Waiting for the job market to recover? Some workers can't
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AK -- The theory has it that disgruntled employees across the nation will start sending out their resumes once the weak economy turns around. But some workers can't wait that long. They feel overworked, underpaid and unappreciated, and things are so bad for them that they want a new gig now.
One Minneapolis-based advertising professional decided to switch jobs in April because morale at her former employer was so bad "people were dropping like flies." Christina - who didn't want her full name used for fear of burning her bridges in her industry - was also upset that she only received a token raise after being promoted and taking on more work. And Bobby E. is pondering a job move because he's also disgruntled. His job involves supporting front-line sales representatives at a Louisiana-based telecommunications firm, and lately he's been forced to work mandatory overtime as the firm keeps cutting corners.
An annual labor study by Snagajob.com, a jobs website, found that 22 percent of employed individuals in the United States have changed jobs in the last year, that's up from 18 percent in 2010. Of course, with the jobless rate still hovering at 9 percent, not everyone will be able to find a job, but the fact that more workers are searching for a job doesn't bode well for employers, said Shawn Boyer, CEO of Snagajob.
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Job seekers should craft their technical skills
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Unemployment rates are up and job-seekers are still searching. Finding a job opening is difficult in a tough economy. But there is promise for those crafting their technical skills. Students at Pulaski Technical College are hoping the right combination of chemicals make their science project successful. They also hope the right combination of training and opportunity that insures they're working toward a job that is in high demand when they graduate.
It's a high-tech world out there," says Tim Jones. "We've got to have people who are qualified for jobs that require advanced degrees." Jones is with Pulaski Tech and says STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs are what's hot now. "We have people who are going directly into jobs in computer networking and these are jobs that are not going away," he says. "Simply because everybody uses a computer and every business has a computer network."
Instructor of Physics and Chemistry, Bruce Schulte is excited about the opportunities for students today. "Physicists as well as the other engineering and mathematics fields are finding employment despite the recession," says Schulte. Schulte says most students at technical colleges are not the typical 18 to 20 year old. Often students here have delayed college or are returning for a better future. "We have former chefs that are now taking science courses," he says. "We have former waitresses that are moving into the nursing fields." According to the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics the fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will be in health care and computer sciences.
Using reverse psychology to get a job
BURNSVILLE, MN -- You're out of work and seeking a job. You're doing everything right--use a resume that sets you apart from other applicants, belong to several networking groups, schedule informational interviews, apply and follow up on many job postings. In the midst of these activities, consider the benefits of volunteering to do work consistent with your training and/or experience. Pick companies for whom you would like to work, contact the director or supervisor of the department in which you have experience or training, and offer your services.
Decide in advance how much time on a regular basis you can spare, while managing all your other responsibilities. Contact hiring managers personally, tell them, "My name is John/Alice Smith and I am an experienced project manager, currently seeking employment. I'm between positions at the moment and would like to stay in practice by volunteering my services in your company. I can come in regularly for several hours weekly up to a day a week or more."
Never give up. Continue contacting companies until one says yes. There's no better way to earn your way into a company than by proving that you can do great work for them, stay in practice doing what you do best, and changing your resume to reflect you are currently working - volunteer or paid, you still have to know how to do an excellent job and that should show on your resume. Even if the voluntary effort doesn't turn into a hire, your name could come up in the future.
Job Search tool: Organize your search and save time!
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are you tired of going to several job sites every day and searching each one separately? Do you dread submitting your resume & cover letter over and over for every job you apply to? Do you find it difficult to keep track of where you sent your resume for future follow up? Now a new service called MyJobHunter.com solves all that and more!
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Be prepared for your job interview
MCLEAN, VA -- When you are interviewing, you are a bit nervous, waiting for those questions that you wished you were prepared for. Sometimes we are asked questions that we have difficulty answering effectively. Here are some tips: Why does this position interest you? Or they may ask, "Why have you applied for this job?" Wrong approach: "It interests me because I think it will offer me a lot of challenges, and I'll get a chance to learn a lot." Good response: "As you may note from my resume, my background and your available position mirror each other. Additionally, I feel I bring (experience and qualities) to your organization. This is precisely the position I have been looking for."
What is your greatest weakness? Wrong response: "I can't think of any." Good response: Admit that you have them and describe one or two that wouldn't negatively affect the job. For instance, "I like to stay late and work extra." Even if they don't like you to do that, they'll be impressed. What is your greatest achievement? Wrong response: Something personal, like your family. Good response: Use the job description ad for this position and describe something similar from your most recent job you are proud of, such as creating a new procedure that saved your previous employer lots of money. Be specific with the information.
Why do you want to quit your present job? Wrong approach: "My boss and I do not see eye to eye. He gives me a lot of problems." Right approach: "When I heard about this position, this appears to be a terrific opportunity."
Affordable way to ensure a more focused job search
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- There's nothing easy about job searching. What's especially frustrating for many job seekers is a disappointing response rate. However, it's important to note that a job search is based on a numbers game. For example: If you get your resume in front of 1000 hiring managers, you should get 10-50 quality responses leading up to 5 interviews. If you don't pay attention to 'how' you are sending your resumes, your actions might only serve to put your resume in a pile with hundreds of others.
Consider a more focused approach to your job search. A search that increases the number and quality of responses by using a targeted list of industries and decision makers who are looking for people with your skills. This new type of search also employs an affordable delivery system that ensures your resume will be seen by the right person. Impossible?
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Job report: Healthcare jobs continue to increase
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A grim unemployment report is the centerpiece of political debate, yet healthcare jobs continue to increase. The ugly truth, according to the Sept. 2 employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is that the nation's unemployment rate held at 9.1%, with 14 million unemployed persons--essentially unchanged from August. As reported previously, healthcare jobs increased. The Bureau's Career Guide to Industries, 2010-2011 Edition notes, "Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population."
Diving further into the Guide, specifically under Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing, there are some descriptions of packaging automation, filling, sealing, and labeling. In the outlook portion of this section, the Guide notes, "The number of wage and salary jobs in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing is expected to increase by 6 percent over the 2008-2018 period, compared with 11 percent projected for all industries."
On the surface, that number appears at odds with healthcare's overall growth, indicating modest job growth in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing. The outlook says job prospects, "should be favorable, particularly for life scientists with a doctoral degree. Unlike many other manufacturing industries, the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry is not highly sensitive to changes in economic conditions. Even during periods of high unemployment, work is likely to be relatively stable in this industry. Additional openings will arise from the need to replace workers who transfer to other industries, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons."
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