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America has a record number of job openings

Posted by | 09/10/2015 | Career information

There were 5.8 million job openings in the United States in July, according to the Labor Department. That’s much more than the previous high — 5.4 million — from last May, and the highest figure since the government began counting job openings in 2000.

The spike in job openings represents a mix of good and bad news.

On the upside, employers are hiring more and the U.S. economy is growing — a healthy sign as concerns rise about the global economy potentially weighing down U.S. economic growth. In some respects, a large number of job openings indicate that America’s job market is improving, economists say.

However, job openings also mean some employers can’t find the right people to hire. Too many job openings represent a problem: The job skills gap in America, experts say.

For years, experts have warned that Americans don’t have the skills required for new job fields, especially in engineering, technical and science-related jobs.

“It’s definitely a concern, and it should be a concern for anyone who cares about the future of U.S. workers,” says Chris Tilly, an economics professor at U.C.L.A.

The issue is even getting attention from the White House. The Obama administration announced a $100 million initiative last December to improve the number of apprenticeship programs in the U.S.

On the other side, some argue that employers are raising the bar too high on job qualifications and don’t want to take the time to train new workers.

Consider this: 65% of job postings for executive secretaries or administrative assistants require a college degree. But among current executive secretaries, only 19% have college degrees, according to Joseph Fuller, a Harvard Business School professor.

Source: CNN Money

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How to find a Summerjob?

Posted by | 04/05/2014 | Career information

Looking for a summer or seasonal job? Here are some tips:

1. Crack the hidden job market
Most jobs aren’t advertised. They’re given to the boss’s son, the boss’s wife’s niece or the guy who was smart enough to offer his resume just when the employer was considering expansion. Start your search by asking friends and family if they know anyone who might hire a student.

2. Summer jobs matter more than you think
You may be tempted to return to that retail gig you held in high school. Resist the urge. The type of job you get this summer will influence the type of job you’ll get next summer and far into the future. It’s crucial to your future success that you apply to jobs that will get you closer to careers you’re considering. Summer jobs are a good way to figure out if an industry is right for you and a good way to prove to employers after graduation that you’re interested and ready to work for their field.

3. Clean up after yourself online
It’s unbelievable how many young people have their Facebook settings open so that potential employers who Google them can see embarrassing or distasteful material. The same goes for Twitter. Go back and clean up what you can. A good place to find all the dirt on yourself is Pipl.com. Un-tag yourself from unflattering photos and think twice before tweeting.

4. Fewer applications are better
People are surprised when I tell them that I put an average of ten hours into each job application. But the cover letter is the only chance we get stand out from the pile. It’s worth writing cover letters over and over again until you get them right. Writing a few good cover letters for jobs that you really want is a better strategy than blanketing the world with generic applications.

5. Don’t forget the keywords
The first thing some human resources managers do with a stack of applications is sort though them to eliminate those that don’t reference keywords from the job ad. Some companies get so many applications that the keyword sorting function is performed by computer software. Even the best cover letter won’t save you from the computer’s  ”no” pile without the keywords!

6. Consider an online portfolio
A personal website shows employers that you have initiative and are tech-savvy. This could be as simple as a free WordPress blog that has your resume and photo on it, or it could be a longer list of the work you’ve done so far. It also provides a place for recruiters to find you online.

7. Address your applications to the right person
One woman who hired me said that she’d toss any applications that said “to whom this may concern.” Her logic was that if they couldn’t bother to find out her name, they were probably lazy. That same employer told me that she received multiple cover letters addressed to “Mr.” rather than “Ms.” Never assume you know whether someone identifies as a man or a woman.

Try the website www.summerjobboard.com

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Do’s and don’ts Job interview – How to score points

Posted by | 10/25/2013 | Job interview

How to Score points in a Job Interview – Do’s and Don’ts

These basic tips will help you score @ the job interview:

1). Pay attention

Be sure to address the question in your answer. Seriously, many applicants just plain don’t listen to the question, or they’re busy trying to weave in details that aren’t related to what they were asked. There’s a reason behind each question, and part of the score includes points for actually responding to what you were asked. Listen carefully to the question, ask the interviewer to repeat it if you’re uncertain, and then give an answer that reflects the question.

2). Give examples and be specific

Always give specific examples about what you’ve done. This tip alone can mean the difference between a mediocre interview score and landing a spot on the ‘top three candidate’ list. Managers (good ones, with solid training, that is) are actually schooled to ask questions that elicit examples of how candidates have performed jobs.

Sometimes managers will try to cue you that they need a real example, not a hypothetical idea of what you would do in a certain circumstance. If you hear questions such as “Tell about a time that you . . . ” or “Give an example of a workplace situation where you did so & so,” it’s your signal to tell about a real situation in your career that answers the question. If the hiring manager repeats the same question, that means you didn’t answer some element of the question, or you failed to give a real example.

