Where The Jobs Are

The cover article of the January 2007 issue of Time Magazine was titled “Where The Jobs Are”. More than seven years later, people are still wondering where the jobs are, and this sentiment resonates whether you are currently employed, are looking for work or are a soon-to-graduate student.

This post examines the employment landscape from the perspective of where the jobs are currently, and identifies resources that can be used to understand what and where they are going to be in the future?

Where are the jobs today?

There are several great resources from Indeed.com, Simply Hired, Wallet Hub and EMSI-Careerbuilder that identify market trends and where the jobs are today by metro area and industry.

Indeed.com shows job postings per capita for the top 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the US. At the the high end, San Jose, California has 164 job postings per 1,000 people and at the low end, Riverside, California has just 27 jobs per 1,000 people. The average number of job postings for the top 50 metro areas is 69. The other cities in the top five for the 4th quarter of 2013 are Raleigh, NC, Hartford, CT, Washington DC and Denver, CO. Indeed also examines job market competition which looks at how hard it is to find a job in a particular city by comparing job postings to the number of unemployed persons.

Twenty metro areas have a 1:1 ratio of jobs to unemployed while the bottom six metro areas have a ratio of 1:3 or worse.

In addition to being a leading job board, Simply Hired also provides some interesting trend data for jobs including trends at the Nationaland Metro level as well as trends for Industry and Occupation.

Another great resource for current jobs comes from Wallet Hub who put together an analysis recently titled “The Best Cities To Find a Job”. Using 13 unique metrics, Wallet Hub analyzed the 60 largest U.S. cities in order to give people a sense of where on the map the strongest job markets and greatest prospects for long-term financial security could be found.

Every metro area in America has at least one or two industries that drive its economy. Careerbuilder and EMSI have taken a different whack at the current jobs analysis by looking at the industries driving growth and jobs for the 100 most populous metros in the U.S. Their data is based on 2013 jobs, regional concentration, average earnings, and job growth.

EMSI also sifted through their data and came up with the top dozen occupations that are in the highest demand for 2014 along with best cities for those positions. On the other hand, there are some jobs that you may want to avoid as their underlying industries appear to be on the decline. In this recent blog post, SimplyHired.com identified five of the fastest shrinking jobs that you should sidestep if possible.

Where the jobs are going to be?

There are several great resources for understanding where the job growth is going to be in the future. One of these resources comes Moody’s Analytics and USA Today which provides a job growth forecast using an interactive map that lets you explore different industries and geographies to understand where the job growth is coming from.

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes theirOccupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) every two years and the latest version was published in January 2014.

The OOH provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 334 occupational profiles covering about 84 percent of the jobs in the economy. They also include a job outlook and employment change estimates for the next 10 years through 2022.

These three tables provide some interesting insights into new, fast growing and highest paying occupations:

What about middle class jobs?

Forbes Magazine recently identified the top cities that are creating the most middle class jobs. Over the past three years, these higher wage professions have accounted for just 29% of all new jobs created while more than half of all new jobs were in jobs paying less than $13 per hour. Wanted Analytics took Forbes analysis to the next level and identifed the top 10 jobs in each of the job creating cities.

What if I don’t know what career is best for me?

If you don’t know what career is best for you or are looking for a career change, you shoudl check out O*NET OnLine, an online career exploration and job analysis website.

You can search O*NET OnLine by specific job codes or keywords to find various occupations. Once you locate an occupation you want to explore, O*NET OnLine provides a summary report that provides a job description, related job titles, general tasks, tools, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, education, interests, work styles, wages and projected growth.

This post originally appeared in the AppleOne Career Seekers Blog.

What’s Up With WhatsApp?

WhatsApp LogoSo, the second biggest tech acquisition of all time happened yesterday when Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion.  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who never heard of WhatsApp until this week as this company has pretty much stayed under the radar in the United States.  If you are someone who follows the global trends, then you definitely knew of WhatsApp as they have amassed more than 450 million members over the last 5 years.

