How to Find Local Jobs in AshevilleA strategy WILL improve your job search
Local Employment Starts with Self Assessment
You wouldn’t take a trip without knowing where you wanted to go. The same applies in looking for Asheville jobs. There are so many job types, each requiring special skills and experiences. Do you know yourself well enough to know exactly what you LOVE to do? Do you know the type of people do you like working with? Are you more analytical, communicative or creative? These types of questions need to be answered. Performing a self assessment will help in getting a focused strategy in place…and believe it or not – you DO need a career strategy.
Struggling with how to get started on this? Get started with our series on “How to Find a Job in Asheville“.
Do You Have the Formal Education or Training You'll Need?
In today’s economy – it is virtually impossible to get ahead in your career unless you’ve pursued advanced education in whatever your course of employment will take you. Whether restaurant skills, plumbing, technical trades such as electrical, automotive repair, heating/air conditioning or advanced manufacturing – extending your education beyond high school will be required.
If you are pursuing more white collar occupations, four year degrees today are by far the norm and pursing a masters degree is very common as well.
What ever direction your self assessment points – you will want to consider what role an advanced education will play in helping you arrive at your dream job.
Developing Your Social Profile and Brand
Like it or not, today we live in a world where virtually anyone (including prospective employers) can find out almost anything they want about you. A quick jump on Google with you name is all it takes to get to some of your most personal information.
The good news is you have the ability to make sure they see the BEST you…and not the…well let’s call it crazy side of you.
For some people, this task is similar to doing what it takes to get a credit score cleaned up. For others…a few tweaks here and there will insure your profiles present an ALL-STAR image. Full read here.
5 Steps to Higher Ranked Resumes in Applicant Tracking Systems
If you’ve applied at any mid-to-large company today, you’ve no doubt experienced the fun of an applicant tracking system. Companies that post their jobs on career websites like this one direct you to their own careers site. Once there, you are directed to create an account. This is an applicant tracking system. Your profile and data is entered into THEIR company database so that they can quickly have their computer system filter out viable candidates by scanning the data you input, including any resume that you may upload, and determine how you match up relative to the job you’ve applied to. This save their recruiters and/or HR manager ALOT of time in sifting through resumes that really are not a good match. Good for them….not so good for you if you don’t know how to create a resume that can rank well. We tell you how here….
Start an Asheville Job Search
Getting Started on a local job search
Starting a local employment search effort can be daunting – especially, if you’re new to the job searching experience. But, like most things in life worth achieving – your Asheville job search effort will be successful if you start with a plan. The good news is since you are looking for Asheville jobs – you’ve already narrowed down a key parameter of WHERE you want to work. That helps a lot.
We have a lot of information specific to Asheville jobs to help you in your local employment campaign…..including job listings, and our advice columns.
How a local employment search has changed
In days gone by, you could just find and apply to local jobs by stopping by a place of business, fill out an application and follow-up with a call. Even easier would have been to read the classified advertisements and drop off or mail your resume. Companies were eager to hire and for certain companies they would even hire you on the spot. Employment hiring has changed significantly over the last twenty years. Today, a successful job search REQUIRES that a candidate put forth their BEST effort in order to get hired. They must KNOW themselves, the company, and the industry…..in order to land that local job.
What is the best strategy for finding a job?
There is no “best” method. There are however a number of strategies that you should pursue in order to land the Asheville NC employment you seek. Asheville is a VERY popular place to live. As such – it would be wise to do your homework in researching who you know in the industry you want to work. Consider friends, family, extended relatives, spouses, friends of spouses…EVERYONE and ANYONE with a job in Asheville should now be considered as part of your networking team. Most jobs take place through a referral and Asheville jobs are no different. It’s who you know….(along with a number of other factors).
What are the top Asheville employment industries?
Asheville job openings are available – and in high numbers if you know where to perform your job search. The top industries for employment include: healthcare, government, education, hospitality, grocery and manufacturing.
Healthcare Jobs in Asheville
The employer with the most Asheville medical jobs listed, no surprise, is also Asheville’s largest employer: Mission Health System. A growing regional healthcare powerhouse Mission Health System has grown to over seven hospitals in surrounding counties; including, the flagship Mission Hospital and over 12,000 employees.
Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit health care system that was founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. It is the first hospital in the Carolinas to be accredited with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008) for quality health care standards.
Healthcare jobs in Asheville are very prevalent due to the growing population – much of which is driven by retirees. An aging population is great for the healthcare business and Asheville is no exception.
Hospitality and Food Service Jobs in Asheville
One of the areas experiencing strong growth is in the hotel jobs sector. Hospitality and food service positions are in strong demand as a rebounding economy has helped to drive local tourism, a growing population and a labor pool in flux as many already employed in the industry are moving around to find the most competitive compensation opportunities. Leading employers in this space include the Biltmore Estate and The Omni Grove Park Inn.
IT Jobs in Asheville
Like most cities IT jobs are available; however, unlike your larger metro markets Asheville’s IT jobs are not as plentiful due to the relatively narrow number of industries and large employers in the market. Mission Health System has a 250+ IT department to handle it’s IT needs. Beyond the handful of IT positions at the city and hospitality industry – the bulk of information technology jobs are offered by small entrepreneurial companies. Upstarts like Digital Chalk and RISC Networks show much promise in the niche along with hundreds of other much smaller companies. The market boasts several hosting companies and a few IT / infrastructure support companies….and thousands of web developers / web master positions. Without the likes of a major teleco, Facebook, Google, or Amazon type of firm – the Asheville IT job search is not an easy one.
Government Jobs in Asheville
The City of Asheville offers the most government jobs in Asheville of any government employer. Consistently displaying 30-60 job listings at any given time, the city outperforms Buncombe and Hendersonville government jobs postings by 4-to-1. Many people prefer the structure, stability and retirement programs offered through government employment opportunities.
Manufacture and Production Jobs in Asheville
There is a deep history in manufacturing and production jobs in Asheville. With employers like Flint Group, Eaton, Borg Warner and Linamar leading the way, manufacturing is a key employment sector in the greater Asheville area. There is VERY strong demand in the areas of assembly, warehouse and production departments within local manufacture operations. Many of these positions are listed under a category search of Manufacturing / Production jobs.
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