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August 2009 Vermont JobReport


The July job numbers showed positive signs that the worst of the economic downturn may be behind us. Let's start by looking at the statewide job posting numbers.

In July, the total number of openings posted on JobsInVT grew to 970, which is up nearly 12% over June. Year over year, however, job openings posted in July decreased by 36%.

161 Vermont Employers advertised job openings on JobsInVT in July, the same as in June, but up nearly 60% from January which had the lowest number for the year.

As you would expect, the number of job seeker visits to the website continues to be on the rise, increasing from 170,000 unique visits in June to 175,000 in July.

Now let's take a closer look at the job specific data. As usual, the largest number of job openings in July were in Chittenden County, which posted just over ONE THIRD of all job listings. Of interest, though is the sharp rise in jobs in Windham County, where nearly 25% of all job opportunities on JobsInVT.com were located. The steepest decline was seen in Lamoille County, which has dropped by nearly TWO THIRDS since May.

Strangely, both Salaried and Hourly positions saw slight declines in July, offset by an increase in Commission and Salary plus Commission openings increased nearly 40%. FULL TIME job openings continue to be strong, representing more than 55% of all postings, though down slightly from July. Part Time and Per Diem positions are on the rise, showing significant growth, doubling from June to July. These data points indicate that Vermont employers remain cautious.

The question on most peoples' minds, of course, is what jobs are out there? The trend over the past few months has continued, as job openings in Non Profits, Education, and Social Service sectors lead the pack. As Vermont businesses work to break out of the recession, it appears they are also investing into customer facing positiong as well, with many opportunities being posted in sales and customer service fields. On the decline in July, were Hospitality and Retail openings, down from their primary hiring season in the Spring.

A positive trend for July is the increase in Professional Services, Insurance, and finance postings. These are perhaps the strongest indicators that the tide may be turning, as they represent higher paying jobs that are dependent upon confidence in the market.

That's your JobsInVT.com JobReport for August 2009, I'm Jason Blais saying thanks for tuning in, and reminding everyone that while you're working for the things you want, to be grateful for the things you have.

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The Partnership Myth

Negotiation of strategic partnerships. That’s how I spend a considerable amount of my days and evenings. To be an effective negotiator in my field, it is important that I create situations where at least three separate parties, all with unique desires, goals, and levels of engagement, all feel good about the realized results. The primary active parties are my company and the partner I’m negotiating with, both of whom wish to drive revenue or enhance their value in some manner. This is a normal… Continue

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 10:28pm

Job Sites and The San Francisco Gold Rush

The final two months of 2008 resulted in a precipitous decline in job posting activity on our site as the economy began to tumble off the cliff, to paraphrase Warren Buffett's sentiments. Since the beginning of 2009, I've been focusing my attention on identifying and developing new programs and services that will add value to the users of our company's web service- namely HR professionals, small business owners and managers, recruiters, and job seekers- in order to stay relevant and… Continue

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 10:36am — 3 Comments

Elevator Pitch of the Recruiting Front Lines blog

First, a word of thanks to the MaineHR Cafe for giving me this great idea. You can see the MaineHR Cafe elevator pitch by clicking here. As I read that recently, I was reminded that it's important to routinely share the motivation, purpose, and hopes associated with a blog to let help new visitors and subscribers understand the intended perspective.

Here's a go at why I write the… Continue

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 9:03am

At JobsInTheUS, we're doing well by doing good- anyone else?

On Tuesday of this week, nearly 20,000 business leaders in ME, NH, VT, and RI arrived to work to find a note from JobsInME, JobsInNH, JobsInVT, or JobsInRI, offering their support in these troubled times. As a way to engage job seekers and provide service to the business sector even when they may not have jobs to post, we are offering to provide a job hunting seminar on-site at any business forced to make layoffs in 2009. If you haven't seen the letter we sent, there's a copy at my blog,… Continue

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 3:47pm

The Job Board market through the Realtor lens.

In 2003, a friend of mine had opened his own real estate office. He had worked for a national realtor for only two years, and was upset about the commission structure. Within 1 year, he had 26 agents working for him- more than any other office in the greater Portland area. The housing market was booming, as was the commercial market. In 2005, he invited me to get on board- get my license and start making real money. This time for the real estate market is very comparable to the job board market… Continue

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 8:00am

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