October 2011

Using Social Media to Find a Job

Social Media Sites Provide Excellent Networking

Looking for a new job is never an easy task. One can spend hours sending out resumes, calling for appointments, sitting down for interviews, and still not get that elusive offer.  One of the ways that candidates say is the most consistent way to find that new position is through networking, and many of the new social media sites are turning into great places to update and maintain your network. One of the mostly widely known is LinkedIn. This site is designed to keep you, and your business network, updated and in touch on a regular basis. When you create a profile on LinkedIn you add the companies that you have worked for and the skills that you have developed. Then you can create links with people you know that you have worked with. Every connection you make also gives you access to the other persons network greatly increasing your ability to reach out to new connections. Linked in also provides a host of job search tools allowing you to search jobs and see if anyone in your network may work there or know people there. It’s a great way to increase your exposure and put yourself in front of companies recruiting candidates for new opportunities.

Sluggish Economic Growth in Region Reflected in Federal Reserve Beige Book

Marketing and Advertising Top Performing Sector

The latest release of the Federal Reserves Beige Book shows mixed results for the Boston district. One of the best indicators of economic growth in the region, the real estate industry, continues to indicate a slow recovery. With so much commercial real estate available some sellers saw increases as customers moved to take advantage of attractive rents. The absorption rate for empty space shows slight increases but far less than would be expected in a healthy recovery. The residential market remains weak with sluggish sales and home prices continuing to decline. Realtors report that many buyers are cautious regarding their job security and do not expect to see any improvement in the remainder of 2011 and 2012.

The manufacturing sector shows modest revenue growth with the automotive and aerospace sectors showing some signs of improvement while medical products, business services, and entertainment continue to suffer declines. Hiring is flat with new hires only added as existing employees retire or leave. Many firms expect sluggish growth to continue for the next six to eighteen months and are continuing to focus on cost cutting which often includes reducing headcount. Many manufacturers report that while food prices are rising commodity prices are falling taking the pressure off tight profit margins.

The Senator Scott Brown Job Fair

Today, Republican Senator Scott Brown is hosting a job fair for Bostonians at the Roxbury Community College, for everyone who wants to get back to work. There will be an opportunity to meet with around 60 employers looking to hire. You can also head over if you want some tips for your resume or employment tips. School Information for the event is as follows: 

Address: 1234 Columbus Avenue Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120-3400

Phone: (617) 427-0060.