2012: A Year in Review
Well, it’s a new year and I hope everyone had a great holiday. We all seemed to somehow avoid the end of the world as predicted by the Mayans and so far we’ve survived the dreaded Fiscal Cliff. Everyone here at Cameron-Brooks had a chance to take a few days off, enjoy family, and be thankful we get to be a part of an organization dedicated to helping our candidates and client companies reach their goals and dreams.
As we look back on 2012, it was a very good indicator that there are growing opportunities for a well-prepared JMO making the transition to Corporate America. The latest unemployment numbers remain encouraging with the national unemployment rate at 7.8%, down from 9.4% at the end of 2011. As a JMO over the age of 25 with a college degree, your unemployment rate is almost half that national number, at 3.8%. The private sector added an average of 153,000 jobs per month in 2012 while the government/public sector either reduced jobs or remained stagnant.
In 2012, we continually heard the same message from our client companies; there are no shortage of applicants applying for jobs but there is a shortage of well qualified, well vetted, and well prepared applicants. Last year again showed us that the opportunities exist but a JMO must be well prepared to take advantage of them. Our candidates averaged 12 interviews at each of our five Career Conferences last year and our first Conference of 2013 is already shaping up to be a good one. We have 20+ companies scheduled to attend and are continuing to add in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned to the next couple of blog posts where I will provide some additional details and results from our first Conference of 2013.