Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lost your job? Try the Park City Career Network

In late August 2009, RecruiterGuy was one of the 4 volunteer professionals who organized the Park City Career Network with the goal of helping people out of work find their next job. Since then, twenty of the people who have participated have found positions in their fields; and another ten have started small businesses.

This is a great organization with two recruiting professionals, a corporate turnaround consultant, and a professional counselor who provides emotional support. Few of these volunteer organizations have this breadth of experience, especially the emotional support.

The Park City Network has brought in specialists to counsel members on how to meet their expenses and how to work with creditors. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 from 9 to 10:30 AM, bring a copy of the job description of a position that interests you and your resume that you would use to reply to that position. We will compare the two and then practice interview selected members (depending on how many people show). An executive Human Resource graduate of our group will work with us tomorrow. The Feb. 1st meeting will be at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church Parish Hall on Rt. 224 in Park City.

Future Monday morning meetings will be held from 9 to 10:30 AM across Rt. 224 at Temple Har Shalom. Future speakers will feature tax experts and career counselors. You may join the Park City Career Network LinkedIn Group to view discussions including meeting agendas, job search related news, and job postings. Human Resource and Recruiting professionals are invited to join this LinkedIn group and post their positions free in our Jobs section.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Middle and High School Students' Future Job Choices

RecruiterGuy is addressing future generations of workers in this blog.

To the high school and middle school students who are trying to figure out your future careers but don’t really feel that college is the right direction, remember that education has become its own industry. Educators strongly recommend further education.

It is important for us to develop people who want to use their brains and work with their hands. If you decide not to go to college, what are your choices? Actually there are many lucrative choices for you.

We will always need skilled professionals in the building trades. Magnificent buildings and renewable energy farms do not go up by themselves. Homes are not necessarily built by college grads.

Automobiles and trucks are repaired by skilled technicians. Trains are becoming a popular form of transportation again. Someone has to repair them.

Where are there going to be shortages in the near term? Consider that the Utah Manufacturer’s Directory lists 4,595 manufacturers in Utah alone. Some of those firms are very small but each one is building some kind of product. They will need machinists (becoming a critical need as the Baby Boomers are retiring), skilled labor to work in clean manufacturing environments, electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, etc.

We already have a shortage of watch repairmen in the US. Watch repairmen? Hey, people don’t just toss the Rolex watches if they break!

Do you enjoy driving? Companies like Salt Lake City’s CR England are always looking for truck drivers and are even willing to help you train.

The tourist industry is very important to the state of Utah. All of the ski resorts hire during the winter. The rafting companies and adventure companies hire during the summer. There will always be jobs in the restaurant industry. Talented servers will always be able to get a good job with a four or five star restaurant and earn a very nice living.

Decide which of your skills that you enjoy and then find an industry that is a good match. The United States needs your talents!

Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 Job Growth Prediction

As a professional recruiter since 1981, I have now experienced four recessions that impacted my profession. As a result of my experience, I have developed the “Recruiter Economic Barometer”. It may not be as scientific as other economic barometers but it has proven very effective.

Typically when companies are anticipating a slow down or hiring freeze, they either assign their corporate recruiters to other duties or lay them off. The contingent recruiting industry tends to wash the third party recruiters out who have not honed their sales skills. Therefore during a recession nearly 50% of all recruiters (corporate and third party) leave the profession.

As a result of these reductions in recruitment forces, you may forecast a decline in hiring.

When the economy begins to improve, lean companies begin to look strategically and realize they need to add recruitment resources. As a result, they begin to add recruiters, either corporate or contract, and contact contingent recruiters to alert them of their coming needs.

During November and December 2009, I saw a slight increase in the postings for new corporate or contract recruiters. Since companies typically do not hire a recruiter to recruit for one position, hiring recruiters is a multiplier for new job growth. As new jobs are created, consumer confidence and spending increases; creating the need for more jobs.

I forecast a slight increase in jobs in the 1st quarter, followed by incremental growth in job creation in each of the next three quarters of 2010.

The two caveats are:
1) Are the Federal and State governments going to take too much money out of the economy in taxes to prevent job growth?
2) Will a terrorist organization strike the US homeland in a way to slow economic growth?

Hopefully neither will occur and the predicted job growth will occur as it has in past recessions.

Have a Happy and Successful 2010!