experience Works: “Older Workers Can Bring A World Of Experience”

To improve the lives of low-income older people through employment, community service and job training, this federally funded organization recognized America’s outstanding older workers. 

10- International Coach Federation: “Understanding Yourself: Global Coaching Study”

To succeed in life and in their careers, readers were encouraged to consult professional coaches.  Results of a study revealed trends that emerged during a global recession. 

11- AARP/ Life Reimagined/LifeMap: “Purpose And Passion May Prolong Life”

For those reflecting, evaluating their goals, choices, priorities, or careers, readers were alerted about a personal guidance system which gives access to coaches and interactive programs.   

12- Crown: “Six Steps Toward A More Satisfying Career”

For the majority of American’s who change jobs every few years, advice was offered for finding a satisfying, meaningful career, with a test that analyzes personality, interests, skills and values. 

13- CareerBuilder:
“Smart Move Tips On Relocating For A New Job”

Survey results were revealed, indicating nearly a third of employers would be willing to pay for relocating an employee, especially for positions related to technology. 

“Finding A Job May Mean Getting More Niche”

For millions of Americans struggling to find employment, experts advised tapping into niche job sites, based on industry, location or skill level. 

14- Kelly Services: “Free Agents Redefine The Workplace”

Results of a survey were revealed, indicating the trends toward working as a free agent, and advice was offered for those who were interested in changing their career paths. 

15- National Association of Professional Women: “Women Helping Women Succeed”

For women looking to advance their careers, improve or promote their businesses, readers were alerted about the fastest-growing professional women’s organizations in the country.

16- New York Life:
“Consider A Recession Proof Career”

For the many people that had seen the recession as an opportunity to change careers, advice was offered on becoming a life insurance agent, including the benefits of doing so.

“A Company Is Hiring And Provides A Career Path For Women”

For women who need flexibility in their schedules, to accommodate the demands of both jobs and family, a career as a life insurance agent was reported to be rewarding. 

17- Guardian:
“Are You Ready For A Career Change?”

For Gen Xers that prefer careers that allow them to take control over their lives, readers were encouraged to consider whether becoming a life insurance agent was a good fit for them.  

“Career Changing Advice”

During a challenging economy, readers were alerted that insurance companies were hiring and advice was given on three steps to get started with a career change.  

18- Assurex: “Insurance Industry Seeks Talent”

For recent college graduates seeking a first job or for sales professionals looking for a career change, advice was offered for five steps for finding a lasting insurance career.

19- Direct Selling Association: “More Working Women Find Flexibility And Job Satisfaction With Direct Selling”

For women looking for a career with flexibility, readers were alerted to opportunities with a Forbes 100 most trusted company, advantages, and steps to get started.  

20- Reckitt Benckiser: “How To Find A Challenging Job That’s Right For You”

For entrepreneurial-minded people, suggestions and tips were offered from company experts at this multinational corporation, for those contemplating their next career moves. 

21- Carfax: “Picking A Great Place To Work”

For those wanting a career in consumer information technology, readers were asked to consider a company that had been recognized as a “Top Workplace.”

22- Department of Labor (DOL)  Books: “A Novel Look At Work”

DOL offered a list of commemorative books called “Books that Shaped Work in America,” which explores the dignity of work and our progress in expanding opportunities for all. 

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