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INTERNSHIPS – LIFELINE TO EXPERIENCE

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BY: Adam Gavriel

These days, the competition for jobs starts earlier than you may think.

Internships for students, and even post-grads aren’t just about gaining real world experience anymore, but are becoming a litmus test for employers.

“Internships have transitioned into a 10-week litmus test for a full-time job, with employers flocking to America’s college campuses ever earlier to scoop top talent. Demand for such positions has soared as students, haunted by memories of the recession and the rising cost of college, recognize the potential payoff.”

This quote from a Bloomberg.com article published today that discusses just how crucial internships, and plenty of them, are becoming for college students.

“’There’s a race for the top students, and once it gets started, it perpetuates itself,’ said Joanne Murray, executive director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. ‘Students absolutely understand how valuable internships are.’”

Believe me, they do; and if they don’t, they are surely starting to.

Of the graduating class of 2013, 63% of graduating seniors have participated in some for of an internship position. This figures was the highest recorded since the National Association of Colleges and Employers has been tracking it.

Furthermore, according to the article, 70 percent of the 1,000 college graduates General Electric hires in the U.S. have completed a form of an internship position.

“’Seeing relatives, friends, neighbors, whoever had been affected by the recession, it hits home’ that internships are critical to build  a resume, said Tim Stiles, an associate director of University Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ‘We’re seeing a lot more students com in as first-years already aware of what an internship is.’”

Whether your 18, and just starting your college career, or 48, and looking to re-enter the workforce, the competition for jobs is always apparent. And as many college seniors are learning (the hard way or the easy way) completing an internship is a critical part of the job searching process.

While at Crossroads Consulting we are more inclined to work as an executive search firm that does not mean we don’t have what you’re looking for if you’re a college student. Our resume service and interview preparation work for anyone of any age, and can do wonders to increasing your chances at landing that job or internship you’re looking for.

Make sure to take a glance at our website for our current job openings. And even if you’re a recent college graduate or student, feel free to shoot us a resume at info@crossroadsconsulting.com, and we’ll do whatever we can do to help your search.

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

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’

REFERENCES AND YOU

BY: Adam Gavriel

If you’re lucky enough to be in the middle of the hiring process, but can’t seem to push past the point of the interview, this blog may be for you.

After the hiring manager views your resume and your cover letter, and perhaps even after the company interviews you, you may need a little bit more to set you over the top of the competition. This is where your references will come in.

Unfortunately, choosing a great reference isn’t as easy as it would seem. There might also be a few great references out there that you can use that are more “outside the box.”

Last week, USNews.com posted a great article about choosing your references. Here are a few of their tips:

If you have many references from a long career, try to find the three or four best connections and fit it to one page. You don’t want to overwhelm hiring managers with too long of a list. Also, as you would with a resume and cover letter, tailor your list of references to the job position you are applying for. Use references from the same industry whenever possible.

 Although you may not think so, family and friends can be viable options under certain circumstances. If you were in a professional relationship with a family member or a friend, it is okay to utilize these connections as a professional reference, and ONLY as a professional reference.

Unfortunately, not all of us out there are seasoned in the workforce. If you’re a recent graduate, don’t discount utilizing professors or summer job supervisors as a reference. These are the professionals that are going to know your work habits best.

Despite your relationship, it is wise to include a recent boss. Some employers may find it suspicious if your most recent employer is missing from you references page; this is especially important if this boss is a professional within your current industry.

Most importantly, it is important to keep your references in the loop. Ask permission to use connections as a reference. You don’t want to have your connections blindsided by a call. It’s never a bad thing to thank a reference, but if you have enough it is also wise to rotate your references. You don’t want the same professionals getting bombarded with calls; keep your list fresh.

As a professional search firm and employment agency, we implore you to use us, Crossroads Consulting, as your main reference. With direct ties to all the job listings we currently have, your best and most glowing recommendation will come from us. If you would like, it is important to think of us as your main connection to the job. We can get your information in there directly to the hiring manager, along with our recommendation of you as a professional.

As a full service employment agency, we want to be around from the first step you take towards finding a new career, to the last step you take walking into the office as an employee. At Crossroads Consulting, our mission is to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’ and it all starts with you.

TIME FOR SOME JOB SEEKING TIPS

BY: Adam Gavriel

The world that we live in is ever changing, and change sparks change everywhere.

Today’s job search is not like the job search of yesteryear, and this can be a very difficult change for workers who find themselves on the job market, a place they may not have been for twenty years. With all change, there is always an opportunity to take advantage and those who can find those opportunities first are destined to succeed.

