Monthly Archives: October 2013

OCTOBER SURPRISE

Was3760189BY: Adam Gavriel

A report released today by Bloomberg.com shows that companies added fewer workers than projected in October. Predictions were paramount that the government shutdown would have a negative effect on the job numbers, and that is now becoming tangible.

“The 130,000 increase in employment was the smallest in six months and followed a revised 145,000 gain in September that was weaker than initially estimated, according to the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey. The median forecast of 39 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 150,000 jobs.” Continue reading

INTERVIEWING TIPS – WANT A JOB?

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BY: Adam Gavriel

We all know when heading into a job interview to prepare for the questions the interviewer will ask us; but what about what YOU should be asking the interviewer?

Yes, job seekers, the interview is as much about the company getting to know you, as it is you getting to know the company.  Not only that, but asking relevant questions to the job position or the company you are interviewing at is a great way to show potential employers your interest.

Doing this will immediately set you apart from every applicant who chose not to ask the interviewer any questions – which unfortunately is all too common. Continue reading

SEPTEMBER US JOB REPORT CARD – PASS OR FAIL?

jobs-reportBY: Adam Gavriel

Amidst everything the government shutdown put Americans through, September’s job report stayed true to the slow and steady progress that has gripped the nation since the Great Recession began.

The report shows an unemployment rate of 7.2% down from 7.3% in August, and that the U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September.

Although hiring was lower than economists expected, it was still enough to lower the unemployment rate to 7.2 percent. According to the Associated Press, the nation averaged a positive gain of 182,000 jobs per month from April through June, and has averaged just 143,000 jobs a month from July through September.

Many economists are weary of the October report, which may be very highly effected by the shutdown. Fortunately, this is only to be a temporary effect on a long-term problem. With this, economists understand that they may not have a clear look at unemployment until the November or December jobs report. Continue reading

MILLENNIAL MISERY

BY: Adam Gavriel

A report this morning from POLITICO continues to show dim prospects for young people on the job market. The generation dubbed ‘millennial’ has had some of the biggest problems since the recession hit in 2008.

According to the article, 6 million young people  (15 to 24) are neither in school nor working, which is almost 15 percent of that demographic. These numbers reported by The Opportunity Nation Coalition.

“Other studies have shown that idle young adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life or use the knowledge the acquired in college. Without those experiences, they are less likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities.”

The Coalition has also found that 49 states are seeing an increase in the number of families living in poverty, 45 states have seen household median incomes fall this last year. Continue reading

JOB SEEKING AND THE DEBT LIMIT

Jobhunter_teenBY: Adam Gavriel

As job seekers, focusing on the impending United States debt ceiling crisis is probably difficult to avoid.

In its most basic form, regardless of how the United States government reaches an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, or put an extension on the deadline, job seekers everywhere are going to be in a world of hurt.

For starters, the United States is still borrowing more and more money and to keep up with the payments on the debt service, and to keep up with the exploding entitlement commitments, taxes are going to be raised – A LOT.

With taxes going up, layoffs, and the impending Obamacare job losses that are almost a guarantee to be coming – or at very least hours being reduced in order to stay away from the costs, job seekers are going to find times getting tougher. It’s time to get educated. It’s time to get prepared.

Today on the blog, we’re going to offer some quick tips that can help you stay above the pact in what will become a more “bloodthirsty” market for available jobs…

Make sure your resume is right.

  • We’re talking one page max length, a clear objective that is tailored to the job that you are applying for. Check for grammar and spelling errors. Read your resume out loud to yourself, it will really amaze you at how different it sounds. Have someone else read your resume too, and see if they can help. It is always beneficial to hear your thoughts and words through another person’s voice. If all else fails, contact us at Crossroads Consulting, and we will optimize your resume for you.

WRITE A COVER LETTER! – Personalize It.

  • You would be amazed what a quick Google search could tell you about the job opening you’re looking at. “To Whom it May Concern” or “To the Hiring Manager” are played out. See if you can find the name of an HR Representative, or the recruiter that is working your job opening.

Stay vigilant.

  • The jobs are out there, but you will find more competition for them and they will be harder to find. At Crossroads Consulting, we currently have over fifty openings that we are looking to place TODAY. You can view our job openings here.

Follow up.

  • This is especially prudent if you submit your resume online, as seems to be the norm today. Find a contact in the department you were looking at (trust me, it’s easier than you think), and make sure you do your best to bypass the generic resume submission, and get it into the hands of someone who can help immediately.

