June 15, 2016

Where are the 2016 Jobs?

There are many ways that you can search for a job. The most common approach is to look for a job opening that matches your college training in job search engines that gather open positions from all across the United States. This is not a bad approach but sometimes you may get overwhelmed with trying to read, tweak your resume, and apply for each opening. An alternative way to search for employment is to use a focused approach of searching by state or by college major.

Searching for employment by state has some great upfront time savers automatically built into the process. For example, when you decide to look by state you will consciously or unconsciously make some lifestyle decisions such as deciding whether you want to live in the Sunbelt states to avoid the winters in the Midwest states. Let's take this example a little farther and say you are using the common search approach to look for a job everywhere and anywhere. You find a job opening and it's in Denver, Colorado. You hate snow. Should you apply for the job  or not? That's your call, but my advice would be if you are going to be miserable living in a location that you don't like, you will probably will not be happy at work even if you really like the job. There is a lot more to life than work.

Another nice benefit of narrowing your job search to the state level is again saving time by searching those states that have the largest employment needs. In the world of job creation, size matters! Large states like California, Texas and Florida will have a bunch of job openings even if they are in a sluggish year. Finally, with a little research on your part, you can determine that certain industries are located in certain states and then focus on those states which would need to hire your skill set. I will list a few states with some of their key industries latter on in this post.

A different way to narrow to 2016 job search is to use focused search engines. What is a focused search engine? It's a search tool that only looks for jobs in your skill set. Say you are a Fine Arts major. The New York Foundation for the Arts has a site http://www.NYFA.org/jobs that has a listing of employment needs for those who have Fine Art degrees. If you are  Finance Major or Data Scientist, don't look here. This site is looking for artists, theater majors, stage managers, etc. The California Arts Council also has its own search engine for finding and posting employment needs for those with Fine Art degrees. The California Arts Council site is http://www.cac.ca.gov/opportunities.

Where are the 2016 jobs by state? Below is a small listing of states and job skill sets they may need. As you will see most of the pairing of states with skill sets involves some common sense. This list is not all inclusive, it's purpose is to demonstrate how to approach narrowing your job quest by state. Good luck.

Texas - finance, scientists, engineers 
New York - marketing, advertising, finance, banking
California - technologists, data scientists, life sciences
Florida - tourism, healthcare
Nevada - chemists, engineers (Tesla is building a $5 billion battery plant near Reno)
Delaware - sales, business majors, (Delaware is the national hub for credit card companies)

Deciding which approach to find jobs in 2016 is just one of many factors that are needed to land a job. If you found this post helpful you may want to take a look at my book, "Steps to Finding a Job After College"  where I have compiled many more key tips with additional detail.

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