Pittsburgh’s keeping more jobs than Philly, Boston, New York, Chicago, Denver…

I could go on and on. Did I mention San Fransisco, Minneapolis (incidentally my hometown), Portland and Cleveland?

The latest data on jobs is in, and Pittsburgh continues to come out on top. In the middle of a frightening recession, it’s good to know that our region has seen one of the smallest changes across the country in the sheer number of jobs available. Pittsburgh’s Future outlines this quite well, with graphs and some analysis. Not surprisingly, one of the biggest sectors to see a decrease is in the retail industry. Who needs the latest in HD technology or a swank new outfit when you’re worried about paying the mortgage? But certainly, our growth in the Health Care and Education industries has been our life vest and will (hopefully) continue to keep us above water while the world’s economic turmoil continues.

March 16, 2009 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

Job Fair Season

The change of seasons means a new crop of job fairs is sprouting up. Check them out!

CCAC Allegheny Spring 2009 Job Fair 
Date: Wednesday, March 18 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Allegheny Campus Student Services Center 2nd Floor
For more information, including a list of participating companies and organizations, contact Career Services, Allegheny campus: 412.237.2545.

.org Nonprofit Career Fair
Date:March 19th
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, University Center, First Floor
For more information, visit: http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/pghnonprofitfair/

West PACS Spring 2009 Fair
Date: April 1st
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena: www.indoorsportsarena.com
For more information, visit: http://www.westpacs.org/ 

Community College of Beaver County
Date:
April 15th
Time: 10:00 – 3:00
Location:CCBC Dome, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA  15061
For more information, contact the Career Center at 724-775-8561 ext. 170, 251 or 276

Monroeville Job Fair & College Expo
Date:April 17th
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:CCAC – Boyce Campus Student Union – level 5
For more information, including a list of participating companies and organizations, contact Career Services, Boyce campus: 724.325.6770.

March 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Free Resume Printing at Fed Ex

In case you haven’t heard, there is still time left in the day to head down to your nearest Fed Ex store! Today only (that’s Tuesday, March 10th) Fed Ex is offering up to 25 free black & white copies of your resume.

March 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

Hot Jobs :: Week of 03.09.09

Here are this week’s featured jobs on the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Career Center. Visit careers.pghtech.org for more job listings.

Sales Manager – PsychConsult Provider
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Accounting Assistant
Foundation Radiology Group

SharePoint Developer
PLUS Consulting, L.L.C.
________________________________________
Hot Internship:

Customer Support Intern
Ariba

March 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Laid Off? Go Camping.

Driving into work today I heard this story on NPR and thought, “What a great idea!” Laid Off Camp is a grassroots sort of project started by someone who was, what else, laid off himself and wanted to connect with others who were unemployed. These informal groups of job-seekers get together for support, guidance, and potentially – leads to a new career. Their workshops focus on issues like budgeting, how to find affordable health insurance, and how to start your own consulting business. Although started in San Fransisco, new groups have cropped up around the country. No one has planned one for Pittsburgh yet, but I’m sure there are some enterprising individuals out there who will take on this great idea. Just be sure to let me know when you pitch your first tent!

March 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

The Interview Dress Rehearsal

curtain1I’m not one of those people who is great at talking on my feet. There’s something about the way I am wired that makes it difficult for me to act suave and say intelligent things under pressure. I’ll never be a politician, or an actor, or anyone behind a news desk. But I can overcome this “flaw” in certain situations with just a little bit of practice. It’s best to borrow a friend to help you out and ask you random questions to put you on the spot (although I must admit, I’ve had to resort to talking to my cat in the past). Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you thinking about potential questions.

Now don’t start memorizing answers to all of them. Obviously, that’s just ridiculous and you never know what the interviewer will ask. But I’ve found that if I concentrate my efforts in a few areas, this helps me draw out examples and provide some pretty solid, respectable answers.

  1. First and foremost, be prepared with your elevator pitch!
  2. Think of several examples of things you do well. Previous projects, situations that were difficult, times in which your boss or others absolutely raved about your work.
  3. Be prepared by remembering a time when things did not happen as you wanted them to happen and how you overcame this. (this will answer those annoying questions related to challenges, weaknesses, etc.)
  4. Give some thought to what your personality type is like and how you work with others – are you a very independent worker? Do you need others around for motivation?
  5. Since you’ve done lots of research on this company and know all about what they do (you did that, right?) give careful consideration to forming a brief description of them in your own words, one that preferably gives the company a bit of an ego rub while you’re at it.
  6. There are plenty of on-line resources for finding out what your salary range should be. Come prepared to tell them what you’d like to be making, as long as it falls within the parameters of the position, of course.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget that you also must (and I mean MUST) ask questions of the interviewer. Your inquiries should be smart, and show knowledge that you understand their business and have given some serious thought to how you can help them succeed.

All done? Take a bow. Then practice again. If you’re like me and end up resorting to using the family pet as your “audience”, I promise he won’t mind.

March 4, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Hot Jobs :: Week of 03.02.09

Here are this week’s featured jobs on the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Career Center. Visit careers.pghtech.org for more job listings.

TeleSales Representative
Four Rivers Software Systems, Inc.

Accounting Assistant
Foundation Radiology Group

SharePoint Developer
PLUS Consulting, L.L.C.
________________________________________
Hot Internship:

Mechanical/Electrical Eng Intern
Catalyst Connection

March 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

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