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July 2017 Sets Job Openings Record

The Labor Department reported that the number of job openings in the U.S hit an all-time high in July at 6.17 million (records dating back to 2000). The initial reaction would be that this is good news – which in part it is. There are jobs available in the market. The concern is the ever-growing...
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Decline in Unemployment Claims (Again)

According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits declined again last week. This is another indication that the job market seems to be healthy and gaining momentum. Taken across the entire economy, businesses are not laying people off (although there are always industry pockets where lay off occur).  ...
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July Job Gains Beat Predictions

The U.S. economy added 209,000 in July, beating expectations by nearly 30,000. The unemployment rate went down from 4.4% to 4.3%, the lowest since March 2001. In addition, job gains for May and June were revised upward by 2,000 new jobs. Since January of 2017, the U.S. economy has added approximately 1.3M new jobs. The...
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New Claims for Unemployment Benefits Fall

New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week. The drop to 233,000 is good news and an indication that companies are not reducing their workforce. Late summer is an interesting time of year for employment in that summer jobs start to wind down and come to an end. Analysts state that the interesting fact this...
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Strong Gains in June Jobs Report

The U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs in June, more than anticipated. April and May reports were revised upward to 207,000 and 152,000 respectively. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the first six months of this year the economy has added over 1,100,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a...
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A Discussion about Wage Growth

According to economic analysts, the job market (with its high demand for employees) should be pushing wages and compensation up by now. The unemployment rate is very low (4.3%) and some seem to believe we are at “full employment.” A reasonable conclusion would be that there is, or should be, a shortage of available employees....
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What Job Seekers Want in a New Opportunity

According to Business Insider and a recently released survey by Gallup Research, here are the top 5 things job seekers are looking for in their next job: 1. The opportunity to do what they do best – 60% of job seekers said being able to do what they do best was very important for them...
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Employment – Skills Gap

The number of job openings in April rose to the highest level seen since records were kept. There are now over 6 million job openings. Yet, there are still 6.9 million unemployed people. Now, it would seem logical that this problem would resolve itself, right? There are 6.9 million unemployed people and 6 million open...
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May Jobs Report Reflects Continued Job Growth

The May jobs report indicated a gain of 138,000 new jobs in May. This pushed the unemployment rate down to 4.3%. Depending upon what source you choose to rely on (Bureau of Labor Statistics or ADP), the U.S. economy has added over 650,000 new jobs since the beginning of the year. This is a good...
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More Confidence in the Jobs Market

The Bureau of Labor Statistics generates data on job openings, hires, and separations. It is a survey referred to as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It recently showed that the pace of “quitting” is now over 2.0%. This is an indication that employees feel comfortable with the economy and their job prospects...
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Employment Index Number Is Good From The Conference Board

The Conference Board is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization that provides business insight. As a part of its services, it tracks employment trends by combining information from a variety of sources into one index – The Employment Trends Index. This index is currently at 132.64 which by itself does not mean that much until...
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Economy Adds 211,000 Jobs in April – Unemployment Rate Down

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 211,000 jobs in April. The unemployment rate dipped to a 10-year low of 4.4%. These statistics are good news and evidence of a growing jobs market. Since January 1, 2017 the economy has added 744,000 jobs. The growing challenge in the jobs market now lies...
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Unemployment Rates Down in Vast of Majority of Metropolitan Areas

According to a report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates were lower in March, 2017 than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 38 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas. There were twenty-three areas that had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent. This report...
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Twenty-seven states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, twenty-seven states had increases in employment for the 12 months ending March 2017. Two states lost jobs over the same 12-month period, while employment remained essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District of Columbia over the year. The largest over-the-year job gains occurred in California, Texas, and...
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More Good Trends on Employment – Employment Characteristics of Families (2016)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that unemployment within families is trending downward. This is good news! In 2016, 6.5 percent of families included an unemployed person, which is down from 6.9 percent in 2015. The Bureau also reported that of the nation’s 82.1 million families, 80.4 percent had at least one family member...
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Unemployment rates decline in 274 metropolitan areas over a 12 month period ending February 2017

According to recently released information by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates were lower in February 2017 than a year earlier in 274 of the 388 metropolitan areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in Camden, New Jersey, and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+3.7 percent each). The increase in employment...
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Now Available! The Motivated Job Search Workbook

The Motivated Job Search Workbook contains thought provoking questions and exercises that correlate directly with Brian Howard’s job search books, The Motivated Job Search and Over 50 and Motivated! Conducting a job search can be a daunting task, especially if that job search was put upon you unexpectedly. Thoughts and questions like where to start,...
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Jobless Claims Down

Jobless claims were down again last week – to 234,000. This indicates that companies are not engaging in lay-offs. This is good news! Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 110 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller....
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Over 50 and Motivated! – A job search book for job seekers over 50.

