Getting More Commitment from Temporary Staff

Temporary workers on assignment at your company…leave. After all, it’s right in their description: they are “temporary.” So why should they even expect any type of commitment from you? And why should you expect any commitment from  them?

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Excellent questions! But here are better ones: why shouldn’t you provide them more commitment (albeit temporarily). Why shouldn’t they be more committed to you?

Sometimes referred to as “external workers,” many HR professionals believe it’s critical to “align” external workers to a business’ goals. In addition, according to a recent survey by the Society of Human Resourcees Professionals (SHRM) and SAP SuccessFactors, even more HR pros think that engaging temporary workers would have a terrific and positive effect on their organizations.

They are, of course, right.

That said, here are some strategies and attitudes your company can try to get more commitment from your temporary workforce (without entering the bugaboo of co-employment).

  • Offer training.

Yes, they’ll leave with the new skills or education without “paying” for it and you will lose the benefit of their new abilities going forward, but providing such a great perk can make you an employer of choice in your region’s temporary marketplace. Word does get around, after all, and you soon enough could see temporaries eager to take on assignments at your company, rather than your competitors’.

After all, in a Los Angeles/Orange County region where temporary workers are willing to drive long distances in order to receive a higher minimum wage, becoming the company that helps them learn new skills could come to be a game changer for you when it comes to attracting top temporary talent.

  • Respect – really respect – temporary workers’ contributions.

Your company says it wants an engaged workforce, but are you walking your talk? If you consider external workers as “just temps,” you’re effectively saying they are second-class in your eyes.

And don’t think your temporary team members don’t notice: they definitely see when they’re excluded from the pizza party, when they don’t get the free movie passes after their department exceeds goals for the month, and so on. They may “say” they understand. But, really? Really!!?

  • From a “self interest” standpoint: many temporary workers work with the public….

…don’t you want them to come across as proud of their place of employment, invested in providing terrific customer service, etc.? Do you really want to run the risk of one of your external staff having no problem saying “I’m a temp and I can’t help you with this”?

How much better would it be your temporary team members were equally as invested in the customer experience as your regular employees? And how difficult would it be – truly – to help them become as invested in your success?

Are you going to have to be careful regarding co-employment issues? Of course! But that’s where Helpmates comes in: we will work with you and our temporary staff members to keep them invested in your company while helping you avoid less-than-obvious co-employment complications. Contact the Helpmates’ location nearest you for more information.

If You Don’t Know Where You Want to Go in Your Career, How Can You Get There?

If you don’t know where you want to go, going anywhere will do, right?

But do you really want to “go anywhere” when it comes to something as important as your career?

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We know of a truly and genuinely nice man, nearing retirement, who has worked in the cut-throat, exceedingly stressful financial services industry most of his working life. He has made an extremely good living for his family and his wife is quite grateful that his career has made it easy for her to be a stay-at-home mom. But he hasn’t been exactly…..happy in his career.

How did he get into this miserable-yet-lucrative career? He says he pretty much fell into it. He’d wanted to be a journalist in college but he graduated in the midst of the 1980 recession and journalism jobs were hard to find and didn’t pay well, so he took a gig in a bank. And then another position in a financial services firm. Then he got his MBA. Then he got married. Then he started making some serious money. Then they had children and the couple decided she would stay home. More money. More expenses (his children are lucky – and know it – because he and his wife paid for their children’s private-college tuition). And so on. And here he is today, literally counting the days until his retirement.

“If only I’d thought beyond taking that second job because it ‘paid more,’” he says.

Don’t let that happen to you.

No matter where you are in your career – graduating college or high school this spring, a year or two on this side of graduation, five years out, in mid-career, and so on – thinking about where you want to go helps you actually get there.

Yet, unlike the man described above, having a vague “I want to go into this and that” won’t get you far. After all, what if it’s not easy to find jobs in the field you’ve chosen (journalism jobs aren’t exactly plentiful today, either)? What if you meet up with roadblocks? What if you need to postpone the career for a bit and take another job until you find one you want? What if you find you don’t like where you’re headed?

What’s your Plan B? And Plan C? And so on.

But don’t worry, it’s not that you need to map it out completely.

After all, most of us have no idea what will make us happy in the future: we have an “idea,” but we don’t test it out. We think we’ll enjoy being an actress but – oops! – we never thought beyond actually being in a play or movie and forgot how awful it is to actually audition again and again and again and hear no so many times our head explodes from the rejection.

