More Big Business

About a year ago we posted an article listing the 10 largest employers in the US. Interesting information-sure, albeit not completely relevant to the job or recruiting search most of us go through. But I’ve always been fascinated by stuff like this so when I came across a 24/7 Wall Street article about the 15 largest employers in the world, well I couldn’t resist. They are listed below in summary, with more information on each available here in the original article.

15. Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Limited

  • Total employees: 413,000
  • Revenue: $7.6 billion
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Industry: Footwear

14. Sodexo S.A.

  • Total employees: 427,981
  • Revenue: $24.3 billion
  • Country: France
  • Industry: Hospitality

13. OAO Gazprom

  • Total employees: 429,000
  • Revenue: $156.6 billion
  • Country: Russia
  • Industry: Oil & gas

12. IBM Corporation

  • Total employees: 431,212
  • Revenue: $99.7 billion
  • Country: United States
  • Industry: Technology & consulting

11. Deutsche Post AG

  • Total employees: 435,285
  • Revenue: $76.4 billion
  • Country: Germany
  • Industry: Logistics

10. McDonald’s Corp.

  • Total employees: 440,000
  • Revenue: $28.1 billion
  • Country: United States
  • Industry: Restaurants

9. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

  • Total employees: 441,902
  • Revenue: $ 91.1 billion
  • Country: China
  • Industry: Banking

8. ISS A/S

  • Total employees: 464,184
  • Revenue: $14.5 billion
  • Country: Denmark
  • Industry: Diversified services

7. Agricultural Bank of China Limited

  • Total employees: 478,980
  • Revenue: $68.2 billion
  • Country: China
  • Industry: Banking

6. Compass Group plc

  • Total employees: 506,699
  • Revenue: $28.4 billion
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Industry: Diversified services

5. PetroChina Co. Ltd.

  • Total employees: 544,083
  • Revenue: $373.0 billion
  • Country: China
  • Industry: Oil & gas

4. Volkswagen AG

  • Total employees: 555,097
  • Revenue: $271.3 billion
  • Country: Germany
  • Industry: Car manufacturing

3. Randstad Holding NV

  • Total employees: 595,730
  • Revenue: $22.8 billion
  • Country: The Netherlands
  • Industry: Human resources

2. G4S plc

  • Total employees: 618,000
  • Revenue: $12.3 billion
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Industry: Security services

1. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Total employees: 2,200,000
  • Revenue: $476.3 billion
  • Country: United States
  • Industry: Retail

The Value of Job Search Skills

A recent study by professors at Penn State found that job seekers who learn how to search for a job are 2.67 times more likely to get one than those who don’t. The study looked at data from more than 9,500 job seekers in nearly 50 job search classes and training programs.

The job search skills taught in these programs included identifying job leads and presenting one’s self well in resumes and job interviews. The odds of getting hired increased even more if the job search training included motivational aspects, such as social support (4.27 times), goal setting (4.67 times), and proactivity (5.88 times higher).

Lack of job search skills, rather than lack of occupational skills, is a key factor in job search failure, according to the researchers. Job search training “could become more effective by combining both skill development-focused and motivation enhancement-focused techniques,” said the researchers.

- “But I know how to look for a job.”

Do you? Like everything else, the job market changes, as do the way people get into it. In fact, the people business might be second only to technology in terms of ongoing reinvention. Sure, general themes remain, but when you’re competing against many others as skilled and motivated as you, you owe yourself (and deserve) every little advantage.

- “Ok, so how do I “learn” how to search for a job?”

We’re not talking about formal training. It’s usually a case of brush up on this and get a tip or three about current trends. And your nearest Workforce Solutions Office can be a great resource as they offer classes and seminars on searching for a job, interviewing, resume writing, using, and many other topics.

Friends and family can help too. Find out what they know, what they see and hear, what HR departments at their places of employment are seeing and doing.  And, check out other posts on this site and other blogs and publications/forums/groups focused on employment tips and trends.

Job search is about competitive advantage and every little bit counts. Good luck.

Job Search By The Numbers

This week we’re discussing some job search metrics that are downright fascinating and too poignant to ignore. This post is not meant to scare or discourage. In fact, we hope that it serves as motivation for job finders to want to become more informed about the world in which they’re looking for work.

So you know looking for a job is hard, but…how hard?

The Competition

  • Although it varies depending on employer, job, location and other factors, the average job gets 250 resumes submitted for it, the first of which is received within 200 seconds of the job being posted. “Boom: that just happened” applies to job search too. And the overall competition is staggering. gets 75K new resumes every month (and that’s just Texas). Monster (nationwide) gets about 425K new resumes every month.
  • How to combat? Research what industry experts can tell you about how to best prepare your resume. And be diligent in your search: The one time you let up might be the one time you miss being first to find the perfect job that just posted.

