Home' Careers Magazine : March 2011 Educate Yourself Contents EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR A BRIGHTER CAREER
ALL indicators are that business is looking to
hire, as job ads continue to rise.
The ANZ index showed a 1.2 per cent rise in job
ads in newspapers and online in February, the
10th straight rise in the index series.
The strength of the jobs market was also
reflected in the Advantage Job Index, which
monitors online job ads. In February, it showed its
largest monthly increase since December 2007.
Jobs for graduates show signs of life, with
management consultancies, the legal profession,
human resources, manufacturing and the public
sector looking to hire.
Demand for TAFE training in the Hunter has
grown again this year, outstripping state demand.
Last year 64,000 students enrolled in TAFE, in
on-the-job, online and flexible programs, and this
year's numbers are expected to be higher.
Automotive mechanical, earthmoving plant and
heavy vehicles, electrical and renewable energy
courses are in demand.
Large numbers are also enrolled in service
industry courses, including aged care and
In the Upper Hunter, where the resources boom
continues to drive investment and employment,
the employment rate rose 1.8 per cent in the year
to September, and the unemployment rate fell to
an exceptionally low 2 per cent.
Such a buoyant job market is the ideal time for
a career change or skills update, and the Hunter is
well resourced with specialist recruitment
agencies and registered training organisations.
Businesses are seeing value in investing in staff,
providing them with more training and the chance
to improve their qualifications.
Recruiters are finding better, more scientific
ways to match job seekers and employers, and
applicants are increasingly creative in the way
they present themselves, taking advantage of
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 NEWCASTLE HERALD 3
Upper Hunter growth
TAFE's green skills
Science in recruitment
Demand for miners
Growth in resources
Job ads reflect demand
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