3). Be prepared for traps and trick questions

“What’s your worst fault?” or similar questions are huge traps for the unsuspecting. The nature of the question can be varied, so plan ahead to have a few answers in mind. You might be asked questions such as, “What did you least like about your previous job?” or “Tell about a time you didn’t succeed at something.” Answer the question (don’t try to divert), but try to turn the answer into a success story. If you learned something the hard way, use that challenge to your advantage and you may earn points for candor and for showing how you’ve grown.

4). Smile

Do it again – it looks good on you! Look in their eyes and, whenever possible, smile with confidence. Candidates don’t realize that in the aftermath of an interview, the team will comment to each other about things not discussed through the questions. You want them to say, “I really liked her smile – she was friendly and confident”.

5). Be brief

But be on point. Don’t give long answers when concise answers will do. Overly long answers work to your disadvantage and cause interviewers to tune out, which means they will not remember well enough to score you accurately. Remember, managers hate to interview. Don’t be one of the reasons they feel that way!

6). Ask smart questions

At the end of the interview, you’ll probably be asked if you have questions (if not, simply mention you have a few questions). Show them you’re interested in their firm and you want to know more about it. Mention what you learned about the firm before you interviewed. Ask about the culture of the company. Do not mention salary!

7). Be assertive – ask for the job

When I tell my students that at the end of the interview they should ask for the job, I often receive incredulous looks. “Really?!” is the common question. “Yes. Ask for the job. You do want the job, right?”

These recommendations are not exhaustive and don’t cover all that you should do to be successful in an interview. But, if followed, they can help you be more effective and make it easier for the recruiter to offer you the job.

More? Want to score?

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How to recruit new staff for FREE

Posted by | 10/15/2013 | Recruitment tips

How to recruit new staff for FREE? Easy. Here are some tips that will help you recruit new staff 100% free. There are many more, be creative, test drive, ask other people in the recruitment business. Every field or branche has it’s challenges. Seven tips to start with:

1. Use free online tools

Don’t pay for websites you don’t know or have no experience with. There are many free services or test drive when this is offered so you don’t loose money. Tips:

– Facebook (company page)
– Linkedin (use search)
– Clasifieds
– Free job boards with free options (free job posts for a limited time). Like us: post your job here for free

2. Consider hiring internally

Sometimes this is the best and easy way. Who within the organization might fit the job?

3. Employees referrals

Ask employees who they know that might want to apply

4. Networking

Contact suppliers and customers who may know a potential recruit

5. Offer more than anyone else

Not completly free. But it helps …. trust me.

6. Recruit diversely

Open the job to wide variety of candidates. Improving diversity in when you recruit staff will enhance your business and give you more opportunities to find great new staff.

7. Post job offers on job boards often

Jobs get outdated. Even if the job is still vacant, the jobs will be listed on page 10 in a month or so. So re-post your jobs as often as possible. Try it.

More Recruitment tips?

Here are 50 Recruitment tips.

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Ten fastest-growing jobs in California

Posted by | 10/14/2013 | Career information

The fastest-growing occupations in California cover a spectrum of fields, according to the California Employment Development Department. Jobs are hot in the medical field, science and marketing, according to employment projections.

No. 1: Biomedical engineers

The number of biomedical engineers is projected to grow nearly 68% from 4,000 in 2010 to 6,700 in 2020, according to the California Employment Development Department. The median annual wage for this career is $81,540, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.

No. 2: Home health aides

Home health aides provide individualized healthcare to elderly, convalescent or people with disabilities at the patient’s home or in a care facility. The number of aides is projected to grow 52% to 93,100 in 2020, according to the state Employment Development Department. The mean annual wage for these jobs is $21,830, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 3: Carpenter helpers

The number of carpenter helpers is projected to swell nearly 52% to 4,700 in 2020, according to state employment projections. The mean annual wage for these workers, who assist carpenters, is $27,230, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 4: Market research analysts

Market research analysts study market conditions and help examine potential sales of a product or service. The number of these types of analysts is projected to grow 45.8% to 78,300, according to state estimates. The median annual wage of marketing specialists was $60,570, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 5: Mason helpers

Masons use bricks, concrete blocks and stones to build fences, walkways and other structures. The number of mason helpers is expected to grow 45.7% by 2020, swelling to 5,100, according to state projects. The median annual wage of brickmasons was $46,930, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 6: Personal care aides

