Saturday, July 24, 2010

Where to Find a Job

The unemployment rate has dropped to 9.5% which indicates that 14.6 million Americans are still out of work. In some cases those who previously worked one job now have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet if they want to survive in this economy.

Others are sitting back waiting for a job to magically appear or are in denial believing that they will be able make the salary they previously did or close too it. Still others have lived above their means – bought overpriced home, luxury cars, and lived the fairy tale lifestyle they dreamed of and are now paying the price.

Americans who have always lived below their means do not feel the effects of the recession as much others but are aware that wanting certain luxuries in life comes with a price - unless you are wealthy which is defined as being able to live comfortably for at least five years without working.

According to a Manpower survey more employers plan to increase hiring efforts starting in July 2010. The areas that have the most promising job opportunities are: Washington DC, Greenville, SC and San Antonio TX. Other areas that have promising job opportunities are: Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Troy, NY; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, Madison, WI; Wyoming, Grand Rapids, MI; Houston, El Paso, Baytown, TX; Carlisle, Harrisburg, Wilkes, Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington, PA; West Des Moines, Des Moines, IA; Baton Rouge, LA; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; Salt Lake City, UT; Raleigh, NC; Alexandria, Arlington, VA and West Virginia.
Detroit Michigan which was hit hard by the auto industry failure and Las Vegas, Nevada have the least promising job opportunities.

According to the Conference Board, in May, Washington DC was the only area where the number of job vacancies was greater than the number of unemployed residents. The management consulting firm Accenture plans to hire 7,000 people in the U.S. and an additional 43,000 worldwide by August 31, 2010.

To improve your chance of getting hired: do research on the company, ask questions at the interview, take training classes or get a college degree. The job market is much more competitive now and you will have to do more than just have good interview skills to get hired.

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