Statistically, job seekers over 50 have more difficulty finding employment than their younger counterparts. Over 50 and Motivated is a practical no-nonsense job search book specifically written for job seekers over the age of 50. Over 50 and Motivated covers meaningful topics such as dealing with age biases, advantages of experience, how to correctly prepare...
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According to Pew, Nearly 60% of Americans Say the Economy is Good

The Pew Research Center released a recent survey indicating that nearly six-in-ten people in the United States (58%) say the economic situation is very good or somewhat good. The survey was conducted Feb. 16-March 15, 2017. According to Pew, this is the most positive assessment of U.S. economic conditions since 2007, and only the second...
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More Optimism for the Jobs Market

National Association of Manufacturers annual survey showed that 93 percent of manufacturers had a positive outlook of the future of their industry. This is a 20-year record high and a significant increase from 56 percent in the previous year. The survey includes 13,000 manufacturing members of the association. This optimism could create a surge of...
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Home Sales on the Rise – Another Good Sign for the Jobs Market

The National Association of Realtors released their latest pending home sales index. The results were much better than what most had assumed it would be. This index tracks the contract signings for the purchase of a previously owned home and the index was up by 5.5%. This is the highest level reached since April of...
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Consumer Confidence on the Rise

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® shows that consumer confidence rose sharply in March. Consumer confidence is at a level not seen in 16 years – hitting 125.6 after a reading of 116.1 last month. The Consumer Confidence Survey® reflects prevailing business conditions and likely developments for the months ahead. This monthly report details consumer attitudes...
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JOLTS report by Bureau of Labor Statistics shows higher “quit” rate

The latest JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) report showed that the quit rate has risen to around 2.2%. This quit rate is higher than it has been in several years. One interpretation is this is good jobs news. Employees are comfortable with new job prospects to quit...
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Now in stock on Amazon! Over 50 and Motivated! and, The Motivated Job Search Workbook

Over 50 and Motivated! – the newest book release by Brian Howard is now available on Amazon. Over 50 and Motivated! is a job search book written for the special circumstances facing job seekers over the age of 50.   Also available is The Motivated Job Search Workbook which contains thought provoking questions and exercises that...
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Podcast: Brian Howard Talks about the Advantages and Strategies of Networking During a Job Search

In this podcast, Brian Howard discusses the many advantages and strategies of proactively networking for a job. Listen while Brian describes the networking concepts of a “cabinet” and “sales company.” To listen to the podcast interview, click this link: Motivated Networking with Brian Howard About: Brian Howard, J.D. is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC),...
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Brian Howard Talks About the Advantages of a Self Motivated Job Search

In this short recording, Brian Howard discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a proactive versus a passive job search strategy. Listen while Brian lays out the statistics and the many advantages of a proactive…self motivated job search strategy. About: Brian Howard, J.D. is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS),...
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6 Ways to Show Your Interviewer You Really Want the Job

This is a good article mostly about interview preparation. 6 Ways to show your interviewer you really want the job...
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SHRM Report: Recruiting Difficulty on the Rise

According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s recent report (Leading Indicators of National Employment, October 2016 Overview), “Recruiting Difficulty” in the services sectors rose 9.8% compared to the same period a year ago. The “Recruiting Difficulty” index measures how difficult it is for firms to recruit candidates of greatest strategic importance to their companies....
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Podcast Interview of Brian Howard on CareerCloud – Discussing Networking During a Job Search

Brian Howard was recently interviewed by Chris Russell of CareerCloud discussing the importance and nuances of networking during a job search. To listen to the podcast interview, click this link: How to embrace a networking mentality . The interview discusses important networking topics such as: The definition of networking, networking mentality, effectiveness, your networking “Cabinet,”...
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The Interviewer Warned Me Not to Take the Job

This is an interesting article. Another strategy to determine company culture is to research former employees of the company on LinkedIn (specifically former employees in the department you are interviewing) and view their tenure. If tenures are less than a year, it should give you pause or be a warning sign.   The Interviewer Warned...
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The Motivated Job Search – An Amazon 5 Star Book!

The Motivated Job Search was released into the market just 6 months ago (April, 2016). During this brief time, the awareness of the book, mostly by word-of-mouth and referral has been remarkable! The Motivated Job Search has been warmly received by job seekers from all over the country! Amazon recommendations have all been glowing with...
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Brian Howard Interviewed on CareerMetis.com – Podcast Interview

Brian Howard was recently interviewed for a podcast on CareerMetis.com. Click this link to listen to the interview. The interview covers interesting topics about job search mindset and motivation, differentiation, LinkedIn, and the 5 most important questions hiring executives need answered before they can extend an offer. CareerMetis.com is an award-winning Career Blog where individuals...
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Strategies For Your LinkedIn Profile When You Are Unemployed

You find yourself unemployed. What do you put on your LinkedIn Profile? Do you announce your availability or would doing so reduce your attractiveness as a candidate? Fortunately, you have several strategic options. As you consider the options that follow, the primary consideration is this: How would a HR recruiter or hiring executive react to...
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Publisher’s Promotion – 25 FREE copies of The Motivated Job Search available through BookGrabbr.com