So while you don’t need a step-by-step plan, be careful. Take time to sit with yourself and be brutally honest. You want to help troubled children, but you also love to travel to Europe. Perhaps working as social worker – with its low salary – isn’t for you.

Conversely, let’s say you know exactly what type of career you want and you’ve thought it over carefully, talked to people who work in it, perhaps interned or volunteered within and it feels just right.

Now ask yourself, where do want to be within it in five years? Will you need more education or skills training? Do you want to go into a leadership or management role? How do you know if you’ll be a good fit? What will you do to find out?

And so on.

In other words, don’t wing it: have a plan, yet keep it flexible. Do so, and you have a greater chance of finding work that suits you as well as a career that unfolds as you want it to.

If you’re not quite sure if a field of work is the one for you, experiment with it via temporary assignments with Helpmates. Contact the branch office nearest you and let us know what you’re looking for. If we can help you “try a career” or job, we’ll be happy to do so.

 

So You Trashed Your Career When Young

Let’s say you were – like all of us – young and foolish. Let’s also say that you were so foolish that you trashed your career in some way:

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  • You told your boss you were sick so that you could take the day off to see a ball game, but who should you see at the game but your boss (who took real PTO) and she fires you on the spot.
  • Or you weren’t “foolish” per se: bad things do happen to good people: you went through a nasty divorce and couldn’t function well at work and got fired, for example.
  • Or you took a youthful chance and cashed in all your retirement savings at age 29 to start the company you told yourself you always would before you were 30….and it failed, leaving you with pretty much nothing and a big gap in your work history.

Things, in other words, happened, and you need to pick up the pieces and put the trashed part of your job history behind you.

Here’s how to do so. Take a look below.

  • When you have pretty much nothing but bad job references.

If you were fired for cause (as in the first trashed-career example, above), or if you’ve left jobs too soon, too often, and/or before they could fire you, you probably have few if any good references. You’re going to need decent former-employer references to land a decent job. What to do?

You’ll need to both ‘fess up and find different references.

If applying for a job that requires references as part of the application process, be ready. You should talk to friends who know you to be of good character who can speak of that good character. List them as references.

Once in the interview, the hiring manager or recruiter undoubtedly will ask for some on-the-job references. Here’s where you tell the truth and you make it totally your fault. Tell the interviewer you were young, you were foolish, you were cocky, you made some doozy mistakes. Tell the interview how you “paid” for those mistakes (fired, demoted, had to take lower and lower paying jobs always quitting jobs, and so on).

Then be sure to tell the interviewer what you learned from these mistakes and how they’ve actually helped you: you’ve matured, you’ve seen how being arrogant before proving oneself (even AFTER proving oneself) is never a good thing, and so on.

Then offer references at former employers who can speak well of you.

You can bet that the company will try to speak to your former manager, so having backup references of former colleagues who can sing your praises will be a big help.

  • When your life blew up, you didn’t handle the stress well and your boss ended up letting you go.

Very similar to above: tell the interviewer you were young, your personal circumstances took a turn for the worse, you didn’t handle it well, and you’ve paid the price. Let the interviewer know what and how you’ve learned from the experience, and so on. Keep those reference of non-former-boss people who speak well of you handy.

  • When you took a big risk that didn’t pan out.

This is where you explain your lack of current job references and the gap in your history to as the fact that you took a risk to follow a dream. Most hiring managers understand the impatience of youth and will cut you some slack for following a dream that you probably didn’t plan well enough for. Take full responsibility for the disaster and tell the interviewer what you’ve learned from the experience, making sure to add how your new-found wisdom and skills will help his company. (They will, by the way: failure is a terrific teacher.)

Need to get your career back on track after some self-administered or “life” setbacks? Helpmates can help. Many of our temporary assignments can help you get your career back on track rather quickly. Contact the branch office nearest you to register with us.

A Recession (Probably) is Coming: How to Become Recession-Proof

The sun comes up; it sets. You eat a meal because you’re hungry and you become hungry again in a few hours. You slept yesterday, you’ll sleep again tonight. It’s the way of things.

So are economic recessions. The economy always rises and falls, rises and falls. Always.

Economic recessions occurred in the U.S. most recently in:

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  • December 2007- June 2009 (also known as the Great Recession)
  • March 2001- November 2001
  • July 1990 – March 1991
  • July 1981- November 1982
  • January 1980 –July 1980
  • November 1973 – March 1975
  • December 1969 – November 1970
  • (There have been several more since the Panic of 1785; the U.S. has weathered almost 250 years of economic recessions.)

