Monthly Archives: January 2014

TIME TO SAY THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

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Allow me to paint you a picture, if I may.

The year is 2011. This blogger is a junior at the University at Buffalo, and it is March. With junior year coming to an end, he has no concrete leads on an internship that may spring him into the professional world. All he has is his New York Rangers blog and Twitter account that he runs on the side as an experiment, and for fun.

What I was able to do with my New York Rangers blog and Twitter account (as a suggestion I’ve even offered to the readers here a few times) was make connections.

Enter into the picture, Mitch Beck, President at Crossroads Consulting, and manager of Howlings.net – a website dedicated to the Rangers’ AHL and ECHL minor league affiliates.

Mitch and I would converse via Twitter about the Rangers on a near daily basis. Finally, in that same month of March, I worked up the courage to see if Mitch might have an internship with Howlings.net where I could contribute anything at all. What Mitch ended up offering me was such a fantastic opportunity that would change my life forever.

I remember like it was yesterday. Mitch direct messaged me his phone number and e-mail address and we immediately got to talking. He told me about Crossroads Consulting, the company that keeps Howlings.net rolling, and we began discussing how I could contribute.

Very quickly, we worked it out where I could contribute to Crossroads Consulting as a marketing intern. Managing the blog here at OutOfOurMinds.net and the Twitter account for the company. This all began in April 2011, just a month after first reaching out to him.

In time, Mitch had even put his trust in me to become an entry-level recruiter with the organization, helping readers like you get placed into their dream job.

From day one, working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting have been nothing short of revolutionary and life changing for me. My internship here with Crossroads Consulting has led to so many other opportunities and it’s all because of the trust Mitch placed in me, and the work he allowed me to tackle with his own company.

Despite the fact that Mitch always knew that my end game was more in the marketing realm, and less in the recruiting industry, he never let that affect the way he treated me as an employee. Mitch never hesitated to challenge me in new ways, or teach me new things about the company and the industry that would help me grow my skills as an employee to not just be more valuable to Crossroads Consulting, but to any firm that may come knocking.

Now, nearly three years after starting my professional work career with Crossroads Consulting, my time here is coming to an end, as I begin down a more marketing path professionally.

Crossroads Consulting and Mitch will never be far from my heart and my mind as I continue down my professional path. Knowing I owe a lot to this man and his company, it’s something I’ll never forget – and even more – hope it is something that I can pay forward in the future.

Mitch, I am forever in your debt. Thank you for giving me an opportunity when no one else would. It meant the world to me sitting in my apartment in Buffalo, just as much as it does – if not more – typing this at my home today. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to connect on a personal and professional level. Please never hesitate to reach out in the future if there is anything that I can help with. I look forward to continuing our relationship. Thank you for being the best, and most helpful boss I have ever worked with.

I know Mitch is currently looking to add executive recruiters to the Crossroads Consulting staff. I can’t recommend working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting enough. If you’re looking to work in the recruiting industry, or you have a strong sales background and are looking for a new challenge, there is absolutely no better place to get going. I have no trouble saying it will immediately be seen in your eyes as one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Thank you.

(Editor’s note: Adam – I was VERY touched and moved by this and I GREATLY appreciate the kindness, but truly it was a pleasure to watch you grow. You’ve been an invaluable part of my company and you’ll be EXCEPTIONALLY hard to replace. I’ll miss you and I thank YOU for all you’ve done for me, my family and my company)

 

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DECEMBER JOBS NUMBERS – DECEIVING US AGAIN?

0110jobsreportBY: Adam Gavriel

December’s numbers on United States unemployment percentages show just how much you need to question the reports. Despite adding just 74,000 jobs in December, the US Unemployment rated dropped 0.3% to 6.7% from 7%.

The 74,000 jobs that were added came in at 123,000 LESS than expected job adds for the month, according to Forbes. On top of the unemployment rate, the labor force participation dropped to 62.8%, the lowest rate in more than 35 years. The labor force participation rate is defined as the ratio between the labor force and the overall size of the population.

