Monthly Archives: July 2016

Find Friendly of Job Market

The job market is looking up for new and soon-to-be college graduates. The hiring of recent college grads is projected to increase by 23 percent over the next year, according to the annual Michigan State University recruiting trends survey.

The market should be especially fruitful for new two-year-degree and MBA graduates. The hiring of associate-degree graduates is expected to increase by 37 percent, and the hiring of graduates with a master’s degree in business administration is projected to increase by 40 percent. The hiring of new grads with a bachelor’s degree is expected to increase by 19 percent, and a 12-percent increase is projected for those with a doctorate degree.

“Our report shows that the hiring of college graduates has been moving at warp speed for the past two years,” Gardner said in a statement. “And signs in the early fall of 2016 point again to another explosive year of hiring.”

In all, the employers surveyed are planning to hire more than 107,000 new graduates over the next year, and 70 percent of those hires are expected to be candidates with a bachelor’s degree.

Two factors driving the hiring surge are company growth and employee turnover. The study revealed that 70 percent of employers point to growth as the most important reason for hiring. The industries experiencing the most growth include hospitality and food services; arts and entertainment; finance; real estate and leasing; transportation; and retail and wholesale trade.

Additionally, 57 percent of those surveyed said employee turnover is a major factor in their hiring plans. The industries experiencing large turnover include education; government; health services; nonprofits; hospitality and food services; real estate and leasing; and utilities.

This year’s college grads are likely to be compensated more than recent graduates were in previous years. The study found that starting salaries are expected to increase by more than 4 percent from last year.

“This year’s increase in starting salaries is the first sign that salaries are rising at a fast pace,” the study’s authors wrote.

The average starting salary, which varies by industry, is projected to range from $39,346 for businesses with fewer than 100 employees to $50,667 for organizations with more than 10,000 employees.

The study was based on data from 4,350 employers of all sizes and from all major industries, including education, finance, manufacturing, nonprofits, health care, social services, and professional, business and scientific services. All 50 states and several territories and neighboring countries are represented in the report.

Great Websites For Business Tips

As the “gig economy” continues to flourish, more and more professionals have been taking their talents on the road and finding freelance or contract-based gigs with a wide variety of companies.

The plethora of job-listing websites and social networks out there has made it easier than ever to track down freelance gigs. But where should you begin? Whether you’re looking to make some extra income or want to become a full-time freelancer, here are 14 sites that can connect you with great work opportunities.

1. Aquent

Digital creative and marketing professionals can find work around the globe through Aquent staffing agency. You can choose from remote or on-site opportunities, and even look for contract-to-hire positions. The company also offers practical skills training through its free online courses, which can give freelancers a significant edge in the marketplace.

2. College Recruiter

Most college students could use more cash — and what better way to earn it than freelancing while at school? College Recruiter allows students and recent graduates to search for part-time work or a possible career in various industries.

3. The Creative Group

A division of staffing services firm Robert Half, The Creative Group specializes in job placement for professionals in creative fields like marketing, art, graphic design, copywriting, photography and more. While the listings include some contract-to-hire and full-time positions, you can use the “freelance” filter to narrow your search.

4. Croogster

On Croogster, freelancers and the people who want to hire them can find exactly what they need. Anyone offering a service (writing, designing, app development, marketing, etc.) can list their “product” — what they do, how much it costs and the anticipated turnaround time — and clients can purchase the service through a buy button, as they would on an e-commerce platform. Prospective clients can also post specific projects that freelancers can respond to if they’re interested. Though the company is based in India, Croogster is currently developing its presence in the U.S. and U.K. markets.

Great Jobs for the Future

There are a lot of different factors that can affect trends in the job market. Modern technology and the internet have rendered certain professions, like that of a travel agent, nearly obsolete, but have simultaneously introduced entirely new occupations, like app developer. Similarly, advances in medicine and longer life expectancies mean that the senior care industry is booming.

If you’re looking for a new job, or trying to decide what to get an education in, here are the top 10 fields that are expected to grow between now and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Also known as windtechs, wind turbine service technicians install, maintain and repair wind turbines. This position is expected to grow much faster than average (108 percent) in the coming decade, because the field of wind electricity generation is expected to see tremendous growth. Technicians learn their trade by attending technical school and through on-the-job training.

Occupational Therapy (aides and assistants)

Job growth for occupational therapy aides and assistants is projected to increase 40 percent between now and 2024. People who work in this field help patients who are recuperating from physical or mental illness, and it is expected to continue to be an important part of rehabilitation treatment. Assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program, while aides usually have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Physical Therapy (therapists, aides and assistants)

Working under the supervision of physical therapists, assistants and aides help patients recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited program, while aides have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training. These positions are expected to grow 40 percent, and are expected to keep growing as a result of an aging population. Physical therapy positions are expected to grow 34 percent, and those entering the field must obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides work with people with disabilities, chronic illness or cognitive impairment and help them with the activities of daily living. There is no formal education requirement for these aides, but most have at least a high school diploma. However, aides who are working in certified agencies must have formal training and pass a standardized test. This position is expected to grow 38 percent as the baby-boom population ages, increasing the number of elderly individuals in the general population.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty health care, but the scope of practice varies from state to state. They must earn at least a master’s degree, be licensed in their state and pass a national certification exam. This position is expected to grow 31 percent for the same reason as the other medical fields on this list: an aging population whose members are living longer, more active lives than people have in previous generations.