Notice a pattern on the list above? Recessions tend to come around about eight years after the previous one ends. The Great Recession ended in June 2009, almost 10 years ago. Many economists believe we are quite overdue for the next one and just as you always will fall back down to earth if you leap up, another recession is coming, possibly as early as later this year (but more than likely some time in 2020).

Many of you may never have experienced a recession in your career (you graduated high school or college in 2010, for example). If so, you may think that this hot candidate’s market will last forever. It won’t: recessions mean that employers cut back on hiring and lay people off. People out of work don’t have discretionary income so businesses lose sales and….lay people off. More and more people are out looking for work. Competition for jobs heats up. Instead of there being more job openings than job seekers as it is now (with 0.9 people available for every opening), things will reverse and you may find yourself competing against dozens of other people who, just like you, need a job.

Do NOT Think it Won’t Happen to You!

Sure, it may not happen to you. But, truly, it could: no one is irreplaceable. And, if you’re one of these types of workers, chances are better that you will be among the first to go if you’re employer needs to save some money.

So how can you make yourself recession proof? Read below.

  1. Remember: It CAN happen to you!!

We really can’t emphasize this enough.

  1. Be indispensable (as much as possible).

While no one truly is indispensable, if you have a reputation of being the go-to guy or gal and the person who gets things done, it’s going to be much easier to lay off your slacker coworkers than it will be to let you – you dynamo, you – go.

In a similar vein, the more of a utility player you are, the better. If you can do many things (for example, in marketing you write copy, perform market research, you LOVE data, etc.), the more tasks you’ll be able to do when your department has fewer people. The more you can be a Swiss Army knife of skills and abilities, the more your manager will see you as “Hmm, I can let Josh and Emma go, and then Tyrone can take up the slack,” the better chance you have of surviving.

  1. Start networking. Now!

Relationships count in a recession. You should start cultivating strong relationships with good people throughout your organization. You also should – if possible – strengthen your relationships with any clients your business serves (“We can’t let Charlotte go; the XYX account LOVES her!”)

Also start reaching out to peers within your industry and forge relationships. Be of help. Offer your expertise. Remember: LinkedIn is your new BFF.

  1. Keep your skills up to date.

Never become complacent. Always be learning, especially when it comes to technological tools. Doesn’t matter if you’re 50, 35 or 25, if you don’t know something, be amenable to feeling awkward and stupid while you learn it. Regardless: do it!!

To paraphrase Game of Thrones: Recession is coming. Prepare yourself.

Another way to get ready is to start cultivating relationships with recruiters, including staffing recruiters. As one recruiting professional told a laid-off worker during a recession years ago “The best time to reach out to me was before you needed me.” Harsh? Yes. But true.

Send in your resume/cover letter. Be nice when a recruiter contacts you about an opportunity. Follow him/her on LinkedIn and offer value when you comment on a post. Go ahead and ask for advice (don’t expect a really detailed answer and say thank you when it’s given). Have you ever ghosted? Those days are over!

For more information on how we can help you now and in the future, contact the Helpmates branch nearest you.

Lying Liars Who Lie….On Their Resume

When it comes to our jobs and careers, just about all of us are liars: more than four-fifths of us (85 percent) lie on our resumes. (And that number – from 2017 – is a big increase: just 66 percent of job applicants lied on resumes or applications in 2012.)

Still, just because just about everyone does it doesn’t mean you as a recruiter or hiring manager want to hire a liar. So we’ve put together a quick primer on the ways people fudge/lie/exaggerate on their resumes and how to spot them when they do.

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  • Degrees earned. Most people don’t outright lie that they have a certain degree. Instead, they hide it a bit, saying they have “a bachelor’s” rather than specifying if it’s bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree.
  • We see this a lot: a person who worked at a big-name company on an assignment via a staffing firm will leave out the temp agency’s name: “Administrative Assistant, Mazda,” for example.
  • Funny or odd job descriptions. This usually occurs when someone wants to exaggerate his or her work history. Perhaps an office assistant is but one in an office and so she pretty much does manage the office, so she puts as her title “office manager.”
  • Big jumps in job titles in short periods of time. Does someone move from forklift operator to warehouse manager from just one job to the next? As mentioned above, this could be the case that the operator worked in a very small warehouse and sometimes performed “management” duties when his boss asked him to.

