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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’

SHOCK AND AWE WELFARE NUMBERS

Fotolia_welfare employment street signBY: Adam Gavriel

A shocking article released by Forbes.com earlier this week has taken its readers by surprise. The article claims, after a study, that Welfare pays more than minimum-wage work in 35 US States.

In 13 states, Welfare pays more than $15 per hour.

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“The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work,” Tanner and Hughes write in their new paper. “Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” which offers extra subsidies to low-income workers who take work. “In 13 states [welfare] pays more than $15 per hour.”

Welfare should not be a solution, not a motivator to “not-work” but a stop-gap principle in the fight on unemployment. A system that can provide Americas unemployed with help when the country falls on hard-times.

President Bill Clinton attempted to continue the American use of Welfare correctly when he signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act into law which required recipients of cash welfare to seek work, or lose their benefits.

“…welfare paid more than $10 an hour in 33 states; 17 paid less than $8 an hour. Comparing the two data sets and accounting for inflation, 18 states saw a decline in the total value of welfare benefits; 32 states and the District of Columbia saw increases.”

These Government programs provide the user a complacent life in a time when the last thing they need to be is complacent. The job search is just that, a job. And if you can get more from you government than you can in an entry-level position building your skills, then it provides a sense of comfort, protection, and lack of motivation to work.

At Crossroads Consulting we understand better than anyone out there that the job search is a painful experience. Our employment agency understands that if there is an easy way out, and one that may even be more profitable for you depending on where you live, that it’s tempting to take those options.

On the other hand, moving to Hawaii and collecting $60K a year in welfare benefits doesn’t sound too bad after all…

No, no, don’t do that. Come to us here at Crossroads Consulting where we can empathize with you in your search. We see it every day, and we want to help more than anything. If you can’t seem to find the career you’re looking for on LinkedIn, or Indeed, come to our website where we have nearly 50 positions we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re at step one, or new to the job searching process, we can help you there too with our recommended resume and interview preparation services.

As a professional search firm, we want to be with you from step one until you walk into your new office for your new career. We take pride in our work, and take a supreme gratification in being able to help however you feel we can.

Remember, at Crossroads Consulting we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

(Photo courtesy of: tcdailyplanet.net)

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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THINGS AIN’T GETTING BETTER FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

BY: Adam Gavriel

A staggering report released Monday by the Huffington Post cites that an incredible four out of five U. S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives. For our math friends out there, you did not read that wrong – that’s 80% of American adults.

From the article:

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as the reason for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to ‘rebuild ladders of opportunity’ and reverse income inequality.”

Pessimism among whites about their families’ economic futures has climbed to its highest point since 1987; showing that 63% of white Americans call the economy “poor.”

The article reports that while racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed by substantial amounts since the 1970s.

 More from the article:

“Nationwide, the count of America’s poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to lingering high unemployment following the recession. While poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics are nearly three times higher, by absolute numbers the predominant face of the poor is white.”

“The risks of poverty also have been increasing in recent decades, particularly among people ages 35-55, coinciding with the widening income inequality. For instance, people ages 35-45 had a 17 percent risk of encountering poverty during the 1969-1989 time period; that risk increased to 23 percent during the 1989-2009 period. For those ages 45-55, the risk of poverty jumped from 11.8 percent to 17.7 percent.”

By 2030, close to 85 percent of all working-age adults in the U.S. will experience a time of economic insecurity.

This article from the Huffington Post only provides further strength to the point that while the U.S. economy is in a ‘recovery’ trends and relevant data continue to suggest otherwise. The American Dream, what once drew great people to this great nation, is now becoming more and more elusive.

At Crossroads Consulting, we always take these numbers to heart. The numbers affect us deeply on a personal level. As proven patriots, dedicated to making America a better place to live for everyone, we strive to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

As an employment agency, we have job openings across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY, but we need your help. We’re looking to hear from you right now, not tomorrow, not in a week, but right now. Our mission is to help you from step one, to the step you take into the office to start your new job. If you’re not confident on your resume, our recommended resume service is here to help. If you need a connection, reach out, as we are always networking.

When we read the numbers in the morning, it disgusts us in the office. We are setting out to make a difference, but we need you to help us do it.

Let’s start getting back on track together.

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’

ECONOMY – SLOW, SLOWER, SLOWEST

BY: Adam Gavriel

Reports from Bloomberg.com today suggest that the United States economy may be on a slow path to recovery. The article reports that claims for jobless benefits in the US have hit a five-year low, decreasing 5,000 to 33,000 in the week ended January 19th. This is the fewest jobless claims since the same week in 2008.

Although some economists do not believe in an optimistic view here, just chalking it up to the times.

“The swings are attributable to the calendar,” said Brian Jones, senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, who projected a drop to 328,000. He said the numbers probably will rise at the end of the month as the calendar returns to normal. “We’re going to pay for this,” he said.

