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PRITCHETT: FIVE PROVEN JOB SEEKER TIPS

Jobhunter_teenBY: Philip Pritchett

With the current ‘State of the Union,’ the job search can be as demeaning as ever.  With the number of jobs available being minuscule in comparison to the number of unemployed Americans, only those who employ a strategic approach to landing a job will do so.  While many unemployed Americans find their selves relaxing their efforts due to summer time activities, this is the perfect opportunity to make the most out of your job search.  USNews offered some tips on how to have a successful job.  There was some excellent advice in their piece, but here’s a bit more on it…

  1. Get started.  Studies show that the longer you’re out of work the harder it is to find.  Your best chances to land a new job are within 6 months of becoming unemployed.  I know it’s summer and you deserve a vacation, but don’t put your search on hold – doing so will make finding success in the future harder.  I suggest starting with your resume, and professional preparation can ensure that you have a success-based resume that’s up to date with today’s standards.
  2. Prepare for a marathon, not a sprint. One of the most common mistakes people make is rushing to apply for ideal positions without properly preparing, and when they don’t get the feedback they’d hoped for losing momentum.  Some people will land those first jobs, but most will not.  Prepare for a multi-month process and don’t let yourself become easily discouraged.  Professional recruiters like Crossroads Consulting, LLC can help you reduce the length of your marathon by preparing you for all of the obstacles job seekers face in today’s market.
  3. Market yourself.  Social media plays a big role in today’s job search.  Sites like LinkedIn, Monster.com, and even Facebook can play a major role in developing a professional profile easily accessible to employers looking to recruit top talent.  A well-constructed branding statement and elevator pitch are also crucial – if you can’t sell yourself, no one else can either.
  4. An internship can be very valuable.  This is the perfect time to intern.  Although most internship positions are unpaid, they do provide valuable experience that will enhance your resume.  For those looking to break into a field in which they have no experience, an internship can provide them with the exposure needed to do so.  It’s also a way many people can allow themselves to stay sharp and utilize their skills while searching for a new career.
  5. Always look for opportunities to network with others.  Even if it’s at a summer party, get to know people you’ve never met.  You never know, your next door neighbor could be looking for someone with your background, right now.  In-person networking is a vital asset to utilize during your job search.  You must always be on the lookout for opportunities to build relationships.  All job seekers should invest time in sharpening their skills and message before, during, and after their job search.

Taking the right approach is vital to your success in your job search.  Having a well thought out course of action that’s based on maximizing access to your profile through multiple platforms is also crucial.  Fortunately, there are resources available to help guide you through these steps, and others during your search.  Sending your resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com should be your first step down your path to the career you’ve always wanted.

PRITCHETT: NY JOB MARKET – DRAWING THE BEST OF THE BEST

nyBY: Philip Pritchett

NY’s Economy Attracts ‘Best of the Best’

According to Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics, and the New York State Department of Labor, New York continues to experience record-breaking job growth in the private sector.

New York State’s economy continued to grow in May as it added 21,300 private sector jobs, reaching a new all-time high and outpacing job growth nationwide. This marked the 18th consecutive month of private sector employment gains. Our state’s jobless rate remained at 6.7%, its lowest level since late 2008,” said Wynnyk.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is credited with helping rebuild New York’s employment industry, having overseen the record growth of the last few years.  Since his inauguration on January 1, 2011, the New York State economy has added 466,000 private sector jobs, and experienced job increases in 36 of the last 41 months – including 18 consecutive months of growth in the private sector.

Over the past year, private educational and health services sectors experienced the most growth, adding +36,300 jobs to New York’s economy.  Professional and business services had the second largest increase in jobs with +30,100.  New York’s trade, transportation and utilities sector added +23,300, third most in the state.

Numbers like these are inspiring New York’s job seekers to prepare themselves like never before for this ultra-competitive job market.  This business mecca attracts the world’s top talent, and requires that you are not only highly-qualified, but that your application and resume also pass rigorous screening processes done prior to selecting candidates for interviewing.  Without a first-class resume, many highly-capable job seekers fall by the wayside.  Job seekers owe it to themselves to take advantage of every asset available when pursuing their next career.