Take Blockbuster for example. Had Blockbuster embraced the emergence of the Internet and video streaming, they would still be a leader in the media industry. Unfortunately for Blockbuster, they weren’t first to the finish line and Netflix came in and revolutionized the way viewers get their media. A report in June shows that Netflix has 89% of the current market share of television show streaming services.

The Internet has revolutionized the world, and your job search is no different. No longer are newspaper classifieds where to look. Nearly every part of the job search for every company is done online. There are ways to manipulate the system to take initiative and make sure you’re getting out there as best you can. Here are a few tips…

  1. Do whatever you can to make it personal. Sending a cover letter? Personalize it. Try your hardest to find the name of the hiring manager that you are sending your information to and personalize everything. It’s also not very hard to find the e-mails of people within the company. Generally it is one of three choices. (firstname)@company.com. (First name initial followed by last name)@company.com. and (firstname.lastname@company.com). If your guess is wrong, your e-mail client will deliver a failed attempt to you instantly. Try again. This all of course assuming that the employees e-mail isn’t directly listed on their website!
  2. Use as many sources as you can. The obvious choice in this matter is of course LinkedIn, but that’s not your only opportunity. Twitter is also a great avenue to connect with other professionals in your field. Follow your colleagues and begin a conversation. With LinkedIn, don’t be afraid to send a connection request, ask for an introduction from a mutual connection, or send an inmail. You’ll find many professionals are eager to help.
  3. Start a blog. No, seriously, start a blog. If you’re unemployed, start a blog focused on your industry. Find an article posted by a colleague and respond or expand to it, mention them on Twitter to take a look at your blog. Get your ideas and expertise out there in original ways. Stand out from the crowd. 

These three quick tips are a great start to get you on your way to manipulating the system to work in your favor. Of course, if you’re still having difficulty breaking in and getting the motions started, contact us here at Crossroads Consulting. As an employment agency, our job is to get you working again. With job openings that we are looking to fill TODAY across the nation, we are eager to hear from you. We don’t only want you resume; we want to really hear you. Your stories, your past, how is your job search going? Our mission as a professional search firm is to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’ And that mission can only start when you pick up the phone, or hit ‘compose’ on your e-mail software.

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IDLE YOUTH

BY: Adam Gavriel

It sounds like a terrible band from the 90’s, unfortunately it’s a little more of an issue than a post-grunge band.

All across the globe there is a bleak outlook for the demographic of adults aged 25 through 34.

Since the year 2000, a major shift has taken place in the United States, that has put it’s youth in a precarious situation. Continue reading

SLOW BUT STILL NOT GOOD

BY: Adam Gavriel

Slow and steady wins the race.

The American job market continues to slowly improve. As many economists suspected before the released numbers, there has been a gradual trend in the right direction for many Americans.

The report from Bloomberg.com today shows that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has dropped to its lowest levels in two months. In the week ended March 9th, jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 332,000. This was after many economists predicted jobless claims would rise to 350,000.

“The rate of job destruction is pretty low,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Florida, who projected the number of claims would drop to 338,000. “The labor market is in continued-recovery mode, though there is still a lot of ground to make up.”

As Scott Brown warns, the market is still highly at risk. With government slashing across the board coming soon, companies believe that they will have to be cutting their payroll expenses in the near future as the sequester takes effect.

“The sequester is another issue,” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “Beginning in April, we’ll start to get layoff notices, so we could see some upward bias on new filings because of the sequester, but lawmakers still have time to scale it back.

Although the numbers are trending in a positive direction, they are still moving too slow to help the American economy recover. Optimism is on the way with the way the economy is moving, but factors such as the sequester looming could set up the American economy to fail again. As was the case with the NHL Lockout this past summer, it is a “cautious optimism” that is beginning to sweep the nation. The numbers are progressing at a slow wait, but no one really knows what looms on the horizon. And without the ability to predict the future markets, companies and hiring managers are going to play things very close to the chest and protect their pockets.

All caused by the government’s inability to work across the aisle, and avoid The Sequester.

Well, as they say, slow and steady wins the race. You have to keep that pace though. The tortoise would have never won had he walked backwards for half of the race. Keep moving forward.

At Crossroads Consulting we are doing our part to help the tortoise to keep moving in the correct direction. Despite the government slashing coming across the board, Crossroads Consulting currently has over 50 open positions that we are looking to fill TODAY across the nation. If you’re one of those Americans that can’t seem to find the right opportunity, we implore you to check out our openings and send us your resume today. If you’re not comfortable with your resume, you can request our highly recommended resume service. We want to do our part from meeting you, to helping you, to get you in that job you’ve been eyeing.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’