NYC Jobs Coming Back?
The New York Post recently ran an interesting article “NYC Jobs Coming Back” (June 17, 2012) that spoke about the encouraging outlook on the NYC job market.
The article points out that “the rate of job creation in the five boroughs…is outpacing the rest of the nation.” At Workforce1, we also see strong indications of improving economic conditions that should give jobseekers more optimism.
However, it always feels like a contradiction to talk about the positive gains in job growth when the individual stories of job searching are often so difficult and stressful. And yet both sides of the story are true.
The NYC job market has literally over 100,000 openings currently which are advertised online – and at the same time finding the job match for a jobseeker is hard work.
Hospitality: There are a record number of hotels that have opened and continue to open in the five boroughs. Jobs in hotels tend to have fantastic mobility opportunities in addition to worker benefits in terms of unionization. (See this interview we did with the hiring managers at Aloft.) Additionally, the opening of the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn is offering nearly 2,000 jobs that offer good pay with flexible hours in a variety of customer service, food service, security, and management positions. Recruitment for these positions will be taking place through Workforce1 the week of June 25 through the end of July.
Professional Services: This broad industrial sector includes everything from office administration, accounting, legal services, and IT. There are jobs in small firms and large firms alike. The hiring timelines tend to be longer in these positions and sometimes temp staffing agencies play a role in recruitment services. Workforce1 Expansion Centers specialize in these mid-level jobs that offer wages of $15 per hour or more. We find that to be successful in these roles, prior work experience in related areas is almost always a prerequisite to interview with a firm. (To receive emails with jobs paying over $15/hour, subscribe to the Workforce1 Career Bulletin or search jobs on the Workforce1 website.)
Healthcare: There is tremendous growth in healthcare but you must be mindful of where within the healthcare system you are searching. Hospitals are facing growing expense pressures and many are merging or facing closure. Large hospitals receive tens of thousands of resumes annually – and only hire about 5-10% of applicants. The good news is that the growth – both currently and in the future based on changes at the state and federal level – is in federally qualified health centers. As the move to keep patients out of emergency rooms, and into preventative care takes hold, clinics are expanding citywide and in leaps and bounds. Major employers in this space include the Institute for Family Health, Urban Health Plan, Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, and William Ryan Family Health Center. The Workforce1 Healthcare Career Center specializes in finding these types of positions available.
Retail: New York is a retail mecca covering every part of the spectrum from ultra high-end to mid-range to discount retailers. Supervisors and management positions account for 25-30% of the staff at medium to large retailers. The career mobility is fantastic and the wages are competitive depending on the type of business and the level of sophistication of the end product. Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Banana Republic, Gap and Marshall’s all utilize Workforce1 to recruit year-round.
Food Service: New York City is also a foodie’s heaven and the job market in food service reinforces this point. From high-end grocers and boutique chocolatiers to local supermarkets, there are plenty of growth opportunities in customer service at food retailers. Additionally, restaurant management is a huge growth area – from inventory skills, to purchasing, and management of front and back of the house staff – this aspect of food service continues to see double digit growth. Whole Foods, Fairway, Agata & Valentina, BR Guest Restaurant Group, and Shake Shack all recruit from Workforce1.
So yes – the jobs are coming back to NYC – and it takes some savvy-ness and “eyes-wide-open” to spot the opportunities and throw your hat in the ring. While I will not purport to say that job hunting is easy – having a targeted and systematic approach to looking for work is the number one strategy for success.
Angie Kamath, who oversees Workforce1 as the Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, shares her perspective on Workforce1 and the New York City job market in her weekly Jobs in New York City column.
Have a response to Angie’s column? Drop her a note in the comment section below! And, if you found this helpful, please share it with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email!