Apr 092014

So for 2.8 Million Americans the question looms…will my benefits kick back in?Unemployment Claim Form

The unemployment numbers dropped significantly a few months ago based on people dropping off of unemployment benefits. Although the Senate voted in favor (59-38) to take action the House looks to be a bigger challenge to get cadana casino the legislation passed. You can see the entire article here from the Washington Post.

Mar 312013

Texas Job GrowthJob growth is happening in the United States and Texas is leading the way lately. According to The Texas Workforce Commission, “The state’s employment has grown by 3.3 percent over the year, with 11 major industries showing positive growth over the year.”

You can read the full article here. The good news is job growth is happening, in many pockets around the country. Texas is the big winner adding job particularly in the Construction, Mining and Logging, and Manufacturing industries.

Everywhere people are getting jobs. If you are struggling to get a job, think about your approach. Ask yourself if you know what kind of work you want and why? Do you give a good interview? Are you marketing yourself effectively?

The answer to the job search isn’t about employers, it is about the mindset of a “job seeker.” Become a “job hunter.”

Mar 082013

It sounds counter intuitive when you first hear it, why turn down a job once you’ve received an offer? In this day in age, many people find themselves grateful for the opportunity to work after being unemployed for a span of time. Given not everyone has built up a pipeline of future employers or even set out to interview with many different companies. We all have our own needs and interests, so what would it take for you to turn down a job? Is there ever a bad reason? This article highlights why it’s okay to walk away from some offers and why you should continue to look even if it means going without a pay check for a little longer.


Feb 012013

Writing blogs and putting out your own material is a great way to get noticed in your industry. But what should you keep in mind before writing something that hits the internet for everyone to see? Should you take anything in to consideration?


Jan 252013

What are some of the best answers to give to employers that show you are a worth while future hire? A great article that gives you a chance to add some value when employers ask, “what do you enjoy doing in your free time?”

Jan 032013

The holiday season has come to a close and the economic outlook gives concern that the unemployment rate could climb again. Layoff NoticeHere is a list we came across recapping some of the bigger layoffs recently:

  • Abbott Labs (1,900)
  • American Airlines (4,400)
  • Cigna (1,100)
  • Boeing (52,200)
  • Boston Scientific (1,400)
  • Citi Bank (11,000)
  • Citi Group (1,550)
  • Consol Energy (145)
  • Covidien (595)
  • Cummins (1,500)
  • Dana Holding (25,500)
  • DuPont (1,500)
  • Exide Technologies (270)
  • First Energy (400)
  • Hawker Beechcraft (400)
  • Home Depot (7,000)
  • Hostess (15,000)
  • Lockheed Martin (10,000)
  • Major Wind Company (3,000)
  • Medtronic (1,000)
  • Pepsi (8,700)
  • Pfizer (16,300)
  • Sprint Nextel (8,000)
  • St. Jude Medical (300)
  • Stryker (1,170)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Hospital (950)
  • Zimmer (450)
Dec 212012

MoneybagThe time the employer wants you the most is at the end of the interview process. By this point the company has spent a few or many more hours in evaluation of your criteria, qualifications and fit for their organization and now they want you to join them. They are interested and excited by what they hear from you and if you play your cards right you will be able to get a premium for your services.

You should have already determined your value from your previous research and now have a realistic target compensation number in your mind. You are prepared with the knowledge of what is a realistic number for your services.

The employer also has a number in their mind, or better yet a range of numbers, that are acceptable for them to spend for an individual to work. You want to be as close to the high end of their range as possible.

The First Salary Question

You will most likely encounter a question about your compensation expectations early on in the interview process, quite often during “first contact” when you learn about an opportunity. Compensation is often a prescreening category for a candidate to be considered.

When you are asked about your salary expectations, avoid giving someone a range of numbers unless want to receive the bottom of that range. Think about it. If you offer me an apple and tell me it will cost from $1-3 dollars, how much do you think I will want to pay? (in case you are wondering…the answer is one dollar).

The recommendation of GigSpire is to use the “Market Range Response.”

The Market Range Response

“I would prefer to learn more about the opportunity as a whole before I commit any number. There are so many elements to an opportunity so let’s make sure this is a fit first. I can assure you that if I am the right fit for your organization and your opportunity is the right fit for me, I’m sure we will be able to come to an understanding as my expectations are within market range.”

That is your first effort of getting out of the salary question answer, using the Market Range Response. It should work with 30-50% of your interviewers over the phone. A savvy Screener, Headhunter or Hiring Manager may push for more information and ask again.

If they press you for a number see if you can get them to provide a range first by using a Reversal Question. Say something like:

“Let me ask you, what kind of expectations do you have? What type of range make sense for you?”

Reverse the question on them and see what they say… they may give you a salary range. This is a great way to get people to give you information.

The person on the phone may avoid providing a direct answer to a Reversal Question and since they have the job (and the leverage at this point) you don’t want to blow up the opportunity by standing firm on this question.

Should they ask you to provide them a number a third time you can now demonstrate that you have done your homework by helping them understand you know your value. For this, GigSpire recommends the Detailed Market Range Response.

NegotiationsThe Detailed Market Range Response

“Again, I don’t want to commit to a number now. I would rather evaluate the entirety of the opportunity first but if we must discuss some numbers I can accommodate to make sure we aren’t wasting anyone’s time. As I am sure you know the average compensation for this type of work and my experience level is between XX and XX dollars. And although I am on the front end of the bell curve, as long as I am the right fit for you and your opportunity matches my goals I am sure we can come to an understanding. Does that meet your expectations?”

Set the interviewer’s expectations that you are on the front end of the salary range for your profession and then ask if it meets the requirements for the position. Provided your range is based on the market research you have done, you will most likely move on with the rest of the discussion.

Don’t Discuss Dollars In The Face-To-Face

Avoid mentioning compensation during the face-to-face interview until the employer brings up the subject. Should the interview end without a discussion of the dollars, that’s ok. If asked your response should follow the format of the Detailed Market Range Response. You want the employer to provide an offer before beginning negotiations. Information is everything in negotiation and getting someone to offer a deal first allows the base-point for negotiations to begin.

Dec 072012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released The Employment Situation report for November of 2012 and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent in November. The number of unemployed persons dropped 300,000 to 12.0 million. Employment increased in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.8 million. Keep in mind that there is another group of people who are not being counted in this statistic because they have run out of benefits and are no longer being tracked by the BLS. You can read the entire report here but as always, the summary is below.

GigSpire Note:

Keep in mind the spike in hiring right now is tied to the holiday shopping season. With the looming fiscal cliff and the massive layoffs that will occur after the holiday season, do not be surprised if we see unemployment jump back up…

Job Growth

  • Retail trade employment rose by 53,000
    • Clothing and clothing accessory stores (+33,000)
    • General merchandise stores (+10,000)
    • Electronics and appliance stores (+9,000)
  • Professional and business services rose by 43,000 particularly in computer systems design and related services
  • Health care employment continued to increase (+20,000)
    • Hospitals (+8,000)
    • Nursing care facilities (+5,000)
    • Health care has added an average of 26,000 jobs per month this year.
  • Employment in wholesale trade edged up over the month (+13,000)
  • Motion picture and sound recording (+15,000).
  • Leisure and hospitality employment continued to trend up (+23,000).
  • Manufacturing jobs increased in:
    • Motor vehicles and parts (+10,000)
    • Wood products (+3,000)

Job Losses

  • Construction declined by 20,000 in November, with much of the loss occurring in construction of buildings (-11,000).
  • Manufacturing employment had job losses in food manufacturing (-12,000) and chemicals (-9,000)