Archive for January, 2015

Don’t make these mistakes when looking for Tampa jobs

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Careerbuilder has just released some of the top mistakes job seekers make when seeking Tampa jobs, or other jobs around the nation.

Among more than 2,100 hiring and human resource managers, 49 percent of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position. By minute 15, that number reaches 90 percent.

When asked to share the biggest mistakes or most unusual things job candidates have made during the interview process, employers and hiring managers recalled the following true life tales:

•The candidate brought about 50 ink pens to the interview and proceeded to spread them out on the table.
•The candidate kept fidgeting and repositioning his duffel bag, which turned out to have a dog inside.
•After introducing himself by name, the candidate said, “But you can call me Tigger! That is the nickname I gave myself.”
•In answer to a question about diversity, the candidate used the term “off the boat.”
•The candidate asked if he could offer religious advice to the employees.
•The candidate asked if his wife, who worked at the company for which he was interviewing, was cheating on him.
•The candidate asked how much money everyone else makes.
•The candidate gave the reason for leaving the previous position as “kicking someone’s butt that really needed it.”
•The candidate sat in a yoga pose during the interview.
•The candidate tried to Google the answer to a question.

Facial expressions, posture and other physical behaviors can reveal more about job seekers than the words they use. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make, hiring managers named the following:

1. Failing to make eye contact: 65 percent

2. Failing to smile: 36 percent

3. Playing with something on the table: 33 percent

4. Having bad posture: 30 percent

5. Fidgeting too much in their seat: 29 percent

6. Crossing their arms over their chest: 26 percent

7. Playing with their hair or touching their face: 25 percent

8. Having a weak handshake: 22 percent

9. Using too many hand gestures: 11 percent

10. Having a handshake that is too strong: 7 percent

Did online jobs in Tampa fall?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

It may appear that the number of online jobs in Tampa fell in December, according to the Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine.

The November Supply/Demand rate stands at 1.73 unemployed for each advertised vacancy with a total of 3.9 million more unemployed workers than the number of advertised vacancies. The number of unemployed was 9.1 million in November.

The sustained high level of employer labor demand has helped reduce the number of unemployed with the U.S. Supply/Demand rate falling from a recession high of 5.2 in 2009 (over 5 unemployed for each available ad) to the current level of 1.7. During 2014, the Supply/Demand rate fell by over 20 percent as demand continued to increase and unemployment continued to fall.

The Supply/Demand rates for most major occupational groups are now also about at pre-recession levels with the rates for Professional occupations now averaging 0.66 and Services/Production occupations averaging 2.33.

The West experienced the largest decrease, -28,600 in December. California experienced by far the largest decrease, -17,800, to 575,500. Washington dropped 5,500 to 128,400. Colorado fell 3,900 to 130,400. Arizona gained 2,500 to 102,100 (Table A). Among the smaller States in the West, Hawaii fell 3,700 to 18,300, Utah dropped 1,600 to 59,900, and Nevada slipped 300 to 48,300. Alaska rose 600 to 18,200, Idaho gained 300 to 28,300, and New Mexico inched up 100 to 31,500 (Table 3).

The Northeast dropped 22,800. New York experienced the largest drop, -8,100, to 300,200. Massachusetts fell 3,300 to 154,600, New Jersey dropped 1,500 to 144,900, and Pennsylvania slipped 800 to 210,100. In the smaller States, New Hampshire fell 2,800 to 27,500, Connecticut decreased 1,600 to 70,900, Maine fell 800 to 29,200, and Vermont dropped 100 to 13,500. Rhode Island gained 500 to 20,700.

Many people with Tampa jobs satisfied with colleagues

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

According to a recent survey from Monster, employees with Tampa jobs, among other locations, are generally satisfied with their work peers.

According to the survey data, U.S. wages in small firms (<10 employees) are typically just about $14 per hour, while U.S. wages in larger firms (5,000+ employees) are double that of a small firm, $30 an hour. Employees across the board are still relatively dissatisfied with how much they make. In the U.S., more than 65% of employees are not satisfied with their pay. Despite the unhappiness with wages, the majority of employees in the U.S. (77.6%) are relatively satisfied with the work relationships they have with their colleagues, showing interpersonal interaction may trump wages. The study revealed that Germany finds the greatest satisfaction across both of these categories despite the study noting that Germany boasts wages that are rather similar to those in the U.S. Over half (56.4%) of German respondents are satisfied with their pay and more than 8 out of 10 respondents (81.4%) are satisfied with their working relationships with colleagues. “Today we see a rapidly shifting, dynamic labor market, with pockets of tight demand and others of tight supply. This has made keeping current employees a priority for many employers, so while making room in budgets for pay increases isn’t always an option, there are other things that employers can do to keep employees happy and motivated to work hard,” said Joanie Courtney, Senior Vice President, Market Development at Monster. “Fostering a collaborative and comfortable work environment and encouraging office activities is a great way to keep morale high in the office. In addition, rewarding employees with an extra vacation day when they’re doing great work is another way to show appreciation.” “The survey indicates that in the U.S., workers are significantly more satisfied with their work relationships with colleagues than with their wages,” said Martin Kahanec, Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program and scientific director at Central European Labour Studies Institute. “This demonstrates that there are other factors besides wages that motivate U.S. employees to work hard and remain loyal to their colleagues and company.”

Tampa jobs abound in third most populous state

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Florida has just become the third most populous state, which could lead to plenty more Tampa jobs.

Florida added an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014.

Florida passed New York to become the nation’s third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates .

Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million.

Six states lost population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014: Illinois (9,972 or -0.08 percent), West Virginia (3,269 or -0.18 percent), Connecticut (2,664 or -0.07 percent), New Mexico (1,323 or -0.06 percent, Alaska (527 or -0.07 percent) and Vermont (293 or -0.05 percent).

North Dakota was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent, followed by the 1.7 percent growth in Nevada and Texas. Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West with the exception of North Dakota.

The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities. These statistics use administrative data to estimate population change between census years, using the decennial census count as a starting point. Local governments use estimates to locate services, and estimates are used by the private sector to locate businesses.