Monster Releases Detroit Employment Outlook; Hot Industry Sectors Include: Sales; Engineering; Accounting/Auditing; Information Technology; and Administrative and Support Services
MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 2004--While the nation's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.6 percent in June, Detroit is still struggling with the highest unemployment rate among the large metropolitan areas, having increased from 6.6 percent in May to 7.3 percent in June. Offering a glimmer of hope for more than 148,000 unemployed job seekers in Detroit, Monster(R) today released employment data revealing a 41 percent increase in the number of local job postings over the past six months when compared to the same time period last year. Monster is the leading global online careers property and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc.
Where are the jobs?
Based on a comprehensive analysis of Detroit-based job postings on Monster, Sales opportunities are most abundant, with a 41 percent increase from June 2003 to June 2004. Other top job categories in terms of overall job postings include Engineering (up 26 percent from last year), Accounting and Auditing (up 58 percent), Information Technology (up 73 percent) and Administrative and Support Services (up 20 percent).
What types of candidates are employers seeking?
Forty-two percent of job postings target employees at "mid-career." Nine percent of jobs are available at the entry-level, while almost ten percent seek job seekers with management experience. Additionally, 23 percent of Monster job seeker members in Detroit have bachelor's degrees.
What are the top resume categories?
During the first six months of 2004, resumes from Detroit increased more than 30 percent compared to the same time period in 2003. Top resume categories include:1. Administrative and Support Services 2. Engineering 3. Manufacturing and Production 4. Automotive/Motor Vehicle/Parts 5. Information Technology
So you're looking for a job in Detroit. Now what?
Whether currently unemployed or looking to make a career change, the following are important tips for job seekers as they undergo the search and interview process:
- Cast a Wide Net. The sooner you start creating a network, the faster you'll progress in your career. You never know where you'll meet someone interesting or hear about a great job opportunity.
- Develop an Elevator Pitch about Yourself - Whether you're casually networking or in a formal interview, always be prepared with a crisp, concise, two-minute response to the question, "Tell me about yourself."
- Be Prepared - Knowledge is power, and power gives you confidence - something you'll need to succeed in interviews. Research companies, industries and positions. Visit Employers' websites.
- Practice Good Nonverbal Communication - Demonstrate confidence: stand straight, make eye contact, listen and connect with a good, firm handshake.
- Ask Questions - Demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if it is the right place for you.
- Don't Appear Desperate - Maintain the three "C's" during an interview: cool, calm and confident. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.
For additional information regarding Detroit-specific statistics on Monster, please contact Kevin Mullins, 978-461-8751.
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