Career Options

In-Demand Jobs: Who’s Hiring?

What jobs are available, and how much do they pay?

Job searching is tough. If you’re unhappy with your current position, finding the time to look for a new one can seem impossible. And if you’re unemployed, juggling your daily responsibilities and finances with seemingly endless job applications can be even more difficult. Even clearing space to determine what the job market looks like can be a challenge.

To help out job seekers like you, Express Employment Professionals made the handy graphic below to give you an idea of who out there is hiring.

Want to boost your job search reach? We’re here to help. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. We employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. Feel free to contact your local Express office or create an express account to apply for jobs online.

In Demand Jobs

 

Should You Quit Your Full-Time Job?

Is the gig economy right for you?

Close-up of business people hands shakingWhen you’re working full-time in a position that isn’t your favorite, it can be tempting to take on a short-term contract job that pays more than what you’re currently making. The same thing applies to those who are fed up with the gig economy and want to try out full-time stability. But each type of work comes with its own set of challenges. The perfect choice for you depends on your personality and current economic situation.

In this blog, we’ll cover some of the key pros and cons of gig work (aka contract work). Tune in next month to see what we have to say about full-time work!

Contract Labor

Pros

1.       Flexibility

Contract work doesn’t lock you into a company long-term. It provides the freedom to try a company and a career on a trial basis. Maybe you find out customer service isn’t your thing, or maybe a family-owned company is too small for you. Instead of being trapped in a full-time job, you’re free to try something else as soon as your contract ends.

2.       Less Cultural Pressure

When you’re in it for the long haul, you need to forge relationships and ingrain yourself in the company culture in order to be successful. Otherwise you’ll be seen as a loner, and will most likely not progress.

Although being a contract worker does not give you the right to be apathetic or rude to co-workers, it does allow for a bit of freedom from the hustle and bustle of the office. You can limit your socialization to contacts needed to perform your job, since you won’t be there forever.

You’re also already seen as a bit of an outsider, which allows you to set yourself up as an observer. Introverted or just not into socializing? Contract work can help you gain valuable skills without the need to build a “work family.”

3.       Gain a Wide Skillset

Becoming a member of the gig economy means setting your own career goals. Decide what you want to learn on your schedule. Think of it as a continuing education—each job is like a class, where you are free to learn new and interesting skills from a wide variety of disciplines. One day you might be learning an in-demand website building program, the next how to excel in Microsoft Excel.

Cons

1.       Can Be Difficult to Set a Career Path

When you’re constantly doing contract work, there’s no prototype career path to follow. You won’t get quality of living raises or promotions. The burden is on you to figure out what your ultimate goal is, and work different jobs towards that goal.

Not setting an end goal puts you at risk of floundering from job to job, staying stagnant in your skillset. If you keep taking the same type of job and aren’t being challenged anymore, it may be time to make a change.

2.       You Might Feel Like the “Other”

As a contract worker, you may sometimes feel left out of office situations or events. This can be great if you like your space, but awkward if you’re a more social person. Usually it’s nothing personal—there may be various laws or regulations that prevent the company from letting you come on certain business trips, for example.

Other times your co-workers may not take the time to get to know you purely because they know you won’t be there very long. Again, it isn’t anything personal—you just might not be there long enough for them to get close to you.

3.       Lack of Stability

In order to have a dependable source of income, you need to be extremely vigilant when it comes to contract work. Since you don’t know in advance where your next job is coming from, you should get in touch with your contacts or recruiter about six weeks before a job ends. Otherwise there may be periods of unemployment between jobs. Meaning contract work might not be the best choice for those with families to support.

Contract work also necessitates finding your own insurance and retirement account, as those will not be offered by companies. You will also miss out on other potential company perks such as profit-sharing or paid childcare. And if you’re ever let go, there won’t necessarily (depending on the contract) be unemployment to fall back on.

So, who is gig work best for? Someone who wants to explore what’s out there without being tied down. Someone who isn’t always looking for their next raise or a chance to climb through the ranks of a company. Or even someone in the military whose spouse could move at a moment’s notice. Basically, someone who wants the flexibility to do what they want or try jobs on a trial basis at the cost of job stability.

Have any opinions on gig work? Let us know about it in the comments below!

