There are 6.2 million unfilled job openings in America, which is up from 5.6 million in 2016. Companies can’t find workers that have the skills they need to hire for – in fact 45% of small businesses were unable to find qualified candidates to fill a job opening last year. And, 60% of all employers have job openings that stay vacant for a year or more! It’s especially prevalent in the trades, ranked as the #1 most difficult of jobs to fill for over 5 years now.
Did you ever have the chance to watch your grandfather give himself a shave? It seemed like a ceremonious event back then – they really knew how to make it into an art. Thankfully, some of the traditional methods of shaving are making a comeback. And if you want to look and feel particularly splendid for your next interview or meeting, a proper shave just might be the trick.
Here at Madden, we notice that when craftsmen are really out hustling on a job search, there can be a lot of options that suddenly open at once. This is actually a great scenario, because when you have more options, you have more opportunities to pick from. If you only have one option, then you might commit to something that isn’t ideal. This is more likely to occur when you focus on the methodical steps in a plan to get somewhere, rather than focusing on giving yourself more options in pursuit of their goal. As you’re in search of your new job, here are some ways that you can give yourself more options, and position yourself to have your pick from more than one opportunity:
It’s getting more difficult to hire quality craftsmen because of the smaller pool of workers in our field. So, if you want to keep a high level of craftsmanship in your work product, you may have to start hiring promising younger candidates and train them yourself! Here are some things you can do to build a new training system: READ ARTICLE “How to Overcome the Labor Shortage with a Training Program”
If you haven’t embraced green building, you’re limiting your job prospects. Green construction is no longer a fringe movement for Prius-driving environmentalists. Corporate clients are embracing green building as a means of cutting energy costs, meeting new government regulations and presenting a social conscious to their clients. Residential customers are turning to green products to reduce their energy costs, improve their homes’ efficiency and benefit from the growing number of federal and state tax incentives.
Are you prepared for green building? Whether you’re experienced with green construction standards or not, becoming familiar with these four sustainability trends will increase your marketability.
Over the next decade, American manufacturers are expected to have nearly three million job openings. Unfortunately, chances are your school’s guidance counselor or career advisor never talked to you about those opportunities. There are couple of reasons for this. First, in the early part of this century manufacturing jobs in the U.S. took a big hit. Many jobs were being moved overseas, where labor is cheaper. And then the recession hit, and every industry suffered. On top of that, most young Americans aren’t looking for manufacturing jobs.
You’ve heard plenty of gimmicks for getting your resume noticed: insist on handing it directly to the boss, use brightly colored paper, send a box of chocolates…and a million other tactics that not only don’t work, but will probably get your resume thrown in the trash.
The fact is, gimmicks don’t work, because recruiters get paid to find the best applicants, not the most obnoxious. When it comes to making sure your resume stands out from the crowd, it’s all about saying the right things in the right way.