Monthly Archives: June 2011

HOW DO YOU THRIVE

BY: Adam Gavriel

New research conducted by a Gallup poll has reported that underemployment has been affecting higher educated Americans more than other demographics. Underemployment differs from unemployment as it has more to do with how the potential workforce in America is being utilized, rather than taking into account who works and who doesn’t.

The reported numbers say that the number has dropped 17% of higher educated American’s who rather their lives as “thriving.” This number is the highest difference in points between % of those surveyed thriving while employed versus thriving while underemployed.

On the other hand, although the difference between “thriving” is greatest between higher educated American’s, those without a college education have a lower percent recorded of thriving. Also noted is the fact that 60% of all employed Americans consider themselves thriving, while 67% of college graduates and 71% of postgraduates consider themselves thriving.

It doesn’t stop there.

Gallup also conducted a survey on age groups, men, women, race, and income.

Men beat woman by 1% (15 to 14) in the difference between thriving while employed and thriving while underemployed.

The demographic of 30-44 year olds take being underemployed the hardest as there is a decrease in 23% of those who believe they are still thriving.

Whites among the other ethnicities have a 16% decrease, the highest among those surveyed.

And possibly the most surprising of them all, those surveyed in the $90,000 + a year income bracket have a 13% decrease in thriving while employed versus underemployed, beating out less than $36K and the $36K-$89,999 salaried classes by 4 percentage points.

Through this study it can be determined that how one views themselves comes all about expectations. College grads and higher educated Americans tend to have higher goals and beliefs in what they should be accomplishing in the workplace at a certain time in their life. When things aren’t going there way it seems to be the higher educated that take it the hardest, maybe realizing that some of their dreams in life aren’t going the way they want it to.

Here on out of our mind we’ve posted many tips and hints in how to help you get that next job and impress your next potential employer.

Crossroads Consulting offers job openings, resume optimization, and interview preparation helpthat can help you get back to where you believe you thrive.

Also make sure to like us on facebook, and follow us on twitter!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HASH

BY: Adam Gavriel

When twitter launched in mid Mid-July 2006 it launched itself as a social media tool that could be used for micro-blogging or consumer management. Fast-forward to today and twitter has evolved itself into its own monster. With upwards of 200 million users, twitter has become one of the main focal points of social media along with Facebook, LinkedIn and other tools.

What Twitter has over Facebook and LinkedIn are quick easy services that allow users to easily find what they want. One of these features is the hashtag. For those of you that don’t know, a hashtag on Twitter is when you precede a word with a pound sign (#), so, #CrossroadsConsulting for example.

Hashtagging becomes a useful tool because it easily opens up a group for other Twitter users to monitor similar tweets. The origin of the hashtag can be placed back to older chat based clients on computers like IRC (internet relay chat). In these instant message and chat clients, users would all be able to join the same chat room by theme or general interest. Some of these chat rooms included #NHL, #HRManagement, and #Recruitment. Internet relay chats like mIRC still exist and are still used today.

When Twitter launched it aimed to do the same thing as clients like mIRC by opening up these hashtagging capabilities. For example, when watching a new show on TV, let’s say comedy central, you may notice that in the bottom right-hand corner during the new episode of South Park #Southpark. This is an example of hashtagging being used the right way as Comedy Central uses it to open up a gateway to easily monitor what their fans think of the new episode, as well as allowing their fans an easier way to quickly communicate with one another.

Now maybe it is unfair on how to say someone is using hashtagging the right way over others, but as time has gone by and more and more people have jumped on to twitter, hashtagging has evolved.

Many Twitter users today use hashtagging to quote a theme of their tweet. I see this most among professional athletes and college students. I myself am guilty of tweeting a hashtag as a theme of a tweet rather than as opening a channel for others to discuss when I tweeted “Soccer at 430? Wish me luck #OutOfShape.” This is just the way the hashtag has evolved in even my limited time on Twitter.

Over the next few days we at @EmploymentDepot will be trying to bring hashtagging back to the professional Twitter world. Within our tweets you will now begin finding #NewBlog, #Recruitment, or #JobOpportunity. Opening up these channels will make it easy for our fans to find what they are looking for from our twitter account as easy as possible, and hopefully more professionals jump into these tags and help them become social media fixtures for the recruitment industry.

We look forward to your feedback on these decisions.