Personal care aides are similar to home health aids, which landed at No. 2 on this list. Personal care aides, however, also make beds, prepare meals and perform other duties at a patient’s home or residential nursing facility. The number of jobs in this field is projected to grow to 462,900 by 2020, a 43% growth rate from 2010. The mean annual wage is about $20,830, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 7: Emergency medical technicians, paramedics

The number of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is projected to grow to 22,600, a 42% increase, according to state estimates. The median annual wage of EMTs and paramedics was $30,360 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 8: Medical scientists

Medical scientists conduct research to improve overall human health. The number of these jobs in expected to grow to 39,300 through 2020, a 41% growth rate, according to state estimates. The median annual wage for this profession was $76,700 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 9: Museum curators

The number of museum curators is expected to grow 40% to 1,400 in 2020, according to the state’s Employment Development Department. The median annual wage of curators is $48,450, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No. 10: Marriage and family therapists

The number of marriage and family therapists is projected to grow to 14,900 by 2020, according to state projects. That’s a growth rate of 39%. The mean annual salary for these types of therapists is $49,270, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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5 tips – How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Posted by | 09/25/2013 | Job interview

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Do some background work and preparation before you go to your interview:

Understand the playing field & ground rules:

It’s helpful to know what happens before you even get to the interview. In today’s hyper-competitive workplace, many firms get hundreds of applicants for every posting. At that rate, managers start looking for reasons not to interview an applicant rather than reasons to interview them.

Before interviews are scheduled, many companies assign scores to applications during the screening process (more on that in an upcoming post). If you’ve gotten an interview, congratulations! You’re at least halfway there and you have a shot at the job!

Understand where managers come from:

Managers hate to interview. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Why? It’s like one big, long blind date. Sure, just like on a blind date, they secretly hope, “This is the one!” But as with blind dates, many applicants are not ‘the one’ for the job.

In recent years, a big reason managers hate to interview is that with group interviews or panel interviews (when more than one person conducts the interview), it’s extremely hard to get the same two, three, four or more people together for a series of candidates. The scheduling process alone is a nightmare.

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Jobs in Hawaii

Posted by | 09/24/2013 | Career information

Paradise Hawaii is close to LA? Why not move and find a job in Hawaii? Are there jobs? What kind of jobs? What’s hot and not? Is living in Hawaii expensive?

Lots of questions …

Through the internet you can research so much:

– Jobs

– Housing

– Moving costs

– Things to do & see in Hawaii

Most jobs are in Honolulu and just 5 hours from LA. Still not next door but 5 hours away and your in paradise. All year round nice wheather, lots do do, happy people, so Give it a shot… Jobs, career info and more on Honolulujobboard.com. A free job board specificly for Hawaii and Honolulu.

 

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U.S. adds 195,000 jobs in June

Posted by | 08/14/2013 | Career information

As the economy strengthens, experts say the Fed is more likely to start easing its stimulus efforts. WASHINGTON — Surprisingly resilient job growth over the last three months has raised the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will start pulling back its massive bond-buying stimulus this fall, but the near-term employment outlook may not be as bright as the latest numbers look.

The much-anticipated employment statistics for June showed that employers added 195,000 jobs over the month, despite analysts’ expectations that federal spending cutbacks and the soft global economy would hold payroll growth to no more than 165,000. What’s more, the Labor Department’s report Friday revised substantially higher the job gains for May and April, bringing the number of new jobs to nearly 200,000 in those months as well.

The nation’s jobless rate remained at 7.6% as more jobless workers, notably women, entered the labor force and offset the increase in employment. That may be a sign that more people are hopeful about their chances in the job market.

10 fastest-growing jobs in California

“It’s like bricks off my shoulders,” said Lis De Bats, a 54-year-old Agoura Hills resident who recently landed a job after a 15-month search. “So many people around you, as much as they love you, think you aren’t trying hard enough. They don’t know what it’s like down in the trenches.”

Yet even as these positive trends buoyed investors’ spirits — leading stock gauges rose about 1% on Friday — a large share of the new jobs have come in lower-paying businesses. And it’s far from clear that the recent pattern of overall job growth can hold up in the second half of this year.

One strong case that hiring will slow in coming months is that economic output — that is, the total value of goods and services produced in the nation — has been weak since last fall. And employment generally tracks economic growth with a lag.

“If we’re hiring all these people, where is the output?” asked Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business. The federation’s survey of small firms in June showed an overall decline in average employment over the last three months.

Macroeconomic Advisers, a major forecasting firm, sees smaller job growth over the rest of this year, also largely because of the recent sluggish economic output. Its latest projection has the economy expanding at an annualized rate of 1.3% in the just-completed second quarter, similar to the average of the prior two quarters.