With connections to major employers throughout the “Empire State,” Crossroads Consulting has all of the resources available to help you pursue a top-tier career.  Let their 20 years of experience in the greater NYC area provide you with an inside track to the position you deserve.  They’ll help you prepare your resume and even teach you how to successfully conduct yourself during an interview.  The job industry has changed significantly over the past few years; let them help you maximize your chances in this highly-competitive market. Send your resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com, or call them at 203-459-9969.

MORE INTERVIEW TIPS

interview-tips-2BY: Adam Gavriel

Building off of the brilliant post this week from our president, Mitch Beck, on making sure your cover letter is right, we will continue the theme here on the blog of helping you get that job you’re eyeing.

This blog will focus on some more interview tips because let’s be honest, you can never have enough. Recently, we took a look at some questions that you should be asking interviewers, and today we will look at some general interview tips. Continue reading

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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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.’”

SALES DROP – SPIRITS CAN’T

BY: Adam Gavriel

Despite what the results from the 2012 United States Presidential Election might tell you, with Americans re-electing Barack Obama, the US economy is a LONG way from improving.

According to a report at Bloomberg.com, for the first time in four months, U.S. retail sales fell in October.

It’s reasonable to attribute a small part of that drop to the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to the Northeastern United States, and the country’s biggest hub in New York City, but that certainly wasn’t enough to account for it all.

“There’s probably some hurricane impact,” Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC in New York said. “But when consumers are cautious they tend to spend more on staples than discretionary items, and that’s exactly what happened this month.” It was Dutta, who correctly forecasted the October decline in sales. “The broad story is that consumers remain cautious.”

While the 0.3% drop seems on the surface to be a small number, it continues to show that consumer confidence is falling, and by extension that’s less money is being pumped into the economy. The bad economy might also explain the drop in the auto-industry, an Obama favorite talking point during the 2012 election cycle. The auto industry saw its sales decrease in October by 1.5%.

The report of the drop in retail sales comes on the heels of the reported 7.9% unemployment rate in October, the second month in a row the US average has remained below 8% and still higher when the POTUS took office four years ago.

Some believe this drop will be an aberration with the prime shopping holiday-season rapidly approaching.

“As the holiday shopping seasons begins, Hasbro Inc. (HAS)’s retail customers are ‘looking forward to a good year,’ said David Hargreaves, Chief Operating Officer of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker, during a conference call with analysts on Oct. 22. ‘Certainly consumer demand has held up pretty well. I think they’re sort of cautiously optimistic.’”

While the economy continues to languish somewhere between just being a soft economy and flat out recession, millions of Americans are still finding themselves out of work with no end in sight. In fact so many are depressed in their inability to find work; they have given up searching for it altogether. That’s why Crossroads Consulting can be so helpful in these extremely difficult times. We’re ardent optimists and we believe in the strength of America. We have not given up hope and believe that our best days still lie ahead. There needs to be cooperation in Washington among both Conservatives and Liberals to work together to resolve what issues we’re facing.

Don’t give up! Go out and make connections and then use them. Find online resources or professionals to help and use them. At Crossroads Consulting we have a plethora of job openings from all across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re not confident in your resume, there’s no reason to not let us have a look at it for you. We want to help you from step 1, to the day you walk into your new position. Let us help you as we, “Put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

JOB FAIRS NOT ALWAYS FAIR

By: Amy Schlubach

On Wednesday the 6th, I attended a career fair at Western Connecticut State University. I walked in to a hectic, crowded atmosphere and joined other students and alumni who were anxiously waiting in lines to introduce themselves to representatives of companies.

I talked to a few different representatives about employment opportunities, but strangely, many recruiters weren’t even accepting résumés. They asked interested candidates to apply online. At least if the recruiters were accepting résumés they could have “starred” the ones that belonged to the people they were interested in talking to. Most likely, they will not remember individuals from the fair that apply online.

While Crossroads Consulting wasn’t at this particular event, there is one thing that you can count on and that is being treated like a person. The company motto is, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources.’” The first rule at maintaining that philosophy at Crossroads Consulting is treating each person like they matter. While Crossroads Consulting does take applications on line, if you call you will be treated with the same respect that they want for themselves AND you’re libel to have a laugh or two along the way.

I thought the job fair was not very useful. I guess job fairs could be helpful for networking, but mostly I picked up some brochures and learned information about companies that I probably could have just found online.

To skip the job fair hassle and find a sampling of what employment opportunities exist, check out the Job Openings section at the Crossroads Consulting website.