It's good that I didn't have time to finish the article I started two days ago. I was going to talk about incubator communities. I was also going to talk about getting into something other than an entry-level job as a sales associate in those communities. The trouble was trying to integrate the two themes and keep the piece under 500 words instead of the length of War and Peace. Maybe that writing didn't come together because the L.A. job market news from yesterday morning was waiting to be discussed.
The word according to KNX 1070 news is that the job market in Los Angeles is hot. The word according to CNN is that the job market is California is good. The unemployment rate (those not working and looking) is only 4.8% (measured between September and October) compared with the greatest amount of unemployment in Mississippi at 7.2% and the lowest found in Hawaii at 2.5%. Some employers are quoted as "going crazy" trying to keep up with the volume of work and the lack of talent to assist them. An Economic Development Corp. official was cited as saying he's hearing lots of cries for qualified skilled labor and help wanted signs everywhere you look.
It's quite dramatic to see the graph that CNN portrays of the plunging national unemployment rates from November of last year to October of this year. Tied to these positive figures is the wage rate. Economists foresee that wages (that is, starting salaries) will rise.
Speaking of rising wages, Fortune has published several lists of 100 best companies as far as where to work, benefits offered, and so on. One of those lists shows where to find the best pay.
Now all of this is very nice, but then there was the news story on yesterday's KNX 1070 news about the job market right here in Los Angeles. It talked about the fact that there are currently a diverse number of job openings. These opportunities are not the traditional seasonal sales associate positions and they are not just in the glamourous areas of the city. The array of jobs sweeps across industries. Until I can reach the right sources to collect the information provided by the news story, let me refer you to Business 2.0's article that talks about the 10 fastest growing jobs for some ideas. Health care and tech are among them and there are others one wouldn't ordinarily consider. Employers are willing to and are offering salaries higher than usual. Entry-level workers can expect a more promising entry package. (I must offer one caveat. Any employer who offers more pay is going to expect to get their money's worth so expect to go in and give 100% all day, every day.)
There are a few who attempt to explain this new shift in job power brokering. It's a convoluted discussion, but it's worth being involved in knowing what's being said and then observing to see the application of the principles that are outlined. From there, one can chart their own course of action.
But it's time to take positive action and not settle for your typical entry-level, seasonal sales associate position. The jobs are there. What can you do to find them? That's part of the theme of one of those articles that would not congeal -- don't be typical.