Monthly Archives: July 2011

SHOW ME THE MONEY / JOBS!!!

BY: Adam Gavriel

Over the course of someone’s work career they may find themselves moving because of a job promotion, or out of necessity. Not all of us can be so lucky to have to move from one city to another due to a promotion, but most of us over the course of our lives will find ourselves moving from city to city to search work like a nomad living off buffalo.

Well like the buffalo’s of old, jobs too may seem nearly extinct to the job searcher which is why it’s time to find out just where the job opportunities are.

According to a graphic on Indeed.com (see map below) out of the 50 most populous metro areas in the US, San Jose, California has the most available jobs posted per 1000 people at 187. Interestingly enough, the unemployment rate in CA sat at 11.8% in June 2011, 2.6% over the national average.

The four lowest rated Metropolitan areas were Detroit (39 jobs posted/1000 people), Buffalo (35), Miami (35), Rochester (34) and New Orleans (30).

On the local job scene for Connecticut residents interestingly, Hartford is ranked 8thamong the Top 50 metropolitan areas at a  surprising 94 jobs posted per 1000 people. Connecticut’s unemployment rate for June 2011 was 9.1% under the 9.2% national average.

New York residents may be surprised to learn that they have three of its cities in the bottom seven of the Top 50 (including Manhattan) while its unemployment rate in June 2011 was 8% a full percentage point and change under the national average.

As a firm based in the Connecticut area, Crossroads Consultingbelieves that together we can continue to lower the unemployment rate one person at a time as we help those who are unhappy in their present position and especially those who are currently unemployed, find jobs.  If this report tells us one thing, it’s that there are jobs out there to be had. Having an ally on your side like Crossroads Consulting can do nothing but help.

Be sure to check out Crossroads Consulting’s own job openings to see if you’re a fit. Also, take note of the fact that with so many people out there looking, having your resume look it’s very best is going to be critical to you beating out so many other candidates. Crossroads Consulting also offers a resume optimizationservice that is far more reasonable than virtually any other out there. We also offer interview preparation services as well, also at a very reasonable price.

Our main mission is to help you get in into that new job and if you’re hiring to find the right person for your needs.

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KEEP YOUR CHIN UP, ‘CAUSE CHANCES ARE WAY DOWN

BY: Adam Gavriel

Goldman Sachs believes that America’s economic growth will only be a shade of what it once was. Predicting that the U.S. will only report a rise of 1.5% in the second quarter and continue to grow slowly at a rate of 2% in the third quarter, Sachs believes that America will continue to be in the “Great Recession.”

These numbers came at a big surprise to economist Jan Hatzuis who predicted a rise of 2% in the 2ndquarter followed be a big increase to 3.25% in the third quarter.

Consumer confidence has also fell almost 20% recently, going back to its level only previously seen in 2009 when Citi was facing bankruptcy.

Many believe that the fall of consumer confidence as well as the slow overall growth of the economy has to do with the impending debt ceiling and how the US plans to deal with it.

The slower the growth, the lower the consumer confidence, the higher the unemployment. Goldman Sachs has already upped their prediction for end of the year unemployment numbers from 8.25% to 8.75% after the discouraging reported growth of the US economy. Even though the 8.75% will be a smaller number than the current 9.2% some states, most likely including Connecticut, will still be operating at an unemployment number of greater than 9% (In May, CT reported a 9.1% unemployment rate – and hasn’t been at under 9% since 8.9% in 11/09).

With all the economic troubles, and the hit Japan took with the earthquake (congratulations on the World Cup win, can’t wait for the movie) the world’s economy, specifically the US economy, seems to be at a halt within itself.

Let’s break this down.

The higher the unemployment rate, the more people there are looking for jobs (obvious) however what’s not so obvious is the underlying meaning beneath this number. The higher the unemployment, the more competition there is for jobs. The more competition there is for jobs, the more selective companies can be. Selective companies can be a recruiters nightmare, but not for Crossroads Consulting. As a Connecticut based executive search and recruitment firm Crossroads Consulting is insulted by the 9% unemployment rate in CT.

Understanding that the higher unemployment gets the more “picky” companies can get, we aim to put the “human” back into human resources on every level.

We know you may not have time to build up your resume and perfect it to send to an employer. We can do that for you.

