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Finding the right job amid 5 million openings

You no doubt saw or heard the headlines: the U.S. at the moment has 5 million job openings.

To put that in perspective, that’s more job openings than we’ve had at any time in the past 14 years.

What does all of this mean? Well, for starters, it’s a pretty good time to be a job-seeker. Or at least it should be, if you know where to look for jobs and you have the skills employers are seeking.

But, first, we think it’s important to share a bit more perspective on the latest government statistics.

Although the unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, to 5.6 percent, it’s still noticeably above its 4.6 percent average from 2007 — and that’s despite a major drop in the labor force participation rate.

In other words, based on historical patterns, we’d expect the level of job openings we see today to produce a lower unemployment rate than the one we have.

In short, the job market should be better than it is.

Still, with all of those employers hunting for talent, the amount of time you spend between jobs should be considerably shorter.

A lot of people turn to online job sites when they’re searching. That can work for some folks, but it can also be a frustrating place to be, black holes really that seem impossible to escape.

Multiple interviews and other steps – even for low-paying jobs – can drag out the process

So, what’s our point?

Simple: it’s in times like these that a staffing firm like Apprentice Personnel can really help, especially if you’re someone looking to re-enter the workforce after being on the sidelines for a while.

At Apprentice Personnel, our job is to help you get a job. We’ve been doing it for more than 20 years.

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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