Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops; State Adds Jobs

Massachusetts’ December unemployment report contained some positive signs: the state’s unemployment rated dropped to 5.5 percent, from 5.8 percent in November, and nearly 11,000 jobs were added to the state’s economy.


The Office of Labor and Workforce Development also reported that the state netted more than 60,000 new jobs over the past 12 months, making 2014 the strongest year for job growth since 2000.

5 Myths About Temporary Work

When you meet hundreds of job candidates each week, you hear a lot of comments and learn about candidates’ hopes and fears about their careers. Sometimes we hear statements that aren’t 100% accurate or are based on outdated stereotypes. PSG President Aaron Green wrote this article, published on, to debunk the myths about temporary jobs.



LinkedIn Sued for Revealing Job Seekers’ “References”

Many job seekers turn to LinkedIn to expand their network and create a digital profile to share with recruiters and employers. Many LinkedIn users also spend time soliciting references and recommendations to bolster their profiles. What they may not realize is that recruiters and employers can use LinkedIn to create a secret reference list and conduct “back door” reference checks, too.


Not every recruiter or employer does this, of course, but those who do can use the LinkedIn “Reference Search” function to generate a list of people in their own network who worked at the same company at the same time as a job candidate. The recruiter or employer can then contact people on the list, without notifying the job candidate. The function is only available to LinkedIn premium account holders.


Now, four workers are suing LinkedIn and contending that the Reference Search function has cost them job opportunities. They are charging that LinkedIn, in providing the job reference material, enabled potential employers to “anonymously dig into the employment history of any LinkedIn member, and make hiring and firing decisions based upon the information they gather,” without ensuring that the information was accurate and, therefore, in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Read more here.


Finding ‘Hot Pockets’ in Today’s Job Market

While the general unemployment rate may remains relatively high, for professionals and those with a college degree, the unemployment rate is closer to three percent. Employers have increased demand for qualified candidates in certain sectors, including Financial Services, Human Resources, IT and some entry-level positions.

PSG’s President Aaron Green recently shared his thoughts with about what makes some industries and jobs ‘hot.’

Read the full article here.

Ask A Recruiter: Tips for Working with a Recruiter

Q: This is my first time working with a recruiter. How can I make sure it is a productive experience?


A: Working with a recruiter can give your job search a big boost. While some parts of working with a recruiter are similar to the experience of searching on your own – e.g. the need to be prepared and responsive – there are some differences, too. To get the most from working with a recruiter, here are my tips:


Bring your A-Game For some reason, some candidates treat their first meeting or interview with their recruiter casually. While the recruiter is “on your side,” it’s still very important to make a good impression. The recruiter will use your initial conversations and meetings to help them determine your preparedness for meeting an employer and your “hire-ability.” Show up on time (or early). Dress professionally. Be prepared to answer the questions that typically come up in a job interview and also have questions of your own ready to ask the recruiter and get insight on the process.


Be prepared to tell your story. A “get to know you” meeting with a recruiter is different from a coffee date with friends. The recruiter needs data and detail to fully understand your situation. Before meeting your recruiter, take a look at your resume and add detail (go back and research it, if necessary) about the dates of each job, the salary, and any helpful details about your accomplishments.


Don’t hold back. Be prepared to share as much detail as possible about your current search, including the location, position, responsibilities, industries and specific organizations you are interested in, and your preferred start-date for a new job (ideally you should be ready to move into a new job immediately). Even if you’re just “testing the waters” and are not ready to discuss every aspect of a job search in detail, be specific about the things you can talk about.


Be transparent. When it comes to compensation, you might be tempted to “fudge” your salary history or give a range. However, doing so makes it more difficult for the recruiter to find you the right opportunities. The more detail you can provide to the recruiter, the better able they will be to help you find a suitable new position. Don’t be vague. Be clear about salary numbers, bonus, bonus structure and current benefits.


Have an open mind. Recruiters want to know what you’re looking for in a new job and what your priorities are. At the same time, try to limit your restrictions by avoiding statements like “I’ll only take a job with x percent salary increase” or “I only want to work in X area.” Try to cast a wide net, especially to start, and be open to a range when it comes to compensation.


About the Recruiter

Greg Menzone is a 10-year veteran of the staffing industry who has made hundreds of successful placements. Greg and the team he manages specialize in direct hire placement of accounting and finance professionals. 



Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Rises But Economy Expands

Massachusetts’ monthly unemployment rate ticked up in September, from 5.8 percent to 6 percent, and is now higher than the national average unemployment rate of 5.9 percent. However, experts attribute the rise to more than 15,000 workers entering the job market and say that, combined with the addition of 9,400 jobs, is a good sign for the Massachusetts economy.


Other positive signs for the local job market:

  • Massachusetts has added jobs in four of the past five months and more than 60,000 jobs in the last year.
  • In addition to 9,500 retail jobs that were added to the local economy last month (mainly attributed to the end of the Market Basket dispute), jobs were also added in the information services, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, financial services, and construction sectors.

PSG Sponsors Annual NEHRA Conference

PSG was proud to sponsor Northeast Human Resources Association’s (NEHRA’s) Annual Conference last week, which was attended by more than 500 HR pros (the conference’s highest attendance level since 2007) from across Massachusetts and New England. The theme of the conference was “Connect. Grow. Thrive” and speakers discussed topics ranging from HR’s perception in the workplace to leadership to wellness. Many of the workshops and sessions were filled with standing room only audiences. PSG staff met with clients and other HR professionals at the event, many of whom expressed interest in increasing their use of staffing services. IT/technical staffing, as well as accounting/finance and HR continue to be among the areas highest in demand for talent.


With more than 2,000 members, NEHRA is the largest professional HR association in the Northeast.


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Workforce Magazine Names PSG to Hot List of Temporary Staffing Providers in the U.S.

For the second consecutive year, PSG has been named to Workforce Magazine’s “Hot List” of temporary staffing providers as part of its annual special report on the staffing industry.


The report noted that the staffing industry is “still soaring” and enjoying high demand, which is predicted to continue for the foreseeable future. Aaron Green, PSG’s founder and president, spoke with Workforce about some of the trends driving demand for staffing services, including the temp-to-hire practice and the competitiveness of the current hiring market, also referred to as the “war for talent.”


Read the full article here.


Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Rises in August; Impacted by Market Basket Shut Down

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts rose to 5.8 percent in August, up from 5.6 percent in July. The state lost 5,300 jobs in August, according to a report from the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development that specified “temporary employment disruptions in the retail sector” contributing to the loss of 9,800 jobs in the retail sector.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 6.1 percent.

The Best Time to Look for a Job

Job seekers stymied by the ‘summer slow-down’ can take heart: your in-box will start buzzing again soon.

PSG’s President Aaron Green recently shared his thoughts with about the best and worst job-seeking ‘seasons.’  However, while some periods may be slower than others in some industries or at some firms, Green advises that the best time to look for a job is “when you need one.”

Read the full article here.

The short answer: best time to look for a job is when you need it, says Aaron Green, founder of Professional Staffing

The short answer: best time to look for a job is when you need it, says Aaron Green, founder of Professional Staffing