Poll: How Do You Build Your Network Outside of Social Media?

On a planet full of tweets and status updates, how do you meet people face-to-face?

MOV_POLL-ICONWhether it’s a night on the town with friends or meeting with a monthly professional group, networking has always been part of the employment scene. When it comes to pretty much any job, “who you know” really does matter. Which makes sense, given that an employer is more likely to trust a new hire that they know personally or was referred rather than an impressive resume from an unknown applicant.

How do you keep it real in a digital world? Let us know by voting in our poll! 

Celebrating Accountants

Accounting Day_SMG_USNoSeal_FBIf you’re looking for an accounting job, you’re in luck! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting and auditing positions are expected to grow for the next seven years. With over 1.3 million accounting and auditing jobs in the workforce and another 142,400 projected jobs to open up by 2024, this is one career field to get excited about.

Not only is the job outlook on the up-and-up, a nationally recognized holiday has been established to celebrate this great career field. On May 22, make sure to give a shout out to those who spend countless hours poring over financial ledgers, creating invoices, and keeping the company’s books balanced!

If the growth in the industry isn’t enough to boost your confidence in the accounting career field, the median annual salary for an accountant is more than $67,000. That’s more than 50% higher than the annual median wage of all other workers combined. Now that’s something to celebrate! Forbes recently released the top sought after undergraduate and graduate degrees for getting hired, and you guessed it, accounting is in the top three on both lists. Within the 169 employers surveyed, 59.7% said they would hire graduates with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and 23.6% with a master’s degree in accounting.

Accountants are needed not only in the corporate world but in personal affairs as well. Are you uncertain you have what it takes to be a great accountant? Here are some character traits and skill sets you should strive to master to become indispensable to any company.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Client oriented
  • Collaborator
  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity
  • Excellent Organizational Skills
  • Flexibility
  • Time Management
  • Trustworthiness

Want to take your accounting career to the next level? Become a member of a professional organization. Not only does this show employers you are investing in yourself, but you’ll truly benefit from the continuing education opportunities typically associated with professional organizations. Networking is another reason to join. Making connections with peers and mentors within your field can provide lasting relationships that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your career.

Are you in the accounting field? Let us know your success stories or how your job search is going in the comments section below.

Kick-start Your Career After College

You’ve finally graduated; now what?

college_major_webAfter graduation, it’s a whole new ballgame. You’ve landed your first job, and it’s time to put everything you learned in college to the test. Now instead of your grade, your career is on the line. And let’s face it — launching into a career can be daunting.

But try not to forget that you’re still learning and figuring out this thing called life. Here are some tips for all you fresh grads on how to take what you learned in college and apply it to your career.

1. Set career goals

Your career dreams probably won’t happen right away. Your first job out of college doesn’t have to be your dream job — take a few years to gain experience, meet those milestones, and learn what it takes to achieve your dream career.

You don’t have to play the interview game and ask yourself where you see yourself in five years, but you should be aware of the goal you’re working toward. What career are you working toward now that college is over, and is what you’re doing now progressing toward that goal? Review courses you took towards your major and apply what you learned toward your new career.

2. Keep learning

In order to learn more about your career path, take as many opportunities to expand your knowledge as you can. Just because you aren’t being graded doesn’t mean you can stop learning. Jump on new projects, volunteer for events, and really get a feel for your company. Constantly brush up on the best ways to present yourself, and make sure you’re always prepared for the next job opportunity.

3. Avoid locking yourself into ‘traditional’ career options

You may have learned things studying for your major that are applicable to an entirely different subject matter. So don’t worry if your job after graduation isn’t in your major’s career field immediately.

You can learn a ton from your first job, and then apply that to a job you really want later.

4. Don’t compare your career path progress to to that of your friends

Everyone is different, and everyone’s path is different. Your professional network, experience, and even hopes and dreams are different from those of your friends. Especially your work friends. As a result, they’re probably going to have a different career than you. And that’s okay. Congratulate them on their success and be supportive! That’s what friends are for.

5. Get out of a job you hate

If you truly hate your job, odds are you’re not learning from it. And if you can’t learn to at least tolerate what you’re doing, you’re better off in a different position. When you hated a new class, you dropped it immediately right? Time spent hating your boss or coworkers would be better spent learning new skills. So get out there and find a job you love.

