Why Millennials aren’t Buying Homes or Having Kids

Millennials (those born in the early 1980’s through the mid-90’s) aren’t buying homes or having kids like previous generations. This information should only be a surprise to people who haven’t been paying any attention to what’s happening in the world. Millennials are just reacting to what we’ve observed and experienced.   We graduated during a Read More …

Can New Talent Save Manufacturing?

The decline of manufacturing has devastated many towns across the United States. Factories that fueled local economies and provided good job opportunities for residents have closed or moved, creating a ripple effect felt not only by laid off workers themselves but also by other area businesses and employees. However, all is not lost for manufacturing. Read More …

Top Sites for Employment Trends and Statistics

Successful career planning requires an understanding of employment trends, including which occupations are growing and which are declining.  Several great websites offer statistics on job growth, layoffs, and hiring.  A few of the best sites for tracking employment trends and statistics: Vault.com Employment Tracker Vault’s employment tracker lists significant layoffs and hires from small and Read More …

Hiring Trends for 2010 College Graduates

Update: Latest hiring trends for the Class of 2010 (from MSNBC): Dim job outlook brightens for the class of 2010. Summary: 5 % increase in hiring of 2010 graduates over 2009 graduates most in-demand majors :  accounting, business administration, computer science, engineering, and math Survey shows only 40% of graduates have offers, compared to two-thirds Read More …

OneWire.com Surveys College Career Counselors

A recent survey of college career counselors conducted by OneWire.com shows current trends at career centers. Some key findings: 67% of college career counselors expect the job market to turn around sometime in 2010, while 33% think an improvement will take longer. 69% of counselors said that campus recruiting has decreased. 91%  of respondents have Read More …

Job Numbers: What Really Matters

Job-related statistics can be misleading because there’s usually more to consider than a single number or percentage.  Plenty of numbers related to employment can be found, but many factors aren’t obvious to most job-seekers.  What matters – and what doesn’t- when it comes to employment statistics? What doesn’t matter:  job openings What really matters:  job Read More …

Should the Recession Influence Your Choice of Career?

With the constant reports of layoffs and rising unemployment, will more people choose secure occupations over more prestigious or exciting ones? I graduated high school shortly after the dot-com bust and, as a result, never considered a career in information technology.  High school and college students, as well as workers who have experienced layoffs, may Read More …