Trailing Spouse - Job Hunting
Your spouse has just been offered a promotion that requires relocating to the Phoenix area. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family; however, it does pose a certain dilemma for you. You are now the “trailing spouse,” the person who follows a partner who is relocating to a new city. While your spouse is guaranteed a job, you are left to find one in an unfamiliar city. The bad news is that you are unsure where to begin looking for your dream job. To assist in your job search, this chapter of Relocating to Phoenix has been designed to guide you through the process. The following pages offer an overview of the current Phoenix job market, primary employment sectors, industry growth and employment resources.

THE PHOENIX JOB MARKET
It is hard to discuss any U.S. job market without acknowledging the economic downturn that has led to job loss around the country. For some cities, like Detroit, the recession hit like a tidal wave, but the Phoenix job market holds promise thanks to a steady health care industry that hardly has been affected by the ripples of the wave and a recent upturn in jobs available in education and construction. The long-term outlook for job growth in Arizona as a whole is also positive since Governor Jan Brewer approved a coming tax cut for businesses in February 2011. The anticipation for the tax cut is expected to bolster business confidence and help to create new jobs.

According to Indeed.com, Phoenix is ranked 20 out of all the United States for having the highest number of job postings per 1,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2012. These numbers are especially encouraging since the Phoenix metropolitan area has moved up four spots since being ranked 24 during the third quarter of 2010.

Phoenix has no shortage of well-respected and recognized companies based here. On Fortune’s list of the most admired companies in the world of 2012, Phoenix-based company Avnet was listed as the most admired among all wholesalers of electronics and office equipment. Freeport–McMoRan Copper and Gold was ranked the No. 11 most admired in the industry of mining and crude-oil production.

REGIONAL WORKFORCE
In December 2012, when the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked each state by over-the year percent change of nonfarm employment, Arizona had 2.7-percent change, faring much better than the majority of states. It is clear that Arizona has one of the most resilient economies in the Southwest region of the United States, with Nevada and New Mexico being two neighboring areas that reported a negative change.

The rate of Nonfarm Industry Employment in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale Metropolitan Statistical Area is projected to grow substantially between 2012 and 2018. The private service-providing aggregate shows the most promise with an expected growth of 11.3 percent.The sectors of Education and Health Services and Professional and Business Services are projected to grow 26.4 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively.

STAFFING SERVICES
Many personnel and/or staffing services in the Phoenix area offer full-time or temporary placement. Client companies pay the fee for most full-time personnel services. There are a few personnel services where the applicant pays the fee, so it is important to determine who is responsible for any fees before registering with a personnel service.

Temporary jobs are plentiful in Phoenix and many types of positions are available since most industries use temporary employees. Many temporary services specialize in specific types of jobs. Search online for companies in your neighborhood and call to find out what types of services they provide and if they have particular employment specialties. Numerous temporary jobs turn into full-time positions. In fact, many companies prefer to hire through the temp-to-hire process. It gives both the applicant and the company a trial period before the temporary employee converts to the company’s full-time payroll.

NETWORKING—VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON
In this digital age, face-to-face networking seems to have fallen by the wayside, but studies indicate that more jobs are found through referrals than through online job searches. To network, jobseekers should contact everyone they know in their professional life. Jobseekers should be prepared to explain quickly about their skills and recent experience. Commonly referred to as the “15-second elevator speech,” being prepared with this overview can make a big difference. To learn more, visit www.15secondpitch.com, where you can discover ways to focus your thinking on what is most important.

Another useful online tool now essential for networkers and jobseekers is to join LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. By staying “linked in” with your professional network, you’re always connected to people who may know of open positions or know of a contact at a company you might be interested in approaching. It’s about being more effective in your daily work and opening doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have.

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