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Maybe It Isn’t The Job Market | JobSearchTV.com


Struggling to get results? Maybe it isn’t the job market?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Summary

I was talking to someone yesterday, doing a little bit of research for project I am working on. He is someone who has been with this current firm for about 10 years. Good background. Resin through the ranks. All that happy kind of stuff you want to see in an employee. He has decided to move elsewhere. He says he’s stuck. That's okay. I understand that. That happens. But he's running into a roadblock. The roadblock is he knows exactly how it's done at his current firm but he has not been exposed to other organizations. He has started to blame the job market. It’s not the job market. It’s the choice he made.

If you're someone who is in a situation where you're not getting the interview results that you want, have you practiced interviewing? I don’t mean just simply flippantly practicing the answers but doing mock interviews with someone who is able to critique you. Who can talk with you about your experience.

You know, if you're in a technology field of some sort – – engineering, IT , whatever – – are you someone who has practiced answers to predictable questions with a friend of yours who can really grill you hard to see how you respond to a grilling? Do you answer the basic questions well? Do you know how to answer behavioral questions well? I bring this up because, most the time, the answer is no. I know that because when I do it, I sit and listen to the results that I get from people.

It's not the job market. It's you. You not working at finding a job.

So, I’ll just simply if you want to keep getting these results and eventually stumble into something by accident, keep doing what you are doing. It's okay. You’ll go through a lot of trial and error. You will go through the heartache. You’ll have to listen to a lot of your friends go, “So, how’s the job search going?” And not being able to report any sort of results.

You have to change it up. You got to do things differently and you’ve got to get some help. Most of you don’t even know how badly you interview. You don’t even know what you're doing wrong. I was looking at someone’s resume yesterday-- spelling error in it. He didn’t see it. It happens . . . And repetitive words and the marketing lingo in a technology resume. . . It’s ridiculous.

You know it's so stale and in some offensive these days that someone talks about an old language like it’s out of the 50s. It’s ridiculous!

So, get some help, dammit. Work with someone who understands what you do and who can guide you through your resume, critique it for you and turn things around. Otherwise, you are going to interview for jobs that you really desperately want and you are going to fail. You will have to tell your friends how you failed, look at your wife or husband or partner and tell them how you failed.

It’s awful. Just get some help, okay?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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The Job Market February 2017 (VIDEO)


Views and a quick observation about the job market.

Summary

When I do these things, whether I write about them or do a video or podcast. I'm not trying to be political in any way shape or form. I just want talk about the market as I see it, offer some data and brief observations.

The report came in on Friday and non-farm payroll increase by 235,000 jobs, of which private sector jobs were 227,000 jobs and public sector jobs were 8000. The previous months jobs reports were increased by another 9000. Politically, this report was supposed to reflect the 1st month of the Trump administration.

The unemployment rate was 4.7%, wages increased by .2%. The long-term employment rate was 62%, which was an increase. Construction jobs increased by 58,000. Manufacturing by 28,000. Private education (this is the 1st time I've heard this category reflected in the report) increased by 39,000. I want to be clear. This is not public education. This was private education. Business services increased by 30,000. Hospitality by 26,000. Healthcare increased by 27,000.

The one sector that has been struggling is retail. As more of a shop online, retail stores are being affected. I know there are number that are filed Chapter 11 recently and announced store closings. That is a reflection this time of year of poor sales during Christmas. This report reflects February and the post Christmas impacts.

There were 340,000 more people in the workforce and the U-6 rate was at 9.2%. There are 8 million people who are considered long-term unemployed.

The one observation I have for this report is that the numbers of people who are finding work in the past few months has increased from what had been a pretty predictable 150,000 jobs per month, up until the election to over 200,000 since the election.

If you want to call it Trump, I'm okay with that. If you don't want to consider that the election has anything to do with it, I'm okay with that. I'm just offering an observation of the change that is taken place I think is worth taking note of. All

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

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The Job Market October 2016 | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

This is my report on the job market for October 2016, as released on November 4, 2016. It is not a political statement. It is simply to report to offer This is my report on the job market for October 2016, as released on November 4, 2016. It is not a political statement. It is simply to report to offer information about the job market in the US.information about the job market in the US.

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Summary

Let’s talk about the US jobs report for October, 2016 that was released on November 4th. 

The good news is that there were 161,000 new jobs created and that the headline unemployment rate went down to 4.9% from 5%. Even the U6 rate, which includes people who want to work full-time but are only able to find part-time jobs, declined to 9.5%. Private sector jobs increased by 142,000, of which professional services were 43,000, healthcare was 31,000, government, 19,000. There was a decline in manufacturing jobs of 9000. The labor force participation rate is it 62.4%

Generally, on the surface, it seems like a decent report for the US economy post-2008 . . . Actually, it is a typical one. Now, let me go beneath the surface, because, when you start digging into the report, there are some interesting stuff there that doesn’t get reported on the news that most people watch, listen to or read.