Most people are just exaggerating a bit.

Keep in mind that most candidates aren’t out to out-and-out lie, but to make themselves look better to potential employers. Call them white lies, a bit of boasting, teeny exaggerations. This can be particularly the case when someone did, indeed, frequently perform higher-level duties and skills in a lower-level position and wants to showcase that he/she does have the experience to move up.

Outright scamming almost always isn’t on their agenda. They just want what they perceive to be a leg up to a better opportunity. Naturally, it’s entirely up to you to decide how you will “handle” such fabrications/exaggerations when you discover them.

As for the few and far between candidates who are hoping to pull a large fast one on an employer? Here are some ways you can check out inconsistencies in a resume/cover letter – and keep from hiring those who created the documents in question.

  • Take a look at LinkedIn profiles. Most people know that former and current managers and colleagues can look at their profiles; they therefore tend to keep their work history, skills, educational accomplishments, etc. on the up and up.
  • Get details during a preliminary phone/screening interview. Make some notes about the things that seem out of kilter to you before chatting. Most of us feel more comfortable boasting or fibbing when not face-to-face or speaking to someone in real life (Hello, social media trolls!). Yet we tend to become pretty darn truthful when asked directly about them when a live person asks them over the phone.
  • Double check with candidate references and get creative about talking to people not listed on a reference sheet. Most of us are smart and only ask people who are going to give us terrific references to act as such for us. So once you chat with the listed references on a candidate’s list, head back to LinkedIn and check for a candidate’s former colleagues and managers who weren’t asked to be references. Contact them and ask about the discrepancies or “flags” you’ve noticed on a cover letter/resume, or even during the job interview.

Let Helpmates screen resumes, check references and hold preliminary interviews for you. Whether you’re looking to hire someone directly, need someone for a long- or short-term assignment, or you want to try a candidate out in a temp-to-hire arrangement, we can screen, interview and conduct background checks on one or dozens of applicants.

Contact the branch office nearest you to learn more.

You Got the Job Offer! Should You Take It?

You applied for a job opportunity. You were called in for an interview. You aced it. You were called in for another interview. Ditto. The hiring manager tells you she’ll make her decision in a week and in that week you hear from her and she offers you the job!

You’re excited, naturally. Flattered, of course! Proud of yourself, natch!

But just because you’re offered a job in no way means you should actually take it.

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Take a look below at four things you should consider before accepting any job offer.

  1. Do you know what constitutes success in the job?

In other words, has your potential new boss spelled out clearly what she expects of you? If in doubt, take a look at the job description and go over it with her, asking her for clarification and – more importantly – asking if there’s anything she expects that’s not in the description.

Taking a job with ill-defined expectations can be a prescription for disaster. If your boss says “I’ll know when you’re doing a great job when I see it” also could end up meaning “Your idea of what  ‘doing a great job’ means is not mine.”

  1. Do you think you and your boss and new coworkers will have a respectful, friendly relationship?

If you think you can be respectful but not head over heels in “like” with your boss/coworkers, that’s OK. Respect is far more important than liking each other because if your boss/coworkers don’t respect you, chances are great they won’t “like” you much either.  A lack of respect means they won’t trust you, won’t have your back, will second guess you, etc.

Still, having respect for and liking each other will make your working relationship much more enjoyable and will go far in helping you succeed in the job. But if there’s no respect, your working life will be miserable.

Another important aspect of respect/like: do you think you’ll fit in with your department’s/company’s culture? It’s probably best to go with your gut on this one: what was the vibe of the department when you visited/met with colleagues? If your intuition is saying there are red – or even yellow – flags ahead, it may be best to turn the job down.

  1. Does the position fit in with your overall goals?

Many of us see our career going in a certain direction. While it’s sometimes necessary to go sideways or even move “down” a bit in order to get ahead, if the new position isn’t going to at least teach you new skills or put you in front of new challenges – especially if they can help you move to the next step upwards – it may not be a good idea to take the job.

For example, let’s say you’ve been working in as an account executive in finance but want to move into marketing. It may be a good idea to take a “step down” and work as a marketing assistant in a finance firm that has a marketing department. But if it’s a lateral move with a salary increase to another finance company – but one that has no marketing department and no chance to learn marketing skills – you may want to turn it down.

