When is the last time you sat down to truly validate your future career goal and answered a few serious questions?
1. Can you state your short-term and long-term career goals?
2. Can you answer the interview question, “What is your greatest weakness?”
3. Do you have a checklist of topics that will assist in keeping you totally organized during your job search hunt?
4. Do you have a portfolio that includes letters of recommendations from former supervisors?
5. Are all of your transcripts or diplomas readily available should you need to prove education?
There are dozens of supportive articles on the internet that identify how you can become “Job Ready.” For those who have been striving to secure that elusive “best job ever”, what is your approach?
Many unemployed workers are frustrated because the process to gain employment today is so very different from just a few years ago. More technology and less face-to-face interaction, provide less opportunities to sell individual experiences and high level skills, AND each individual personality.
So take the steps to read, analyze, organize, and plan. Start at the start, plan to the end for the prize job of your dreams.
On Friday June 20th, the State of Florida released the May 2014 unemployment figures for the State, each county and all the Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The unemployment rate for Pasco and Hernando counties rose 0.2% to 6.7% and 7.8% respectively. In April the two county’s unemployment rates dropped 0.7% and 0.9%, standing at 6.5% and 7.6%.
The surface numbers would say – “April was better than May” – but what drove theses numbers says more.
In April – the workforce (those working and looking for work) for Pasco stood at 194,811 residents with 12,611 reported as unemployed. From the month prior, the workforce dropped 1,593 and the number employed slumped 1,569. So for April versus March – less people in Pasco County worked and less people looked for work. The numbers for Hernando mimicked Pasco with its workforce decreasing by 592 in April versus March and 585 less people with employment.
For May – even with a 0.2% increase in the unemployment rate – Pasco’s workforce grew by over 1,800 and the number of people with employment grew by 682 and in Hernando County the reported workforce grew as well, by 607 residents and employment increased by 241.
More people working and more people looking for work are positives as individuals see an improving job market and start reentering the search. So the increase in the unemployment percentage for May hides some pretty good numbers and we need to look toward June to see if the positive trend continues.