There has been an ongoing shift to remote learning that has only been exasperated since the pandemic. Some mainstay institutions have shut down due to the decay in our local educational system. A choice has to be made between paying for formal education or going a less typical route of learning. And learning a trade may be a better option that allows people to have a career without the baggage of student debt.

This list is meant to be a quick snapshot of Long Island Colleges and Universities:

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Unemployment numbers are surging in response to the Covid19 crisis. The City reports that New York State has sent out a record $43.7 billion in unemployment insurance payments to New Yorkers based on final summer tallies. Unfortunately, this number continues to grow as cooler fall temperatures send people indoors.

Gone are many of the unskilled positions that were the first to be eliminated as small businesses closed. Automation upgrades are being implemented, viewed as suddenly necessary to stay afloat. The pandemic and an increasing preference for online shopping have accelerated job market trends that favor skilled workers who can operate technology and excel in a digital marketplace.

Pandemic Lockdowns Crush Job Market

U.S. Cities forced to lockdown in response to the pandemic have suffered substantial job losses devastating local economies and family finances alike. Since the beginning of this health crisis, no area has been hit harder than the Northeastern region of the country.

Specifically, New York suffered significant employment losses in the spring of 2020 as virus numbers surged out of control requiring lockdowns to stop the spread. With the onset of cooler weather, numbers are spiking again which requires more economic restrictions and continued job loss.

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In today’s Long Island market, more people are relying on the gig economy to get jobs done. The gig economy is when businesses hire independent contractors, freelance workers, and temporary workers to do particular jobs. These jobs are known in the market as “gigs”. Gig workers typically work from home or out of the office for the majority of their shits. These jobs include data entry, customer service, freelance writing or call centers, Uber and Lyft drivers, selling belongings, survey takers, and much more. These jobs are becoming more popular. There are many pros and cons of the gig economy.

Pros Of The Gig Economy

Flexible Schedule

These types of jobs allow you to have the freedom to choose when you want to work. Most gig jobs allow you to have a flexible schedule. You can also work when you want and where you want. You have the option to work during the day or even at night depending on your availability. Workers can work as little as they want or as much as they want. For some of the jobs, you just have to sign in and you can get to work whenever you like. In the workplace, you are only able to work at the office. You don’t have the ability to work in a variety of places. You can do your work at a café, the park, the library, etc. If you are a driver, you get a chance to see different areas. Uber and Lyft drivers get the option to sign on and work any time day or night as long as people need rides.

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In the modern era, remote work is on the rise as it has many positive impacts on the lives of workers as well as for the company that looks for the remote workers. The technology utilized to work from home has become more common. Most Long Islanders have a high-speed internet connection and devices to communicate with. Remote Access applications like TeamViewer, or AnyDesk, etc. are also contributing in this field to improve by providing remote access to the employers and check the work in detail just like they can see the work in person.

With the advancements in technology, people have got a tracking technology to keep a check on remote workers that they complete the project and meet the deadline. With the remote access, they can show the project progress to the project manager while sitting at home. Most of the people, looking for a path of least resistance, are willing to opt for this opportunity to work from home remotely. Large scale companies often seek remote workers for smaller projects. If they like the work, they offer them a permanent job as well either remotely or on-site.

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Long Island Employers and Employees

Randstad completed an engagement study to see how employees and employers felt about work related engagement issues. The basic premise is the more active an employee’s engagement is, the better the business will perform overall. This makes sense, since having a legitimate interest in what you doing always helps with your effort and concentration. And if employees are engaged they will normally take ownership of their duties.  This concept will help the company to have better morale and performance overall.

They surveyed 2000 employees and over 500 employers. They asked how the employees felt about their work and the reasons why they might leave their job. They also asked questions about compensation and if they deserved getting a raise. Overall, employees tended to view their job in a positive light.  The results also show that employers are even more enthusiastic about employee engagement.

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I would like to go over some tips you can use when looking for a job on Long Island, or any other place for that matter. We all know the job market is very competitive, and we need as much help as we can possibly get when looking for a job. Here are the tips:

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Long Island Job Skills

Skill emphasis during the interview is important to show the employer what makes you different from all the other job candidates. In this competitive world, companies search for the most qualified employees by weighing skills of the candidates and determining how they would benefit the company.

The majority of the top Long Island companies search for employees who stand out based upon their expertise, and pleasing personalities that would enhance the organization.

Skills are grouped into three kinds – knowledge-based, transferable, and personal traits.

1) Knowledge-based skills are those learned from experiences. These may include educational attainment, additional training, seminars attended, and other practices that you have studied to enhance your expertise.

Knowledge-based skills include computer and communication skills, marketing or managerial knowledge, product development, and many more. These skills vary depending on the field of industry of each job candidate.

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