How Job Seekers Can Capitalize on The U.S Employment Outlook Report

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One of the positive aspects about job searching in today’s world is the amount of access you have to information about the process. For instance, we know referrals and job boards are some of the top ways employers find candidates. We also know networking is a pretty awesome way you can land contacts and referrals. But, how does this relate to job growth overall?

Recently, Simply Hired released their U.S. Employment Outlook for October. Overall, the U.S. experienced job growth, but let’s take a look at what this growth means for you and how you can capitalize on the report.

Metro areas are still the place to be

According to the report, metro areas are booming. In fact, job openings increased in 49 of 50 major metro areas. Los Angeles (11.5%), Sacramento, (10.9%) and Kansas City, (10.7%) saw the the largest gains month-over-month.

How to capitalize on it: Because these areas are booming, think about spending a semester interning, searching for jobs, or networking in metro areas so you’ll be able to relocate.

Industry increases

The Employment Outlook also indicates job openings increased in 16 out of 18 industries in September. For instance, nonprofit (17.8%) and construction (13.0%) showed the most gains. Additionally, all occupation categories (22 out of 23) experienced growth in job openings. Scientific and lab (21.9%) and engineering (non-computer) (21.4%) roles experienced the largest boost.

How to capitalize on it: If you’re looking to switch industries, now is the time! While industry switches shouldn’t be taken lightly, if you have the skills and they’re transferrable, do your research and see what’s available.

Healthcare in on the rise

To stem from the last point, healthcare is an industry that’s particularly on the rise. The report states that nearly one-third of the top-posting companies in September were related to healthcare (approximately 33 company locations). This makes healthcare the top posting industry.

How to capitalize on it: While healthcare may not be an industry that you’ve given much thought to, there are different aspects of healthcare you could definitely be involved in. From sales to administration to marketing, being part of a growing industry will only benefit you.

While the U.S. Employment Outlook Report is a strong indicator of where the job market is going, you should look at the findings individually to see how they pertain to your personal growth. This allows you to evaluate the pros and cons and make moves in your own way.

What do you think? What are some other ways to capitalize on the U.S. Employment Outlook Report?

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Val Matta
Val Matta
Val Matta is the co-owner and leader of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers and university career centers. You can connect with her and the CareerShift team on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, LinkedIn.