Which brings us to the last thing to consider when deciding whether to take a job offer…

  1. Money isn’t everything, but it definitely IS something!

We put the salary question last because while money is an important consideration when mulling a job offer, it’s not the most important thing.

As mentioned above, it may not be worth it to take a job that offers no new challenges even if it pays more. It also may be advantageous to your career to take a job that pays a bit less so long as you the new position challenges you and helps you get where you want to go.

Still, you do want to feel that you’re being fairly compensated and you also want to look forward to the benefits package offered. (Remember: if you’re not happy with salary/benefits, the only time you can easily negotiate them is before you accept the job offer.)

If you’re looking for new opportunities – whether temporary, part-time or direct-hire – check out our job openings here with Helpmates. See one or two you like? Follow the instructions on the posting and/or contact the Helpmates branch nearest you.

Helpmates Staffing Services Once Again Is Named to the Best of Staffing® Awards for the Tenth Year in a Row

It’s a 10-peat!!!

Helpmates Staffing – once again! – has been named to ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards. This is our 10th straight year of earning this award!

Helpmates Staffing  Services has earned ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards for 2019. (ClearlyRated formerly was known as Inavero.)

We earned the Diamond Awards in both the Talent and Client categories after winning the best Best of Staffing® award in each at least five years in a row. Participating staffing firms are rated by both their clients and their candidates (talent). On average, clients of winning staffing agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the agency’s services and candidates who have been placed by winning agencies are 1.7 times more likely to be completely satisfied compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

Fewer than 2 percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada earn the Best of Staffing award and just 35 percent of those also earned the Diamond Awards this year.

More than 1.2 million people (staffing candidates and clients) across the country provided feedback on many of the nation’s staffing firms. Award winners are determined by the percentage of satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 (out of a possible 10) given to them by their placed job candidates and clients.

Helpmates won in four areas:

  • Client Satisfaction Award (10th year in a row)
  • Talent Satisfaction Award (8th year in a row)
  • The Best of Staffing Client Diamond Award (6th year in a row)
  • The Best of Staffing Talent Diamond Award ( 4th year in a row)

We never would have enjoyed winning this award for the 10th time without the dedication and hard work of our internal team members. We are humbled that our temporary associates and clients appreciate all the work that our internal employees perform on their behalf: we are honored to work with and for you as we strive to place the best candidates with the best companies in Southern California.

To learn more about our services for clients and job candidates, contact the Helpmates branch nearest you.

Hacking the College Job Fair

Yep, it’s February. If you’re a college senior, you’re busy. And one of the things your busy with is getting ready for your campus’ college job fair this spring.

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What? It’s not on your radar!!! Why not!? College job fairs are a terrific way for you to land job interviews with potential employers. Understand that you’re not going to get a job offer at a career fair: your goal instead is to line up job interviews with different potential employers.

The great thing about college career fairs is that employers come to scope out potential employees. They want to talk to you and, if it you looks like you might be a good fit, set up a full-fledged interview at a later date.

So sign up for the career fair!

Yes, dozens if not hundreds of your classmates are going as well. But they may not have read this blog post. YOU have and in this post are three hacks that, if you follow them, will get employers to ask you in for a job interview.

Warning: these hacks will take some time and a good bit of effort on your part. But if you want to stand out, put in the time and you’ll be rewarded.

Take a look below for our three college job fair hacks.

  1. Study the list of companies coming to the fair.

See what companies are coming and then go research the ones that look interesting to you. And almost all of them should look interesting to you because even though, for example, you’re looking for a marketing job, just about  every company has a marketing department, so don’t automatically say no to a bank or a manufacturer, etc. Still, it’s OK to designate your top 10-15 companies and then focus on them

By study we mean, research. Take a look at its website. Look it ALL over, not just the careers or jobs page. Read as much of the site as you can. Take notes about things that pertain to your degree field.

Read everything you can about the company.  Google it and see what others say about it. Check out Indeed.com and Glassdoor for reviews.

  1. Decide what skills and experience you bring to an employer that bring value.

Remember: employers hire people to solve problems. What problems do you solve? What value do you bring to an employer?

Yes, you have little to no real-world experience in the field you want to enter. But do you have initiative? Are you a member of the dean’s list? Have you worked full-time while going to school full time (that shows you know understand what hard work is and that’s highly valuable to an employer)? And so on.

Write down the skills you have that the field you want to enter requires. Have professors, managers at internships, etc. commented on how great these skills are?

