Unemployment Numbers You Need To Know

Although I hate taxes as much as the next guy, I have to appreciate some of what I get for my money. Case in point, how often do you check the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics? Okay, there was a time would I would have said “never” as well. However, I feel myself being pulled back to it from time to time because of the piles and piles of data it has. For example, late last year (or was it early this year?) the BLS published a report called “Employment Projections: 2008-2018 Summary.” What did it do? In a nutshell, it looked at a bunch of numbers and predicted which industries would boom over the next decade and which one would go the way of the dinosaur.

Hint! Hint! If I were a college student picking out a career or someone who was about to invest in some vocational training, I would look really hard at data like this. It would be a tragedy to invest so much time and energy into an industry that will (most likely) be irrelevant by the time I graduate or complete my training program. (Make sense?)

Okay, here are the highlights from that report:

The top 10 growth industries:

* Management, scientific and technical consulting services
* Offices of physicians
* Computer systems design and related services
* Other general merchandise stores
* Employment services
* Local government, excluding education and hospitals
* Home health care services
* Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities
* Nursing care facilities
* Full-service restaurants

The top 10 industries expected to experience the steepest employment declines:

* Department stores
* Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing
* Motor vehicle parts manufacturing
* Postal service
* Printing and related support activities
* Cut and sew apparel manufacturing
* Newspaper publishers
* Support activities for mining
* Gasoline stations
* Wired telecommunications carriers

And here are a few more interesting tidbits you might want to know:

* As Baby Boomers grow older and continue their trend of increased labor force participation, the number of persons ages 55+ in the labor force is expected to increase by 12 million, or 43% percent, during the 2008-18 period. Those ages 55+ are projected to make up nearly one-quarter of the labor force in 2018.

* Young people (age 16-24) are expected to account for 12.7% of the labor force in 2018, and persons in the prime-age working group (ages 25- 54) to account for 63.5% of the 2018 labor force.

* Hispanics (who can be of any race) will join the labor force in greater numbers than non-Hispanics. The number of Hispanics in the labor force is projected to grow by 7.3 million or 33.1%. Their share of the labor force will expand from 14.3% in 2008 to 17.6% in 2018.

* All but three of the top 30 fastest-growing detailed occupations are found within professional and related occupations and service occupations. Seventeen of these rapidly growing occupations are related to healthcare or medical research.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, your tax dollars at work.

-Jim Stroud

Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.nr0.htm

VIDEO – Why should I hire veterans?

I was fortunate enough to run into a pal of mine – Chad Sowash of DirectEmployers. After catching up over ole times, we began discussing the recruiting world in general and veterans in particular. I thought some of his points were worth sharing, so I captured them on video. Hope you like.


How (and why) Job Seekers Should Protect Their Online Reputation

I read a lot, perhaps more than I should sometimes, but I do. I was reading a very interesting article on ReadWriteWeb the other day called “Google CEO Suggests You Change Your Name to Escape His Permanent Record.” Here are a few highlights from that article:

  • “(Google CEO says) …every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.”
  • “(Google CEO says) …I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”
  • “Perhaps parents should start giving their children short-term names then, which they’ll be less attached to. Save your favorite name for adulthood, kids, because you’ll need to change it. Google says so.”

Okay, when I read the article and especially those snippets, I thought the obvious correlation – The Incredible Hulk.

Just in case my assertion is not so obvious to you, allow me to delve a bit further. Let’s say that I work for a big corporation that deals in nuclear energy as an alternative to oil. (Hey, going green is all the rage these days, right?) I think back to my college days and I remember one of my classmates being a whiz in alternative energy, especially Gamma rays. So I do a quick search on his name – “David Bruce Banner” and what do I see?

Hmm.. I come across data that looks like it could be my old pal David, but I also get a lot of references about an urban myth called – The Hulk.” Hm… maybe I should do an image search?

Wow! I see more and more evidence that Bruce David Banner and this Hulk creature are one in the same. Hmm… Maybe I shouldn’t be thinking of hiring this guy after all? He was cool and all in college, but now he seems to have an anger issue. Nah… I will pass.

So, imagine that you are David Banner trying to get a job. With all the info online about what happens whenever somebody gets on your nerves, chances are your job search will be much longer than it needs to be.

If I were David Banner and I really needed a job (moreso for a new wardrobe than anything else), what could I do to get my data out of Google?

