Monthly Archives: August 2013

NEW YORK, NEW YORK?

150By: Adam Gavriel

When you think of New York, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Manhattan? New York City in general? The Empire State Building? Chances are it has something to do with the giant Metropolis Island. Those who don’t live in the Empire State tend to forget about the rest of the state. And while New York City has its own struggles (like those living under the poverty line in a city whose average rent is $3300/month), the rest of New York is also suffering.

The Buffalo News is reporting that for the first time in six years, New York’s job growth rate is trailing the nations job growth rate.

In 2012, New York’s job growth rate dropped from 2.1 percent to 1.8 percent. The United States as a nation experienced a job growth increase of .4 percent from 1.8 percent to 2.2 percent.

Further, from 2007 to 2012, New York lost 100,000 manufacturing jobs, a 16.9 percent decline. The nation in that same time-frame experienced a drop of 14.1 percent in manufacturing. In 2012 alone, New York’s manufacturing jobs declined 3.6 percent.

From the article:

In the one-year period ending in June, the state added 110,000 jobs. It said the growth has been geographically uneven, with private-sector growth up in places like Buffalo, New York City, and the Albany area, but there have been “sizable” private-sector employment declines in Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton, and Elmira.” 

All is not bleak for New York, however.

The released report confirms that New York has done better than the nation as a whole in the education and health care sectors.

On top of that, New York had not gone through any major spikes in housing prices during the recession avoiding a complete collapse of the real estate market.

As a New Yorker lucky enough to spread my living days both in the greater New York City area, and Western New York, I feel privileged to experience such a diverse world in the same state. That’s why I take it to heart even more when I hear my native state is among those struggling. While the positive job growth keeps me optimistic, the rate at which it is going is a nerve-wracking one.

Continuing to read daily about the struggles that not only the nation faces, but that the people of the nation face on a daily basis is heart-breaking. That’s why at Crossroads Consulting we are continuing to push our goal of doing whatever it is we can to get Americans, whether they be New Yorkers or not, working again!

With our job postings from around the nation that we are looking to fill today, we want to hear from YOU now. And with our recommended resume service, we can be there from step 1 to the finish line on your pursuit of a career.

If you were just laid-off, or are one of America’s long-term unemployed, we want to help you TODAY.

As a full-service employment agency, we will do whatever it takes to help you with anything that you bring to our doorstep. Do not hesitate to get in touch as quick as possible.

Remember, at Crossroads Consulting we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’

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BODY LANGUAGE AND THE JOB SEARCH

ImageBY: Adam Gavriel

Getting a job is more than a perfect resume, and nailing an interview; it’s also a visual exercise. Visual first-impressions are, maybe more subconsciously, a very important cue in a hiring manager’s thought-process towards a potential hire.

“‘A candidate can give out thousands of non-verbal cues within the first imnute of meeting a hiring manager, and those messages make more of an impact than the words that you use during the interview,’ says Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. ‘Our body language says a lot about who we are and our emotional state, and poor body language often sends a message that we are stressed or fearful.’” 

This quote is from a Forbes article that discusses just how important body language in your hiring process really is. And it’s not just when you sit down face-to-face with the interviewer, it’s from the moment you walk into the office, and possibly even before.

Of course, the ‘body-reading’ will continue through the entire interview process.

Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are. ‘An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview,’ says Wood.

Forbes offers up 10 interview body language mistakes that could cost you a job offer:

  1. Weak handshake. – Keep it firm, but don’t crush the hiring manager’s hand.
  2. Invading personal space.
  3. Crossing your arms. – Simple, don’t do this. Don’t be afraid to gesture with your hands as you speak, as it shows you are enthusiastic about what you are saying.
  4. Playing with your hair. – This is a stress cue that hiring managers look for.
  5. Bad posture. – Take pride in yourself and what you have to say.
  6. Lack of eye contact. – It’s okay to look away every once in a while, but eye contact is important in making a connections with the hiring manager.
  7. Looking like you’re not interested. – Don’t check your phone AT ALL while you’re in the office. This is something I’ve seen first-hand and it absolutely baffles me. Look like you want to be there.
  8. Not smiling.
  9. Fidgeting. – Stay focused and confident. You’re in the room, they want to learn more about you, make sure you make them remember why.
  10. Hiding your hands. – Goes back to gesturing, which is okay to do!

The hiring process is a long one, it’s a hard one, but ultimately, it’s one that is worth it. Even if you don’t get the job you are applying for, or interviewing for, it’s always a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to reevaluate what you think went wrong, and how you can be better the next time!

And of course, there are the professionals who are here to help.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are a full-service employment agency with the goal of being with you from the very beginning to the very end. Think of us as your connection into the industry that you’re trying to get hired in, and we’ll get you there.

We have the job openings you’re looking for, and the interview and resume preparation you need. We’re here to get you back and going on the career path you had always dreamed of.

Remember, at Crossroads Consulting we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’

Millennials

BY: Adam Gavriel

According to a recent article by Forbes, 47% of Generation Y (also referred to as ‘Millennials are recognized as those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) workers are involved in a company with less than 100 people. These small businesses have been denoted “start-ups” by the community, and more and more young workers are jumping on board.

The question then becomes, why is the near majority of America’s young workers hopping on board with these types of companies?

Millennials want to know how they will make a positive difference in the world if they join your business” says Deloitte CEO Barry Salzberg.

