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BY: Adam Gavriel
In the case of the American economy, slow and steady is NOT winning the race.
Disappointing numbers from April are starting to leak out, and a report from CNBC.com from Wednesday reports that private companies created just 119,000 jobs last month, well below expectations.
Economists had expected 150,000 jobs to be created in April (a prediction down from March), and the economy under-performed to the lowered standards.
Without the support of strong small businesses, the American economy will have difficulty creating jobs. Small businesses would account for just 50,000 of the added 119,000 jobs. Zandi believes that this may be due to the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). Zandi went on to say in an interview that, “The data seems to be suggesting healthcare is having an impact.”
Unemployment, that also includes the jobless, and the underemployed (often referred to as the “real” unemployment rate) remains at 13.8%. Nevada has been hit the hardest with a real unemployment rate of a staggering 19.6, nearly one-in-five Nevadans are out of work. Only six states have real unemployment rates of less than 10%. They are North Dakota at 6.2%, South Dakota at 8.1%, Nebraska at 8.6%, Wyoming at 9.5% and Oklahoma and Iowa at 9.8%. (See the actual numbers of all 50 states HERE).
Although the national reported unemployment average has actually decreased as of late, the real unemployment rate has risen in six states, and stayed the same in three (including Connecticut).
Michael Pento, founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies, had this to say about the economy:
“The fact is that the U.S. economy isn’t growing fast enough to significantly increase the revenue to the government, but our debt is still soaring. It’s a shame they won’t just implement real measures to grow the economy like reduce regulations, simplify the tax code and balance the budget.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the April numbers officially Friday.
While the economy remains at a standstill, we at Crossroads Consulting are trying desperately to help, but we need you to fulfill our goal of finding rewarding work for as many people as we possibly can.
With over fifty job openings, Crossroads Consulting is looking, not only for people with good resumes, but just good people to fill openings we’re working on all around the nation.
Send us your resume NOW. If you’re not confident in how it looks, we are available to help you there too with our recommended resume service.
Human resources is a human game, and human capital is what makes it work. Our attitude is right there for everyone to see in our motto, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources.’”
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.
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’”
BY: Adam Gavriel
So you’re one of the lucky ones who has been able to get an interview these days. You went into the office, had a sit down with the hiring manager and you feel like you did a good job. Congratulations…but you’re not done yet. Now what, the waiting game?
Of course not!
When it comes to seeking employment, there is no waiting.
You’re next step in the process isn’t to wait for a phone call or an e-mail, but to follow up and be proactive. Sending a follow up e-mail after an interview is a great way to continue to show the employer your interest in the position and your desire to obtain the job.
What you’ll want to do in a follow up e-mail is as follow:
Thank the interviewer, by name, for their time. It’s important to let the interviewer know, in a personable way, how grateful you were that the time was taken out of their day to meet you about the open position.
Reaffirm why you’re a good candidate for the position. Quickly mention again the skills you currently possess and how they’ll be a positive factor towards the open position. Make sure the interviewer knows why you’re the best person for the job.
If you forgot to mention something important during the interview, do it now. You don’t want to look back on an interview and think that because you forgot to say one important thing, all is lost. Here is your second chance; we all know those don’t come around very often.
Mention something unique about the interview. This lets the interviewer know that you were really paying attention to not only your thoughts on what to say during you’re time talking, but that you were keenly listening to the interviewer when they were talking as well.
Of course, the best part of the follow up e-mail is how unique you can mold it to fit your experience with the interviewer. You want to make this follow up e-mail as personable as you can, while also maintaining a level of respect, integrity, and professionalism.
If you’re looking for more interviewing or resume tips, check out our recommended service. Having trouble getting to the interview stages? We can help you there as well. With over 50 job postings from around the nation (and a few international ones mixed in as well) we’re here to help you get the job you’re looking for.
Remember at Crossroads Consulting, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources!’”