We know that you may have just gotten laid off from a company you’ve worked for the past 15 years and don’t remember how to interview. We can help you with that too.

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog this summer you’ve gotten great advice on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing, things nobody should be giving away for free but we did anyway.

Take a trip to our website and see what we have to offer.

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When we say we’re here to help on every level, we mean it. Let’s eliminate CT unemployment together.

THE ONLY THING RISING, IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, IS PEOPLE’S FRUSTRATION

BY: Adam Gavriel

According to a report by CBIZ small business hiring increased from 0.67% in June after increasing just 0.22% in May. At first glance this number looks somewhat promising, but among the small business (companies with 300 or less employees) surveyed, 49% maintained their current number of employees. On the other hand 22% decreased employees while 29% reported an increase in hiring.

Philip Noftsinger believes that the little growth in June when there should have been an extreme increase due to seasonal hiring shows that there is little to no confidence in this number rising substantially any time soon. Noftsinger expects the small business sector will remain weak through the third and possibly fourth quarters of this year.

However it is also important to note that the small business sector remains just that, small. Any rapid growth in this area is hard to come by since the sector thrives on long-term economic growth to succeed and it is very unlikely to show a rapid increase in such a short amount of time.

Although the numbers have increased, it was just a few fractions of a percent which continues to make those observing it weary about the future of small business hiring.

On the other hand among all this data is a report that sales of small businesses earning an average $350,000 in revenue have increased 8% in the second quarter of this year. But this number too is also deceiving. The only reason the number has increased 8% is that small business owners are losing confidence and not asking for the market prices they once were demanding. According to a report by BizBuySale.com buyers paid a median of $25,000 less than market value for purchased small business in the 2ndquarter.

According to the study, 45% of all businesses sold were in the service sector, while 26% were retail.

When times in the nation are bad it is the small businesses that are hit first. Not being able to keep up with the big chains that run them out of business, the mom and pop shops of the world begin to suffer.

At Crossroads Consulting we know the hardship that is going out there and that’s why we strive to put the “Human” back into Human Resources. With job openings that are updated daily we also offer resume optimizationand interview preparation for the job seekers. Not only that but if you’ve been keeping up with the blog here at Out of Our Minds you know that we have posted quick write ups on how to improve your skills. We browse resumes daily that are posted online in order to find those people that we feel we can help.

Send in your resume today, and we’ll help you find the career you’ve always been looking for.

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YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?

Resume Objective

BY: Adam Gavriel

Searching for a job right now? Take a look at your resume quick. If next to the objective you have something like “Looking to obtain a job in the marketing field” you have already found one of your problems. There’s a reason your objective is to be placed at the top of the resume and that’s because it is the gateway to the rest of your experiences and skills. It is used to prepare the reader, and hopefully future employer, about what your resume entails and what kind of skills you have built up over the years. However above all, you can use your resume to show the employer that you’re interested in helping them, but not just yourself.

Take a look back at the objective at the top of the blog here: “Looking to obtain a job in the marketing field.” One way to easily beef up this objective would be to simply add “Looking to obtain a job in the marketing field where I can apply my social media skills.” Right away you’re showing the employer what you’re all about, or what your biggest strength in the marketing field is. Then when the reader continues to read further down your resume they don’t need to be surprised that you have experience with social media.

Let’s take it even further.

When an employer is thinking about hiring a new employee they’re not thinking about how they can help that employee but how that employee can help their firm. Knowing this it’s never a bad thing to show the employer that you’re interested in applying your skills not to further your career but to aid the firm in their ultimate goal. “Looking to obtain a job in the marketing field where I can apply my social media skills in order to build and maintain rapport with clientele.” This objective notes that the main goal of this firm is to increase consumer opinion via social media. Going back to a few weeks ago where we blogged about researching the company before you interview, it would also be of great importance to research a company before you write your resume. If you can learn what the main goal of that firm is, and can somehow work it into your resume’s objective the hiring firm will know you’re serious when you send in your resume.

If this same firm’s main goal with social media was to increase consumer activity or consumer spending, that would work in the objective too: “Looking to obtain a job in the marketing field where I can utilize my social media skills in order to build sales and consumer loyalty.”

Right off the bat an objective that appeals directly to the firm will be of greater importance to the hiring manager rather than an objective that is bland, or only in place to build up the interviewee.