Another “rationale for a sharp slowing in payroll gains in the second half of this year is that … well … it’s already happened,” the firm said in a report this week, adding that an upturn in the low productivity of late also would tamp down hiring.

Other experts are more bullish about future hiring. Some think economic growth will come in stronger than forecast. And some cite other reports suggesting that small employers, which have lagged in sales and job growth during this recovery, are beginning to bulk up staff.

There may be more start-ups under the radar juicing up the economy as well, analysts said, especially with the housing market coming back to life. The Obama administration’s decision this week to delay until 2015 the employer mandate of the new healthcare law also could help employment; that provision requires employers with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health insurance or pay a fine.

“I think we actually start to pick up some speed from here,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at the asset management firm Federated Investors, referring to hiring by small firms in particular.

Whatever their job forecasts, Orlando and most other economists agree the Fed will announce a tapering of its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program as early as at its September policy meeting. The stimulus has helped hold down long-term interest rates, which have supported car and home purchases as well as spurred investment in stocks and other assets.

The Fed has said it will keep the bond-buying going until there is substantial improvement in the outlook for the job market, and Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke suggested it wouldn’t be until the jobless rate dipped to about 7% that the program would be stopped. Nonetheless, Wall Street has been anxious about what might happen once the Fed pulls back some of its easy-money policies.

With the June data and upward revisions for the prior two months, job growth has averaged about 200,000 a month in the first half of this year — up from about 180,000 last year. Although that’s not a huge increase, the steady gain will instill greater confidence in the Fed that the economy is on surer footing.

So far, analysts have been pleasantly surprised by the relatively small hit to employment from the government spending cuts under the so-called sequestration, which took effect in March. Federal payrolls dropped by 5,000 in June and are now down 65,000 from a year ago, although about a third of the annual loss is from cuts at the troubled postal service.

The country’s housing recovery has powered the economy and labor market, contributing to hiring at real estate offices, building-supply stores and even auto dealerships, as many people in the construction trade buy trucks. The construction industry itself added 13,000 jobs in June after taking on 7,000 more workers in May.

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How to Find a Job in Los Angeles

Posted by | 05/11/2013 | Career information

Finding a job can seem impossible in LA. Especially during economic crisis. However, businesses still need employees. I want to discuss the best methods of how to find a job in LA. Tips and Advice:

1). Target high demand Businesses

Target businesses that are always in high demand. For example: hospitals and it. Contact these businesses directly and find out when there will be new job openings. Even if you’re not a dockter, there might be other positions available.

2).Online job boards and classifieds

Online job boards are now a standard recruitment method. They’re hundreds of different job boards. Filters on job boards can help narrow results to the most relevant jobs.

Another route to explore is a niche job board, which specializes in particular job functions and industries. Visit these websites daily. Register and get jobs by email. Be the first in the line.

3). Direct approach to potential employers

Make a list of firms and companies that you would like to work for. Browse the internet for interessting companies, ask friends, read newspapers and make a list. Then analyse eash company. Visit the company website and find everything about their products, people, mission etc. Write down all pros and cons. Maybe you have an idea of how to improve their production. Write this idea in your CV summary and send your CV to that company. Do so with all the companies, that you think you could be useful working at. Make is personal and do your homework.

4). Crafting a Great Resume and letter

Finding jobs in Los Angeles depends on your ability to impress an employer and the match with the job opening. A well-written cover letter and a professional-looking resume are the best way to show employers why they should hire you. This is the first step. If they like what they see = Interview.

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The Top 25 best highest Paying Jobs and Occupations in Los Angeles

Posted by | 04/11/2013 | Career information

The best paid, highest Paying Jobs and Occupations in Los Angeles County. What are the best jobs? What are the Hourly wages? The Top 25 best paid, highest Paying Jobs and Occupations in Los Angeles:

Rank

Occupation

Hourly Mean Wage

1

Psychiatrists

$92.89

2

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

$86.93

3

Chief Executives

$82.80

4

Surgeons

$82.27

5

Orthodontists

$80.98

6

Internists, General

$78.74

7

Pediatricians, General

$76.02

8

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

$71.68

9

Lawyers

$65.74

10

Dentists, General

$64.05

11

Broadcast News Analysts

$61.42

12

Engineering Managers

$56.83

13

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$56.01

14

Computer and Information Scientists, Research

$55.53

15

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Commissioners

$55.25

16

General and Operations Managers

$53.92

17

Marketing Managers

$53.75

18

Sales Managers

$51.26

19

Financial Managers

$50.94

20

Veterinarians

$50.14

21

Actuaries

$49.96

22

Physicists

$49.42

23

Legal Occupations

$48.65

24

Public Relations Managers

$48.25

25

Management Occupations

$48.02

Source: California Employment Development Dept