4 Tips for Starting a Job Search from Scratch
Whether you are fresh out of college, having a midlife career change or deciding retirement isn't for you, you first must realize job searching has changed. It's different than it was a decade ago, and it's different than it was last year.
1) It Starts With The
2) Focus on Social Media
3) Think About Starting a
4) Build & Use Your Network
• 5-10 years experience as a Benefits Administrator/Specialist including experience with Health & Welfare Benefits and 401(k) Retirement Benefits
• Strong project management skills and proven project management experience
It's been over 7 years since the beginning of the Great Recession, and just last month the unemployment rate finally got back down to 5%, its lowest level since April 2008. It's been a long time coming, but we think we can now officially say that the unemployment crisis is over and done with. Additionally, the unemployment rate for professionals with a bachelor's degree or higher is down to 2.5%. Economists consider 4% to be "full employment, meaning that basically everyone with a college degree has a job.
The point is, it's been almost 8 years since the job market was this tight and qualified candidates were this rare. The post-recession days when the biggest problem in filling an open position was sifting through dozens of qualified applicants are over. Now, finding someone with the qualifications you need is the hardest thing to do.
Employee Spotlight: Roenita Harris
When we set out on our careers, we usually have a vision in mind. Get an education, find a good entry-level position, pay our dues, catch a break here or there, and settle into a satisfying and successful professional life. Of course, anyone who's been alive long enough knows that you can make all the plans you want but eventually life is going to get in the way and make you find another path.
Our spotlight employee in this edition of Viewpoint knows that all too well. Roe Harris started her career providing administrative support in an HR office and when an opportunity opened up for her to take over a Benefits Administration role, she "took a deep breath and said OK." That was 25 years ago, and she's still a benefits professional today!
Over time, Roe became a skilled Benefits Specialist and after a couple of layoffs, she found us at BTHR Solutions. "I tried other recruiting firms," Roe recalled, "but the focus here at BTHR is on benefits and you've always been able to find me positions." Since we've known Roe, she has completed numerous contract assignments for our clients as a Benefits Specialist, always receiving rave reviews from the companies at which we placed her.
US Job Growth
Surged Last Month
Five Things to
Think About Before Choosing
Customer Satisfaction With Health Insurance Hits 10-Year Low
More States Are Initiating Programs to
Encourage Retirement Savings
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