This is just one part of what Crossroads Consulting can offer you with our resume service. We will tackle your resume from top to bottom increasing its efficiency and making sure that when an employer reads your resume it best outlines your skills and presents you perfectly.

Remember that we’re always updating our job openings and also make sure to like us on facebook, and follow us on twitter!

Employees Optimistic About Future Employment

BY: Adam Gavriel

According to an article published over at Rasmussen Reports, 40% of American workers believe that their next job will be better than their current job. Sticking with the theme of proverb’s here on www.outofourmind.netI would just like to say that “the grass is always greener on the other side.” This number of 40% is up 6 points since May and is at its highest level since April 2009.

Conversely, 18% say that their next job will be worse or the same, 18% say they will be retiring after their current position and 23% remain undecided.

Over the past year the range of confidence among workers that their next job would be better than the current one saw fluctuations from 27% to 34% which makes this extraordinary number of 40% a severe outlier in terms of recent data.

Also interesting to note is that 28% of those surveyed are currently looking for work.

Confidence levels in terms of whether or not it will be an employee’s decision to leave their current job remain stagnant from last month at 72% while 18% believe it will be their employer’s choice.

Finally of the 596 workers surveyed 39% plan on staying with their current employer for five years or more.

In an interesting turn of events about the same number of people plan on staying at their current position as those who believe their next job will be better than their current one. The sense of job security among those surveyed also remained constant in terms of whose decision it will be to terminate their current employment.

The most interesting of the numbers seems to be the glorified rise from 34% to 40% among workers who believe that their next job will be better than their current job. This goes back to a blog here on out of our mind reporting that new employees who are outside hires are hired at a higher salary than those who are promoted from within, which proves why employees may believe that their next job will be better than their current position, especially if they leave the company they’re currently working for.

Also interesting is the report that 14% of current employees have only been at their job for a year or less. This goes to show an increase in consulting jobs as many people have a hard time trying to find full employment and job from consulting job to consulting job.

At Crossroads Consultingour list of job openings is growing every day. Do you really believe that your next job will be better? Well, then why not start looking? Check out our job openings today and don’t hesitate to email us with any questions you may have. Even if there isn’t a job that you’re interested in send us your resume and we can keep it on file for you.

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FAST FIVE TIPS ON INTERVIEWING

BY: Adam Gavriel

After a long holiday weekend one might find it very hard to remain prudent on their job search. However it is of most importance that you stay keen on your skills and continue to hone your craft. What better way to do that than to sit down to start the week and read these 5 easy tips on interviews. Welcome back to the work week, he’s how we hope to help get you through it…

1. In June we posted here on out of our mind the key phrase: “Know before you go” and it still rings true. Proving to a potential employer your interest in their company through prior knowledge you bring into the interview could make or break your chances at getting a job. Think of it this way, if you were interviewing for a job at Google, how impressed do you think they would be if you could tell them all about their newest social media venture Google+?

2. Another simple one. If you’re on time you’re late, if you’re early you’re on time. It would be in your best interest to get to a job interview at least 15 minutes before it is scheduled. Sitting in the lobby waiting for the interviewer will only give you extra time to prepare for potential questions. It will also show the company that you can be a loyal employee.

3. Dress the part, feel the part. Confidence can show in any manner be it the way you dress or the way you conduct yourself in the interview. Make sure you’re looking sharp.

4. Be prepared. Going back to the “know before you go” saying you should also come to an interview prepared. Just because you have already sent your resume and or cover letter to the company doesn’t mean they always have one handy. Make sure to bring enough copies so you’ll have plenty for anyone who may ask to see a copy at the interview. Also make sure that the resume you bring is as up to date as possible.

5. Know yourself. In short, know who you are, what your skills are, and be sure to be confident and explain yourself thoroughly. How can the interviewer get a grasp of how you can be as an employee if you don’t even know yourself? Make sure you can come up with real-life examples to answer your questions. Talk about a time where you displayed excellent team building skills or took on a role as a leader in a group work environment. Make sure when you leave the room you can walk out with your head held high and that you said everything you wanted to say.

These 5 tips are just a few of what we at Crossroads Consulting can offer you. Along with our resume optimization service and interview preparationwe are updating our current openings every day. Feel free to drop by the website and browse all of our services.

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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, and good luck getting back to work!