Remember to follow us on Twitter, like on Facebook and connect with LinkedIn.

Be sure to continue browsing our Job Openings at the Crossroads Consulting website and never hesitate to mention us on Twitter or send an email with any questions you may have.

DON’T JUDGE A BOOK (UNEMPLOYMENT) BY IT’S COVER

BY: Adam Gavriel

It appears we’re sticking with some solid proverbs here on out of our mind. Last week it was “know before you go” and today it is “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Today’s blog won’t actually be covering a book, but it will be breaking down the cover.

The 9.1% unemployment rate that was recorded in May for the US seems to go so much deeper than just that number. People now referring to the time we’re in as “The Great Recession” believe this to be one of the hardest economic downturns the country has taken since The Great Depression.

A statistic from an article in the USNews published yesterday says that nearly 3 million Americans who are unemployed have stopped their search for the next job. This to me is the most disheartening statistic of them all, but it goes further. The article reports that Hiring reports have skydived to 10,248 in May down from nearly 60,000 in April.

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PRESENTING YOURSELF

BY: Adam Gavriel

When you look in the mirror what do you see?

Do you see a successful; did whatever they could in life, no regrets man or woman staring back at you? Probably, if you’re human.

We grow up our whole lives with our mothers telling us how great we are. With significant others and spouses telling us we’re perfect and we have nothing we need to change about ourselves (most of the time…maybe).

Now if only your mother was the person who was doing the hiring at a firm, you’d get the job 100 times out of 100. Unfortunately (for all of us) this isn’t the case.

The hiring process is all about presentation.

Interning for Crossroads Consultingfor about 2 months now I have seen many resumes come through the job postings I have on the internet. Now I’m no expert as my resume, interview, and cover letter skills all come from a course I took at the University at Buffalo (MGG 300) but I know what is pleasing to the eye.

Flashy fonts, colors other than black, graphics are all unnecessary on a resume. Some of those may even make you come off as unprofessional to employers. If hiring managers had it their way, there would be one absolute set way to present yourself in a resume, unfortunately there isn’t. There are many ways to develop a successful resume, and it’s all about presenting yourself.

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog here on Out of Our Mind, you’ll know that we have blogged before about quick resume tips (see the Three R’s to Resume Writing).

Quick tips won’t solve everything.

What will solve everything is taking the time to let a professional look at your resume. Or if you’re not comfortable with that, hand your resume to a friend and see what they think. Ask them key questions like: How do you think I presented myself here? If you were a hiring manager, would you keep this resume?

Fortunately there are services out there that can help you. At Crossroads Consulting we offer resume optimizationservices that will help you best present your abilities to an employer.

What many lose sight of in their plight to perfect their resume is the fact that it’s not all about the resume. The resume is just the gateway, only used by employers to judge who gets an interview. Why would an employer give an interview to someone who can’t present themselves well?

I wouldn’t.

INTERVIEW PREPARATION

BY: Adam Gavriel

In this blog today, we’ll give you just a preview of what Crossroads Consulting can do you for as part of an interview preparation guideline.

To steal a saying from the local weather and traffic channel: “know before you go” is a key phrase to remember when you have an interview scheduled. You’ve finally been set up with the employer of the job you have been eyeing on Crossroads Consulting’s job openings listand you are ready to go. Your resume and cover letters are set, your suit is ironed, you look good and feel good. But a sinking feeling comes over you, what exactly are you going to be asked in this interview? Who is going to be interviewing you? Do you know anything about the company you’re interviewing for? Again, “know before you go.”

My brother always tells me that one of the most underrated computer skills out there is the ability to use Google. Let’s say for arguments sake that you were in fact interviewing for a position at Google. What can you learn from a simple Google query about your potential interview? In short, it’s everything.

All readily available to you on the internet are the names of the founders of Google, the head of HR, and even the Google ethics code. All major things you can learn about the organization that can be used in an interview. So when the interviewer sits you down and asks why you chose to apply to Google you can reply with facts like…

· CNN money rated Google the #4 best company to work for in 2011

· I agree with many of the ethics codes and conducts outlined in the ethics policy

· I’ve been following Google’s growth for many years and am intrigued at their entrance to social media with Google buzz, Google wave, and the new Google +1 button.

