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|March 31, 2004|
What are the hot industries for hiring — and which are the ones that are not?
According to U.S. Department of Labor data reported in a recent issue of Business Week, these are the industries that added jobs (from February 2003 to February 2004):
- Temporary Help (adding 197,600 jobs)
- Healthcare (adding 193,000 jobs)
- Restaurants/Bars (adding 163,100 jobs)
- Construction (adding 123,000 jobs)
- Building/Gardening Supply Stores (adding 50,500 jobs)
And those losing jobs:
- Manufacturing (eliminating 462,000 jobs)
- Department Stores (eliminating 56,000 jobs)
- Telecommunications (eliminating 52,400 jobs)
- Hotels/Lodging (eliminating 46,400 jobs)
- Air Transportation (eliminating 46,100 jobs)
|March 25, 2004|
Is it time for a spring clean-up for your career or job-search? Use the traditional time of cleaning and rebirth to evaluate your current career and career goals.
Read this interesting article from The Arizona Republic: Spring into Cleanup.
And don’t forget this helpful article from Quintessential Careers: 10-Step Career Tune-Up.
|March 22, 2004|
Several recent reports show an increase in online recruiting activities, with job postings and resume postings continuing to climb.
Have you searched for a job or posted your resume on our job board? Do it today!
You also might want to check out the other top job-hunting sites on the Web for job-seekers.
And you should also go directly to the online career centers of employers that interest you. You can find many public and private companies in The Quintessential Directory of Company Career Centers.
|March 19, 2004|
“People aren’t getting laid off, but they also aren’t getting hired,” said David Wyss, chief economist for Standard & Poors in response to the latest employment news from the U.S. Department of Labor that new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week for the third consecutive week, sending jobless claims to their lowest level in more than three years.
Specifically, the number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 to 336,000, which some attribute to the slowing of job cuts. Other experts argue, however, that these numbers may continue to support the trend of workers leaving the workforce for other opportunities, and thus not included in these statistics.
|March 16, 2004|
In an amazing understatement, at a policy meeting today that announced interest rates would remain unchanged, a Federal Reserve spokesperson also reported that new hiring was lagging — after its previous statement (see March 12, below) had suggested some indicators were pointing toward job growth.
Still struggling to find a new job? Read our article, Strategies for Staying Upbeat During a Long Job-Search.
|March 15, 2004|
Here are the hot jobs for 2004 college grads, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm:
- Global Marketer (with starting salaries for marketers around $36,000)
- Human Resources Manager (with starting salaries of $32,000+)
- Accountant/Auditor (with starting salaries ranging from $29,500 to $42,500)
- Financial Adviser/Analyst (with starting salaries ranging from $37,000 to $42,000)
- Nurse/Physical Therapist (with starting salaries for nurses around $41,000; physical therapists, $46,000)
- Information Technology Consultant (with starting salaries from $29,000 to $50,000)
|March 14, 2004|
According to a recent survey of 186 executive recruiters conducted by Exec-U-Net, the industries expected to generate the most growth in the near future are:
1. Health Care
3. Financial Services
5. Business Services
6. Consumer Products
The job functions expected to generate the most activity during that same period of time are:
3. Business Development
4. General Management
5. Operations Management
|March 12, 2004|
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve again made the pitch that “employment will begin to increase more quickly before long.”
“As our economy exhibits increasing signs of recovery, job loss continues to diminish,” Alan Greenspan told the House Education and Workforce Committee this week. Greenspan said it was understandable that Americans felt a heightened job insecurity given the loss of jobs and even in the current recovery, job growth has been weak — reflecting the fact that companies are boosting productivity to increase output rather than rehiring laid-off workers.
|March 11, 2004|
The oddness of today’s economic situation has caused a boom in self-employment. In the past two years, the number of people starting their own business — especially women — has soared in the wake of long-term joblessness, corporate restructuring (read: rightsizing and layoffs), and a slow-moving jobless recovery.
And a recent study by the National Association for the Self-Employed found that 15 percent of self-employed or microbusiness (companies with 10 or fewer employees) owners said they started their businesses as a substitute for full employment.
If you’re considering some sort of self-employment, consider taking advantage of the resources in this section of Quintessential Careers: Telecommuting, Job Flexibility, and Work-at-Home Job and Career Resources.
|March 10, 2004|
While large companies have been downsizing and reducing their workforces over the last decade, the engine that drove positive employment numbers in the U.S. were small businesses.
Unfortunately, a survey by an industry trade group reports that small businesses are retreating on hiring plans. The number planing to hire employees fell to 13 percent in February, down from 17 percent in January.
And according to the National Federation of Independent Business group, for most of the past year, many small businesses did not add employees.
To make matters worse, a recent Business Week reports that small businesses are increasingly going out of business, extinguishing jobs rather than creating new ones.
The approximately 5.8 million small businesses in the U.S. employ about half the U.S. workforce.
|March 9, 2004|
Do you live in one of the “boom towns” where job growth is expected?
According to the cover story in the March 2004 Business 2.0 magazine, 20 metropolitan areas with fast-growing companies in the economy’s most promising industries are expected to add 850,000 high-wage skilled jobs in the next four years.
What are these top 20 areas?
- Raleigh-Durham, NC
- San Jose, CA
- Washington, DC
- Austin, TX
- Atlanta, GA
- West Palm Beach, FL
- San Francisco-Oakland, CA
- Middlesex-Somerset, NJ
- Seattle, WA
- Boston, MA
- Sacramento, CA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Minneapolis, MN Denver, CO < li>
- Ne Haven Stamford, CT
- Baltimore, MD
- San Diego, CA
- Dallas, TX
- Charlotte, NC
- Philadel h a, PA
|March 8, 2004|
Is a desire to learn one of your top skills? It’s the top skill employers are looking for in job-seekers, according to a recent study.
In a survey of 2,000 senior executives and managers across the U.S. conducted by NFI Research, the top characteristic an overwhelming majority (87 percent) said they would look for in employees they would want to hire within the next two years is a willingness to learn.
Other top characteristics sought in future employees are, in order: knowledge about the business; trustworthy; technologically adept; balanced; willing to change; and loyal.
Read more about the skills employers seek in our article, What Do Employers Really Want? Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers.
|March 5, 2004|
Job growth continues to be weak, according to the most recent employment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The U.S. economy added a paltry 21,000 jobs in February — all from increased government hiring. The private sector added no new jobs.
Wall Street firms had forecast a February gain of 125,000 jobs… and the Labor Department revised January job growth numbers — revising the original estimated increase of 122,000 jobs downward to 97,000 jobs created in January.
The unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent as almost 400,000 job-seekers dropped out of the labor force.
An average of just 42,000 jobs have been created each month in the last three months, down from the 79,000 average of the prior three months. Economists say gains near 150,000 are needed each month just to keep pace with labor force growth.
In addition, the report showed that the average length of time workers who had lost jobs stayed unemployed climbed to its highest level since January 1984.
|March 1, 2004|
Lots of studies and predictions, but when will we see the jobs? Here are two more reports of optimisim.
CareerBuilder.com reports in a new study that U.S. employers continue to show optimism in their hiring forecasts for 2004. While 25% of hiring managers will be replacing workers who had left voluntarily or were laid off, even more promising is that 32% will recruit to expand operations, improve customer service or support the launch of new products and services.
What about college graduate hiring? CollegeGrad.com predicts an increase of 12.9 percent in hiring of college seniors/recent grads in 2004 over last year.
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