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PRITCHETT: WHAT’S UP IN CONNECTICUT?

ctBY: Philip Pritchett

According to the State of Connecticut’s Department of Labor, last year marked another positive one for Connecticut’s job market as the state gained 14,300 jobs in 2013.  This was the third straight year with an increase after having lost 119,100 jobs in the recession between 2008 and 2010.   The latest addition to Connecticut’s job market continues to inspire job seekers who have now seen over half of the jobs lost during the recession recovered.

Six of Connecticut’s nine major industry sectors experienced growth in 2013.  Private sector increases lead the way, having recovered over 62.3% job lost to the recession.  The CDOL stated that the construction industry recovered 32%, transportation and utilities – 44%, and professional and business services regained 73.2%.  While the hospitality industry has yet to fully recover, it continues to add jobs at rate higher than pre-recession levels.  Even education and health services (one of few industries to not experience loss due to the recession) continue to add jobs at high rates.

With an economy that continues to show positive growth, Connecticut’s unemployment rates are lower than most of its New England neighbors.  The state’s dedication to providing quality opportunities to its citizens has paid off as real total personal income of State residents has steadily risen in the past four years.

Based out of, “The Constitution State,” Crossroads Consulting has maintained long-term relationships with some of the best employers in the area.  They’ve been helping New Englanders find careers in their respective industries for 20 years.  With services that include resume’ preparation, interview coaching, and contract negotiation, their team of professional recruiters has what you need to successfully navigate today’s hiring processes.  For consideration on any of the opportunities Crossroads Consulting might be currently working at filling, send our resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com, and let them help you achieve your career goals.

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

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailBY: Philip Pritchett

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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SOME UNEMPLOYMENT DO’S AND DON’TS

BY: Adam Gavriel

While unemployed, especially if you’re one of America’s long-term unemployed, it’s hard to stay on the right path. It’s hard to make sure that your priorities are balanced and that you are doing the right things. The fact of the matter is, there isn’t only one right way to get a job, but there are plenty of wrong ways to make sure that you stay stuck where you are.

What’s the definition of insanity again? Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.

Here are a few “Do’s and don’ts” of time unemployed. Continue reading

THINGS AIN’T SO BRIGHT AND RICH IN CONNECTICUT

BY: Adam Gavriel

A report released recently by The Connecticut Policy Institute shows exactly what Connecticut residents have been feeling recently is indeed a fact – gloomy days are here.

The latest data shows that Connecticut job growth has been lagging behind not only the nation, but also the northeast.

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From the report:

“The department’s survey of employers indicates three consecutive months of job losses, almost entirely erasing the 10,000-job gain posted in July. Over the summer state officials and other observers celebrated that gain with much fanfare, but as the CPI hypothesized  at the time it appears to have largely been a statistical anomaly. As the charts above and below show, the employer survey’s longer-term trajectory remains one of slow growth, lagging both the country as a whole and most of Connecticut’s northeast neighbors”

Further details show that out of the 9 northeastern states surveyed, Connecticut ranks 7th in both Nonfarm Employment and Residents Employed with growth of 0.6 percent and decline of 0.5 percent respectively.

Despite the uptick in employment for September and October, the household survey continues to show net losses over the year, and Connecticut lagging behind the rest of the nation.

According to CNN Money, Connecticut’s state 8.1 percent unemployment ranks 37th in the United States.

As an employment firm based in Connecticut, we here at Crossroads Consulting do not take too kindly to these numbers. They reflect on us, and on Connecticut as a whole as neighbors, friends, and connections. We know we need to work together to dig out of the hole that the nation was put into with the Great Recession.

With nearly 50 job openings,, many in Connecticut, we hope to make these numbers tick in Connecticut’s favor, and get Connecticut back to where it deserves to be. Let us reach out a helping hand with our recommended resume and interview preparation services.

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

 

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TIPS FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE…WELL SORT OF

Mitch headshot 10-13tBY: Mitch Beck, President , Crossroads Consulting

At Crossroads Consulting, we pride ourselves on being a slightly different kind of recruiting firm as any visit to our own job listings page will prove.

While our primary focus has been, and always will be, to help job seekers find new employment as well as assisting companies to hire the right new employee, Crossroads Consulting is also here to offer successful, tried and true advice that can help improve the work environment for all concerned.

With that in mind, and keeping with our overall theme in terms of how we do things, we present this advice on, “Tips For Succeeding As A Woman In The Workplace!