Aug 312012

According to the US. Department of Labor Statistics, California and Texas lead the way in the creation of new jobs over the last several months.

  • California: Added over 365,000 jobs over the last year.
  • Texas: Added over 222,000 jobs over the last year.

We came across an article from SF Gate in the business section addressing the positive news (find the article here). Apparently a team of experts were sent from California to Texas last year to learn how the Lone Star State had been beating the odds. If you are not aware, Texas has been adding jobs during the last few years when most other states have been struggling to keep even.

Looks like that training is paying off! Good job California! Keep hiring!


Aug 312012

We were recently asked “What are the best tips for rebounding from a layoff?” Here is our response! 

Getting notice that you are being laid off hurts. You have now proven to be expendable, no longer worthy of employ at this location.

That kind of day can make you depressed for sure.

Like all depressing situations in life, you have a choice to make. You can decide to mourn, wallow in the loss, become petrified in the fear of how you will pay your bills or get a new job. Many people do…and they do it for too long.

Rebounding from a layoff requires a shift in mindset. People must realize that the only constant in life is change and changing jobs is merely a part of life. The days of working a lifetime for an organization with the promise of a pension to take care of us in our Golden Years is no longer a reality. You must take care of yourself, and here is the recipe to get back on track with your career.

Realize That Life Happens

Human nature reverts to feeling victimized during times of stress. Denial, seeking answers, blaming others…we all do it at first. We claim that situations “are not fair” and seek to justify why we have to deal with such a situation. We play the Blame Game.

Realize now that some things are beyond our control and when an employer decides to cut ties with us, the responsibility for finding new work is solely on our shoulders. We must take steps to increase the chances of finding employment and that comes from developing a plan to get back to work for a new employer.

Take an Inventory

Once the shock of receiving a notice of lay off has worn off (typically 2-5 days) the next step is to realize what we have to market to employers. In order to do this we must make a list of our:

  • Skills
  • Experiences
  • Accomplishments
  • Education & Certifications

This information becomes the framework for our marketing materials (aka your Resume) to present to employers.


The next step is to identify companies that hire people like you. Research companies by industry, geography and the market they serve. Search out people with job titles similar to your target job on social media websites such as LinkedIn and realize that their employers hire people like you. Search out people with job titles that would be responsible for hiring someone like you. Identify Networking opportunities, online and in-person, that you might be able to attend to meet people in your industry.

Build Your Resume Effectively

Create your resume using a strategic methodology (of course we recommend the format taught in the GigSpire Program) that will appeal to all levels of resume reader. Ensure that you incorporate Keywords specific to your targeted industry. Build Search Engine Optimization (SEO) characteristics into your text to increase the chances of your resume surfacing when recruiters look for people with your skill sets. Post your resume in multiple locations (job boards, forums, social media websites) and be certain that any social media profiles reflect the same information in your resume.

Start Talking and Networking

No one is going to talk about you looking for work unless you get them talking. Get on the phone and tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Ask if they know anyone who might be able to connect you with an opportunity. Attend networking events and mention that you are on the job search and see if the people you chat with are aware of any people who are hiring. Make calls into companies that hire people like you, regardless of if you see a job posted on their website.  Get conversations going to ferret out opportunities!

Get an Interview Buddy & Practice Interview Questions

As soon as you find yourself on the job search, immediately find one or several people that you can trade interview questions with daily. Practice your answers to common interview questions as well as your Elevator Pitch. Get feedback to become better and more comfortable presenting yourself and answering questions with stories of accomplishment that will help people understand you are a good worker.

Find a Support System

Seek out other people who are on the job search and meet with them regularly. Often groups meet through religious organizations, community outreach, government programs or even through social media websites. Meeting with others who are experiencing job search challenges will present you with ideas to consider, pitfalls to avoid and support and encouragement by the members of that group.


Too many people become discouraged and give up, believing that jobs do not exist. That is not true.

Thousands of people find jobs everyday. You can too. Create a mindset that you WILL be successful in your job search as long as you work smart!

Follow the steps outlined above and you can rebound from a layoff!

Aug 292012

In a state that could use help in creating jobs, Michigan may be seeing an uptick in opportunity with LED lights. According to an article we found on RedOrbit located here:

“The LED industry in Michigan is vibrant, growing with the technology, and a source of job growth.”

Driven by private investors, Michigan’s Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act and initiatives from the Department of Energy:

“The expansion of the solid-state lighting market is also helping to stimulate job creation within the state. The Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association is comprised of 29 companies and organizations, representing manufacturers, distributors, and partners based in the state and poised to take the lead in American LED manufacturing.”

Job growth is good, keep your eyes open for other industries that are adding jobs!

Aug 292012

In a study released by Arizona State University last week:

“Research professor Lee McPheters of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University provides rankings and analysis based on the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

You can review the entire article here for their full analysis, but below is the quick and results.

The top 10 cities/metro areas demonstrating the highest job growth for the last year in non-agricultural jobs are:

  • San Francisco – up 3.5 percent
  • Houston – up 3.2 percent
  • Denver – up 3 percent
  • Phoenix – up 2.9 percent
  • Seattle – up 2.9 percent
  • San Diego – up 2.9 percent
  • Cincinnati – up 2.8 percent
  • Riverside, Calif. – up 2.3 percent
  • Portland, Ore. – up 2.2 percent
  • Boston – up 2.2 percent

For those looking to find agricultural jobs check out these cities:

  • North Dakota – up 6.9 percent
  • California – up 2.6 percent
  • Oklahoma – up 2.5 percent
  • Arizona – up 2.4 percent
  • Indiana – up 2.2 percent
  • Minnesota – up 2.1 percent
  • Texas – up 2.1 percent
  • Louisiana – up 2.1 percent
  • Kentucky – up 2.1 percent
  • Utah – up 2 percent
  • Vermont – up 2 percent
  • Ohio – up 2 percent
Aug 282012

According to the report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for July of 2012:

“Employers took 1,340 mass layoff actions in July involving 137,420 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month.”

