INDIANAPOLIS (February 10, 2015) - If you're looking for a job or want to change professions, the good news is the job outlook in Indiana looks promising.
"This past year in the entire state, we've had some great growth," said Joe Frank, Indiana Department of Workforce Development. "We grew 52,000 private sector jobs roughly. Over half of that was in manufacturing, which we led the nation in manufacturing job growth over the past year."
And Frank says the job growth isn't projected to slow down.
"Our research and analysis team has projected that we’re going to have to fill over a million jobs by 2022, which that’s over 300,000 jobs that are going to be new and roughly close to 700,000 jobs for folks that are retiring."
There is a big job fair Tuesday to fill 100 positions at Brickman, a lawn care company. It's from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 8731 Americana Blvd near 86th and Ditch. Brickman will hold a second job fair on Thursday on the south side at 5635 Progress Road from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
"The best thing to do is show up looking professional," said Frank. "That first impression is the most important part. Have your resume together. Be able to do your elevator speech, twenty seconds about yourself and what you want out of your career."
If the landscaping business isn't for you, Frank says there are 90,000 job openings as of Tuesday morning at the Indiana Career Connect site, which you can access for free here.
"We have lots of free services," said Frank. "Resume help, workshops, etcetera. We can get you into certification programs, post-secondary certifications. If you don’t have your high school diploma or equivalency, we can get you into adult basic education so that you can get your high school equivalency, and get into a career certification program at the same time."
"Employers need workers. So if you’re having a hard time, for one thing you might want to go to your local WorkOne to find the skills that you need for your next job or to go into your new career. Employers are looking for specific skills. So we can get you to the right place and get you to the employers, we just need you to participate in your own education and your own work search."