This Week’s Job Search Trends

trendingThe Job search market is heating up this week in the southwest.
However, we’re still seeing job seekers in all corners of the
country in pursuit of an all-american job. After doing a little
digging in Google Trends, we’ve identified the most popular job-related search terms
along with the regions with the most active job seekers. Check out
our list below.

Top 5 Job Search Terms

  1. USA Jobs – Maybe all 121 Medals won at the Olympics
    have job seekers chanting “U-S-A”. Or perhaps the upcoming Labor Day
    holiday is encouraging people to pick up the pace on their job search.
    Whatever the reason, this was the #1 search term for this week. If
    this is what you’re seeking as well, sign up on AmericanJobs.com.  It’s the most patriotic job site on the web
  2. Jobs Near Me – Job Seekers today are savvier than ever. With the
    mobile usage on the rise, job searchers are leveraging mobile technology
    to find jobs fast. Looking for a job near you?  Start your search now.
  3. Government Jobs – is historically a trending job
    search term. And with a historical election season just around the corner,
    more and more citizens are likely to want to work for Uncle Sam.
  4. USPS Jobs – Job seekers interested in a job with the USPS know that now’s
    the time to start applying. While it’s not quite fall job search season
    many companies who see a spike in business during the holidays are starting
    to staff up right now.
  5. Work From Home Jobs –  From those who are embracing the gig economy, to
    stay-at-home parents that want some extra cash, the idea of working from
    home is indeed rising in popularity.

Top Job Search Regions

  1. Mississippi
  2. New Mexico
  3. Oklahoma
  4. West Virginia
  5. North Dakota
  6. Wyoming
  7. Arkansas
  8. Louisiana
  9. South Carolina
  10. Alabama
  11. North Carolina
  12. Alaska
  13. Virgnia
  14. Arizona
  15. Texas
  16. Maryland
  17. Tennessee
  18. Kentucky
  19. Kansas
  20. Nevada
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Ready for a Career Upgrade? You May Already Have the Skills

hammerIf you’re a women looking for a more profitable and fulfilling line of work, you may want to consider a career in the skilled trades. Skilled trade jobs typically pay better than child care, accounting, and administrative work—some of the jobs women tend to gravitate toward. They also offer plenty of room for career advancement and don’t require a costly, time-consuming university degree. Women in conventionally female-dominated jobs often already have the skills needed to transition to higher paying positions in traditionally male-dominated fields like welding, HVAC, and electrical work.

Choosing a Skilled Trade
Consider your existing skill set when choosing a skilled trade. Women who work as packaging and filling machine operators in manufacturing, for instance, often have good hand-arm steadiness, manual dexterity, and the control precision needed to become welders. With welding training, they could upgrade from earning about $26,000 a year to a median $39,000 annually.

 
Getting Training
Trade schools offer training in welding, electrical wiring, plumbing, pipe fitting, HVAC work, and a host of other professions. It typically takes less than a year to complete a trade school program and the average cost is $33,000; this is significantly lower than the expense of going to a 4-year college or university, which could run you $127,000.

Selecting Your Career Path
Once you know what you want to do, take a moment to consider your future career path. HVAC technicians and electricians can, for instance, climb the ladder to become managers or engineers, respectively. Alternatively, you could opt to work for the Federal Government. The U.S. Government employed over 170,000 blue-collar workers in 2013, and they not only enjoyed great job security but also generous benefits and a median annual wage of over $50,000 a year.

Yet another career path to consider is working for an employer for a number of years and then striking out on your own to become a contractor, small business owner, or entrepreneur. As Tulsa Welding School points out in the below illustration, 15 percent of HVAC mechanics, 11 percent of electricians, and 7 percent of welders are self-employed.

Skilled trade jobs have much to offer women of all ages and walks of life. If you are a young woman who is choosing a career path for the first time or already have job experience but are looking for a better line of work, take some time to consider skilled trade job options and see which one may be right for you personally.