We have been talking a lot about how Cleveland is now a foodie town, host of national conventions and a great vacation destination. Cleveland has been through its many ups and downs and right now there is a sense of excitement throughout the city. One factor in the excitement is the expanding job market in the Cleveland area. While the manufacturing industry has taken a hit in the last decade, other industries, such as health, hospitality and technology have taken over as great career opportunities in the Cleveland area.
Cleveland’s Millennial Mecca
Cleveland is drawing young and old for roles in a variety of industries from medical to digital marketing. An even better sign that Cleveland is a city of the future is that has enticed younger generations to move (or stay) in the city as the job market is opening up with specialties in the biomedical, medical and technology fields. According to A Cleveland Foundation late 2015 report, Cleveland ranked eighth nationally in the concentration of highly-educated millennials in the workforce. In 2013 alone, 24 percent of the Cleveland area’s population was between the age of 18 and 34 years old up from 20 percent in 2006. The study also shows that this age group is living in downtown Cleveland and “inner ring” suburbs such as Lakewood. One of the reasons for the growth is the cost of living is much lower in Cleveland as compared to other cities (such as New York or Chicago) and the job market is expanding. It was predicted that 2016 college graduates will find a position faster than 2014 and 2015 graduates as there are more jobs created in the area.
Job Opportunities in Cleveland
According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, Cleveland ended 2016 on a positive note for job growth. The Ohio unemployment rate currently runs between 4.5% and 5.0% depending on seasonal jobs, which is similar to the overall national unemployment rate. In another report by Crain’s in conjuncture with staffing and recruiting agency Robert Half, IT companies in Cleveland are looking forward to increasing hiring in the second half of 2016. The survey of CEOs found that there will be an increase in hiring in the healthcare and banking industries in Cleveland due to mergers and acquisitions that will require candidates with IT experience.
With the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital and Metro Hospital, Cleveland has become the destination for medical care and research. In the past ten years, medical start-ups have been popping up throughout the city. In fact, Cleveland has become a hub for biomedical research companies. This industry has increased by over 60 percent in the last decade hiring over 33,000 people in the Northern Ohio area. With the education, training and research offered by the hospital systems in our city, it is no surprise that biomedical businesses have started and prospered in Cleveland.
Job Hunting Tips
For those that are job hunting, there are many outlets to look for jobs in your particular field. Some industries have specific job boards, while others will post jobs on general job websites such as Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, or Career Builder. It is important to set up a profile on LinkedIn. This social media site is great for networking, connecting with others within your industry and for applying for the thousands of jobs that are posted on the board.
Below are a few basic job hunting tips that will help you get started in your search:
- Create a resume which details your work experiences, accomplishments and successes. Also, list volunteer activities, organizations and certifications.
- Have friends, family and mentors review the resume and give suggestions before you start applying for perspective jobs.
- The type of resume format that you use, will be based on your experience, position that you are looking for, and your personal style.
- Networking, it is a “must” to find a job and further a career. If you are new to the job market or even new to the city, the best thing is to get yourself out to meet other people in your field at networking events.
- Print your own business cards with your name, phone number, email address and your specialties. Hand them out to the new contacts that you meet at the networking events.
- Give your card to friends and family as they can also be a big help in networking for you.
- Prepare your 30 second “elevator pitch” for your skills and what type of position you are looking for.
- Don’t be discouraged. Finding a job is the same as working a job. It takes time, perseverance and luck.
- Create a short YouTube video about yourself and your 30 second "elevator pitch"
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