These three random facts, all from the internet out of 100s available to you will help you set yourself aside from the competition on game day. When the interviewer looks back on the candidates he or she met that day they’ll remember the name (insert your name here) and how they knew so much about the company. The fact that you took the time to research the company can go a long way in showing you’re interest in working there in the future.

If you liked what you read here, please make sure to come on over to our website and see all the services we offer including interview preparation.

Also make sure to follow us on twitter, like us on facebook, and connect on LinkedIn.

But especially don’t forget to “Know before you go.”

UNEMPLOYMENT TIME IS NOT VACATION TIME

BY: Adam Gavriel

While managing the Crossroads Consulting twitter @EmploymentDepotI came across a tweet that really engaged my interest as it read along the lines of: “Use your time unemployed to better yourself and discover new interests. Knowledge is power” forgive me as I seem to have trouble finding it now and don’t remember it word for word.

It got me thinking. Knowing now that roughly 70% of Americans know someone who is currently out of work and looking for it, while many of that same 70% know someone who has given up on the hopes of finding a new job. This is the kind of tweet that should reach millions and hopefully change the perspective they may have on their current life predicament.

Unfortunately (for the sake of this blog) I cannot relate to the many Americans out there today out of work, at the young age of 21 I’ve been lucky enough to come across steady part-time jobs as I need them while never having the burden of looking for full time work. I can however understand that time unemployed can be a very frustrating time. Bills piling up with no income to pay them off with, feeling like there is no end in sight. Feeling stuck in employment purgatory as a cartoon I saw today explains…

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As part of putting the “human” back in human resources as our mission, Crossroads Consulting has tweeted and blogged many things to help you get out of the rut you may find yourself in.

Blogs on resume, cover letter, and interview tips are out there everywhere (including here on out of our mind) to help set you aside from the competition. If it helps your field, maybe try learning a new skill to put on your resume. Work with computers? Try learning Flash, HTML, C++ or other types of programming tools that you can put on a resume in a field highlighted with the title “Computer Skills” to gain an employer’s attention.

It may not be the free time you WANT but it’s the free time you HAVE to do what YOU want to do with it. Why not spend it making yourself appear better? Crossroads Consulting can help you on this path. With upwards of 50 job openings on the website, resume optimization services and interview preparation Crossroads Consulting is here to get you back into that 9-5 grind you hate while you’re in but crave when it’s gone.

JOB CONFIDENCE WANING

BY: Adam Gavriel

According to a telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports 31% of American Adults believe that unemployment will be higher a year from today. This report comes at a 5 point increase from March. However, the same study showed that 29% of American adults believe the unemployment rate will go down, while 32% believe it will stay about the same.

Even with the increasing uncertainty in the unemployment rate, 21% of Americans believe that the job market is better now than it was a year ago. The statistics stay consistent when the report continues to say that 39% believe the job market is worse.

Also interesting is that workers under 30 (Generation Y and X) are more doubtful about the future of the job market than the older workers.

Now after the survey recorded in June, 3 out of 4 employees believe that when they leave their job it will be on their terms. This number is up from the 72% that was reported in May, as you can read in a post on out of our mind here. This number remains reasonable as the 19% of the same adults surveyed reported that their firms were currently hiring, while 23% reported that their firms are currently laying people off.

In today’s uncertain economy it all comes down to how prepared you are as an employee. The roughly 75% of workers who believe that when they leave their job it will be on their terms could be in for a hard surprise when it’s not. These same 75% of employees may not have a current resume finished and ready to send to employers while the 25% of those that are wary will more likely than not be prepared to get started on the hunt. It all comes down to preparation.

Stressed in every blog here on out of our minds is having that great resume and cover letter, being prepared for an interview. Knowing everything you can learn about a firm you are applying to can make or break your status as an applicant.

This is where Crossroads Consulting comes into play. Not only do we have the job listings for you, but we’ll walk you through every step of the way if you need us to with resume optimization and interview preparation services. At Crossroads Consulting we take pride in every resume we handle to make sure we are showing you off to the employer in the most efficient way.

Stop being so down on the economy and start doing something about it. Reading in that Rasmussen report that some potential employees looking for work have given up their search was extremely disheartening. It’s time to exhaust every opportunity you can. Have your resume optimized with us and begin sending it out to employers. Get your name out there and start making an impact on the job market today.

Make sure to follow Crossroads Consulting on twitter, like us on facebook, and connect with us on LinkedIn. Building that connection on social media could be your first step towards that new job.