Five rockstars of the job market

151329130test2014 has shown signs of particular growth – all of which results of key factors, including shifts in the economy and significant current events.

The job market continues to hold strong in a few key industries: healthcare, finance, computer systems and information, and employment services. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, these industries will continue to play a big role in the 2014 job market and the future of the job market altogether. Many positions in these industries require new support roles or other professions that are attainable through a certification process; job seekers should approach large industries with an open mind and consider breaking into new industries through a surplus of emerging support roles.
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Metropolitan employment improving across the country

Jobs report: in your region

Sources: Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Report – April 2014Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – April 2014

The national BLS “The Employment Situation — May 2014” report showed a surge in employment, adding 217,000 new jobs to the economy, the fourth straight month to show 200,000+ job gains. Economists are hopeful that this continual upswing will prove to be permanent recovery from the Great Recession.

Both regional and state unemployment rates continued to fall for the majority of the Unites States metropolitan areas, according to the BLS’ latest “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment” report.

In April, the national unemployment rate fell 0.5 percentage points to 6.3, a whopping 1.2 percentage points lower than the previous year. 357 of the 372 areas showed a lower unemployment rate from the April 2013 number. Only 12 metro areas reported higher unemployment (18 less than the previous year), while 3 showed unchanged data (compared to 14 last year).

Looking deeper into the April metro area numbers, Bismark, North Dakota — at 2.6 percent —led the nation with the lowest unemployment rate. In total, 19 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the US figure of 6.3, while 7 states and DC had higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not measurably different than the national average.

In other positive news, employment increased in 302 of 372 metropolitan areas, decreased in 63 areas and was unchanged in 7 areas. Additionally, 30 of the 32 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year employment gains and 2 had losses since April 2013. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among these divisions occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+4.2 percent), followed by Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida (+3.3 percent each).

Here are some key regional highlights from the BLS “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — April 2014 report:
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5 tips for getting a summer job

Working with recruitersNow that summer is almost at our door, students all across the country will be looking to gain some work experience by seeking out a summer job. Some students will take a summer job to fill the downtime, some do it out of necessity to pay for tuition, and others to put some money aside for other projects such as traveling or buying a car.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been an increasing number of high-school and college students looking for summer jobs in the past few years. In fact, that number rose to over 23 million students in July of last year.

Finding a summer job may be easy for some, but for many it can be a struggle since many employers are weary of hiring students with little to no work experience. How can you, as a student, overcome this obstacle and find a summer job that will be both satisfying and help you reach your goals?

Here are 5 tips to guide you:
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Is it time to update your workforce readiness program?

iStock_000014864068XLargeIt is very popular in today’s society to talk about the younger generations’ negative personality traits. I, as a member of these younger generations, always assumed this was just an unfair but not unusual tendency of older generations to complain about “what the world is coming to.”

However, this belief that younger people are lacking certain skills has spread beyond the casual conversation and has become a talking point in the workplace.

According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), employers around the country believe that the workforce is ill-prepared to meet today’s business challenges. A majority of hiring managers interviewed said that those just entering the workforce are missing both the soft and hard skills necessary to succeed.

With the Baby Boomer generation slowly retiring out of the workplace, and no qualified replacements joining the workforce, employers must now take steps to build up and retain their employees to prevent major talent gaps.
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May BLS jobs report: Industry breakdown

201302-wpe-post-headerSource: BLS jobs report

In May, the United States generated 217,000 new jobs, returning our employment rate back to pre-recession conditions. With this growth, the US has more jobs than it has seen in over four years – claiming 8.8 million new jobs since January 2008. The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.3 percent — this, following a 0.4 percentage decline in April. Over the year, the unemployment rate has dropped 1.2 percentage points, or 1.9 million people respectively.

In April, job growth continued to surpass 200,000 new jobs, improving upon March’s milestone of 175,000. Employment gains were widespread across sectors, and the professional and business services saw the largest increase, with an addition of 75,000 jobs. Temporary help continued its upward trend, gaining an average of 2.85 million jobs over the last year. Revised numbers were released in May, showing that we had gains of 282,000 jobs in April, not 288,000.

Employment gains were widespread across sectors with the highest gains led by professional and business services, healthcare and leisure and hospitality.Here are some key sector highlights from the BLS “The Employment Situation – May 2014” report:

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Cultural fit in marketing departments

OJP0024131In most marketing departments, cultural fit is defined as having a strong set of soft skills as well as values, beliefs and behavior that are in line with the organization’s culture.

Skills can be taught or improved. Finding a candidate with the right personality and character traits, on the other hand, is often more difficult.

Whether you’re recruiting or seeking employment, cultural fit is something that should be kept in mind throughout the entire hiring process. From the initial phone interview to the final skill assessment — cultural fit is often a deciding factor when it comes to hiring employes, especially in marketing departments.

Cultural fit within a marketing team highly affects work ethic and creativity. It is, therefore, considered by many as a crucial component to building a strong team. Every team will have different dynamics, and it’s important that each team member understands what holds the team together – what makes it tick. For example, having similar working hours, a sense or urgency, and a handle on priorities will help tremendously in building a cohesive team as well as establishing a comfortable, result-driven culture.
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