Monthly Archives: May 2014

ST. LOUIS: ARE YOU GIVING UP ON YOUR JOB SEARCH?

FeelingDepressedAboutYourJobSearchDONTBY: Brian St. Louis

A recent study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals showed that of all of the currently unemployed Americans, 47% have completely lost hope and given up their job search. Bob Funk, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was quoted as saying,

“This survey shows that millions of Americans are at risk of falling into the trap of prolonged unemployment, and it should give policymakers a greater sense of urgency to focus on the singular goal of creating jobs… We can take heart that in these difficult times the American spirit of confident hopefulness endures, but we can’t accept this status quo—not for our country, not for our unemployed neighbors.”

He seems to think that the simple creation of more jobs would lead America into a renewed state of employment and prosperity, but I disagree. While the number of jobs is an issue and creating more could not be a bad thing, the root of the problem is in the mentalities of unemployed Americans. If someone is out of work long enough, it makes sense that eventually they would start to become used to the feeling, and even lose the drive which is important in any long-term job hunt. What needs to be implemented is focus on changing the attitudes of these unemployed people and remind them of the benefits of having a job over having none.

The report also shows that the majority of people in the study are male (57% vs 43%), with a skew towards the younger population. Just under half blame the economy for their lack of jobs, while about a third blame themselves, and a fifth blame the government. What these stats are telling me is that the government needs to focus more on bringing newer people into the job market, as the problem is less with people who have had a job and lost it than with those who have never had one in the first place. They also need to show people that while their lack of jobs may be due to a rough economy or even the government themselves, it couldn’t hurt to go out there and give it your all when it comes to the job hunt.

If you don’t want to be a part of the 47%, then check out Crossroads Consulting. With over 50 job placements available, there is something here for everybody. We also provide a resume preparation service  for which anybody can seek help building and maintaining a strong image for potential employers.

At Crossroads, it’s important that, “We put the, ‘Human’ back into, ‘Human Resources.'”

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“Hello, Hello, Hello………Is There Anybody In There?”

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According to a report from ABC News, the US Labor Department, unemployment rates fell from 6.7% in March 2014 to 6.3% in April 2014.  Nationally, 288,000 jobs were created, making April’s increase in hiring the biggest increase of the last 2 ½ years.  Still, in this report, many job seekers are unable to find jobs that they want.  More often than not, many are also unaware of resources available to help them land their dream job.

With today’s job market as competitive as ever, getting your resume in the hands of the hiring manager can be the biggest challenge.  Timing is key in this process, and having a network of professionals who are familiar with the industry, and companies within it is a must.  A professor of mine at Florida State University once told me that applying for a job that had been posted for more than 3 days was a, “waste of time.”   Take a look around, most job postings you’d probably be interested in are well over 3 days old.   Thus, the process of looking for a job, even when well-qualified, can be a pretty intimidating obstacle.  How often do you see a job posting that’s perfect, but it’s two weeks old?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a team of experts on your side?

Fortunately, an employment agency like Crossroads Consulting is available to help, “Put the human back in human resources.”   Perhaps the world’s most unique Executive Recruiting agency, Crossroads Consulting’s goal is to decrease the unemployment rate however they can.  With over 50 job placements available, they have something for everyone.  They will help you write your resume, get you ready for your interviews, and even prepare you for salary negotiations.

Whether you’re unemployed or just unsatisfied with your current employer, Crossroads Consulting can help.  They have all the connections needed to help you land your dream job.  The quest to find a rewarding career can be a lonely one.  Shouldn’t you have an expert on your side?  Send them your resume, TODAY, at info@crossroadsconsulting.com, or give them a call at (203) 459-9969; you’ll be glad you did!

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PRITCHETT: HELP WITH HELP WANTED

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Casey PritchettBY: Casey Pritchett

Today’s job market can be as challenging for employers as it is for job seekers.  Finding the right, qualified, candidates is not as easy as it seems because the “right person” for the job isn’t always an applicant  for the position, and might not even know the position exists. Because of this, search strings are created and used online by recruiters in order to find the best employees.

Search strings are strategically descriptive words and phrases used to reduce or narrow the hunt for qualified candidates online by employers.  Search strings can even be aimed at a particular company’s employees, as well.  These search strings can be intimidating to beginners but are not hard to do, and there are websites like Boolify.com that will walk you, step-by-step, through the process of creating these searches.

Without the use of well-designed search strings, an employer’s search for candidates can be overwhelmed by the number of people that fit a job’s broad description and/or requirements.  Search strings serve to reduce the number of possible candidates, sometimes from as much as 1,000’s to less than 100.

Search strings allow employers to save time and money on finding and recruiting the best employees to come work for their company.  With the job market in the current state that it’s in, and the number of people looking for jobs, let’s all be happy that these search strings are being used.  After all, it’s an employer’s way of distinguishing candidates from one another – which is what job seekers are desperate to do in the first place.

If searching Boolean strings is not your thing, there’s a simpler way to find the best job opportunity and that’s to visit Crossroads Consulting’s website. There you’ll find over 50 of the latest job opportunities in a wide variety of fields.

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