WriteLife Publishing has announced that it is sponsoring a promotion by giving away 25 FREE copies of my book, The Motivated Job Search, through BookGrabbr.com! Click here to Grabb a free copy: https://bookgrabbr.com/books/43292https://t.co/mg5uRSFPLO...
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High Praise – The Motivated Networker has been Endorsed by Business Network International

The Motivated Networker has been endorsed by Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI (Business Network International) – The world’s largest business networking organization. Dr. Misner has been dubbed “The Father of Modern Networking” and is one of the world’s leading experts in business networking: “The Motivated Networker is the most comprehensive networking book on the...
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Just Released! The Motivated Networker

I am pleased to announce the release of my second job search book, The Motivated Networker! The book is a practical no-nonsense guide on how to successfully network for a job. When 60% to 80% of all jobs are filled through some form of networking, mastering the skill of networking is imperative to success in...
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A Story of Inspiration

I received a wonderful story of inspiration last week that I want to share with you. A Story of Inspiration For nearly 40 years I have worked in the employee benefits industry in various capacities. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling career. For the past five years I was in sales with a company...
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May’s Jobs Data – Not So Good

According to the Business Intelligence Brief (Armada), JOLTS data looked bad in May. “JOLTS” stands for Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. “Everything in the labor sector looked bad in May and there is  some expectation  that  there will be better news  from  JOLTS  from June. The May data showed a drastic  reduction  in  the  number  of  jobs  available  and  a  corresponding  decline  in  the  number  of  quits.  The willingness of people to quit their job and seek...
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Business Cards During a Job Search – Infographic Business Cards

Infographic Business Cards An infographic business card is a very unique concept. It is not a “business card” in the traditional sense. Instead, it is more of a “networking handbill.” In concept, an infographic business card is a colorful, high resolution document containing impactful and persuasive background information and accomplishments presented through pie charts and...
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Business Cards During a Job Search – Resume Business Cards

This is the next installment of our discussion regarding the use of business cards during a job search. We’ll be discussing Resume Business Cards. Resume Business Cards A resume business card takes the networking card one step further (See previous post). Here you may expand descriptive information on the front of the card, and put...
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Business Cards During a Job Search – The Networking Business Card

Networking Business Cards Networking business cards contain the same key contact information as a traditional card, except this variety also has a title and a concise statement regarding your career focus and unique value proposition or brand. Remember to keep the messaging consistent between your networking card, your elevator speech, your LinkedIn profile, your resume,...
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Now Available! The Motivated Job Search book

I am pleased to announce the release of The Motivated Job Search book! I wrote The Motivated Job Search for career-minded professionals who want simple and direct answers on how to conduct a job search. Most job seekers do not know how to effectively conduct a job search in today’s job market, which is completely understandable....
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Business Cards During a Job Search – Networking Business Cards

This is the next installment of our discussion regarding the use of business cards during a job search. We’ll be discussing Networking Business Cards. Networking Business Cards Networking business cards contain the same key contact information as a traditional card, except this variety also has a title and a concise statement regarding your career focus...
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Business Cards During a Job Search – Introduction

Having a business card during a job search is a necessity.  Circumstances will present themselves where providing a resume is awkward or inappropriate. Getting a business card should be toward the top of your job search to-do list. There are four different approaches to the standard three-and-a-half inch by two-inch business card for a job...
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Elevator Speech in a Job Search – Prepare Variations

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the development and use of an elevator speech as used in a job search. Prepare a few variations. You might want to say things differently to a colleague than you would to a friend at a social gathering. Sometimes you’ll just have fifteen seconds for...
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Elevator Speech in a Job Search – Practice, practice, practice – and solicit feedback

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the development and use of an elevator speech as used in a job search. Practice, practice, practice—and solicit feedback. After reading your speech aloud, tinker with the words (the goal is to have a speech that sounds authentic and confident). Now, memorize the speech and...
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Elevator Speech in a Job Search – Tailor the speech to them, not you!

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the development and use of an elevator speech as used in a job search. Tailor the speech to them, not you. Remember that the people listening to your speech will have their antennas tuned to WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). So, refer to what...
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Elevator Speech in a Job Search – Write your speech (after you have outlined it)

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the development and use of an elevator speech as used in a job search. Write your speech. Now that you have ideas and concepts about yourself to promote (your outline), begin drafting your speech’s initial version. Here are some steps to guide you. Identify yourself...
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Brian Howard’s Podcast Interview on Career Cloud Radio Discussing The Motivated Job Search

“The most effective and efficient job search strategy is a self-motivated approach. This is a proactive approach where the job seeker actively engages the job market to discover opportunities where their skills and competencies bring the greatest value to an employer.” -Brian Howard In this podcast interview (link), Chris Russell of Career Cloud Radio asks...
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