Monthly Archives: April 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS…

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They couldn’t fix things in 1921 during that recession…in 1929, the Great Depression nearly sinks America. Nothing dramatically has changed since 2008. Could history be repeating itself? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BY: Adam Gavriel

A report released by the Washington Post Thursday, April 25th states that United States claims for Unemployment Benefits fell 16,000 to 339,000 last week. This is the second lowest number recorded in the past five years, a positive sign for the April employment numbers.

Unfortunately, not every state is feeling the positive upturn of these numbers.

California (24,303), Texas (3,050), Florida (2,623), Indiana (2,372), and Arizona (1,296) saw the biggest increases in applications of unemployment benefits.

New York (14,113), Michigan (5,998), New Jersey (4,204), Ohio (3,036), and Illinois (2,455) saw the biggest reduction of applications for unemployment benefits.

As the United States economy continues to tread slowly in a positive direction, many analysts still fear with the impending government spending cuts, due to the Government Sequester, will have on the American economy and hiring.

On top of this, a report on Wednesday April 24th from Fox Business News suggests that only 40% of small business owners have an optimistic view point of the future of America’s economy. If you’ve been following along here at Out Of Our Mind, you know that Small Business is the engine that turns the hiring in America. Knowing this, it is incredibly worrisome to read that nearly 60% of small business are not planning on hiring full or part-time workers.

So while the numbers trend positive, the future outlook remains somewhat bleak.

This “Great Recession” has hit the American economy very hard. As America works to turn it around and become an economic power once again, the workers grow restless and worried.

As we always say though, the jobs are out there, and it’s getting harder and harder to get a job on your own these days. Fortunately, at Crossroads Consulting, we can help you with every facet of your job search. From finding the right position that you can turn into a career with our over 50 job postings that we are looking to fill today; to a resume service that will make sure your information gets put on the top of the pile, we’re here to help.

At Crossroads Consulting, we want to get Americans working again and we’re doing our part by, “Putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’”

FOLLOW UP OR STAY DOWN

BY: Adam Gavriel

So you’re one of the lucky ones who has been able to get an interview these days. You went into the office, had a sit down with the hiring manager and you feel like you did a good job. Congratulations…but you’re not done yet. Now what, the waiting game?

Of course not!

When it comes to seeking employment, there is no waiting.

You’re next step in the process isn’t to wait for a phone call or an e-mail, but to follow up and be proactive. Sending a follow up e-mail after an interview is a great way to continue to show the employer your interest in the position and your desire to obtain the job.

What you’ll want to do in a follow up e-mail is as follow:

Thank the interviewer, by name, for their time. It’s important to let the interviewer know, in a personable way, how grateful you were that the time was taken out of their day to meet you about the open position.

Reaffirm why you’re a good candidate for the position.  Quickly mention again the skills you currently possess and how they’ll be a positive factor towards the open position. Make sure the interviewer knows why you’re the best person for the job.

If you forgot to mention something important during the interview, do it now. You don’t want to look back on an interview and think that because you forgot to say one important thing, all is lost. Here is your second chance; we all know those don’t come around very often.

Mention something unique about the interview. This lets the interviewer know that you were really paying attention to not only your thoughts on what to say during you’re time talking, but that you were keenly listening to the interviewer when they were talking as well.

Of course, the best part of the follow up e-mail is how unique you can mold it to fit your experience with the interviewer. You want to make this follow up e-mail as personable as you can, while also maintaining a level of respect, integrity, and professionalism.

If you’re looking for more interviewing or resume tips, check out our recommended service. Having trouble getting to the interview stages? We can help you there as well. With over 50 job postings from around the nation (and a few international ones mixed in as well) we’re here to help you get the job you’re looking for.

Remember at Crossroads Consulting, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources!’”

NEWEST EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS, “A PUNCH TO THE GUT”

BY: Adam Gavriel

The United States unemployment numbers for March have been released, and they are less than stellar. While continuing to trend in a positive direction, hiring slowed to a near crawl in the month of March.

Just 88,000 jobs were added to the United States economy dropping the unemployment rate to 7.6% a far cry from the predicted number of near 200,000 jobs being added.

“This is a punch to the gut,” Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama, said on CNBC. “This is not a good number.” 

A bigger factor in the rate dropping 0.1% from February to March may have been the number of Americans who left the workforce altogether. According to a report from the Huffington Post, 496,000 workers left the labor-force completely.

On top of this, the percentage of people eligible for work and looking for work fell to 63.3% its lowest figure since 1979.

The report states that the March report has yet to even feel the force of the “sequester” that is coming from the government, which is predicted to have a huge effect on the United States employment situation.

“Sharp cuts in government spending implemented March 1 are only beginning to show their ugly consequences,” Heather Boushey, an economist with the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, said in an email. “While it’s too early to know what the full impact will be on the unemployment rate, government spending cuts are stealing wind from the sails of the recovery.”

Although trending in a positive direction, the numbers reported this past week speak volumes of the direction this country is headed. While a slow recovery continues to take place, government spending cuts that will come across the board will soon wreak its havoc on the United States jobs report. As spending cuts take effect, more and more organizations will not only cut hiring, but also even begin layoffs.

The optimism of any huge recover is slowly fading away as Americans exit the workforce in fear of the future.

Here at Crossroads Consulting we strongly advise against giving up hope. The jobs are out there, and we have a few of them! Please come over to our website and take a look at the over 50 job postings we have that we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re not confident in your resume helping you grab that position you’ve always wanted, we have you covered there with our recommended resume service.

So now, there’s really only one question we have to ask you. Why haven’t YOU contacted us yet?

Remember, we’re here to put the “human” back into “human resources.”

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS JUMP AGAIN

BY: Adam Gavriel

The first signs of government spending may have just reared its ugly head on the United States unemployment market. According to an article published today by the Denver Post, the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid jumped by 28,000 last week, the third such spike in three weeks. Weekly applications rose to 385,000, the highest number since last November.

Early reports are pointing to the indication that companies are beginning to slow hiring after four months of strong job growth in the United States. From the article:

“We suspect the surge in the last two weeks reflects seasonal adjustment problems more than any fundamental change in the trend, but of course that remains to be seen,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in a note to clients. 

With the March jobs report set to be released tomorrow, economists are expecting nearly 200,000 jobs to be added to the report. These economists may have to check their numbers however, as more and more Americans continue to seek government aid. Growth is not unexpected, however it is expected to be at a much calmer level than that of which we have seen in recent months as companies begin to slow down.

Two reports Wednesday, however, suggested companies may have grown more cautious last month. Services companies grew in March but at a slower pace than in February, according to the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group. Service firms, which include retailers, hotels, restaurants and financial companies, cut back on hiring and a measure of new orders fell.

Several economists have already begun revising their expected numbers for the released March jobs report.

The recovery of the United States job market continues to be a roller coaster ride for many Americans seeking work. At moments it looks like it is ready to boom at any second, but then takes an unexpected fall-off.

While economists are expecting a positive jobs report, it will be at a slower pace than what we have been seeing the past few months. Any growth is certainly a positive, but in order to get the country moving forward again, the pace needs to quicken.

Unfortunately, with government spending cuts looming on the horizon, the trend beginning in March of slow growth is set to continue.

As always, we like to assure our readers that the jobs are out there! Come on over to the Crossroads Consulting website and browse our job openings from across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY! If you’ve been in the job market for a while, but aren’t getting the responses you’re looking for and feel your resume is to blame? We can help you there too with our recommended resume service.

Remember, at Crossroads Consulting we’re here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’