The Funnel

  • The average online job gets about 1000 views. 200 of those will take the next step (maybe going to the corporate site to complete an app or submit a resume). 100 will apply. 75 will get screened out by the ATS (see: The Modern Resume). 25 will be seen by the hiring manager. 4-6 will be considered. 1-3 will be interviewed. 1 will be offered the job. And 80% of the time that 1 will accept.
  • How to combat? Know what you want. Be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t (and will and won’t) do. Get smart about how (and where) to look for the types of jobs you’re interested in. Network: don’t be afraid to tell people you’re looking. Knowing someone (or knowing someone who knows someone) is still the best way to get a job.

The Review

  • The average resume/application that MAKES it to a hiring manager gets 6 seconds of eye-time. That’s a deep breath. And 4 of those 6 seconds are spent looking at 4 things: job title, company name, start/end dates, and education. That leaves a mere 2 seconds to find something else interesting.
  • How to combat? Even if you don’t like it, knowing can help you better prepare the documents that represent you.

The Error

  • One single error on a resume or application cuts your chances of making it through the screening process by 61%. And listing an inappropriate email address increases that likelihood to 76%.
  • How to combat? Take the time to proof-read, and when you think it’s good let someone else read it. And think ahead: Don’t use a social email address for a professional engagement.

The Rest

  • Even with all this, a resume or application still only gets you an interview. And even if you do everything right, the odds aren’t in your favor.
  • Good news is employers post jobs with intent to fill them, which is why it’s so important to learn, to apply, and to adjust. Get smart about looking for a job, give yourself every chance to be successful and you will be.

If you need any help, please contact your nearest workforce solutions offices. Good luck.

      * Thanks to our friends at for the help with this research. Hits A Decade

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since TWC held a press conference in the North Austin Workforce Solutions Office to announce the launch of

We’ve come a long way since then, listing 5 million jobs, connecting 55 million employers & job seekers, and directly filling 2.1 million of those jobs. We’ve also weathered natural disasters, a national recession, and had to roll with huge changes in how employers hire and people find jobs. Suffice to say it’s been a busy 10 years.

Over these years we’ve been lucky to be part of the employment solution for many, and we have many to thank. None more important than employers and job seekers who put their trust in the public workforce system, and none more critical than local workforce solutions staff who deliver those solutions. Thank you, for your business, your patience, your dedication and your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

So with an eye to the future and knowing that technology advancements, recruiting practices, and user expectations and behaviors have all changed, today we find ourselves at another cross-road. To remain relevant we must rethink our expectations of what is, and what it needs to be, and for that we need your help. Please take a minute to comment on this post and tell us what you’d like to see from the system in the years to come. Your input is greatly appreciated.

So You Just Got Hired…Now What?

A few days after the recent NFL draft, CNN-SI writer and former NFL player Matt Bowen wrote an article called “So You Just Got Drafted…Now What?” It’s a fascinating read, essentially detailing what it’s like to be hired by the NFL and what your first days on the job are like.

Very similar, in fact, to what it’s like to be hired by any company and what your first days on any job are like. And to fully illustrate this, let me use Matt’s four categories, and even some of his examples, to hammer the point home.

Welcome to the NFL

The playbooks are deep, the terminology is new and the coaching is hard. Multiple schemes, complex coverages, numerous alignments, on-the-fly adjustments; These coaching staffs will throw a ton of new things at you and still expect to see a high level of execution right away. Sounds familiar, right. High expectations, tons of work to do, and a dizzying amount of new and/or different detail to learn, even if you know the general business. And once you’re on the field (been “thrown into the fire”), the coaches will test you, push you, to find out what you can handle: Do you respond well to coaching? Or harsh criticism? Can you make corrections from one rep (work task) to the next when your legs feel like Jell-O. Remember, there are no free passes for rookies (or new employees).  When the work needs to get done, it needs to get done, regardless of what round you were drafted in.

Workout Shape vs. Football Shape

NFL practices are fast, up-tempo and they will beat up rookies until you get into football shape. After training for months to test well in individual speed drills, now you’re going against people as fast as you and who already know what you’re trying to learn. And it doesn’t matter where you played (where you went to school or worked before), the game isn’t the same. It takes time in a team’s strength program along with reps on the practice field to build up the conditioning level necessary to play (and compete) with the pros (it takes time to learn any job and its processes and priorities in order to become a fully contributing and valued team member).

The Veterans Are Watching

There’s much more to being successful in a new job than just impressing the boss. Obviously that’s important, but rarely discussed in job-prep classes is how important it is to become and be part of the team. Make no mistake, your new co-workers are watching: Do you show up on time? Can you line up correctly? Will you make it through a conditioning run? Can you execute the basic schemes on the field? Do you work hard during lifting sessions? Are you prepared for meetings? Can you stay out of the training room (do you not call in sick all the time) while displaying the talent that was hyped up throughout the draft process (displaying the skill and potential they saw that got you hired in the first place)? Basically, can you and do you act like a pro, because the workplace is a “show me, don’t tell me” kind of league.

