Tag Archives: Human resources

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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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

MESSAGE TO THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED – DON’T GIVE UP!

0806_joblessBY: Adam Gavriel

If you are one of America’s 2.2 million jobless, it might be time to start holding your breath.

A report released by USA Today notes that a federal aid program for the long-term unemployed could end in December. It is up to Congress to renew the program.

“About 1.3 million unemployed Americans are set to lose their extended jobless benefits by the end of December if Congress doesn’t renew the program, delivering another blow to struggling households hit with recent cuts in food stamps.”

The article continues: 

“Another 850,000 people would run out of unemployment insurance from January through March when their roughly 26 weeks of state benefits end, according to the National Employment Law Project.”

These benefits that were created when the recession hit in 2008 are at risk of being cut when the programs end on December 28th.

The portion of long-term unemployed receiving benefits currently stands at 34 percent, and this number would drop to 25 percent if the program is abruptly dropped.

This year is different from others, as there appears to be no legislation headed to the floor that this could be attached to. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics believes that there is no directly relevant bill – like a fiscal cliff package, that the measure could be added to.

“Candace Stewart, 58, says she would have to sell her townhouse if she lost her emergency benefits of about $400 week. Stewart, who was laid off from her job as a quality control inspector last April, has sent out nearly 200 résumés but gotten just two interviews.”

“”There’s just nothing out there to get,” she says.”

Ms. Stewart, and all other unemployed Americans, to quote Bill Clinton, We feel your pain.” That’s why at Crossroads Consulting we treat EVERYONE like human beings and not like a piece of meat. We do NOT rule people out because they have been on the long term unemployment list and do all we can to push our clients to give these folks a hand up. We do not believe the answer is in government hand-outs but in private sector hand-ups. We have endured very hard times ourselves and by no means are any of us out of the woods either. In a company that makes it’s living placing people in jobs, our country just isn’t hiring as much and that puts more pressure on us as each of our employees lives on straight commission…including our owner.

At Crossroads Consulting, we think that the answer to long term unemployment is working harder to find a job and not by extending benefits to those not working. Our hand is out there to help those struggling to get back on their feet the opportunity to do so.  Though life may be knocking you down, winners find a way to get back up just one more time. WE KNOW you can do it and want to do our part in helping you achieve all you can in your career.

We currently have nearly 50 job opportunities we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re not comfortable in your resume, your interview skills, or your job search preparation, we can help you there too with our recommended services.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and remember that we are here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources

When he was on the radio, Mitch Beck, the President of Crossroads Consulting used to end each of his shows with a quote that might help you to reach just a little further. “Keep reaching for the stars,” Beck would say. “And you’ll land on the roof. But just reach for the roof and you’ll never get off the ground.”

Your next job is right there for you to take…You just have to go out there and take it. At Crossroads Consulting, we want to see you to land on the roof. We do our part by putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

 

 

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UNUSUAL JOB SEEKING TIPS

Find a Job - Business People in MazeBY: Adam Gavriel

Recently on the blog here at Out Of Our Mind, we have posted some resume tips, cover letter tips, and interview tips. All great knowledge to have, but what happens when the traditional means of job searching just aren’t enough?

Many know the value of networking; just how important it is, but we cannot stress enough just how important networking truly is, but there are other factors and other means of obtaining a job, or an opportunity out there – you just need to get creative with it.  Continue reading

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!

SOCIAL MEDIA AND JOB HUNTING

Social-MediaBY: Adam Gavriel

In a world where a connection could make or break an opportunity to get a job, it’s difficult to gauge just how hard your connections are working for you.

We live in a hyper-connected, globalized world fueled by the Internet and social media. But just how social is social media?

Human connections are most deeply built on a human level, on an in-person level. Social media can be a great tool to get your foot in the door, or be introduced to a new connection, but physically interacting with that person is the make or break to a successful networking opportunity.

You need to leave your office. You need to stop staring at your computer screen. Especially if you’re job hunting. The Internet is a great way to find out everything you need to know initially about the company you are applying to, or the hiring manager for the position. After that, get your voice heard, and present yourself. Continue reading

SEPTEMBER US JOB REPORT CARD – PASS OR FAIL?

jobs-reportBY: Adam Gavriel

Amidst everything the government shutdown put Americans through, September’s job report stayed true to the slow and steady progress that has gripped the nation since the Great Recession began.

The report shows an unemployment rate of 7.2% down from 7.3% in August, and that the U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September.

Although hiring was lower than economists expected, it was still enough to lower the unemployment rate to 7.2 percent. According to the Associated Press, the nation averaged a positive gain of 182,000 jobs per month from April through June, and has averaged just 143,000 jobs a month from July through September.

Many economists are weary of the October report, which may be very highly effected by the shutdown. Fortunately, this is only to be a temporary effect on a long-term problem. With this, economists understand that they may not have a clear look at unemployment until the November or December jobs report. Continue reading