With the unemployment rate holding steady at just over 9%, it appears that the U.S. is going to be in for a long economic recovery. Yet, many large companies have made money and have been stock piling it away to protect them from the uncertainty in our economy. This trend doesn’t help job seekers looking to get back into the work force.
The area of hiring that appears to getting stronger is in permanent part-time employment. This part-time work can vary between 20-30 hours a week based on a companies needs. It may be a great way to get back in the job market, while you are still looking for full-time employment or it may even lead you into a full-time job at the company you are working at part-time.
Ron Goldstein, Principal of Silver Professionals, LLC, has found this trend to be real. His firm fills part-time positions for those companies seeking to fill their vacancies. The companies pay his company a fee to find quality talent. With 22 years experience in marketing, recruiting, selling real estate, pharmaceutical, human resources and finance, among others, he has a keen prospective on the job market and an abundant database of contacts to help others secure employment.
He places job seekers, mostly in positions, in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, HR, legal and energy/green and financial services. His success rate for filling open positions is quite high and he appears to be adept at matching talent with open company positions.
Mr. Goldstein has the following tips for job seekers looking to re-enter the job market. He says they need to have the following attributes:
- Critical thinking
- Being a self starter
- Willingness to learn
- Willingness to travel
He also recommends that as a job candidate that you are equipped to answer the questions thoroughly in an interview. He recommends that you make sure to know what skills are needed for the open job and talking to people that work at the company you are interviewing at to find out the kind of behavior and/or protocol that company desires. He also says, “Candidates who tell an interviewer about particular situations that relate to each question asked will be far more effective and successful than those who speak in general terms”.
Silver Professionals, LLC is holding its 1st Inaugural Networking Mixer on Tuesday, August 16 at 5pm at Quay restaurant & bar at 464E. Illinois by North Pier in Downtown Chicago. Potential employers and employees will have an opportunity to meet and network with one another. It’s a new way of networking that I believe will be more effective for job seekers. The entrance fee is $25. Bring your resume, business cards and make sure to dress professionally.
For more information on Silver Professionals and/or the event, check out www.silverprofessionals.com.