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LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED…WHAT’S NEXT

BY: Adam Gavriel

The benefits for America’s long-term unemployed expired last week, and now, The Guardian is reporting that America is losing ‘up to $1 billion a week’ because of it.

These benefits applied to Americans who have been unemployed for long than six months, are now non-existent. The expiration was due to a bipartisan budget deal that did not reauthorize the benefits program. American politicians have once again turning a blind-eye to a key problem in America’s economy; the long-term unemployed.

On Friday, politicians broke down the figures being lost by Americans and discovered that affected Americans will be losing $305 per week.

That would mean there is almost a billion dollars we are losing from the economy because of not extending unemployment insurance benefits” says professor Lawrence Katz.

Katz continued…

It is actually fiscally irresponsible not to extend unemployment benefits, the long-run cost to the taxpayers will be much higher from disconnecting people from the labor market 

It is believed that ending emergency unemployment insurance will have adverse impact on the economy because they benefiters tend to spend the money on goods and services, and plug it back into the economy.

Politicians hope that legislation will soon be pushed through the Senate in order to restore these benefits.

If you are one of America’s many long-term unemployed, we’d love to hear how this situation is effecting your wallets, your lifestyle, and your means of living. We would also love to do anything we can to help.

Here at Crossroads Consulting, it is our mission to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’ and that all starts with human interaction. Head on over to our website today to take a look at the over 50 job openings we are looking to fill TODAY. Also do not hesitate to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

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JOB SEEKING AND THE DEBT LIMIT

Jobhunter_teenBY: Adam Gavriel

As job seekers, focusing on the impending United States debt ceiling crisis is probably difficult to avoid.

In its most basic form, regardless of how the United States government reaches an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, or put an extension on the deadline, job seekers everywhere are going to be in a world of hurt.

For starters, the United States is still borrowing more and more money and to keep up with the payments on the debt service, and to keep up with the exploding entitlement commitments, taxes are going to be raised – A LOT.

With taxes going up, layoffs, and the impending Obamacare job losses that are almost a guarantee to be coming – or at very least hours being reduced in order to stay away from the costs, job seekers are going to find times getting tougher. It’s time to get educated. It’s time to get prepared.

Today on the blog, we’re going to offer some quick tips that can help you stay above the pact in what will become a more “bloodthirsty” market for available jobs…

Make sure your resume is right.

  • We’re talking one page max length, a clear objective that is tailored to the job that you are applying for. Check for grammar and spelling errors. Read your resume out loud to yourself, it will really amaze you at how different it sounds. Have someone else read your resume too, and see if they can help. It is always beneficial to hear your thoughts and words through another person’s voice. If all else fails, contact us at Crossroads Consulting, and we will optimize your resume for you.

WRITE A COVER LETTER! – Personalize It.

  • You would be amazed what a quick Google search could tell you about the job opening you’re looking at. “To Whom it May Concern” or “To the Hiring Manager” are played out. See if you can find the name of an HR Representative, or the recruiter that is working your job opening.

Stay vigilant.

  • The jobs are out there, but you will find more competition for them and they will be harder to find. At Crossroads Consulting, we currently have over fifty openings that we are looking to place TODAY. You can view our job openings here.

Follow up.

  • This is especially prudent if you submit your resume online, as seems to be the norm today. Find a contact in the department you were looking at (trust me, it’s easier than you think), and make sure you do your best to bypass the generic resume submission, and get it into the hands of someone who can help immediately.

If you’re looking for help, feel free to shoot me an email at:  adam@crossroadsconsulting.com.

Build your skills.

  • There are endless amounts of free software or training tools on the internet to build skills in areas that you may need to improve. Assuming you are reading job openings every day, you have a keen eye as to what employers in your field are looking for. Make sure you can prove that you have these skills.

Get creative.

  • Remember to stay educated, everyone. If things don’t change quickly, the US Government could put the American people in a bind we haven’t seen since 2008.

At Crossroads Consulting we believe as strongly in the strength of America as we do in our ability to help every job seeker that we can. In our office we are dedicated to putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’.

SHUTDOWN AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

CNNMoney NewsroomBY: Adam Gavriel

For the first time, we can finally see what the Government Shutdown has done to the US Economy in a tangible way.

According to a report released from CNN Money, 374,000 people filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, the highest one-week rise since super-storm Sandy hit the nation almost a year ago.

Speaking strictly from an economic standpoint, this shutdown could not have come at a worse time as the economy had been slowly, but surely, doing better in recent months.

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 Not to be all blamed on the government shutdown though, as other factors have certainly contributed to the 66,000 person rise in unemployment claims.

The state of California, which accounted for half of the new claims, continues to have problems with processing unemployment checks.

