2011 Job Outlook

By Max Resnik

January 8, 2011 Updated Jan 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Job loss has been crammed into the American mind for the last couple of years. Here in Fort Wayne during 2011 you can expect to see more employers adding staff.

This news comes out as part of Manpower's December Employment Outlook Survey. According to the survey, during the first quarter of the year--January through March-- 14% of Hoosier State businesses plan to add staff. Another 72% of businesses plan to maintain current staff levels, and 10% plan to reduce their payrolls.

Hoosiers seeking employment can consider going to a temp agency. These agencies or job placement centers help you find work now. Many of the jobs available are in the durable and non-durable goods industries. Many of them also are 60-90 day jobs, but also provide the opportunity for full time employment.

For Fort Wayne residents Barry and Debbi Bruner, going to a temp agency allowed them to purchase a home and get married. Starting out as temporary employees, the Bruners have become full time employees at their respective workplaces and they say it's about perseverance and commitment.

Joel Daas with Manpower reminds future employees that presentation comes in the form of their resume in addition to a face-to-face interview. Today more than ever applying for jobs is something that is done online. Your resume will serve as the key that either locks or unlocks the door to face-to-face interview. In your resume you should include specific examples of projects you've completed and what problem solving skills you have. They could be the difference in putting you atop the future employment list.

Manpower also has some suggestions for 2011.

Manpower's Top Five Resolutions for Landing the Right Job in 2011:
1. Re-Energize your job search and start fresh with a positive outlook--stay motivated and enthusiastic about your skills and accomplishments.
2. Update your resume and cover letter with current information, dates and key words.
3. Re-Connect with your references to update them on your search and remind them of your strengths.
4. Seek out temporary or contract work to build your contacts and to stay employed--this is especially important for those currently unemployed.
5. Expand your network by building visibility online and through other avenues such as volunteering, community groups and professional associations in your industry.

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