You can read the full report here. The biggest industry hit was manufacturing (about 40% of all mass layoffs for July) with transportation equipment having the greatest concentration of job loss.

Aug 282012

We just came across a very interesting article on CNNMoney that list the top 25 counties in the US that have grown jobs over the last decade. You can find the article located here, and it is certainly worth a read through but for those who are into lists, here are the rankings.

  1. Loudoun County, VA – Job growth (2000-2011): 83.6%
  2. Fort Bend County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 78.1%
  3. Williamson County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 73.8%
  4. Montgomery County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 63.5%
  5. Douglas County, CO – Job growth (2000-2011): 58.6%
  6. Collin County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 55.9%
  7. Denton County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 53.4%
  8. Prince William County, VA – Job growth (2000-2011): 48.6%
  9. Suffolk County, VA – Job growth (2000-2011): 43.0%
  10. Williamson County, TN – Job growth (2000-2011): 40.3%
  11. Sarpy County, NE – Job growth (2000-2011): 39.4%
  12. Wake County, NC – Job growth (2000-2011): 36.5%
  13. Faulkner County, AR – Job growth (2000-2011): 35.0%
  14. Houston County, GA – Job growth (2000-2011): 29.9%
  15. Bonneville County, ID – Job growth (2000-2011): 28.1%
  16. Cass County, ND – Job growth (2000-2011): 27.7%
  17. Lafayette County, LA – Job growth (2000-2011): 27.2%
  18. Burleigh County, ND – Job growth (2000-2011): 22.9%
  19. Leon County, FL – Job growth (2000-2011): 19.1%
  20. Johnson County, IA – Job growth (2000-2011): 19.0%
  21. Anchorage County, AK – Job growth (2000-2011): 18.2%
  22. Pennington County, SD – Job growth (2000-2011): 16.0%
  23. Minnehaha County, SD – Job growth (2000-2011): 10.8%
  24. Washington County, TN – Job growth (2000-2011): 10.5%
  25. Garfield County, OK – Job growth (2000-2011): 10.2%

Although these are the tops over the last decade, realize that there are jobs almost everywhere. Do your best to research places and companies that hire people like you. Build a solid resume, learn about the people in the companies and start introducing yourself with Informational Interviews.

Aug 282012

Identity theft is a crime and it can happen to you if you are on the job search. The information on your resume paired with perhaps your Social Security or driver’s license can result in a ruined credit or criminal history and the complicated task of regaining your good name.

Identity theft is real, rampant and the bad guys are finding new and more sophisticated ways to steal and use information.

One of the more popular scams involves a person posing as a human resource director with well-known companies responding to someone who applied for a position on a job board. The job seeker may receive an email implying interest in the applicant and requesting sensitive information about the candidate in order to do a background check as part of the employment process. Once the candidate provides the required information he or she becomes a victim and may not even know they are being taken advantage of until months or years later.

Here are a few tips to keep you from succumbing to those who would take advantage of you:

  • Do not disclose Social Security numbers. A Social Security number is not necessary for an employer to do a background check or credit check. If a company insists on the number before processing an application, the applicant should research the company independently to verify its legitimacy.
  • Never give out financial information. Employers very rarely need a prospective employee’s personal financial information. Applicants should be very cautious of a company requesting bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal financial information.
  • Check the company’s contact information and Web site. An applicant should verify that a company is legitimate before continuing with the application process. This can be done by checking the address and telephone number the company has provided and making sure the Web site is operating.
  • Watch for indications that the advertisement or job offer is bogus. Many online scams contain misspellings and bad grammar. Also, an employer using an e-mail address that is not affiliated with the company’s domain name can be an indication of potential fraud.
  • Be cautious of job postings from overseas employers. A legitimate overseas company should have the resources to conduct business in the United States without using a privately held bank account. Overseas companies also have proven to be very hard to investigate and prosecute.


Aug 272012

In an economy where jobs around the medical industry have continued to show strong growth, many hospitals are facing budget cuts and layoffs. A quick search on the internet will show you this is happening across the country from Massachusetts to Oregon, Florida to California and  all points between.

Most of the staff being affected are nurses and administrative personnel. If you are considering training for jobs in the medical industry, consider educating yourself in the field of imaging technologies. There is a huge need for professionals who can operate and interpret these tools.

Aug 272012

In order to keep a positive mindset, sometimes it is important to see where things are going well. In the world of job search we are specifically talking about job growth. As you consider your next move, we recommend noticing a trend of growth in the private sector. Here is a graphic we came across from the Business Insider that caught our eye.

Although we do not affiliate with any political party, the graphic demonstrates the steady growth in the private sector during the last few years.








If you are unsure what is meant by the Private Sector, here is the definition per Wikipedia:

“In economics the private sector is that part of the economy, sometimes referred to as the citizen sector, which is run by private individuals or groups, usually as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the state. By contrast, enterprises that are part of the state are part of the public sector; private, non-profit organizations are regarded as part of the voluntary sector. “

History has shown that in times of economic recession/depression, privately owned, smaller businesses tend to grow. Keep this in mind as you seek out your next opportunity.