Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.9%

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest rate in seven years. According to the state’s office of Labor and Workforce Development, the unemployment rate fell from 5.1 percent in January to 4.9 percent in February.

 

Massachusetts added 800 jobs in February, a month that also had record amounts of snowfall in the state.

 

The number of jobs added comes from a survey of businesses, while the unemployment rate estimate comes from a survey of households. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent.

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.1%; Lowest Since 2008

Massachusetts’ jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent in January, its lowest rate in nearly seven years, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

 

The private sector had a net gain of 800 jobs in January,  and 2,600 jobs were added to the local economy overall, making it the fifth consecutive month that the economy gained jobs.

 

Nationally the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent.

PSG Named ‘Best of Staffing’ for Sixth Time in a Row

Professional Staffing Group has been named one of Inavero’s 2015 Best of Staffing Award winners and has again earned the 2015 Best of Staffing Diamond Award for achieving five or more consecutive years of industry-leading satisfaction scores from the clients we serve.

 

Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the sixth annual Best of Staffing Award winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality, based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. Best of Staffing winners achieved average client satisfaction score more than three times higher than the industry average.

 

Less than two percent of all staffing agencies in North America received the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence in 2015. PSG was also among an elite number of firms to win this award for the past six years in a row, earning them the Best of Staffing Diamond Award.

 

“With a tightening labor market and a need for growing companies to stay flexible, staffing agencies are placing more people into employment opportunities than at any other point in U.S. history,” said Inavero’s CEO, Eric Gregg. “More companies than ever before need a staffing agency with a proven commitment to service excellence. Bestofstaffing.com is the place to find winning agencies that place talent with the skills you need in your city or state. We are incredibly proud of the accomplishment of our 2015 award recipients.”

 

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PSG Holds Workshop on Resume Best Practices

Earlier this month, PSG held a workshop for job candidates to discuss resume best practices. PSG managers Kristen Coppins, Katie Chisolm and Elizabeth Siracusa offered information about resume content, formatting and presentation and discussed questions and challenges that candidates have when it comes to their resumes. The session also included one-on-one resume reviews and critiques.

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The three biggest takeaways from this workshop were:

–          It is ok to have multiple versions of your resume

–          When reviewing resumes, employers spend 60 seconds or less deciding whether they are interested in the candidate

–         Your resume MUST be visually appealing with a layout that is easy on the eye and stands out

 

PSG regularly holds workshops for job candidates, as part of its commitment to being a resource for job seekers and helping them find employment.

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 Boston.com, to debunk the myths about temporary jobs.

 

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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.

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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 Boston.com 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. 

 

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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.