You’re going to need to know what problems you solve/value you bring because now you’re going to….

  1. Write a custom cover letter and resume for EACH company you intend to visit at the career fair.

That’s right: one cover letter and one resume for EACH company. No template cover letters/resume for you. And, while many people say there’s no need to bring a cover letter to a college career fair, writing one specifically for each company helps you stand out. And standing out is what you want.

Yowza, this is going to take work! Yes. It certainly is.

But understanding what particular skills and background you provide to a company and then showcasing how they bring value to a particular company shows a recruiter you understand why an employer hires people.

Any time you look for work you should make it as easy as possible for an employer to hire you.  Presenting how you help solve a company’s problems, etc. makes it a lot easier for a recruiter to see how you match a company’s needs (she doesn’t need to read between the lines) and you’ve made it much easier for her to ask you in for a formal interview.

We can pretty much guarantee that very few – if any – of your classmates are going to customize a cover letter/resume for each company at the job fair. Few – if any – of your classmates are going to be able to talk to a recruiter with as much information as you will because of your deep-dive research. Perform these hacks and watch how well recruiters will respond!

Want some real-world experience before you head to the job fair? Take a look at our job opportunities here at Helpmates and if one appeals to you, follow the instructions on the opening or contact the branch office nearest you.

Everyone’s Leaving My Employer. Should I Go, Too?

Today’s hot, hot, HOT candidate market means many people are leaving one job for another. And it feels as if everyone is doing so. Why? Because they can. With unemployment in Los Angeles County at 4.6 percent (in October, the latest figure available) and 2.9 percent in Orange County in October, employees are leaving for what they believe are better opportunities in droves. (And some don’t even bother giving their employers notice.)

So what do you do if you see “everyone” at your company or in your department leaving? Should you leave, as well?

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Take a look below to see when it’s a good idea and when it’s better to stay put.

Better to Leave

  • If rumors of layoffs are rampant – and these rumors have the taste of reality – then it’s far better to leave sooner rather than later, especially if there’s more than one of you with the same duties and you realize that you’re not the best of the bunch. (Yes, it’s true: employers tend to keep top performers and let lower performers go, even if the lower performer is doing just dandy.) It’s best to leave before being asked to leave because you’re much more attractive to an employer when looking for work if you’re employed while doing so. There’s unconscious bias in hiring that if you’re unemployed – even through no fault of your own – that there must be “something wrong with you.”
  • Similar to if layoffs are nigh is when your company is purchased by another and it has one or more people doing the exact same thing you do. Most layoffs occur on the side of the company purchased (not at the buying company), so unless your skills and the value you’ve been bringing to your employer are top-notch, it may be best to start looking elsewhere.
  • Your employer had layoffs and you’ve survived but the workload is now awful. If you’re overwhelmed and stressed at work after surviving an employee purge, it may be best for you to start looking elsewhere.

Best to Stay

  • Just because “everyone” is leaving is no reason you should. Be careful of herd mentality and have a meeting with yourself to see if your desire to leave is because you’re now lonely in your department. If that’s the case, make an effort to make new friends at work, not only in your department but throughout the company.
  • You’ve just been promoted. It’s time to prove to yourself and the manager(s) who believed in you enough to recommend a promotion that you have what it takes to succeed in your new role. Once promoted, try your best to stay in that new role for at least one or two years.
  • If there have been layoffs, you survived and your manager starts to hire replacements, you can take a look at your situation in a much more positive light: now is the time you – as the experienced one – can be a leader among the new hires. Showcase your success with these people to your manager – how your mentoring/leadership of them has provided value – and you have an excellent argument for a promotion/pay raise in a few months.
  • Is yours a company that has a history of not laying people off in a recession? (Perhaps it asks folks to take reduced pay in order to keep everyone employed, for example.) Regardless, chances are great there’s going to be a recession or – at the least – a growth slowdown at the end of 2019 or in 2020. [Will link to January Post 3.] Job layoffs may result. If your company has a track record of keeping people employed, it’s best to stay instead of leave because a new employer may end up laying people off and if you have yet to prove yourself to them, you may be one of the first to be let go when payroll funds become tight. (Of course, as noted above, if layoffs DO appear imminent and you feel you’re not a top performer, start looking!)

Whether you’re currently employed or unemployed, today’s candidate market is one of the best on record and if you’re interested in “seeing what else is out there,” take a look at Helpmates’ current opportunities. If one or more of them appeal to you, follow instructions to apply, or contact the Helpmates branch office nearest you.

