Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Growth Careers in 2010

Careerbuilder recently published its 2010 Mid-Year Jobs Forecast listing careers that are among those in need of qualified candidates. The Forecast found that one in five employers currently have positions that they have been unable to fill. Additionally, 48% of Human Resource Managers surveyed said that there is an area of their company that is lacking skilled workers in one of these careers.

Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet believes that veterans are the ideal solution to the workforce shortfalls listed in this article, particularly the four listed below.

Skilled Trades: Careerbuilder cites the reason for a shortage of workers in these jobs is that the expertise required for them is often not necessarily learned in a four-year school, but requires education, training, and experience. Justin Whitworth, a former Petty Officer First Class in the Navy, transitioned easily into this field as an Electrician with Parker Drilling earlier this year thanks to his technical experience in the military, and continues to enjoy his career.

Transportation/Warehousing: These types of careers are expected to see 31.6% growth in job openings this year over last (according to research firm Borrell Associates). Paul Cordy, a Distribution Supervisor at Wegman’s Food Market, believes his placement in this industry is a great fit and utilizes his experience as a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps.

Engineering: Engineering jobs have historically been very hard jobs to fill, and this continues to be the case. As many engineers prepare for retirement, the industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified applicants. Among the many veterans Orion has placed in this field is Stan Coleman, a former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, who is now an Engineering Manager at Amway. Coleman directly attributes his success to the leadership skills he developed in the Navy and says they are necessary and invaluable skills for most management level careers.

Sales and Customer Service: According to Careerbuilder, 25% of hiring managers plan on hiring for customer service positions, and 22% plan on hiring sales associates throughout the remainder of 2010. With companies focused on finding new business and raising revenue, sales candidates are important to the bottom line. Craig Fury, Sales Representative with Aardvark Tactical and a former Army Captain, has found success in this arena. After only five months in his new career, he has seen his territory doubled.

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