And from the article:

Many of the recent graduates I spoke with chose start-ups because they felt doing so let them contribute meaningfully to a business while also seeing end results – something consultants rarely get to do. They also pointed to the non-hierarchical structure of start-ups, which many said enabled them to learn a broad range of skills very quickly, rather than specializing in one area as entry-level finance jobs permit. Most importantly, however, they spoke about impact, and a desire to create value in their lives and the lives of others.”

Millennials were also the first generation to grow up with the internet, where many new start-ups find their niche.

However, the start-up life isn’t all fun and games.

It has been documented that 75% of start-ups end up failing, and many start-up employees face an uncertain future. The Harvard Business Review notes start-ups frequently pay average salaries 30 percent below market norms.

The main question for Millennials considering joining a start-up though remains: “if not now, when?”

At Crossroads Consulting, we understand how important start-ups and small business are to reviving the economy. Small businesses of course, are often considered the engine that fuels the economy.

We also understand the long-term goals. If your start-up is one of the unfortunate 75 percent, the skills practiced and learned by you and your employees is almost immeasurable in how broad it truly is.

As the employment landscape continues to change, as an employment agency, we want to do our part. If you’re a part of a start-up looking to hire great talent, we can help you there. If you’re more inclined to find a job with a little more promised security, we can help you there too. With our job openings from across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re not confident in your resume, we can help you out there as well with our recommended resume service.

All you start-ups out there, we’re rooting for you, and you have the support of the team here at Crossroads Consulting! Keep working, keep growing, and most importantly keep hiring!

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

JULY UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE IN

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BY: Adam Gavriel

A fascinating story from NPR reports that in July, the United States unemployment rate continued to fall. The numbers for July are in and reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say that the unemployment rate fell to 7.4% from 7.6% and the US added 162,000 jobs in July – which came in below economists’ expectations.

From the report

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in July, with gains in retail trade, food services and drinking places, financial activities and wholesale trade. Over the prior twelve months, nonfarm employment growth averaged 189,000 per month.” 

On the report as a whole, Barclays Capital economist Peter Newland called it “clearly weaker-than-expected.” He goes on to add “But one should not overstate it – the unemployment rate continues to trend down and average job growth of 175,000 will be more than enough to continue to push it lower.”

Before the report was released, economists expected an addition of 185,000 jobs to the economy.

Of course, the unemployment rate is always an imperfect way to calculate the American recovery. While it is a good measure to grasp the big picture, digging deeper may reveal a different story.

While unemployment in America continues to trend downward, underemployment remains a major issue in America, as does the situation of college graduates entering the workforce since 2008.

The number of long-term unemployed (27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.2 million people. These 4.2 million account for 37 percent of the unemployed; and has declined just 921,000 over the past year.

Directly from the Bureau of Labor statistics release:

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged at 8.2 million in July. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.” 

Continued, there were 988,000 discouraged workers in July, up 136,000 from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. That’s nearly a million Americans not looking for work because they are so pessimistic about the workforce not accepting them, and this number is UP over the past year while the unemployment rate has gone DOWN.

Again, the story always goes deeper.

Here at Crossroads Consulting, we could not be more elated that the unemployment rate continued to drop in July; but we are still distraught over the general  perception of the United States economy.

As an employment agency seeking to get Americans working TODAY, we want to re-instill the confidence in those “disgruntled” Americans.

The jobs are out there, and we have plenty of them. With near 50 positions nationwide that we are looking to fill TODAY, we want to hear from you. If you’re not confident in your resume, or are so disgruntled, come talk to us and utilize our recommended resume service. It is our job to get you the career you are looking for.

By putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’ we are here for one reason, to make your life easier.

Please contact us today.

THINGS AIN’T GETTING BETTER FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

BY: Adam Gavriel

A staggering report released Monday by the Huffington Post cites that an incredible four out of five U. S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives. For our math friends out there, you did not read that wrong – that’s 80% of American adults.

From the article:

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as the reason for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to ‘rebuild ladders of opportunity’ and reverse income inequality.”

Pessimism among whites about their families’ economic futures has climbed to its highest point since 1987; showing that 63% of white Americans call the economy “poor.”

The article reports that while racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed by substantial amounts since the 1970s.

 More from the article:

“Nationwide, the count of America’s poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to lingering high unemployment following the recession. While poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics are nearly three times higher, by absolute numbers the predominant face of the poor is white.”

“The risks of poverty also have been increasing in recent decades, particularly among people ages 35-55, coinciding with the widening income inequality. For instance, people ages 35-45 had a 17 percent risk of encountering poverty during the 1969-1989 time period; that risk increased to 23 percent during the 1989-2009 period. For those ages 45-55, the risk of poverty jumped from 11.8 percent to 17.7 percent.”

By 2030, close to 85 percent of all working-age adults in the U.S. will experience a time of economic insecurity.

This article from the Huffington Post only provides further strength to the point that while the U.S. economy is in a ‘recovery’ trends and relevant data continue to suggest otherwise. The American Dream, what once drew great people to this great nation, is now becoming more and more elusive.

At Crossroads Consulting, we always take these numbers to heart. The numbers affect us deeply on a personal level. As proven patriots, dedicated to making America a better place to live for everyone, we strive to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

As an employment agency, we have job openings across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY, but we need your help. We’re looking to hear from you right now, not tomorrow, not in a week, but right now. Our mission is to help you from step one, to the step you take into the office to start your new job. If you’re not confident on your resume, our recommended resume service is here to help. If you need a connection, reach out, as we are always networking.

When we read the numbers in the morning, it disgusts us in the office. We are setting out to make a difference, but we need you to help us do it.

Let’s start getting back on track together.