The Transition to the NFL Doesn’t Happen Overnight

This workplace is tough, it’s demanding and it forces you to play catch-up, especially as a new employee. Some rookies can’t even find the bathroom in the facility during the first week, let alone figure out the playbook and the new techniques being taught on the field. But first days are starting points, a place to build from in terms of understanding the game (the business) and the conditioning level needed to produce as an NFL player (the expectations and what it takes to meet them).

Why Texas

We know Texas weathered the recent national recession better than most states, and it continues to exceed the average in terms of unemployment and job growth, but why? What specific, tangible facts support the case that Texas is a good state in which to do business: Why is it a leader in job growth?

It’s an interesting question, one that many have tried to answer, most recently Mario Favela of the website ‘Moving To Texas.’ And different from many, he made his case in the form of nine very tangible points which we’ve summarized below.

Maybe it’s not perfect, but at the very least it’s a substantive start to a compelling case for why the Lone Star state continues to fair well, and why I for one am just happy to be here.

  1. Energy – The oil and gas industry is booming in Texas which means jobs, but it’s not just oil. Texas is also a national leader in wind energy production and home to two of the largest wind-farms in the country.
  2. Strong Economy – It’s not just the energy industry that’s growing jobs. 52 of the Fortune 500 companies headquarter in Texas, the 2nd largest concentration in the country. And the Healthcare, IT, and Manufacturing industries are all strong and growing.
  3. Business-Friendly Climate – Minimal regulation, tort reform, and right-to-work have helped to create a very employer-friendly environment which many businesses enjoy and thrive in.
  4. Infrastructure – Texas’ central location helps support both domestic and international trade, with a vast and modern connection of highways, airways, railways, and deep water ports.
  5. Latin American Trade – Due to proximity it makes sense why Texas has increased trade with countries like Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. And Texas should benefit from the expansion of the Panama Canal, which will allow giant LNG ships access, thereby opening new trade routes for shipping Texas LNG all over the world.
  6. State Incentives – Texas has specific state incentive programs to help attract new business and encourage economic growth, namely the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and the Texas Enterprise Fund.
  7. Low Taxes – Compared to other states, Texas is average to higher in terms of franchise and property taxes. But, we have no corporate income tax and no individual income tax, meaning Texans generally get to keep more of what they earn.
  8. Quality of Life – Culturally and recreationally speaking, Texas literally has it all (you can ski AND surf). And, real estate is relatively cheap, the cost of living is below the national average, and the state higher education system is collectively considered one of the nation’s best.
  9. Wages – As of May 2012, the average Texas wage was about $44K/year, only slightly behind the national average of about $46K/year, which is somewhat offset by the cost of living, making Texas wages solid overall from a national perspective.

How To “Search”

In addition to being a globally recognized and respected brand, Google has become synonymous with conducting an internet search in much the same way that Kleenex has become synonymous with facial tissue. Need to find something on the web, just google it. So with that in mind please understand the following references are to google, not Google.

You don’t often hear people talk about knowing how to search the internet as an important skill, but in today’s world it might be one of THE most important skills you can have. Whether you’re looking for news, cheap hotels, that research paper on the Supercollider, knowing how to search is very important and can be incredibly time and sanity-saving.

And better yet, search skills apply across all boundaries, even to searching for a potential employee or a job. So as you figure out how to make Google really work for you, you can us that same knowledge to make really work for you too.

Start with just a few basics.

  • Put your search terms in quotes (“search text”) to find exact words or phrases.
    • Ex. A search for “big dog” would return all results where big and dog were both found, and found together.
  • Use the word “AND” between terms to find exact words or phrases, but only if you don’t care if those words or phrases are together (yes, the word “AND” must be in upper case).
    • Ex. A search for big AND dog would return all results where big and dog were both found, but not necessarily together.
  • Use the word OR between terms to find one or more words or phrases.
    • Ex. A search for big OR dog would return all results where either big or dog was found, but not necessarily both, or together.

Now a real world example: you’re hiring a computer programmer in Austin to work on an Oracle-based application called PeopleSoft.You could use the text search feature to search for “programmer,” but you’ll likely be overwhelmed with 500+ matches. Or, you could use that search feature to look for “programmer AND austin AND peoplesoft,” which will give you a much more manageable list of about 20 matches.

There’s no perfect search string, it all depends on what you’re looking for.  But with just a little knowledge and time, you can probably significantly improve your results.

For more easy to use and understand information on internet searches, check out this article.


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