Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.8 Percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate continues to fall. According to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in March. The state also saw an increase of 10,500 jobs last month, about double the monthly average job growth over the past year.

 

The state’s biggest job growth was in the health and education sector and the hospitality and leisure industries.

 

Nationally, the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent.

PSG President Participates in ‘Sharktank’-like Event for Boston Startups

PSG President Aaron Green recently participated in a panel of expert judges at Boston’s “Pitch in the City,”  a competition in which seven local startups vied to win prizes.

 

Pitch in the City was organized by Banner Media and sponsored by Northeastern University. The winning startup, Tech Connection, is a staffing firm that connects minority workers in the tech market with companies that are looking for talent. Tech Connection founder Melissa James was once an employee at PSG!

 

“Boston is certainly a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship and ‘Pitch in the City’ showcased some talented, rising stars in our business community,” says Aaron Green, founder and CEO of Professional Staffing Group. “It was an honor to get to know each of the startups in the competition and we’re especially proud to support Melissa James and her company, Tech Connection, in her goal of spreading diversity among Boston’s tech community.”

 

Read more about Pitch in the City: http://baystatebanner.com/news/2015/apr/01/tech-connection-makes-best-pitch/?page=1

 

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PSG Workshop Offers Interview Practice and Tips 

PSG recently held another workshop for job candidates. PSG managers Nicole Cassista, Katie Chisolm, Kristen Coppins, Brian Donovan and Rachel Frisbee presented tips and best practices for successful interviews and conducted mock interviews with each candidate.

 

Among the tips that managers shared were these Do’s and Dont’s:

 

Do: Prepare, prepare, prepare

Do: Conduct research

Do: Role play/practice

Do: Be honest/humble

Do: Stay positive

Do: Provide specific examples

Do: Be concise

Don’t: Focus on growth

Don’t: Discuss compensation

Don’t: Inflate skills (ie. Excel “expert”)

Don’t: Only ask questions about the company

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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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