Mr. Jones is backed up by the fact that the new payroll tax at the start of the year will shake household confidence, causing consumer confidence to also falter. As part of a budget agreement, Congress has agreed to raise social security from its 4.2% rate back to 6.2% This in turn is causing some layoffs around the countries, as employers have to match all taxes from their employees.

American Express Co. has announced that they will be cutting 5400 jobs, or about 8.5% of their workforce. They are not alone as Morgan Stanley has also announced 1600 job cuts forthcoming.

“We’re being aggressive with our cost base,” Morgan Stanley Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James P. Gorman said on a Jan. 18 earnings call. “We live in a world of continued regulatory uncertainty.”

(If you are one of the employees affected by this story, please comment below and tell us how we can help! Or just vent!)

The number of Americans who continue to collect jobless benefits fell by 71,000 to 3.16 million, the fewest since July 2008.

While the numbers appear positive at first glance, all things seem to balance themselves out in the economic venue. Booms are often accompanied by busts, and vice versa.

It is extremely discouraging to hear that in a time of such uncertainty, big name players like American Express and Morgan Stanley will have to resort to layoffs, while the country tries to remedy the recession that has hit it throughout most of this past decade.

As the economy tip-toes between the line of boom and bust, remaining in purgatory, at Crossroads Consulting we are trying to get American’s working again.

With over 50 job openings that we are updating daily across the nation, we want to see your resume today!

If you’re not confident in your resume, we can take care of that for you as well with our recommended resume optimization service.

Remember, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources.’” Do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything, we can do to make your job hunting experience easier.

EUROPE ATTITUDES

BY: Adam Gavriel

Crossroads Consulting is always trying to keep you up to date on what is going on in the world of employment. Here we literally are looking at how citizens around the world think of the job market.

It’s a fair question…as dismal as the jobs report has recently been in the United States, this recession has grown to affect the entire world. A post released on Monday the 26th of November from Gallup.com reports that the job outlook across the European Union has been steadily decreasing this year. While the American unemployment rate continues to hover around the 8% mark, over in Europe, the EU has seen a steady deterioration.

Gallup asked the question: “Thinking about the job situation in the city or area where you live today, would you say that it is now a good time or a bad time to find a job?”

The results were astounding.

Germany came back with the best ratio with 46% of respondents believing it was in fact a good time to find a job. Of the other countries surveyed, 32% in Sweden believe it’s a good time, in Finland that number is 24%, Poland found 18% subscribing to the positive outlook, while France was at just 16%, the UK at a dismal 9%.

Greece is, unexpectedly, in a class by itself. The chickens have certainly come home to roost ion the overly entitled and now bankrupt society that Greece is. Just 1%, that’s right, just 1% of their residents got the warm and fuzzies about their nation being a good environment for job hunting.

The unemployment rate in Greece was 25.1% in August and reports say that it has increased slightly in September from its already record high number. In most countries in the EU, the unemployment rates have not improved since 2011.

In terms of how outlook has changed among job seekers, Finland takes the “title.” It was reported in 2011 that 36% of Fins believed it was a good time to be looking for a job; whereas as mentioned above, that number has dropped 12 percentage points down to 24%.

Despite Germany’s staggering 46% believing times still looked rosy ahead, but that number is also down 2% from the 2011 survey. Job outlook has only increased in seven countries of the EU, those being Latvia (+8), Malta (+6), Lithuania (+6), Estonia (+5), Poland (+4), Bulgaria (+2), and Romania (+2). There was no change in four countries, and the rest of the surveyed, sixteen countries, reported a more bleak outlook on the jobs situation.

Gallup also took a look at those who currently hold full-time positions for an employer and compared it to the 2011 numbers. Fortunately, these numbers have remained relatively stable, but they are still quite discouraging. Sweden is now the only country who reported full-time employment of over 50% There were significant increases in full-time employment in France (+12%) and Luxembourg (+13%) from 2011 to 2012. However there were also so disappointing drops in Slovakia (-7%), and Denmark, Cyprus, Austria, and Spain who all experienced drops of 4%

There is no denying that we have reached a discouraging time across the globe in the economy. The recession that has hit the United States has certainly been felt across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Some may even believe that it’s better to focus on American’s problems before reaching our hand overseas to help, however as we’ve noted it’s going to take a full team effort to get the global economy working again. Think about it this way, the more people working in the EU, allows more imports into that country. And of course, the more they’re importing, the more they’re going to need the countries that they import from to continue to manufacture. It’s going to take a worldwide effort.

At Crossroads Consulting we are looking to reach our hand out and help pick those up who need the assistance. We are asking you to check our nationwide job openings and send us your resume right away! If you’re not confident in your resume, our resume evaluation and editing service can help. It’s thorough and VERY affordable. We’d love to take a look at it for you to make sure it best shows your qualifications to employers.

Remember, we want to be there from point A to placing you in your new office. Crossroads Consulting is here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’