PRITCHETT: NY JOB MARKET – DRAWING THE BEST OF THE BEST

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NY’s Economy Attracts ‘Best of the Best’

According to Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics, and the New York State Department of Labor, New York continues to experience record-breaking job growth in the private sector.

New York State’s economy continued to grow in May as it added 21,300 private sector jobs, reaching a new all-time high and outpacing job growth nationwide. This marked the 18th consecutive month of private sector employment gains. Our state’s jobless rate remained at 6.7%, its lowest level since late 2008,” said Wynnyk.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is credited with helping rebuild New York’s employment industry, having overseen the record growth of the last few years.  Since his inauguration on January 1, 2011, the New York State economy has added 466,000 private sector jobs, and experienced job increases in 36 of the last 41 months – including 18 consecutive months of growth in the private sector.

Over the past year, private educational and health services sectors experienced the most growth, adding +36,300 jobs to New York’s economy.  Professional and business services had the second largest increase in jobs with +30,100.  New York’s trade, transportation and utilities sector added +23,300, third most in the state.

Numbers like these are inspiring New York’s job seekers to prepare themselves like never before for this ultra-competitive job market.  This business mecca attracts the world’s top talent, and requires that you are not only highly-qualified, but that your application and resume also pass rigorous screening processes done prior to selecting candidates for interviewing.  Without a first-class resume, many highly-capable job seekers fall by the wayside.  Job seekers owe it to themselves to take advantage of every asset available when pursuing their next career.

With connections to major employers throughout the “Empire State,” Crossroads Consulting has all of the resources available to help you pursue a top-tier career.  Let their 20 years of experience in the greater NYC area provide you with an inside track to the position you deserve.  They’ll help you prepare your resume and even teach you how to successfully conduct yourself during an interview.  The job industry has changed significantly over the past few years; let them help you maximize your chances in this highly-competitive market. Send your resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com, or call them at 203-459-9969.

ST. LOUIS: MINIMUM WAGE ON THE RISE

6a00d83451b7a769e20134889fbdf3970cBY: Brian St. Louis 

It was recently announced that the US Government announced that the new minimum wage for federal employees would be increased to $10.10, up from $7.25. States like Connecticut, which are primarily under Democratic rule, have followed suit in raising their minimum wage as well. 

While on the surface, this would seem like a terrific help for those on the lower end of the wage earning scale, in the long run it may very well hurt those most who it is supposed to be, “helping” and could do further damage to an already fragile national economy. 

When smaller companies are forced to pay out more money to their employees – increase their expenses – without increasing their revenue, you put a severe burden on those companies to remain profitable – the engine that drives employment – and that has led researchers to anticipate that in an economy where small businesses are hanging on for dear life, that this extra burden will lead to a large amount of job loss be it in total employment or cut backs in hours available to workers to earn money. 

Follow this out to its logical conclusion and with workers either losing jobs or having their hours cut back, that means there’s more need for government assistance, less money in the economy, less disposable income to spend and as a result all sales will drop which leads to further economic hardship for the engine that drives the economy, small business. The drop in sales will lead to higher prices as increased costs almost always get passed onto the consumer. Those higher costs lead to inflation and that in turn starts a spiral that will just continue to drag the economy down which will directly hurt the very workers this, “plan” was supposed to help.   

The CEO of McDonald’s, Don Thompson, recently said in an interview that he supported the minimum wage hike stating that McDonald’s has always been in support of paying its employees above the minimum wage, which he feels is too low already. 

At one point, Thompson was asked how McDonald’s would fare financially with the upcoming wage hike, McDonald’s will be fine,” he said. “We’ll manage through whatever the additional cost implications are.” 

The truth is that McDonald’s will be fine. They will raise their costs for a burger and fries and people will continue to buy them. The other reason McDonald’s will be fine is they have the financial resources to withstand the added costs. In fact, if as Thompson indicates, they’re already paying that, then they just won’t increase their employee’s wages and will just keep on going. 

But for smaller companies, they are often not equipped to handle such a sudden increase in expenses. It’s speculated that because of the minimum wage increase, hundreds of small businesses will be forced out of business altogether or at the very least, suffer very severely financially.  

