Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Unemployment up in every State

I don't remember seeing this ever before. It's probably happened but it's been a long time. The additional recent layoffs, all in large numbers, and the trickle down effect it has on other industries, is crippling. Every industry in every sector seems to be shrinking right now. And from what I'm seeing recently, people seem to be in the Anger stage of this emotional cycle.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

IT Employment Continues to Drop

In the latest report from the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB), IT employment continued to drop at the end of 2008, but remained ahead of overall employment numbers. No surprise there, but I was a little surprised to see that IT employment was up year over year for 2008. And yesterday on Wall Street the tech sector looked promising with IBM and Apple reporting strong earnings. Microsoft and Google report today, and the latest unemployment and housing reports come out. So more mixed news is probably on the way.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More IT Companies Making Cuts

It looks like the Technology sector's resiliency is getting tested early this year. Microsoft, Borland, EMC, Oracle, and Dell are just a few of the technology companies announcing job cuts already this year. It's only January 14th!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Job Hunting Plan of Action

Article Title: I lost my job, now what?
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Unfortunately, many people have lost their jobs in recent weeks and months. With the demise of Lehman Brothers (mid-September), Bear Stearns earlier this year, the job reductions implemented at many financial institutions (or announced), and the knock-on impact on other businesses caused by increased joblessness, many people are finding themselves out of work and more job losses are likely to occur in the near term.

Losing your job is incredibly stressful. Our job partly defines who we are and the means by which we live. The stages of emotional change caused by job loss are very similar to the stages of grief when losing a loved one:

1. Denial and Shock
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Guilt
5. Depression
6. Resolution and reorganization

Just about everyone experiences these stages. How long they last is different for everyone, but the sooner you get to resolution the sooner you can move forward with your career search.

What to do first:

1. Apply for unemployment - Not a pleasant first task, but it is important. You’ve paid your taxes and others have benefited by unemployment benefits, now it’s your turn. You may feel that the amount is so small it doesn’t matter, but even $50 dollars per week is more than $0. Additionally, some unemployment offices provide career advice and leads.

2. Resume - If you don’t already have an updated resume, now is the time.

3. Cover Letters - Look at the Resumes post, this may help.

4. Companies you want to work for - Make a list of the companies you want to work for and start applying to their websites (look at the New Location post for tips).

5. Business Social Networks - Look at the last post on this. Once you’ve joined, you should leverage contacts who work for the companies where you may want to work. Sites like LinkedIn will tell you if you know someone who works at one of your target companies (or if you know someone who knows someone).

6. College alumni Associations - Check out your college alumni association as well as your colleges job recruiting center. These can be great resources.

7. Make a Plan - Different things work for different people, but everyone should have a plan. Don’t focus too much time on any one method of job search. It is best to spread your time (every day) across:
* Job Search Sites
* Headhunters/Recruiters
* Company Websites
* Contacts

Your full time job is looking for a job. Stay motivated, look at the prior blogs on this site and leverage all of the resources available on and off the Internet.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Stimulus could create thousands of IT jobs

The pending government stimulus package is expected to help the IT job market. This article talks at a high level as to what areas of IT are most likely to experience job growth this year. Unfortunately simply saying Health Care, Security, Infrastructure and Alternative Energy keeps it rather vague. Where the article is dead on though is that companies have the open positions, but are waiting on filling the openings. Either because they are waiting on funding approvals, or they are simply too scared to launch any major initiatives until the economy stabilizes.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Job Search New Year’s Resolutions - What’s yours?

Article Title: Job Search New Year’s Resolutions - What’s yours?
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

It's the New Year, and none too fast in my view. 2008 has been a painful year for many of us and it will be refreshing to "wipe the slate clean" and start fresh. Looking for a new job can be challenging even in the best of times and the New Year is the perfect time to reassess your approach to finding a new job. Like everything else in life, too many goals (resolutions) will lead to failure, so let's keep the list short and make them count. I've listed a few suggested job search New Years' resolutions to get you started, but you should make a list that works for you.

  1. Review your approach (marketing campaign) - What's worked well and what has not? You should refocus your approach and spend more time on what has worked well (while not abandoning other strategies). As an example, if you've gotten a better response from contacting employers directly, then allocate more time to this activity.

  2. Review and revise your Resume - If you've been looking for a job for any length of time, you've probably already figured out that you either need to revise your resume as you go or have several versions targeted to specific jobs. You should also make sure that your resume includes all of the important key words that will ensure your resume shows up in a search for your industry/profession. Now's the perfect time to revise your resume if you haven't already done so.

  3. Refresh your Network - The New Year is the perfect time to send "Happy New Year" emails or notes to the recruiters you've been working with along with a revised copy of your resume. This reminds them that you are still available and a revised resume may help in the process. The same holds true for the rest of your network. While you might not need to send your resume, just sending the "Happy New Year" note is a great way to stay connected (and it's a nice thing to do as well).

  4. Refresh your Job Boards - While you should be refreshing your resume at the top job boards every week (best online job search sites), the New Year is the perfect time to do this if you haven't been diligent. "New" resume postings are looked at by recruiters and companies first.


A few job board sites for your review (can't have a post without a few links!).

  • Lycos Classified - Similar to Craigslist, Lycos has classified ads for jobs. While you will want to refine the search. Clicking on the link will list every job on Lycos including "Female Vocalist Searching for Experience Band" which may be what you are looking for, but doesn't work for me. You can refine your search by entering a zip code or city at the top of the page. That still yields over 63,000 jobs for New York, but you can further refine your list by using Job Title, Category, Employee Type, etc. on the left-hand side of the page.

  • Google Base - Jobs - Where there's online classified advertisements, there's Google. Google also has an online classified tool to use for job search (click the link at the start of this paragraph). Google's is easier to use in that the refinement criteria is at the top of the page. The initial search returns over 2 million jobs, refining for "finance" in zip code 10019 (NY) returns over 6 thousand full time jobs. You can further refine the search by using Google's refinement criteria.

  • Washington Post Jobs - The Washington Post has a very good job site. Unlike Lycos and Google, you can post your resume. There are tabs at the top for "Find Jobs", "Post Resumes", "My Account", "Get Advice" and much more. A search tool is available on the main page and career events and job advice are easily accessible as well.

  • The New York Times Jobs - Do you remember the commercials for the NY Times Classified - "I got my job through the New York Times"? The NY Times Jobs site is a partnership with Monster. The main page is cleaner and easier to use than Monster (and does not have all of those annoying ads every few clicks). You can search by keyword, category and location from the main page. You can post your resume and there is an impressive list of resources and advice available through this site.


On the lighter side . . .

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.