Jobs in Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth Jobs At A Glance

Fort Worth At A Glance

Fort Worth is a world of rustic architecture, 20th century facades and steamy summers. It's bounded by heavy forests, rolling hills and prairies. An amazing contrast to what you find in the city, which is as cosmopolitan as its surroundings are rural. In 2013, Fort Worth was on Forbes' "Best Places for Business and Careers" list. Nothing's changed. The potential for prosperous careers has only grown. If you're looking for work in the region though, keep a few things in mind.

Job Market in Fort Worth

Job Market in Fort Worth

Texas has seen hits in its employment ranks, but the state is driven to come back. Fort Worth holds strong with an unemployment rate of 5.2%, compared to the U.S. rate of 6.3%. Agriculture remains big business, but education and health services manage to carry 5.6% of the city's workforce. As a tourist destination, its hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors keep 6.3% of the workforce busy. Other good opportunities are in professional and business services (4.9%), financial services (3.0%) and government (1.9%). If your skills align with retail, medical (dental and registered nursing in specific), customer service representation, cooking and fast food, or construction, your chances of finding work jumps a notch. Fort Worth hourly wages are slightly lower than the national average ($29.31 vs. $31.39, respectively).

Resume Tips For Fort Worth Jobseekers

Resume Tips For Fort Worth Jobseekers

The resume is critical to getting the job. Hiring managers lament how many of us get this wrong. Here are five common mistakes we shouldn't make.

  1. Grammatical and spelling errors are easily the biggest gaffe. Always have spell check on so that you can see highlighted mistakes. And then read, read and read again.
  2. Unless you're a graphic designer or artist, keep it simple. No more than two fonts, consistency in what they are used for, size ranges of 10 to 12, and don't shrink fonts to get everything on one page. Keep the page neat with white borders so it looks organized and smart.
  3. When you decide to include information that isn't true, you take a big risk. From lying about how many languages you speak to sketchy employment experiences to certifications and education, you will be found out. Forget that job and look for something else.
  4. Many of us submit resumes that are wrong for the job hoping to impress hiring managers with what we can do. If you're going to do this, structure your resume to show it. Use a functional resume, which highlights abilities instead of experience.
  5. Unless you're a researcher or in academics or medicine, there's no need for a dissertation about secretarial duties, working at the local Target or being supervisor in a call center. Remember that hiring managers scan resumes. Write one that's scan-able.

How to Find Jobs in Fort Worth

How to Find Jobs in Fort Worth

Regardless of the region, looking for work can be tedious, stressful and frustrating. Streamline the process by taking the right course of action.

  1. Today's tech and media has forced candidates to be aggressively creative. Reviewing posts and sending out resumes might get you a job, but it's unlikely to be your dream job. It's also likely to prolong the search. Hit job fairs, go to schools, social network. Use every venue you can think of.
  2. Contact your local American Job Center or similar organization, especially if you're suddenly unemployed. They can help with options, be they same occupation, different occupation in the industry or new occupation, industry and training.
  3. The process can stretch, especially with the Internet making it easier to find prospects and contacts. When once a hiring manager might have received a couple of dozen resumes, now they're getting hundreds, even thousands. That can be torture for anyone that needs work now, so brace yourself.
  4. Be flexible, but don't belittle yourself. Never assume you have to take the job you can get. Don't put yourself in a position where you're going to be unhappy and end up looking for a new job in a year.
  5. Besides American Job Center, there are job banks, fairs, trade shows and your own personal network, both virtual and actual. Use every tool at your disposal. Join a support group. Don't sit around and wait for something to happen.