As executive recruiters, Crossroad Consulting is following this situation closely. Crossroads Consulting’s owner, Mitch Beck said, “We support our candidates getting the best possible positions at the best possible wages. We also monitor these kinds of things closely as the vast majority of our client companies are small and mid-sized companies and this kind of thing will hurt them and that concerns us as well. Our clients have told us that while this will hurt them, they are not anticipating any great losses to any of the kinds of positions they would be going out to us for. So that’s at least good news in that regard.”

If you are looking for new employment, Crossroads Consulting has over 50 job opportunities available on their website which you can find by clicking HERE. Be sure to also take a look at their resume evaluation service as well.

PRITCHETT: UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS AND OVERCOMING THEM

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The unemployment rate continues to fluctuate. In this ABC News’ report, unemployment rates fell in 20 states during the month of May and there appear to be opportunities for those willing to put forth the effort to find them.

Though for those who are unemployed or trying to find new employment opportunities, it might not seem like it, but May was the fourth straight month of nationwide increases in hiring in the United States, however, individually many states continue to see an increase in the number of unemployment applications.  Applications for unemployment benefits increased in 32% of the United States (16) in May, and remained unchanged in another 28% (14).  That’s a combined 60% (30) of the United States still experiencing a major crisis on the job front.

According to the Washington Post, most of the states that are experiencing an increase in unemployment applications are due to layoffs, in a wide variety of fields.  Remember, none of these statistics include those who have given up seeking employment entirely. In states like California, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida, they continue to see unemployment numbers on the rise despite reports of a ‘national increase.’

If you experiencing your own employment crisis, have you done all you can to give yourself your best shot at the few positions that are available right now?

In business since 1996, a recruiting firm like CrossroadsConsulting.com offer a wide variety of services that can help you advance forward and find that new opportunity. For example, is your resume professional? By that, is it 2 pages or less? Are there grammatical and/or spelling errors? Is it formatted where things are easy to identify or do people need to really study your resume to get out of it what you were hoping they would?  Perhaps you need affordable Resume Preparation or even a professional opinion to help you with your upcoming job interview, or maybe some advice to assist in you in negotiating a reasonable pay rate.

Remember that recruiting firms that have been around for any serious length of time will have a strong network of relationships with companies throughout the United States, who quite often, know about unadvertised, or open positions that the general public are unaware of.

Should you wish to reach out to Crossroads Consulting, you can do so at Info@crossroadsconsulting.com.

PRITCHETT: VETERANS NEEDING JOBS

Casey PritchettBY: Philip Pritchett

While the jobs crisis in the United States seems to ever so slowly rebound, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, our nations’ veterans somehow are finding themselves at a disadvantage to non-veterans when seeking employment.  Coming from a highly structured world would seem to be an advantage for veterans looking for employment, but it is not.  The world we live in is much less structured than the world these veterans found themselves in during their service.

“It’s a very sticky problem we’ve seen year after year here, especially for young veterans,” said Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  “They’re coming back to an incredibly competitive environment where employers tend to stick with what they know instead of take a bet on military members who have incredible value,” said Bridget Altenburg, COO of the veterans’ advocacy group National Able Network.  Altenburg explains, “It’s possible that veterans who joined the service after high school have never written a resume or interviewed for a job.”

In many cases, the training these veterans receive during their time of service is often overlooked, and unrecognized by today’s job market  The ability to translate these skills can be a huge asset in their attempt to find suitable employment.

Fortunately, an employment agency like Crossroads Consulting is available to help, “put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’”   One of the world’s most unique Executive Recruiting agencies, Crossroads Consulting has a goal of contributing to the decrease in the unemployment rate – especially among the nations’ veterans – in whatever way they can.  With over 50 job opportunities currently available, (see them all here) they have something for just about everyone.  Need help writing your resume, or preparing for that big interview, Crossroads Consulting has that covered for you too… (Sign up for it here)

   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 your resume, TODAY to info@crossroadsconsulting.com, or give them a call at (203) 459-9969; you’ll be glad you did!

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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.

Need your resume edited or prepared properly at a VERY reasonable price, they have you covered there as well. Just follow this link.

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