OPTION A: I could walk up to Google and ask them to remove all of my information from their database that ties me to my Hulk personna. Should they refuse, I could say,”Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like it if I were angry.”

OPTION B: If Google were to say that they did not beleive in censorship, do your worse. I would change into a red Hulk and shout thngs like “Crush Puny Humans for not removing my data!” but only say it in Chinese. Odds are, I would make some headway, but in all likelihood only a compromise of some sort would be had.

OPTION C: I could go through the paces of what I find prescribed online. For example, How to Ungoogle YourselfUn-Google Yourself or Video – How to remove your information from Google.

OPTION D: Do what superheroes have been doing since superheroes were invented, establish a secret identity. When you post your resume online, use your real name. However, if you decide to dance drunk with a lampshade on your head (it happens) puh-leeze use a code name. What?! You don’t think that people still dance drunk with lampshades on their head? Check out the video below, non-believer.

Oh yeah, if you were a Recruiter, wouldn’t these guys be on the top of your list? But I digress…

Use your “codename” for your Facebook profile but not on your Linkedin profile. Your codename should be well-known by pals and party-goers, but not too prospective employees. Get it? Here are a few codenames to consider (just in case you are having writer’s block).

  • Keyzer Soze
  • Samurai Mugen
  • La Femme Nikita
  • Moneypenny
  • Bart

Why did I suggest those? They are vague enough to the general public so as to seem unique, but popular enough online so that if a Recruiter did discover your codename, they would have to sift through tons of irrelevant data and (most likely) give up on trying to unlock your secret life as a lampshade dancer. Make sense?

Of all the options presented, I would go with option C and remove anything damaging (as much as I could), then going forward I would tell all of my pals to connect to my new Facebook page (under my new alias) so I can talk freely.

So, who would win in a fight between Google and The Incredible Hulk (or rather, Google vs David Banner)? It all depends on how well David Banner covered his tracks. (Smile)

– Jim Stroud

P.S. Get extra cool points if you can figure out my “codename” and what I do in my secret life. (wink-wink)

How many people are using YouTube to post video resumes?

I’ve got video resumes on the brain this week, so why stop now?

Hmm… How many people are using YouTube to post their video resumes? And is it even worth it? Let me take a quick and totally unscientific poll, just to see what I can see.

At this writing, not as many as I thought, 5300+ video resumes. I would like to know how that compares with last year about this time, but no benchmark stats. Oh well…

  • As I glance over the first page of results (my random sampling), the shortest video is 00:54 seconds and the longest one is 09:16.
  • The shortest video received 322 views in 8 months, but the traffic is still trending up as a result of lots of referrals from YouTube searching and being associated with a video demo of a Sample CV. Hmm… this video resume is averaging about 40 views a month.
  • The longest video received 4,131 views since May 10, 2007; which is about 98 views a month.

Its interesting to see where the traffic is coming from for each video as well. Hmm… Some things to ponder…

  • Using the words “video resume” will increase the chances of your video resume being found. (Go figure)
  • Look and see if there are video resumes on YouTube that are similar to your background and industry. If so, take note of the keywords they use to describe their video. Why? If someone sees their resume, its a good chance that they will discover yours as a “related video.”

Hmm… Sorry for wondering aimlessly here, but I want to see what else I can find. Look for more YouTube observations in the next post.


How to find jobs overseas with Google

If you are open to expanding your job search to other countries, I highly suggest that you take advantage of Google’s translation services; even if you are fluent in another language. Why? Well, if you are an employer in say… Mexico.  You might post your jobs in English, but more often than not they will be posted in the dominant language of your country – Spanish. That being the case, logic dictates that there will be jobs posted in spanish that are not neccessarily posted in English. Make sense?

To search for jobs posted in Spanish (or any other language for that matter), go to Google Translate. (A screenshot of the homepage is below.)


Click the “Translated Search” link.


In the search slot, add “sales and marketing jobs,” as I did; if that is not your skillset, type in something else.


Once you have your keywords typed in, Google translates them into a different language. For the purposes of this demo, I chose the language – Spanish. (Of course)


Beneath the search box on the left side of the screen are the (1) translated search results in English. On the right side of the page, are (2) the original search results in Spanish.


Now that you have found jobs posted in Spanish, you can (of course) apply. Sound simple? It is. Does it work? Not entirely sure to be honest, but the logic seems sound.  I have not had the unction to work overseas, so I have not had the chance to try this out. I would be interested to hear from others who have tried this technique. If you would, leave me a comment below? Thanks!