Beneath the Surface

Part-time jobs with the biggest component of the growth. Understand, that government revises its report, even on the fly. Part-time jobs deleted increased by 430,000. Full-time jobs went down by 103,000. When we think of the word, “job,” we think of full-time jobs. When the government uses the word, “job,” it defines it is someone who worked for at least one hour during the course of the month. 

Thus, it seems like what we are doing is creating an “uber economy,” with most of the jobs being created, being part-time positions.

The GDP seems to have grown at its slowest rate in 8 years. 94 million people are not working. There were 238,000 people who had jobs, but couldn’t go to work, because of Hurricane Matthew in the southeast.

Construction jobs increased by 11,000 jobs. Retail slowed down which was surprising, given the holiday season coming up. 

In the last period of time (I think it’s an 8 year period), 1 million new jobs were created that employ women and the government reports that 1 million went to foreign workers. One third of students are unable to make payments on their student loans.

I am mentioning all of this stuff because the rosy picture the government tries to paint isn’t the reality for most of us. People seem to be working 2 or 3 jobs in order to pay their bills or not pay their bills so late. So the Labor Department report becomes a mediocre report when you dig below the surface and adequate one when you stay on the surface.

Ahead

I’ll simply say that for you, as a job hunter, you need to keep your head up and not down. My belief is that we are going to be having a recession, probably next year. It could be the year after. That is because recoveries don’t go on forever. They do eventually come down. According to the government, this recoveries been going on for 8 years which is a long recovery. It is a mediocre one from a jobs and economic perspective but a recovery, nonetheless.

Ask yourself, “How long do you think this will go on?”

My encouragement to you is to make sure that your skills are up to date, that you are doing your networking now and not waiting until the very end where it is too late, you are getting involved, making sure that you are learning what you need to in order to make sure that you are marketable in case, and that you are not just simply focused on your job. You are thinking of herself as the CEO of your own business where you are responsible to the shareholders which are your family and yourself,

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

The Job Market October 2016

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and his views on the job market.

“I have been blogging about the job market in the US and around the world since August 2001.”

What I write is not designed to be political or critical; they are my observations and sense of where we are and where we are going.

This is my report on the job market for October 2016, as released on November 4, 2016.

Early in the report, I misstate the headline unemployment rate.  I should have said, “It went down to 4.9% from 5%.”

jobmarket

Summary

Let’s talk about the US jobs report for October, 2016 that was released on November 4th. 

The good news is that there were 161,000 new jobs created and that the headline unemployment rate went down to 4.9% from 5%. Even the U6 rate, which includes people who want to work full-time but are only able to find part-time jobs, declined to 9.5%.  Private sector jobs increased by 142,000, of which professional services were 43,000, healthcare was 31,000, government, 19,000.  There was a decline in manufacturing jobs of 9000. The labor force participation rate is it 62.4%

Generally, on the surface, it seems like a decent report for the US economy post-2008 . . .  Actually it is a typical one.  Now, let me go beneath the surface, because, when you start digging into the report, there are some interesting stuff there that doesn’t get reported on the news that most people watch, listen to or read.

Part-time jobs with the biggest component of the growth. Understand, that government revises its report, even on the fly. Part-time jobs deleted increased by 430,000.  Full-time jobs went down by 103,000.  When we think of the word, “job,” we think of full-time jobs. When the government uses the word, “job,” it defines it is someone who worked for at least one hour during the course of the month.  

Thus, it seems like what we are doing is creating an “uber economy,” with most of the jobs being created, being part-time positions.

The GDP seems to have grown at its slowest rate in 8 years.  94 million people are not working.  There were 238,000 people who had jobs, but couldn’t go to work, because of Hurricane Matthew in the southeast.

Construction jobs increased by 11,000 jobs.  Retail slowed down which was surprising, given the holiday season coming up. 

In the last period of time (I think it’s an 8 year period), 1 million new jobs were created that employ women and the government reports that 1 million went to foreign workers.  One third of students are unable to make payments on their student loans.

I am mentioning all of this stuff because the rosy picture the government tries to paint isn’t the reality for most of us.  People seem to be working 2 or 3 jobs in order to pay their bills or not pay their bills so late.  So the Labor Department report becomes a mediocre report when you dig below the surface and adequate one when you stay on the surface.

I’ll simply say that for you, as a job hunter, you need to keep your head up and not down.  My belief is that we are going to be having a recession, probably next year.  It could be the year after.  That is because recoveries don’t go on forever.  They do eventually come down.  According to the government, this recoveries been going on for 8 years which is a long recovery.  It is a mediocre one from a jobs and economic perspective but a recovery, nonetheless.

Ask yourself, “How long do you think this will go on?”

My encouragement to you is to make sure that your skills are up to date, that you are doing your networking now and not waiting until the very end where it is too late, you are getting involved, making sure that you are learning what you need to in order to make sure that you are marketable in case, and that you are not just simply focused on your job.  You are thinking of herself as the CEO of your own business where you are responsible to the shareholders which are your family and yourself,

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

What Lies Ahead for Jobs? (Video)

From time to time, I am asked about what I see ahead for the job market. Here are my thoughts and how to cope with the changes on the horizon.

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