“’This has been a two steps forward and one step back recovery,’ said Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief at Bankrate.com, in a phone interview. While the lowest since October 2008 unemployment rate looks strong that survey only counts people who are looking for work as unemployed, suggesting many people left the labor market last month. The number of unemployed declined by 490,000 to 10.4 million”

Chief US Economist Paul Ashworth believes the low job numbers could be attributed to the poor weather the nation experienced in December. In a survey, 273,000 people reported not being able to work due to weather in December. In November, this number was just 37,000.

“In a phone conversation, PNC Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman urged people to take the new data in stride, noting that if you average the October, November and December numbers you get 172,000 jobs added a month, not far from the 182,000 per month average for the year. ‘Maybe it does mean you curb your enthusiasm a little bit about the economy being ready to break out on the upside, but I don’ t think there is any last weakness.’ He also expects upward revisions to December and 2013.”

The article dissected the numbers a bit further, and reported:

“The jobs that were added came largely from retail and wholesale trade which gained 55,000 and 15,000 jobs respectively. In retail, food stores and clothing stores added 12,000 each, general merchandisers added 8,000 and care dealers added 7,000. The holiday season hiring beat the retail 2013 average by 23,000… manufacturing and mining also added jobs.”

So while on the surface, the 6.7% unemployment is a great thing, looking a little deeper at the numbers could reveal a different story. The unemployment rate never accounts for Americans who have left the job force, and you have to believe with just 74,000 jobs added in December, and the Unemployment rate shrinking, that might have been a figure quite high for Americans liking.

At Crossroads Consulting, we wait, eager and ready to help America’s unemployment rate decline the right way. With nearly 50 positions we are looking to fill TODAY, get in touch with one of our recruiters. Don’t hesitate to reach out about any of our services, including our recommended resume building service, or any job we have you may be interested in.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are making it our mission to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources

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LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED…WHAT’S NEXT

BY: Adam Gavriel

The benefits for America’s long-term unemployed expired last week, and now, The Guardian is reporting that America is losing ‘up to $1 billion a week’ because of it.

These benefits applied to Americans who have been unemployed for long than six months, are now non-existent. The expiration was due to a bipartisan budget deal that did not reauthorize the benefits program. American politicians have once again turning a blind-eye to a key problem in America’s economy; the long-term unemployed.

On Friday, politicians broke down the figures being lost by Americans and discovered that affected Americans will be losing $305 per week.

That would mean there is almost a billion dollars we are losing from the economy because of not extending unemployment insurance benefits” says professor Lawrence Katz.

Katz continued…

It is actually fiscally irresponsible not to extend unemployment benefits, the long-run cost to the taxpayers will be much higher from disconnecting people from the labor market 

It is believed that ending emergency unemployment insurance will have adverse impact on the economy because they benefiters tend to spend the money on goods and services, and plug it back into the economy.

Politicians hope that legislation will soon be pushed through the Senate in order to restore these benefits.

If you are one of America’s many long-term unemployed, we’d love to hear how this situation is effecting your wallets, your lifestyle, and your means of living. We would also love to do anything we can to help.

Here at Crossroads Consulting, it is our mission to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’ and that all starts with human interaction. Head on over to our website today to take a look at the over 50 job openings we are looking to fill TODAY. Also do not hesitate to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

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2014: THE JOB FUTURE LOOKING UP

shutterstock_160154855BY: Adam Gavriel

The year 2014 is here, and with the change in year, can come a change in heart. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Perhaps the line between 2013 and 2014 will provide greener pastures for the American job seekers.

With reports hitting the media that the economy is on the uptick, Americans everywhere appear more optimistic about the productivity of the American economy. But what about America’s lost citizens? The long-term unemployed? What can they do to make sure 2014 isn’t as dismal as 2013 was?  Continue reading