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2018 GraduationMay 5th, 2018
8 months to go.

Job WantedWhere are the Jobs?  We found this article and wanted to share its suggestions to achieve full time employment in this odd economy.  Seems well timed to our presentation at Canada Community College tomorrow (5-6PM, Room 101-2, Building 6), in case you know people who are interested in learning more about options for finishing a degree.  Doing so isn’t a guarantee of a job, but it does help improve prospects.  Here’s a flyer to share if you know anyone interested:  exploring careers event

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It’s been an ongoing question nobody has a good answer to: Why don’t more people feel good about the economy given the drop in the unemployment rate to nearly pre-recession levels?

Well, according to the latest survey from CareerBuilder, it’s because many part-time workers who want permanent, full-time employment simply can’t find it.

According to the study, it’s pretty simple: 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full-time but haven’t been able to land a full-time job.

A struggle to find full-time work

Of those part-timers, 31 percent say they are the sole breadwinner in their household, and 39 percent say they struggle to make ends meet financially. One in four part-time workers who want full-time jobs said they currently work two or more jobs.

Think about that for a minute: One-third of all part-time workers want to take on full-time work but either can’t find it or don’t get hired when they do.

“Though we’re seeing an uptick in full-time, permanent hiring, many workers are still having difficulty finding positions in their field of expertise,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, in a press release about the survey.

She adds: “For some, a part-time job is just a means to a paycheck; for others, it’s a preferred work arrangement or stepping stone. Those looking to make the transition to full-time employment should approach a part-time job as an opportunity to learn a new skill set, make new professional connections or explore a new career path. In addition, they should seek out companies they are interested in working for and join their talent networks so they will be first to hear about new job openings with those companies.”

Why they can’t find a regular job

That all sounds good, but easier said than done — particularly when you look at some of the reasons why part-time workers give for why they can’t find full-time, permanent work:

  • There aren’t as many jobs available in my field as there were pre-recession (given by 54 percent);
  • I don’t have the skills necessary for in-demand jobs (51 percent);
  • I haven’t looked for full-time jobs on a regular basis ( 31 percent);
  • I don’t have the education needed (29 percent).

And just in case you are thinking that these part-timers aren’t really all that motivated, consider this: The survey also found that the majority of these workers (62 percent) say they would be willing to work without pay for an organization for a period of time to prove the value they can bring as a full-time employee.

Click here for the rest of the article, which comes from TLNT, the Business of HR

Image courtesy TLNT.com

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