Southern California’s Job Outlook for 2019

So here it is, mid-January. Talent still is hard to find around the country. Candidates are ghosting when it comes to job interviews and even employees are just leaving their employer without notice.

But that’s nationwide. What’s this year’s job outlook for Southern California? We put on our sleuthing hats to find out.

  1. More of the same: an absolute candidate market (at least through the 2nd Q 2019).

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No surprise there. According to the California EDD (scroll down to the link at “Short-Term Projections: Two-Years” and download the spreadsheet), employment in Orange County from 2nd Quarter 2017 to 2nd Quarter 2019 is projected to grow overall by 3.4 percent (interestingly, self-employment is projected to grow by 4.2 percent). Not every employment sector is going to grow (mining and oil/gas extraction, for example, is projected to fall by 8.5 percent overall), but most are growing.  Manufacturing is to grow 1.8 percent; while software publishers are to grow a whopping 13 percent; auto equipment sales and leasing by 6 percent; professional and business services by 3 percent; advertising, PR and marketing by 3.4 percent; professional, scientific and technical services by 4 percent; office administrative services by 6.7 percent; and so on.

(Take a look at the document; it’s fascinating. For example, if you’re looking for work in the “travel arrangement and reservation services,” growth is expected to be 5.6 percent. And this, remember, is in a day when many of us make our own travel arrangements online. So much for the “death of the travel agent”!)

  1. But that’s statewide. And it’s for mid-2017 through mid-2019. What about in Southern California and in just 2019?

We hear you. It’s a bit trickier to find info/predictions for just Orange and Los Angeles counties, but here’s what we found: we may experience an economic slowdown in late 2019.

If you don’t want to read the link, here’s what it says in a nutshell:

Although the economy is currently operating at full employment and benefiting from the massive tax cut and spending increases, the economic stimulus coming from that combination will likely run out in 2020, and deficits it creates will linger for another decade.

In spite of concerns about the risk of a full-blown trade war with China, the forecast for the U.S. economy is one of growth, albeit slower growth. California remains one of the most prosperous states, with a strong market that is expected to continue to grow.

You’ll notice it says the big growth ends in 2020, but further down the report states the growth “will slow to 2 percent in 2019 and to a near recession at 1 percent in 2020.”

As for California: the state’s growth will slow along with the nation’s but our economy is still expected to grow faster than the country’s as a whole. Here’s the skinny, below:

The total employment growth forecasts for 2018, 2019 and 2020 are 1.7 percent, 1.8 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Payrolls are expected to grow by 1.7 percent in 2018, by 1.8 percent in 2019, and by 0.8 percent in 2020. Real personal income growth is forecast to be 2.5 percent, 3.6 percent and 2.9 percent in 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively. California’s average unemployment rate is expected to have its normal differential to the U.S. rate at 4.2 percent in 2020. Home building will accelerate to about 140,000 units per year by the end of the 2020 forecast.

  1. Most job growth is in the Inland Empire.

Sorry, OC and LA, but the job growth is greatest due east. Which could be great news if you live there and work west and wish to find a job closer to home. Pay rates are a bit lower, however. For example, Indeed.com reports that the average hourly rate for an administrative assistant in Anaheim is 16.21/hour while in Riverside, it’s $15.28. Yet housing also is less expensive, with the median gross rent in Riverside County hitting $1,212/month, while it’s $1,264 in Los Angeles County and $1,608 in Orange County. (Data is from 2017.)

  1. Wrapping up.

So things look great for job seekers for at least the next six months and possibly throughout the entire year. After all, slower growth still is growth. But don’t be complacent because often in business, slower growth often means….job cutbacks! And that means the unemployment rate will rise and jobs will be harder to come by.

 

So if you can:

  • Learn new skills.
  • Take note of your accomplishments and add them to your resume.
  • Work to add value to your employer (don’t just “show up for work,” do the minimum expected of you and then think that you’re “valuable”).
  • Grow your professional network.
  • Never, ever become complacent. If you’ve never been laid off from a job before, if you’re laid off next year or early in 2020, get ready for potential WEEKS of unemployment. It happens. And to talented, valuable workers. No one is immune.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have a Helpmates recruiter in your professional network. In fact, take a look at our current opportunities, and if one appeals to you, follow the directions to apply. You also can contact the branch office nearest you to register.

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