Yesterday I was chatting with Brian Russell, the guy behind Carrboro Creative Coworking, about the economy. We both agreed we’re seeing tentative signs that some sectors of the economy are ticking ever so slowly back up. It’s not always easy to see the bright side in financial times like these, but I have noticed that some clients are increasing marketing/promotional spend and new clients are in the market. I can only see this as good news.

The trend that really resonates is the return to professional development spending. Corporations are beginning to reinvest in their employees. I don’t know if it’s a desire to increase the value of human capital or a need to create efficiencies because of smaller headcounts. All I know is we’ve had a couple of clients free up some funds for writing training, and some new folks have begun exploring the idea. You can learn more about our training programs here.

Another indicator: The Labor Department reported yesterday that new applications for unemployment benefits dropped dramatically to the lowest level in 14 weeks. Some observers say this signal an end to the rampant layoffs that have plagued the economy for the last 18 months. However, the number of unemployed people rose to 6.35 million, a record for a 14th consecutive week.

Which means there we'll continue helping people who’re unemployed, through corporate outplacement services and our direct work assisting people in developing stronger job search packages. We’ve added another workshop to our Effective Writing Series – Careers Edition: Facebook and Twitter and Blogs! Oh, My! You can review the full series here.

I’ve also been doing free one-on-one cover letter and resume consultations at Carrboro Creative Coworking. The next session is on Wednesday, May 27 from 10a.m.-1p.m. Registration required at, or 919-442-5300.

Well, that’s all for now. Gotta head back to the factory floor!