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THE “R” WORD…NO RELATION TO THE “F” WORD

BY: Adam Gavriel

The new “R” word that economists would like to see on everyone’s mind this year is, “rebound” and not, “recession.” Reports from Bloomberg on January 31st show the economy will bounce back in the current quarter after gains for consumers and businesses in the final three months of 2012.

“It would be a mistake to view this drop in GDP — driven by temporary corrections in defense spending and inventories — as a possible harbinger of recession,” Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts, said in an e-mail. “We expect GDP growth to rebound to around 2 percent in the first quarter.”

GDP saw gains of 2.2 percent in 2012, and many economists believe it will be on the same track this year with gains in the neighborhood of 2-2.3 percent.

“Growth in economic activity paused in recent months, in large part because of weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors,” the Federal Reserve said yesterday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Washington. “Household spending and business fixed investment advanced, and the housing sector has shown further improvement.”

There’s a reason why they’re called “natural disasters.” Superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, and Katrina seven years ago do more than just ravage destruction on the lands that are unfortunate enough to see these storms land on. These monsters also take out local businesses and reduce spending in the area. When it hits major areas like New Orleans with Katrina, or New York City with Sandy, these can have not only a domestic effect, but a global one as well. The United States economy finally seems to be rebounding after the hurting that Sandy put on the east coast. There’s that word again, rebounding.

But what does all this have to do with the job market? Well…

Government figures that are to be released soon are projected to show that employers added 165,000 workers to payrolls, an increase of 10,000 from the number in December.

Home-building also rose 11.9 percent last year, it’s best increase since 1992. And as we have reported here on the blog at OutOfOurMind, home-building is a key factor in economic recovery, especially among young families.

There are varying reports and viewpoints on how the economy is going. Of course, a rebound after a recession isn’t something to get too proud about, but it is certainly a step in the right direction; and these steps need to start somewhere. While the numbers aren’t as promising as they need to be, the economy at some points seems headed in the right direction, while stalling at others.

Estimates of recovery are great, but until it comes to fruition in reality, it’s all speculation.

Here at Crossroads Consulting we have been trying to get Americans working again. With over fifty job postings from around the nation, our job is to make sure you get one! If you’re not confident in your resume or interviewing skills, we can help you there as well.

All we want to do is make this process as easy as possible for you, and maybe provide a few laughs along the way in what we know can be a dark time.

Remember, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources.’”

SHOW ME THE MONEY / JOBS!!!

BY: Adam Gavriel

Over the course of someone’s work career they may find themselves moving because of a job promotion, or out of necessity. Not all of us can be so lucky to have to move from one city to another due to a promotion, but most of us over the course of our lives will find ourselves moving from city to city to search work like a nomad living off buffalo.

Well like the buffalo’s of old, jobs too may seem nearly extinct to the job searcher which is why it’s time to find out just where the job opportunities are.

According to a graphic on Indeed.com (see map below) out of the 50 most populous metro areas in the US, San Jose, California has the most available jobs posted per 1000 people at 187. Interestingly enough, the unemployment rate in CA sat at 11.8% in June 2011, 2.6% over the national average.

The four lowest rated Metropolitan areas were Detroit (39 jobs posted/1000 people), Buffalo (35), Miami (35), Rochester (34) and New Orleans (30).

On the local job scene for Connecticut residents interestingly, Hartford is ranked 8thamong the Top 50 metropolitan areas at a  surprising 94 jobs posted per 1000 people. Connecticut’s unemployment rate for June 2011 was 9.1% under the 9.2% national average.

New York residents may be surprised to learn that they have three of its cities in the bottom seven of the Top 50 (including Manhattan) while its unemployment rate in June 2011 was 8% a full percentage point and change under the national average.

As a firm based in the Connecticut area, Crossroads Consultingbelieves that together we can continue to lower the unemployment rate one person at a time as we help those who are unhappy in their present position and especially those who are currently unemployed, find jobs.  If this report tells us one thing, it’s that there are jobs out there to be had. Having an ally on your side like Crossroads Consulting can do nothing but help.

Be sure to check out Crossroads Consulting’s own job openings to see if you’re a fit. Also, take note of the fact that with so many people out there looking, having your resume look it’s very best is going to be critical to you beating out so many other candidates. Crossroads Consulting also offers a resume optimizationservice that is far more reasonable than virtually any other out there. We also offer interview preparation services as well, also at a very reasonable price.

Our main mission is to help you get in into that new job and if you’re hiring to find the right person for your needs.

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