Archive for May, 2016

Unusual requests for Tampa jobs

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Bosses are known to ask some unusual things of their employees, but some bosses at Tampa jobs made some really bizarre requests, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to the survey, 62 percent of employees grade their bosses’ performance as either an “A” or “B.” More than 1 in 5 employees (22 percent) would assign a grade of “C.” While 10 percent grade their boss with a “D,” and 6 percent say their boss failed – earning an “F.”

About 32 percent gave their bosses an “A” and 35 percent gave a grade of “B.” While workers in the Northeast were more critical of their bosses – 23 percent graded their boss with an “A” and 34 percent said their boss deserved a “B.”

Thirty percent of workers in the West say they interact with their boss only once per week or less in person. This is 3 percentage points higher than the South (27 percent), 7 percentage points higher than the Midwest (23 percent), and 6 percentage points higher than the Northeast (24 percent).

Workers look for a positive working relationship with their boss, and a bad experience can have an employee running for the hills. Almost 2 in 5 workers (38 percent) said they have left a job due to their manager.

A bad experience can also come from a manager that asks more than is required from his or her employees. More than 1 in 5 workers (21 percent) said their boss has asked them to do things that are not related to their job.

Some of the more unusual requests that employees mentioned include:

  • Asked employee NOT to help his ex-wife move
  • Asked employee to take her grandmother to the doctor
  • Asked employee to feed the birds in his backyard
  • Asked employee to get a dead raccoon out of his truck
  • Asked employee to breakup with his girlfriend for him
  • Asked employee to taste a dog treat
  • Asked employee to take his cell phone to get serviced after he dropped it in the toilet
  • Asked employee to help organize her high school reunion
  • Asked employee to help cut her out of her pants
  • Asked employee to shave his back

College majors can help students get engineering jobs in Tampa

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Favorable college majors can help students get engineering jobs in Tampa, according to a recent study from Careerbuilder.

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 67 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 65 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. More than a third (37 percent) plan to offer recent college graduates higher pay than last year, and 27 percent of employers hiring recent college graduates this year will pay a starting salary of $50,000 or more.

While prospects appear better, some employers are concerned that new college grads may not be ready for the real world. Twenty-four percent do not feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations, an increase from 21 percent last year. When asked where academic institutions fall short, these employers cited the following concerns:

  • Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real-world learning: 47 percent
  • I need workers with a blend of technical skills and those skills gained from liberal arts: 39 percent
  • Entry-level roles within my organization are more complex today: 25 percent
  • Not enough focus on internships: 13 percent
  • Technology is changing too quickly for an academic environment to keep up: 13 percent
  • Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs: 11 percent

When asked to name which skills they think recent college graduates lack for the workplace, most of these employers cited interpersonal or people (52 percent) or problem-solving skills (48 percent). Other skills these employers stated include:

  • Leadership: 42 percent
  • Teamwork: 39 percent
  • Written communication: 37 percent
  • Oral communication: 37 percent
  • Creative thinking: 35 percent
  • Project management: 27 percent
  • Research and analysis: 17 percent
  • Math: 15 percent
  • Computer and technical: 14 percent

Demand for students with business and technical majors continues to be high among employers with employers stating the following majors are the most in-demand at their firms:

  • Business – 35 percent
  • Computer and Information Sciences – 23 percent
  • Engineering – 18 percent
  • Math and Statistics – 15 percent
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 14 percent
  • Communications Technologies – 11 percent
  • Engineering Technologies – 11 percent
  • Communication and Journalism – 8 percent
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 7 percent
  • Science Technologies – 7 percent
  • Social Sciences – 6 percent
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 6 percent
  • Architecture and Planning – 6 percent
  • Education – 5 percent

Education jobs in Tampa added

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

New employment statistics show that education jobs in Tampa have been added.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March 2016, down 0.1 percentage point from the revised February 2016 rate of 5.0 percent, and down 0.7 percentage point from 5.6 percent a year ago. There were 478,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,809,000.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in March. Florida’s unemployment rate has been less than or equal to the national rate for 25 of the last 40 months.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,248,800 in March 2016, an increase of 3,000 jobs (less than +0.1 percent) over the month.

Compared to March a year ago, the number of jobs in the state was up by 234,300, an increase of 2.9 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs was up 2.0 percent over the year. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,248,800 in March 2016, up 234,300 jobs compared to a year ago. March 2016 was the 68th consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+47,200 jobs, +3.9 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included education and health services (+41,600 jobs, +3.5 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+39,900 jobs, +2.4 percent); leisure and hospitality (+36,900 jobs, +3.3 percent); construction (+27,500 jobs, +6.5 percent); financial activities (+18,300 jobs, +3.5 percent); total government (+9,000 jobs, +0.8 percent); other services (+7,700 jobs, +2.3 percent); and manufacturing (+7,100 jobs, +2.1 percent).

All twenty-four metro areas in the state had over-the-year job gains in March 2016. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+49,200 jobs, +4.3 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+41,800 jobs, +3.4 percent), and Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach (+27,300 jobs, +3.4 percent).

Math jobs in Tampa

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Students are taking a good look at what degrees they should claim to take on math jobs on Tampa.

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 67 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 65 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. More than a third (37 percent) plan to offer recent college graduates higher pay than last year, and 27 percent of employers hiring recent college graduates this year will pay a starting salary of $50,000 or more.

Demand for students with business and technical majors continues to be high among employers with employers stating the following majors are the most in-demand at their firms:

  • Business – 35 percent
  • Computer and Information Sciences – 23 percent
  • Engineering – 18 percent
  • Math and Statistics – 15 percent
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 14 percent
  • Communications Technologies – 11 percent
  • Engineering Technologies – 11 percent
  • Communication and Journalism – 8 percent
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 7 percent
  • Science Technologies – 7 percent
  • Social Sciences – 6 percent
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 6 percent
  • Architecture and Planning – 6 percent
  • Education – 5 percent

Information technology (27 percent) and customer service jobs (26 percent) top the list of position types for which employers hiring recent college grads are recruiting. Opportunities also abound in finance/accounting (19 percent), business development (19 percent) and sales (17 percent).

 

When it comes to pay, more than a third of employers who plan to hire recent college graduates this year (37 percent) will offer higher starting salaries than they did last year. Fifty-three percent expect no change in salary offers, and 11 percent expect a decrease in starting salaries.

More than half of these employers (52 percent) say they will make offers to students before they graduate. Expected starting salaries for recent graduates break down as follows:

  • Under $30,000: 25 percent
  • $30,000 to less than $40,000: 28 percent
  • $40,000 to less than $50,000: 20 percent
  • $50,000 and higher: 27 percent

These numbers are subject to change: The majority of employers (67 percent) say they are willing to negotiate salary offers when extending a job offer to a recent college graduate.