Employment and Wages – Good News for 2019

Employment and Wages – Good News for 2019

On any news network, you find phrases like, “border crisis,” “violence surge,” “government shutdown,” and “trade war.” It’s alarming, and after a while it becomes discouraging. Brelsford Personnel notes some good news backed by hard data. Employment opportunities are better than they’ve been in years, and wages are firming and increasing. If you’re looking for a new job or a better position, this may be the most encouraging environment in a while for conducting your search.

Unexpected Gains

Analysts didn’t expect things to be going as well as they are. Before the new year, experts predicted employment would drop. The economic forecast was flashing warnings. The United States and China have been trading tariffs that raise the cost of goods. The stock market suffered its worst yearly losses in ten years, and interest rates were heading up.

However, employment exceeded expectations. According to an article by The Wall Street Journal, employers in the United States continued adding jobs at a robust rate. In 2018, wages posted their biggest gains in a decade. That is good news, along with the Fed’s announcement they’d be patient about further interest rate hikes, which caused stock prices to surge.

It’s all consumer-based. Unemployment is at its lowest in 50 years, nationally at 3.9 percent. In Smith County, the numbers are even better, with unemployment at 3.7 percent. People are working. They’re making money, and they’re spending it.

What That Means For You

Employers say it’s hard to find the right employees. When they do find them, their goal is to keep them. In 2018 the national average for hourly earnings went up 3.2 percent.

In East Texas we have a very healthy job market and qualified candidates are in high demand. When asked how local employers are working to keep employees, Brelsford Personnel’s Gates Brelsford offered an insider’s view. “Our sense is because there is a shortage of quality employees,” he said, “that creates more demand and therefore pushes up wage rates, because companies have to pay more to get good people.”

“Employers are looking for someone who has at least two things,” he continued. “The first is a very close match in their skillset for that hiring authority. The second is a cultural fit or professional demeanor, and what that is that depends on the company.”

The bottom line is, now is a good time to look for a job. The economy is very healthy as far as hiring goes, so it’s a great time to find the position you’ve been hoping for. It might even come with a wage increase.

Currently, the Brelsford Personnel job board includes openings for a wide range of positions. They might have already posted your next graphics design job, legal assistant position or bookkeeping job. Brelsford specializes in administrative office support, accounting and financial services, human resources and more.

Look through our online job postings to see what’s available today. Also, like and follow The Brelsford Facebook page to see new job openings as they become available.



Addressing Gaps in Your Employment History

Addressing Gaps in Your Employment History

Expect the Question

If there are gaps in your employment history, the interviewer is going to ask why. It helps to be prepared so you can offer a professional, honest answer no matter what the reason for the gap.

Overall Strategies

In our article on interview tips, we suggest practicing common interview questions before you go. If you have gaps in your resume, it’s going to come up. Here’s how to handle all the tough questions you might face:

  • Be honest. If you feel like the reason for your unemployment doesn’t show you in the best light, you might be tempted to misrepresent the facts. Employers are looking for people with honesty and integrity. It’s better to hear what happened from you than through a background or reference check.


  • Focus on the positive. Don’t criticize your old boss or complain about how hard it was to care for your sick family member. Instead state what you learned from the experience and how it relates to the position you’re applying for.


  • Keep it brief. Explain the gap, then move on.

Gaps for Personal Reasons

Sometimes you had to take time to care for your family members or for yourself.

Do create a brief statement that tells what happened. Sometimes it helps to put it on paper.

Do identify one way the experience makes you more prepared for the job. For example, if you spent several months caring for your aging family member, explain how it helped you develop soft skills like a positive attitude and problem solving.

Do emphasize how you’re ready to return to work. State how your values and work ethic align with those of the organization.

Don’t talk for more than a few sentences about the situation. The interviewer wants to know the reason for the gap, but they don’t need to know all the details.

If You Were Fired

Even if you feel embarrassed by the reason you were fired, be honest, positive and brief.

Do honestly answer why you were fired. They’re most likely going to check with your previous boss. A simple, straightforward answer is best.

Do tell what you learned from the experience. For example, if you lost your job for repeatedly being late, explain how since then you’ve developed better time management skills.

Don’t trash your former boss or co-workers. Keep the focus on how your experience makes you suited for the new position.

If You Took Time for Education or Travel

These are the easiest gaps to explain. If you went back to school, let your interviewer know what degrees or certifications you gained from that education. If you traveled, explain how it taught you how to interact with a diverse range of people or to appreciate other cultures. Then let them know how you’re now ready to focus on your career.

Search Jobs in East Texas

Brelsford Personnel offers direct hire, temp-to-hire, temporary and contract placement. Search our online job postings to see current jobs in East Texas.


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