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 jobs in the economy as the year progresses.

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 2014 and the second highest level seen since May of 2006.

This can be interpreted as yet another positive sign in the economy. As a general rule, as the economy improves, so does the jobs market.

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 and buying intentions.

A positive attitude by consumers translates well for businesses. That, in turn, can have a positive impact on the job market.

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 their current employment and pursue or accept new employment.

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 correlate to your job search. The workbook is designed to keep you thinking, keep you organized and keep you motivated!

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), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over his 24 year recruiting career. It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Series of Job Search Books. These include The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, Over 50 and Motivated (Release date April 2017), The Motivated Job Search Workbook (Release date April, 2017) and Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles (Release date November 2017). These books can be purchased on Amazon.

Brian Howard Talks About the Advantages of a Self Motivated Job Search

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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), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and an actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over his 24 year recruiting career. It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Series of Job Search Books. These books include The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, and Over 50 and Motivated (Release date March, 2017). The books can be purchased on Amazon.

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.

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The “Recruiting Difficulty” index measures how difficult it is for firms to recruit candidates of greatest strategic importance to their companies. The 9.8% increase represents a four year high in the services sector!

In addition, more than two-thirds of HR professionals (68 percent) reported challenging recruiting conditions in the current talent market.

What does this mean for job seekers?

According to Brian Howard, President of The Howard Group and author of The Motivated Job Search, “an obvious conclusion is if you are a well-qualified job seeker in your field, there are likely open positions available to you. The key is to network and proactively make it known that you are open to discussions about a job move.”

Brian Howard, J.D. is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and an actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over his 24 year recruiting career. It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Job Search and The Motivated Networker. (Both available through Amazon)