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 a new one is a good indicator of confidence in the labor situation and the latest reading would suggest that there is far less confidence than there has been.”

Starting Your Job Search – Getting Off to a Successful Start – Short List of Networking Contacts – Part 4

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to start a job search. Previous posts have discussed your emotions when starting a job search, getting organized, and creating a short list of target employers.

Create a short list of networking contacts. Just like the list of companies from the last step, make a list of close, professional colleagues you feel very comfortable speaking to about your circumstances and job search. As you think of more, add them to the list. This list is unlikely to exceed twenty to twenty-five names to begin with (although it could be more). After you make out the list, do not contact them! You are not ready (even though you may think you are!). Regardless of your business or personal relationships here, don’t “blow it” by not being properly prepared. Patience. Get prepared and know what you want to say before reaching out.

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