What’s My “Women’s Issue”?
The ECONOMY…JOBS! I’m hearing a lot of discussion about which candidate will best serve women’s issues this political season. I’d like to share my perspective of why my top “women’s issue” is not specific to women at all! I’ve come to the conclusion that I am most comfortable with Scott Wilk representing this issue for me in Sacramento.
As a business-owner in the job search industry, I am deeply aware of the challenges of today’s California job seekers. We’ve lost a significant number of manufacturers to other states and internationally. When I began my career as a corporate trainer and speechwriter for an Illinois-headquartered international manufacturing company, California was indeed the “Golden State”… the absolute hotbed of aerospace, electronic, electrical industrial manufacturing and distribution. I had to travel to California more than any other state in the country because of the huge amount of business my company conducted in California. Manufacturers, distributors, representatives, customers, competitors, conferences… so much industry and opportunity was here in California.
Here’s why I’ve chosen a man, this man, to work for me on this terrifically important “women’s issue”. When I listened to Scott Wilk explain his views on the challenges to our California economy, he’s convinced me that he can join with others to actually DO something about the jobs we’re losing to other states.
I’ll paraphrase Scott from Canyon Theatre Guild Forum on Monday evening: while other states are now rolling out the red carpet to business, California just rolls out more red tape! (I will add that when I attended the gathering on Monday evening, I expected to hear a debate between Scott, Patricia McKeon, & Paul Stirckland. I was very disappointed to only be able to hear one candidate. And I was ready to listen!)
So now, just how am I supposed to help my California job seekers to find career opportunities if the “powers that be” in Sacramento won’t take AGGRESSIVE action to retain a business-friendly economic policy? No companies = no jobs, or at best, lower paying jobs. Households can’t survive on one under-paying job. Everyone of working age has to struggle to juggle part time jobs, or underemployment. They’re terrified.
I need someone in Sacramento to formulate the solutions, and to mine the relationships (ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE)! I need someone who knows with whom to speak, and with whom to negotiate… how to operate within the system and where the system is broken. I need someone who can think deeply for the more complicated layers, to have the experience to know what really will work! This is a complex hiring decision! The economy is my top “women’s issue”, and we must send Scott Wilk to Sacramento so he can start working on it for all of us.
Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, executive coaching and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-702-1345.