The 500,000 federal workers who remain in furlough are allowed to file for unemployment benefits, however if Congress grants them retroactive pay, most states will ask the furloughed workers to pay back the benefits that they receive. The report released today of 374,000 does NOT include any furloughed federal government employee who has filed for unemployment.

Hypothetically speaking, without taking the government shutdown into effect, economists believe that this number would have been roughly in line with the average number we have been seeing in the slow recovery.

“’The broader picture is still that labor market conditions are improving, albeit not quite as much as we previously thought,’ said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, in a research note”. 

Sure is a tough hypothetical situation to picture though, as the U.S. remains mired in the wake of the government shutdown.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are doing what we can to continue the birth of jobs in the United States. With over 50 current openings we are looking to fill today, we are hoping to hear from you. If you are a government employee who has been furloughed, and out of the job searching game for quite some time, we can help you there too. With our recommended resume and interview preparation services, you will not miss a beat stepping back into the job search.

Everything we do at Crossroads Consulting is with the main goal of putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’

ECONOMICS 101: NOBODY AGREES ON ECONOMICS

1_photoBY: Adam Gavriel

With so many conflicting reports on the American economy, it’s hard to get a true read on the strength of the recovery.

A report from Reuters.com states that contracts to buy previously owned homes in the US fell for the third straight month in August; however fewer Americans filed for jobless benefits last week.

A different report showed a sharp decline in consumer prices during the second quarter of this year.

“Together, the data offers a challenge for the Federal Reserve, which wants to see more evidence that the U.S. economy is gaining momentum before it scales back a bond-buying stimulus program.”

Continued:

“The Fed last week flagged a rise in interest rates as a threat to the economy, and also said that employment and inflation remain too weak.”

Although economists believe that the housing market isn’t collapsing, it appears to be losing steam.  

The labor market, on the other hand, seems to be continuously heading in a slow by steady recovery. Last week, initial jobless claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 5,000. This at the same time that economists believed the expected numbers in jobless claims would be on the rise.

The four-week average of new claims fell to its lowest level since June 2007.

Conflicting reports continue though, as The Commerce Department said prices for goods and services purchased by U.S. households fell in the second quarter – for the first time in four years.

“That is worrisome because it suggests demand in the economy is so weak that business have little leverage to raise prices. Bernanke has said the Fed doesn’t want to end its bond-buying stimulus program until inflation begins to trend higher.”

This marked the first decline since the first quarter of 2009, one of the darkest times since the recession began in 2007.

In such a serious time of recession, it continues to be nearly impossible to get a clean read on the U.S. economy. While the unemployment rate continues to drop steadily, it does not take into account those who have left the labor force completely, or are not actively looking for work.

With these conflicts comes no clear way of getting a solid read on the economic recovery. All we can do is put our heads down and get our feet moving on the pavement towards helping each other.

That’s why at Crossroads Consulting, we continue to roll out services that do our duty as a search agency to help you from step one, to stepping into your new office. With resume and interview preparation services, and over 50 job openings we are looking to fill today, we want to hear from you!

Our job is to help you find a career. And we hope to do that by putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources

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REAL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS UNSATISFACTORY – AGAIN!

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Hope springs eternal… or at least that’s how the saying goes.

A report recently released from CNN shows that first-time claims for unemployment levels suddenly decreased to their lowest level since 2006 for the week ended September 7th.

“About 292,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending September 7, the Labor Department reported Thursday morning. That’s a dramatic 31,000 drop to the lowest level since April 2006.”

Unfortunately, the Labor Department also noted that two states reported incomplete results, and that number is suspected to increase in the next few weeks.

And of course, as with most reported numbers, not everything is as cheery as it seems. 11.3 million Americans still remain unemployed, and this number doesn’t take into account Americans who have left the workforce, underemployed Americans, or those working part-time jobs who are seeking full-time employment.

The Great Recession is aptly named.

CNN continues to report in the article that there are about three unemployed people for every one job opening. Hiring is too stagnant to keep up with the demand of those looking for work, which will continue to mire the American economy in its slow recovery.

“’The underlying story in jobless claims is one of a continued improvement,’ said Yelena Shulyatyeva, a market economist at BNP Paribas. ‘However, as we continue to highlight, claims have not provided the best read on overall labor market conditions since they only capture the pace of firing and not what is happening on the hiring front.’”

These numbers continue to provide the facts, as long as you dig deep enough to find them.

While the released reports last month of the unemployment number dropping paint a rosy picture, the truth is not a simple. This Great Recession is truly that, and the stagnant pace the recovery is going at, will continue to provide the economy we live in with its name.

That’s why at Crossroads Consulting we’re doing everything we can to get the artists to start painting a new picture. With our job openings that we are looking to fill today, we want to hear from you. As an employment agency seeking to help out however we can, please do not hesitate to contact us today. If you’re not comfortable with your resume, we can help you there too with our recommended resume service.

