Job Boards – Still the Kings of Online Career Tools

ImageNow is the time to look for the job you want.

A recent statement by the Department of Labor* shows the U.S. job market experienced higher-than-expected growth so far in the first quarter of 2014. With more employers looking to fill positions, now is the time to begin or revive your job search. Job.com is here to be a resource for you in each step of the job searching process.

Job boards still rule the online career services market.

Job.com and other job boards are experiencing significant growth in people visiting the site and becoming registered members. Career services and development sites had over 64 million visitors in February.** In a joint survey conducted by Job.com and Beyond.com, 31% of Job.com users were unfamiliar with professional networking sites beyond job boards. When it comes to finding job listings, career advice and services, and learning more about educational opportunities, job boards are still king for job seekers and recruiters.

Job.com has all the tools to help you find the right job now.

Here are some ways to get the most from your Job.com account.

  • Put yourself in front of recruiters and employers advertising positions through job postings.  You can search for jobs by title, location, or both.
  • Find the hidden job market – those employers not currently advertising positions – by posting your resume. Employers search our resume database every day for potential candidates. Job.com offers a range of resume tools to help you create your resume and promote it with recruiters.
  • Sign up for email job alerts. We send you jobs that match your profile directly to your inbox.
  • Read The Job Blog and follow Job.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn for even more career tools and news.

*United States Department of Labor OPA News Release, March 7, 2014; “Statement of Labor Secretary Perez on February employment numbers”

** comScore Media Metrix, February 2014

 

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Spring into the New Season with a New Job

ImageToday marks the first day of the renewing season of Spring.  Now is the perfect time to mirror your professional journey after nature, starting the season with a refreshed focus on achieving your career goals.

As the temperatures rise, here are a few industries that have increased their hiring.

Home Improvement Stores – Whether you want to turn to Big Box giants such as Lowe’s or Home Depot, or search for work at your local hardware store, now is the time to apply to their jobs.

Amusement and Theme Parks – Many parks located in Central and Eastern time zones reopen for the season between March and April so they’re going on massive hiring sprees now.

Lawn Care and Pest Control Services – Warmer weather means greener grass, flowers that bloom and all the critters that come with them.  That’s why now is a great time to find opportunities with companies like TruGreen, Terminix or Permatreat.

Hospitality, Leisure and Recreation – While hotels and vacation resorts are great places for work all year long, many popular hot spots are gearing up for summer vacation season throughout these cooler months. Look no further than your local area attractions to see who’s hiring, including your local Parks and Recreation Department.  Here you will find positions ranging from Athletic Coach and Events Manager, to Grounds Supervisor and Security Officer.

Don’t have a green thumb?  No problem!  Other top industries for jobs include:

Industries to Watch in 2014

Forbes magazine recently released information about the top fastest-growing industries in 2014.  The information comes from Sageworks, a financial information company that analyzes the performance of privately held companies and finds trends in profitability and expansion.  What do the findings mean for job seekers?

Manufacturing and farming on the rise – For anyone with experience on an assembly line, with certain types of farming, or in the front office, jobs in the manufacturing and farming fields may be a good next step.  These fields are diverse, as is the amount of experience required for each position.    

How handy are you? There is significant growth expected in the personal and household goods repair and maintenance field.  If you have the ability to fix furniture, lawn care equipment, and even jewelry, there may be a position for you.

Calling all IT professionals – The IT infrastructure plays a vital role in the success of any business, so IT professionals are in extremely high demand.  In this field you have the flexibility to work in an array of environments and industries.

Do you like helping others? Employment services professionals specialize in the placement of temporary workers to business executives.  Working in this field, you would help companies and job seekers alike. 

A good time to be an entrepreneur – As the housing market continues to improve, real estate agencies and broker offices are expected to continue their growth in profitability.  Now is a great time to enter the field, and a great first step is finding a local real estate class information session.  Entrepreneurs could also look into opportunities to provide services to any of the growing fields listed among the findings.

 

Fastest-growing industries (privately-held companies only) – Growth between December 2012 – December 2013

  1. Support activities for mining – 21%
  2. Oilseed and grain farming – 20%
  3. Beverage manufacturing – 20%
  4. Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing – 20%
  5. Other crop farming – 18%
  6. Computer systems design and related services – 16%
  7. Offices of real estate agents and brokers – 16%
  8. Chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers/distributors – 16%
  9. Personal and household goods repair and maintenance – 16%
  10. Employment services – 15%

Source: Forbes “Industries To Watch In 2014: The 10 Fastest-Growing Fields” December 29, 2013