If you’re still looking for that first (or second) job, you might want to consider checking out a staffing agency. Recruiters can connect you with job opportunities tailored to your skillset. Here at Express Employment Professional, we have more than 34 years of experience placing job seekers in a variety of short- and long-term positions. Feel free to contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

Are you a new grad getting started with your career? Let us know about it in the comments below!

 

 

 

New Survey Reveals Who’s Hiring

12-9 GradsWhile shipping giants and retailers have been ramping up their holiday hiring, a survey of 282 businesses indicates the current employment market is trending up. Not only are there job options to get through the wintry months, employers anticipate hiring full time in the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter Hiring Trends
Express Employment Professionals surveyed 282 businesses about their fourth quarter hiring trends. Thirty-four percent of businesses indicated they plan to hire in the industrial sector, followed by 25% who plan to hire for skilled labor positions. Additionally, 16% of hiring managers surveyed indicated they plan on hiring for administrative and office clerical positions.

When asked if any of the new hires will come from newly created positions, employers indicated that 43% of the administrative and office clerical positions will be new jobs. Thirty-eight percent of the skilled labor positions will be newly created, while 36% of employers surveyed anticipate creating new general labor positions.

“If you’re looking for a job right now, it appears to be a good time to be looking in the industrial sector, be it general labor or skilled labor positions,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “These are encouraging results for the fourth quarter.”

The survey of 282 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in the third quarter of 2016.

Job Hunting Tips
We reached back into our vault of valuable Movin’ On Up articles concerning job hunting tips. Here are some great articles to help you get through the job search, whether it is for a holiday job or full-time job.

Have you recently landed a full-time or holiday job? Let us know in the comments section how you successfully navigated your job search.

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What it Takes?

boss_dayIf you haven’t noticed, the job market is changing. From a renewed emphasis on high-skilled jobs, like machine operators and registered nurses, to the growing number of opportunities for freelance work, there’s no doubt that the traditional path to career success has transformed.

For many, the route to achieving their dreams will be through entrepreneurship. The question for anyone considering making the jump to being a business owner is simple: Do I have what it takes?

Knowledge
Starting a business from the ground up is difficult enough, but if you don’t have knowledge about the product, service, or industry that you are getting into, the odds are increasingly against you. One of the wisest investments to make during the initial stages of entrepreneurship is growing your knowledge of the venture you’re about to undertake.

Whether that is learning more about the process of starting a small business, including loans and any licenses needed, or discovering how franchising works, having a solid foundation of information is fundamental to your success.

Do you understand everything there is to know about the product you’d like to sell or the problem you’d like to solve? If not, it’s probably not the right time to invest the energy and money needed to become an entrepreneur.

Passion
No matter the business you want to begin, you’re going to need an almost reckless desire to make it happen. With purpose and a passion to succeed, you’ll be able to overcome the various obstacles and trials that will come your way. Without that desire, the road to entrepreneurial success will be a dead end and leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth and a sense of failure.

There may be people in your life, even close family and friends, who think you’re crazy for taking this leap into the unknown. But, if you begin the journey with an unrelenting desire to see your idea through to the end, there’s no one who can stop you from achieving your dream.

One surprising reason the most successful entrepreneurs have a genuine passion for what they do: failure.

No matter the industry or the time period, from Henry Ford to Colonel Sanders to Soichiro Honda to Richard Branson to Oprah Winfrey to Elon Musk, the passion-filled pursuit of success through the adversity of failure has led the world’s greatest entrepreneurs to their accomplishments.

Support
Finally, one of the most common denominators among entrepreneurs who have what it takes is a support system. This group of people and the organizations that surround you during the entrepreneurial process play a vital role in both your short and long-term success.

Whether it’s a spouse who puts their trust in you, a friend who invests money in your venture, or a mentor who has been through this already, each are an important member of your support team. Not only are they needed to help you get through the challenges of starting your own business, but the saying really is true, ”Victories taste much sweeter when they are experienced with others.”

Find out if you’re ready to become an entrepreneur and which path is right for you. Check out this quiz from the Express Franchising blog.

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Are you currently an entrepreneur? Let us know in the comments section below.

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