For those of you who were caught as off-guard as I was, I have pulled together a series of links to article and analyses on the acquisition from a variety of sources.  I have included excerpts and tidbits that I found most compelling in each article.

WhatsApp is the 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time from Business Insider

WhatsApp is the 2nd Largest Tech Acquisition

Why Facebook is Buying WhatsApp from Business Incider

“WhatsApp is the fastest-growing company in history (in terms of users). If the company’s growth continues, and it can continue to “monetize” its users, it will be worth an even more mind-boggling amount of money someday.

The bottom line:  This is a very bold move.”

Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19B – But Why? from Social Media Today

This is why, according to Social Media Today:

WhatsApp has grown faster in a span of four years than Facebook, Gmail, Skype and Twitter

WhatsApp and Texting Apps Will Drain $33 Billion From Telecoms This Year from Mashable

“U.S. carriers often throw in unlimited texting with their data plans. Abroad, it’s a different story. Since carriers charge for texting, adoption of such work-around apps has risen dramatically. For wireless telecoms, it’s a repeat of the growth of Skype in the 2000s, another workaround that deflated revenues charged for international calls.”

WhatsApp Shows How Phone Carriers Lost Out On $33 Billion from Bloomberg Technology

“In Mexico, for instance, almost 90 percent of all instant messaging goes through WhatsApp, according to Ernesto Piedras, director of the Competitive Intelligence Unit, a telecommunications consulting firm based in Mexico City.”

WhatsApp on LinkedIn

Being the LinkedIn expert that I am, I also researched WhatsApp on LinkedIn.

The company page on LinkedIn WhatsApp is pretty sparse.  Even the profiles for the founders are pretty minimal and spartan:

The press releases made a big deal that WhatsApp does not have very many employees and that is confirmed by looking at the list of just 73 employees who have LinkedIn profiles.

Only time will tell if this is a brilliant move by Facebook or not – and it will be exciting to see how the next 10 years of Facebook turns out.

Improve Your Creativity, Productivity and Health with Walking Meetings

Did you know that most people spend more time per day sitting (9.3 hours) than they do sleeping (7.7 hours)?

Many of us have sedentary jobs and the impact sitting too much has been documented in multiple medical studies, and includes higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and a number of other undesirable health problems.  Even among people who regularly exercise, the exercise benefits may not counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day.

What can we do about the problem of sitting too much?

Strategist and blogger Nilofer Merchant recorded this short TED talk last year titled “Got a Meeting? Take A Walk“.  She challenges everyone to get off their duff, and walk and talk or “walk the talk”:

In addition to the obvious health benefits of being more active, people who have jumped on the walking meeting bandwagon report that their meetings are more focused, inspired, efficient and creative.  Increased physical activity has also been shown to reduce your stress, increase happiness and give you more energy.

Some key tips for hosting a walking meeting include:

  • Keep the group small – 2 to 4 people is an ideal group size for enabling everyone to hear and participate
  • Map out your route ahead of time – so you know where you’re going and to make sure you don’t get lost
  • Limit the use of smartphones – minimizing distractions is always good and it can be unsafe to use a smartphone while moving

Finally, you want to check out these additional Tips on Hosting Walking Meetings from the Everybody Walk! Collaborative.  Information on the risks of sitting too much can be found in this Q&A from the Mayo Clinic and in the “Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think” from NPR.

Great Leaders Start With Why

“People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.”  Simon Sinek

What drives innovation and performance at the world’s leading companies and from the top leaders? Author and consultant Simon Sinek made a discovery several years ago about the pattern under which all great and inspiring leaders and organizations operate – they all think, act and communicate in the exact same way.  And he discovered that it is the complete opposite of way that almost everyone else behaves.  In essence, Simon’s theory challenged traditional assumptions about how great leaders and great companies actually inspire people.