We’re doing our best to get in contact with you, and we hope you take the time to reach out to us, and let us know how we can help you.

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

CT…NOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS?

BY: Adam Gavriel

When you think about the government of the United States, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Democracy. George Washington. Founding Fathers. Leaders who would do anything to get the job done, by the people and for the people.

Is that what we get today?

According to a report from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Connecticut government has come up with numerous workplace measures that will make it harder for the businessman in CT. Most importantly is the raise of mandatory wages, unemployment benefits, and steeper administrative hurdles.

First, workers compensation changes:

HB 6556 will allow employees to make new “sick building” illness claims, and make it harder for employers to challenge them.

SB 823 will allow employees to pursue workers’ compensation claims for psychological injuries.

SB 907 will create a paperwork nightmare for employers to challenge workers’ compensation claims, while SB 1074 will, with some modifications, stop medical claims and expenses from going through the roof for employers.

This all sounds great for employees, but if employer’s costs spike, hiring will plummet.

On to Unemployment Compensation:

The labor committee approved SB 188 which will allow teachers to collect benefits while pursuing further education, instead of being “available for work” or “actively looking for a new job” the two key features in being available for unemployment benefits.

SB 909 will penalize the false unemployment claims of individuals, but punish employers in a case where the Department of Labor paid out and the affected businesses did not participate in the claims procedure.

As we know, if you keep up with the blog, that Small Businesses drive the economy, well, here’s one from Connecticut… HB 6451 will penalize employers if they fail to register with the Department of Labor with unemployment compensation within 30 days of starting or acquiring a business. The committee would also approve a 10% to 15% penalty for employers if they willfully fail to declare wage payments on quarterly reports.

Again, more and more costs for managers and employers.

How about Wages and Benefits? 

With a minimum wage hike in SB 387, many economists believe this will reduce entry-level jobs, and a standard wage bill (HB 5756) that will discourage companies from doing business with the state.

SB 906 will make the process for direct deposit for employees have to go through loopholes, requiring more training and or the hiring of another employee.

What most of these new bills have in common is that they will severely raise costs for Connecticut employers. Though the minds of politicians seems to be in the correct place, the practices are not following suit. It is understandable that politicians would want to increase the wages of their workers, but it is the employers who will suffer immediately, and then in turn the employees who will take the ultimate hit.

This is specifically the case with SB 387, which many believe will ultimately destroy the entry-level opportunities that are needed for college and high school graduates. A recent report from Yahoo! News cited that 40% of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, having difficulties finding the correct entry-level job that can provide the training necessary to build a career. If managers have to pay higher wages for entry-level workers than they already have to, they’re going to be very picky about the talent that they choose. This of course will call for a huge increase in underemployed and unemployed college graduates.

As a small business directly affected by these measures, at Crossroads Consulting we will continue to make sure that we do what ever it takes to get you into one of our over 50 open positions.

As we try to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources,’ we hope the government remembers that they operate ‘for the people.’

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS…

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They couldn’t fix things in 1921 during that recession…in 1929, the Great Depression nearly sinks America. Nothing dramatically has changed since 2008. Could history be repeating itself? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BY: Adam Gavriel

A report released by the Washington Post Thursday, April 25th states that United States claims for Unemployment Benefits fell 16,000 to 339,000 last week. This is the second lowest number recorded in the past five years, a positive sign for the April employment numbers.

Unfortunately, not every state is feeling the positive upturn of these numbers.

California (24,303), Texas (3,050), Florida (2,623), Indiana (2,372), and Arizona (1,296) saw the biggest increases in applications of unemployment benefits.

New York (14,113), Michigan (5,998), New Jersey (4,204), Ohio (3,036), and Illinois (2,455) saw the biggest reduction of applications for unemployment benefits.

As the United States economy continues to tread slowly in a positive direction, many analysts still fear with the impending government spending cuts, due to the Government Sequester, will have on the American economy and hiring.

On top of this, a report on Wednesday April 24th from Fox Business News suggests that only 40% of small business owners have an optimistic view point of the future of America’s economy. If you’ve been following along here at Out Of Our Mind, you know that Small Business is the engine that turns the hiring in America. Knowing this, it is incredibly worrisome to read that nearly 60% of small business are not planning on hiring full or part-time workers.

So while the numbers trend positive, the future outlook remains somewhat bleak.

This “Great Recession” has hit the American economy very hard. As America works to turn it around and become an economic power once again, the workers grow restless and worried.

As we always say though, the jobs are out there, and it’s getting harder and harder to get a job on your own these days. Fortunately, at Crossroads Consulting, we can help you with every facet of your job search. From finding the right position that you can turn into a career with our over 50 job postings that we are looking to fill today; to a resume service that will make sure your information gets put on the top of the pile, we’re here to help.

At Crossroads Consulting, we want to get Americans working again and we’re doing our part by, “Putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’”