Let’s cut to the chase this week. The job market still looks grim as we enter the second half of 2010 which is exactly why Butterfly has opened the gates to allow for as many national job openings (10,000+) as possible to appear within its job board. Add to that, opportunities in Nursing and IT from Cigna, Sales in a WAHM role from Jos. A Bank and the chance to be an Insurance Advisor with PRMS! As you investigate these career options, the reality is that your children may be the ones who score a job before you do. It has been reported* that entry-level jobs increased by 80 percent in Q1 2010, providing hope that the job outlook is beginning to brighten for recent graduates seeking entry-level employment. In addition to experiencing year over year growth, entry-level jobs in Q1 2010 were up an additional 19 percent from pre-recession job numbers in Q1 2008.
For those of you who have children graduating we extend a huge congratulations and well wishes for a promising future given the optimistic market outlook! Here’s some sound advice so that you too can experience the same success as the graduating class of 2010:
Experts, like Butterfly’s Career Coach Julie Cohen, offer advice for surviving -- and thriving -- in the next year:
If You're Still Employed: This might not be a good time to move to a new job. If your job seems unstable or you're offered your dream job, it may be worth it. But if you go to a new company and the company realizes it was overly optimistic about hiring, you could be let go -- into the worst job market in decades.
It may be better to make the most of this year where you are. "Figure out how to do a better job," says Valerie Frederickson, founder and CEO of Menlo Park, California-based Valerie Frederickson & Co., a human resource executive search and consulting firm. Can you get assigned to a team working on a hot new project, or volunteer for a task that will give you new, marketable skills? "What's going to be the next wave?"
If You're Unemployed: If you have been out of work for a long time, it may be time to consider taking a job you wouldn't have looked at before. This will bring in some money and help you make connections, Frederickson says. It can also help you polish skills that you can lose while out of work: "being fast, multitasking, answering questions quickly and succinctly."
There are two concerns about taking a so-called survival job. It could distract you from your job search, and potential employers may have trouble envisioning you in your previous professional role. These concerns are real, but there are ways around them. For example, you can use your survival job to show employers that you're willing to work hard. And you can continue your job search after work. "The longer people sit out of the job market, the harder it's going to be for them to re-enter," Frederickson says. Just because the job market is tough doesn't mean it's impossible. "You have to work harder at the job search," Challenger said.**
Go get ‘em!
Bradi and Terry
Mothers, Wives and WorkersMyWorkButterfly.com
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