Simon refers to his discovery as the Golden Circle.  Everyone knows what they do and most people can explain how they do something, but very few people or organizations can articulate why they do what they do.  By “Why”, Simon is referring to: What’s your purpose?  What’s your cause?  What’s your belief?  Why does your organization exist?  Why do you get out of bed in the morning?  And why should anyone care?   Most of us communicate and act from the outside in, because it is generally easier to go from the clearest thing (the What) to the fuzziest thing (the Why).  The difference is that inspired leaders and inspired organizations all think, act and communicate from the “inside out”.  In other words, these individuals and companies start with the Why and everything else they do follows from the inside out.

Simon Sinek's Golden Circle

Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle

(you can download Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle Powerpoint slides for free here)

The goal for inspiration and innovation then, is to sell to people who believe what you believe.  Leaders and organizations who inspire us are followed not because we have to follow them, but because we want to follow them.

Simon’s TED video below is the second most watched TED video and you can watch how he reinforces his Why-How-What mantra with examples from Martin Luther King, Apple, and the Wright Brothers.  Simon distilled his thoughts in his 2009 book called “Start With Why” and you can download a free chapter at the StartWithWhy.com website.

Simon just came out with a new book in January 2014 called “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”.

[this blog post originally appeared on the AppleOne blog on January 6, 2014]

My Blog Year In Review

Even though I didn’t do much with my WordPress blog in the last year, their stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for me.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Have You Seen the New Yelp Interface?

What the YelpWhat the Yelp is going on?  After 9 years, Yelp has decided to test a new design for their review pages.  I only happened to notice because I manage a number of locations for a business on Yelp and am on their site several times per day.  One day last week I noticed that my Yelp interface had changed and was really perplexed.  While I liked most of the changes, I was really bothered that they changed the picture dimensions from rectangular to square which messed with several photos that had been uploaded to my account.

Since I am a paying customer of Yelp, I quickly emailed my Yelp Account Manager and expressed my dissatisfaction about not being told of the changes.  My ire turned out to be premature as Yelp is just testing the new design for now and only 1% of users can actually see the changes, so I guess I am luck in that regard.  In any case, I still wish they would have been proactive in notifying active users or managers of business accounts that something was up.

What is Yelp saying so far?  Officially, Yelp is not saying anything about the new interface.  Unofficially, here is some additional information sent to me by my Yelp Account Manager.

  • We are testing new ads and a more photo-centric look to profiles
  • By January 2014, the updates will be live across 12% of our user pages, before officially launching at some point in Q1
  • We are testing these so the features are changing each week. We are not officially discussing these today since the design may change between today and the roll out.
  • The roll out date has not been finalized but we hope to make the unveil in Q1.

If you are curious about what may change, I have copied identical pages from Ruby’s Diner – and a Yelp page I managed 3 years ago.  When I sign into my Yelp account and view any pages, I get the new Yelp user interface.  If I use another browser and don’t sign in, I get the old or current Yelp user interface.

What are the key changes?  The key changes in the Yelp interface can be summarized as:

  • Bigger fonts for headings
  • Pictures are bigger, and are front and center
  • Review highlights have also gained in prominence
  • Calls to action are better organized (“Write a Review, Add Photo, etc.”)
  • Summary business facts have moved to right navigation bar
  • Rating distribution has been hidden under Details (to right of review stars under business name)
  • Added more white space under the reviewer’s name and to the left of the actual review

So, do you like the new changes?  I like the idea that Yelp is finally addressing the issue of their ‘tired’ interface considering that all of their social media brethren have gone through multiple user interface iterations in the past several years.  I like some of the features and I am not convinced about some of the others.  Remember my earlier caveat – the final design may change between now and final roll out.  So, what do you think?

Here is the latest version of the new Yelp interface:

Yelp New Interface

Yelp New User Interface as of December 17, 2013 – Tentative

And for comparison, here is the current version of the Yelp Interface:

Yelp Current User Interface

Yelp Current User Interface as of December 17, 2013