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Poll: What Part of the Job Interview Process Do You Need Help With?

Here at Movin’ On Up, it’s our goal to help you find a job and career you’ll love. Accomplishing that means acing your interviews.

Is there any part of the interview process you’d like help with? Something you’ve always wanted to know but never had an opportunity to ask? Now’s your chance!

Let us know about any topics you’d like to hear about, and we’ll feature the most topics responses in a future blog post.

Let us know by voting in our poll!

Poll – What Are Your Career Goals for 2017?

MOV_POLL-ICONThe new year is just two days away! As you prepare for 2017, have you thought about your goals or made a list of what you’d like to accomplish? So that we can better help you reach those goals, we want to know what you’re setting your career sights on in 2017. Share your thoughts by voting in our poll!

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

A Review of Your 2016 Job Market Predictions

job_market_predictions_2015_webEach year, we ask Movin’ On Up readers to share their predictions for the job market in the coming year. With 2016 coming to a close, we want to review your answers and analyze this year’s economy.

Your Predictions
For 2016, the majority of readers (34%) answered that the market is “good enough to test the waters and see what else is out there.” The year before, readers felt the same way. In fact, take a look at just how similar the past couple of years have been:

“It’s good enough to test the waters:”

  • 2014: 35%
  • 2015: 34%

“Things are going to get worse before they get better.”

  • 2014: 27%
  • 2015: 25%

“I’m definitely getting a job offer or promotion this year.”

  • 2014: 17%
  • 2015: 18%

“I’m staying where I am. I don’t expect things to get better.”

  • 2014: 11%
  • 2015: 11%

Analyzing the Results
In November, the national unemployment rate in the U.S. was 4.6%, a decrease from 4.9% the month before. This time last year, the rate was 5%. A year before that, it was 5.8%, marking a clear trend toward lower unemployment rates. Additionally, Fung Global Retail and Technology predicted a retail sales increase of 3 to 4 % this holiday season, up from a 2.5% average over the past decade. Furthermore, the National Retail Federation expects retail sales at the end of the year to exceed $626 billion.

Given these predictions and trends, it seems as though readers’ belief may have been right that the 2016 economy would be strong enough to allow them to look for a new job.

Will next year’s results be similar? Vote in our poll and let us know how you think the 2017 job market will shape up.

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

The Results Are In: How Do You Wish Your Company Showed Appreciation?

ChartMovinFor many, the holiday season means receiving gifts at work. From cash to time off, there are multitudes of ways companies decide to show appreciation to employees. In a recent poll, we asked Movin’ On Up readers how they wish their employers, or future employers, showed appreciation this time of year, and the results are in!

Cash Still Tops the List
According to our poll, the majority of readers (27%) would most appreciate a cash bonus, followed by 16% who would appreciate a day off from work. An additional 15% reported a desire for “employee training and advancement opportunities.”

Tickets to movies or other entertainment events received 13% of the vote, followed by “a flexible parental leave plan or work from home day” with 9%. Additionally, 6% of respondents would most appreciate a massage, and 2% would welcome a rotating trophy of appreciation.

Thankfulness Matters
Again this year, the poll results indicate that employees would greatly appreciate a simple thank-you from the boss. Five percent of readers selected “an employee-wide email noting appreciation for specific employees,” and 3% selected “recognition through social media.” Participants also selected “Other” and responded with their own thoughts, including:

  • “A personal, genuine ‘thank you’ from my boss and his boss”
  • “Acknowledgement of effort”
  • “Direct compliments”
  • “Just a simple card of thanks from a supervisor”

Other submitted answers include:

  • “Fair and kind treatment”
  • “Listening to what we say”
  • “Respect”
  • “Profit sharing”
  • “Paid time off”
  • “Better insurance”
  • “Lunch together”
  • “Flexible schedule”

Comparing Last Year’s Numbers
These results don’t greatly differ from last year’s, which revealed that 29% of respondents would most appreciate a cash bonus, followed by 23% who selected pay raises, and 16% who chose days off.

Likewise, last year’s results also revealed that a simple note of appreciation would speak volumes to the workforce. In fact, we’ve seen a steady rise in the number of readers who value appreciation from their supervisors. In 2014, 31% of readers wrote that they wanted appreciation. In 2015, that number rose to 42%. This year, the number again rose to 50%.

These results reveal that some of the most powerful gifts may be the easiest and least expensive to give.

How do you wish your company showed appreciation? Share with us in the comments section below!

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

Poll: What Are Your Job Market Predictions for 2017?

MOV_POLL-ICONThe year is almost over, which means it’s time to reflect on 2016 and look forward to a new year.

Last year, we asked Movin’ On Up readers what they predict the job market will look like in 2016, and 34% believed the market would be stable enough to try for a new job, followed by 25% who thought the market would get worse before it got better. Readers who were confident they’d get a job offer in 2016 made up 18% of respondents, and 11% planned to stay where they were in their career paths.

This year, we want to know if your expectations have changed. Do you think the job market will grow, remain the same, or plummet? Do you feel the same way as our readers did last year, or did your year affect your outlook on 2017? Let us know by voting in our poll!

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

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.

Poll Results: What Job Search Obstacles Have You Overcome?

overcome_tough_job_search_webEveryone’s career path is different and often filled with unexpected twists and turns. Whether it’s a lay off or voluntary career change, it’s important to evaluate the situation and come up with a game plan for your job search.

In October, we asked our Movin’ On Up readers what job search obstacles they have overcome, and what we found was telling. Not having a network and concern about age took the top spots in our poll at 14% each. A total of 11% of respondents said they have fear/anxiety in a job search, while 10% have faced an outdated resume.

Other results include:

  • Lack of experience – 8%
  • Economy – 7%
  • Stereotyping – 7%
  • Outdated or lack of skills – 5%

In addition, 5% of readers selected “other” and cited the following reasons:

  • Low pay, no benefits
  • No college degree
  • Over qualified
  • Relocation
  • Job hopping resume
  • Lack of transportation

Make an Action Plan
After you have identified an obstacle or two that is keeping you from getting that next job, make an action plan with realistic and achievable goals. If you struggle with an outdated resume, sit down and work on one section at a time. If you don’t have a reliable form of transportation to get to job interviews, research local organizations to see if any offer assistance to job seekers.

What are some other ways that you can overcome obstacles in your job search? Let us know in the comments below!