Texas Is Wide Open For Veterans

Last week TWC, in partnership with TVC and Texas.gov, launched a new website for veterans called Texas Wide Open For Veterans. And while there are a million websites for various veteran causes already out there, what makes this one unique is its purpose – selling Texas.

In addition to promoting employment connections between jobs and job seekers via WorkInTexas.com, the site aims to reveal the many advantages and opportunities Texas offers to veterans who are considering making (or keeping) the Lone Star State their permanent residence. Texas Wide Open For Veterans markets Texas to veterans, as a place to live, earn a living, raise a family and enjoy all the state has to offer.

Texas Wide Open For Veterans is also a sister-site to the Texas Veterans Portal which provides information and connections on veteran benefits, education, health, communities and employment. Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said at the launch, Texas “has so much to offer. With the highest job growth in the country, there are many opportunities for these veterans to find work in a variety of industries in Texas. And we want to make sure our men and women in uniform know that we’d love for them to make Texas their home.”

In addition to information about why Texas is THE place to be, the site features interactive maps that show Workforce Solutions Offices, international airports, VA hospitals, state parks, and more. It also includes a contact option to directly connect veterans and employers to workforce professionals across the state who can assist with or direct them on just about anything.

If you are, know, or work with veterans, give it a look. We think it’s pretty good, but anything can be improved and we’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions.

Combining WIT & TWIST

It’s finally happening! WorkInTexas.com (WIT) and The Workforce Information System of Texas (TWIST-the state’s case management system) are being combined in a single application via a project currently known as Common Components.

For job seekers and employers, you won’t notice much change in terms of applications. The biggest difference will be  our quality of service. Workforce solutions staff will be able to take a more holistic approach in providing services using logical and integrated work-flows. And they’ll be better equipped to understand and address unique individual needs, whether they’re related to training or jobs or something else.

For staff, you will see a big difference, and that difference starts with a web-based system. This new application will be more intuitive and “smarter,” to provide you a better view of each customer, thereby helping you  better serve all customers. Common Components will merge staff functions found in both systems (registration/intake, eligibility, services, etc.), and while it will not yet completely replace both systems, it does put us on the road to that eventual end.

This project will take about 18 months to complete and will provide a seemingly single application that (to the greatest extent possible) easily and seamlessly interacts with what’s left of WIT (self-service and job matching functions) and TWIST (case management-specific functions).

The overall goal of the project is simply to modernize applications and improve local service delivery. This will be accomplished by consolidating common business processes with consistent business rules, ensuring data security and integrity, reducing infrastructure support requirements and stability risks, and eliminating repetitive data entry and data reconciliation. It will also improve customer information collection via a common interface for common functions, and it will save future development time and costs when new functionality and program changes are necessary.

For staff, one more thing you might want to know is that we’re looking for some help in naming this new application. Your first chance to contribute a suggestion will be at the 2014 TWC Annual Conference. There will be other opportunities too, but if you’re in Grapevine this week for the conference, please stop by the Workforce Systems booth in the exhibit hall and give us your best shot.

The Welding Job Market In Texas

Similar to a post we did a few weeks ago, we’ve recently completed some research on the supply and demand picture of welding jobs in Texas. We know these jobs are always in-demand, though maybe more-so recently due to the oil & gas boom in the region, but we were curious to understand that extent, where those jobs were showing up, for whom, and what kind of known labor-supply Texas has to meet that demand.

We again used Help Wanted Online (HWOL) as our demand data source and WorkInTexas.com as our supply source. All the same notes and caveats that applied to the healthcare research also apply here.

Looking at these two things together there appears to be roughly 1 welding job for every 1 person looking for a welding job. That’s a very simple analysis of course, but keep in mind the purpose of this exercise was ballpark perspective, not clinical analysis.

Also, different from healthcare, many of these welding jobs are not actually performed in the same location where they are posted. For example, Company A may be located in Houston with many welder jobs shown there, but the job sites are in the oil and gas fields of south and west Texas.

I hope you find this useful. Feel free to ask questions via the Comments section.

The Healthcare Job Market In Texas

We’ve recently completed some research on the supply and demand picture of healthcare jobs in Texas, as best we can see it. Of course Registered Nurses are THE in-demand job in the state, but what of the rest of that industry? If you or someone you know is thinking about getting into healthcare, the information below might be a good read. First, US News recently published an article on the best healthcare jobs in the country. The ranking is generally based on growth projections with a link to more info about specific duties, pay, and even a list of available jobs in your area. Second is our research information. Different than the article above, ours is based on real-time data that paints a picture of what the market is right now in terms of supply (job seekers who want those jobs) and demand (those jobs that need to be filled), per two different data sources. (To fully understand the market, projections and real-time data are equally valuable and necessary.)

  • The first is Help Wanted Online (HWOL) which we use to, generally speaking, see the full state-wide demand picture. HWOL tracks jobs posted anywhere online and pulls them all together. And by analyzing that data we can create pictures of: overall demand for healthcare jobs (slide 1); trends (slide 2); know where the jobs are (slide 3); know whose hiring (slide 4); even figure out what non-healthcare jobs are being hired by healthcare employers (slide 5).
  • The second is WorkInTexas.com, from which we get much more information about the jobs but also a picture of the supply, something HWOL doesn’t provide. And from that we can create pictures of: number of people seeking professional healthcare jobs (slide 6); top 15 available & in-demand skill sets (slide 7 & 8); and a side-by-side comparison (slide 9).

Healthcare Job Market in Texas – Slides I hope you find this useful. Feel free to ask questions via the Comments section.

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 WorkInTexas.com, 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. WorkInTexas.com 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 ere.net for the help with this research.


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