Archive for August, 2018

Do people with Jacksonville jobs make mistakes on their resume?

Monday, August 27th, 2018

A recent survey from Careerbuilder takes a look at resume mistakes for Jacksonville jobs, among other locations.

Employers are feeling the heat of the tight labor market as they struggle to find qualified candidates to fill their open jobs. While job seekers are getting their attention, it’s often for the wrong reasons. The CareerBuilder survey found that among human resource managers, who are typically the ones who determine which applicants get in front of the actual hiring managers, 75 percent have caught a lie on a resume.

The pressure to make a good first impression quickly is high, as 39 percent of hiring managers said they spend less than a minute looking at a resume and 23 percent spend less than 30 seconds. In their effort to get noticed, however, some candidates are making critical blunders. The HR managers surveyed shared their most notable and cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on actual resumes:

  • A 22-year-old applicant claimed three different degrees.
  • An applicant listed 40 different jobs in one year.
  • An applicant thought they attached a resume to an email but instead sent their full credit application for an apartment.
  • An applicant applied for a job for which they were vastly unqualified (e.g. grocery store shelf-stocker applying for a physician position).
  • An applicant referred to having “as many marriages as jobs.”
  • An applicant listed out their extensive arrest history.
  • An applicant’s resume had a different font type for every sentence.
  • An applicant stated at the bottom of their resume that they do not like babies or puppies.
  • An applicant’s resume was only one sentence.
  • An applicant had the same employment dates for every job listed.

You’re Not Hired
An implausible resume is not the only obstacle preventing job seekers from getting interviews and job offers. Hiring managers identified the seven most common resume mistakes job seekers make that are instant deal breakers:

  • Typos or bad grammar: 77 percent
  • Unprofessional email address: 35 percent
  • Resume without quantifiable results: 34 percent
  • Resume with long paragraphs of text: 25 percent
  • Resume is generic, not customized to company: 18 percent
  • Resume is more than two pages: 17 percent
  • No cover letter with resume: 10 percent

Did CEO jobs in Jacksonville decrease?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

New data may show that CEO jobs in Jacksonville declined.

The number of chief executive officers leaving their posts reached 90 in June, virtually unchanged from the 91 who did so in May. June’s total rounds out the quarter at 290 CEO exits, up 9 percent from the same quarter last year, according to a report by global outplacement consultancy and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

June’s total is 5 percent lower than the 95 CEOs who left their posts in the same month last year. The quarterly total is 15 percent lower than the 341 CEOs who left their posts in the first quarter of this year.

So far this year, 631 CEOs have left their posts, up 11 percent from the 567 who left their posts through the first six months of last year.

Computer companies announced 78 exits so far this year, 90 percent more than the 41 CEOs who left their posts through June 2017.

Through June, 10 percent of CEOs found new positions in other companies or left to pursue other interests.

Meanwhile, Health Care/Products firms have announced 66 CEO exits in 2018, and Financial companies reported 59 through the year.

The Government/Non-Profit sector leads all industries in departures this year with 118, 55 percent more than the 76 CEOs who left in this sector last year.

Teen summer jobs in Jacksonville grow

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

The number of teen summer jobs in Jacksonville are growing, according to recent labor statistics from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Teen hiring in July rose 62 percent from the 190,000 jobs added in the same month last year, as 307,000 workers aged 16 to 19 found employment, according to analysis of non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

This summer saw 1,388,000 jobs gained by teens, 7.8 percent higher than the 1,288,000 jobs gained by teenagers last summer. It is the highest number of teen jobs gained since 2012, when 1,397,000 jobs were added.

The teen job market is far from the highs of the late 90s. After the dot-com bust at the turn of the century, teen employment fell below 2,000,000 jobs added and never recovered. In 2000, with a 52 percent participation rate, teen summer hiring dropped 25 percent from the previous year, from over 2,000,000 jobs added to just over 1,500,000. Last year, the teen participation rate averaged 35 percent for the year, with nearly 1,300,000 jobs added.

“Some retailers announced they were beginning to hire for the holiday season early, a boon to teen workers who want employment,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“While the participation rate among teenagers has averaged under 40 percent per year since the recession years, teens can certainly benefit from the tight labor market, especially as employers struggle to fill positions,” he added.

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville grow?

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

The newest labor data shows that manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville may be climbing.

Employment increased by 157,000 in July, compared with an average monthly gain of 203,000 over the prior 12 months.

In July, job gains occurred in professional and business services, in manufacturing, and in health care and social assistance.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 51,000 in July and has risen by 518,000 over the year. Over the month, employment edged up in temporary help services (+28,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+8,000). Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component.

Employment rose in transportation equipment (+13,000), machinery (+6,000), and electronic instruments (+2,000). Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 327,000 jobs.

In July, employment in health care and social assistance rose by 34,000. Health care employment continued to trend up over the month (+17,000) and has increased by 286,000 over the year. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month. Within social assistance, individual and family services added 16,000 jobs in July and 77,000 jobs over the year. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up over the month (+26,000).

Over the year, the industry has added 203,000 jobs. Construction employment continued to trend up in July (+19,000) and has increased by 308,000 over the year.

In July, employment in retail trade changed little (+7,000). Job gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+14,000), clothing and clothing accessories stores (+10,000), and food and beverage stores (+8,000).

These employment gains were offset by a decline of 32,000 in sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores, reflecting job losses in hobby, toy, and game stores.

Employment showed little or no change over the month in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government.