Have you given up on finding a job? There is still hope!Careers Plus Resumes
Amidst fears of a slow economy, anxiety about poor hiring conditions, and media talks of a stale job market over the past few years; many job seekers have given up the hunt. The truth is, the economy is growing, and there are approximately 29 million jobs in many different industries that have an average paying salary of $42,000 or more per year.
The best part of this, they don’t require a four-year college degree! Now, this might be hard to digest if you have been looking for work for several months, or even years, with no avail. However, it is not that there are no jobs available – it is merely that the way of doing things has drastically changed.
For instance, employers use to require a lengthy resume with a list of references. Now, due to the huge number of applicants, they want to see a short summary of your background and a straight-to-the point explanation of what you can do for the company. Many job seekers are still stuck in the rut of doing things the old way, and as a career coach, I see this nearly every day with my own eyes.
Computer illiteracy is also a huge deficit that job seekers have – not knowing how to perform simple tasks such as downloading email attachments. This can cause a huge drawback in the job search process since many applications are now required to be submitted online. If you want to compete in today’s job market and get noticed, you best get your self-marketing skills polished and start doing things the new way.
President Obama believes there will be a significant “boom” in the manufacturing industry and promises at least 1 million new jobs if he is reelected. This may seem like a stretch to many, but if you look at the record of history, the economy under his belt is actually better than when George W. Bush was President. In fact, it is 800,000 jobs better according to some sources.
According to The Conference Board Help Wanted Online®, there are many vacancies from state to state for skilled factory workers, machinists, computer-aided machine operators, and other skilled laborers. California has the highest number of factory job openings at 20,352 from July to August 2012. Following is Texas with 15,420 vacancies, Ohio with 14,202, Michigan with 11,684, and so on.
The number of job openings for skills factory workers is up 38% since 2005 according to numbers from the Conference Board that measure labor demand across industries. Even though online labor demand was down by 108,700 less jobs advertised in the month of August, the good news is there are still jobs out there – you just have to find them!
With emerging technologies comes the demand for a whole new era of job opportunities. This may be one of the reasons why certain industries have seen a major decline in the need for human employees. Automation makes running a business smoother and more efficient in many areas. Robots are able to work faster, without error, and for longer periods of time than human beings.
The internet has made shopping way too easy for the average consumer. With the ability to compare prices online, conduct thorough amounts of research before making a decision or being pressured by a sales rep, and have your products shipped right to your front door without having to fight traffic or waste gas money, a lot of big-box retail locations have suffered major losses and have been forced to close the doors.
All of technology’s impacts on retail, and even wholesale operations, have made the demand for eCommerce jobs even greater. While this may have created job losses at physical business locations, there is a shift taking place where employees can now work from their home computers or find other opportunities with major online retailers. Netflix, Best Buy, eBay, Amazon.com, Staples, Apple, Dell, Office Depot, and Walmart.com are all examples of businesses who have taken their sales to the internet. This has created a huge opportunity for job seekers with good technical skills, sales abilities, and customer service experience.
The whole point of this article is to provide some insight into the major changes that are taking place in America’s economy and how you, as a job seeker, need to adjust and adapt to these changes so that you may become successful in a new career. Times have shifted from the well-known “Industrial Revolution” to the present “Technological Revolution” and for many, this shift has not been realized.
The major advances in technology can create confusion, frustration, and fear for candidates who are not up-to-date with the times. If you are one of those who have been out of the workforce for quite a while with no luck or looking for a career change, conduct a little research into how resumes should be prepared, what companies are looking for today, and which technologies are demanded in your particular industry.
With the right mind-set, determination, and ability to adapt, there is still hope for everyone to find that perfect job.
By Justin Olsen