If you’re looking for help, feel free to shoot me an email at:  adam@crossroadsconsulting.com.

Build your skills.

  • There are endless amounts of free software or training tools on the internet to build skills in areas that you may need to improve. Assuming you are reading job openings every day, you have a keen eye as to what employers in your field are looking for. Make sure you can prove that you have these skills.

Get creative.

  • Remember to stay educated, everyone. If things don’t change quickly, the US Government could put the American people in a bind we haven’t seen since 2008.

At Crossroads Consulting we believe as strongly in the strength of America as we do in our ability to help every job seeker that we can. In our office we are dedicated to putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’.

SHUTDOWN AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

CNNMoney NewsroomBY: Adam Gavriel

For the first time, we can finally see what the Government Shutdown has done to the US Economy in a tangible way.

According to a report released from CNN Money, 374,000 people filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, the highest one-week rise since super-storm Sandy hit the nation almost a year ago.

Speaking strictly from an economic standpoint, this shutdown could not have come at a worse time as the economy had been slowly, but surely, doing better in recent months.

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 Not to be all blamed on the government shutdown though, as other factors have certainly contributed to the 66,000 person rise in unemployment claims.

The state of California, which accounted for half of the new claims, continues to have problems with processing unemployment checks.

The 500,000 federal workers who remain in furlough are allowed to file for unemployment benefits, however if Congress grants them retroactive pay, most states will ask the furloughed workers to pay back the benefits that they receive. The report released today of 374,000 does NOT include any furloughed federal government employee who has filed for unemployment.

Hypothetically speaking, without taking the government shutdown into effect, economists believe that this number would have been roughly in line with the average number we have been seeing in the slow recovery.

“’The broader picture is still that labor market conditions are improving, albeit not quite as much as we previously thought,’ said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, in a research note”. 

Sure is a tough hypothetical situation to picture though, as the U.S. remains mired in the wake of the government shutdown.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are doing what we can to continue the birth of jobs in the United States. With over 50 current openings we are looking to fill today, we are hoping to hear from you. If you are a government employee who has been furloughed, and out of the job searching game for quite some time, we can help you there too. With our recommended resume and interview preparation services, you will not miss a beat stepping back into the job search.

Everything we do at Crossroads Consulting is with the main goal of putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’

WHAT AM I “OPTIMIZING” FOR?

job-search-engineBY: Adam Gavriel

LinkedIn, as of late, is trying to posture itself as a social network. In doing this, LinkedIn has started a great feature where, similar to Facebook, they promote articles that are tailored to your interests. I say this as a caveat towards this blog because; a) it is based off of a LinkedIn featured post on my home feed, and b) if you’re not on LinkedIn and you are a job seeker: get on LinkedIn.

Today featured an article posted by Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew VC. Walk suggested what you should ask yourself before you quit your current job, and consider beginning to  pursue a new career.  Not only that, but Walk also talks briefly about what sort of aspects you need to look for in a new career that will be best for you.

The question Walk wants the reader to ask themselves is; “What are you optimizing for?” 

In the article, Walk goes on to say:

“The most successful folks are rarely trying to decide between a good option and a bad option when it comes to employment. This is especially true in today’s technology sector where it’s not uncommon for skilled engineers to have almost daily inbound interest from recruiters, founders and former colleagues. Choosing between a good option and a bad one is easy – don’t do the bad one. However when you’ve got multiple intriguing roles available to you it’s not a question of good vs bad or right vs wrong. It’s a question of which one is best for you in this next phase of your career. And to do that you need to decide what to optimize for.”

Walk recommends narrowing it down as best as you can to 2 or 3 options as to what is most important for you – what you are optimizing for.

In essence, what do you look for in your perfect job? Good work vs. life culture? Commute time? Health benefits? Quality of the employees and work type of management? Corporate or start up culture feel? All of these factors, and many more, play a huge role in the type of career that people are looking for.

This is a process that Walk says provided him the insight to leave a job at Google, and start up Homebrew.

As recruiters here at Crossroads Consulting, we can help you cut through the blurred lines of your career path and give you honest and immediate evaluation of the company that you would be working for. It’s all part of our mission here at Crossroads Consulting as we aim to, put the “Human’ back into “Human Resources.”

Please feel free to come to our website today and check out our current job openings. If there isn’t a current opening that seems like a fit for you, feel free to send us your resume or get in contact with us at the office anyway, and we will do whatever we can to help you in your search.

(Photo courtesy of culpwrit.com)