Welcome to another Mythbusting feature! This week, we’ll be tackling the myth that the District of Columbia is a company town– that is, that the majority of jobs in the city are federal government jobs. DC is the center of the federal government, so wouldn’t it make sense that most of the jobs in the city are federal government jobs? And secondly, aren’t the majority of federal jobs here in DC? And what are the largest federal agencies here, anyway? Read on for the answers to all of these questions, as well as the surprise largest private employer in the city.
The Business Journal reports that DC ranks at the top of yet another national list: jobs created. The District had 133 job postings per 1000 residents, beating out the nearest competitor, Baltimore, by 43. Experts site the government sector as the reason for DC’s strong showing and expect that job creation will remain high in our city. Not surprisingly, Detroit rounded out the field with only 15 jobs per 1000 residents.
Fresh off the presses today, it seems that a number of employees now at Time Warner/AOL can shorten that to just “AOL”. The board of directors authorized the divestiture of AOL from the company and, as expected for many months (if not years), AOL is left to fend for itself. As a friend of a number of AOL employees, both past and present, I’m sure there’s even more speculation as to what’s going to happen to one of NoVa’s largest employers.
It’s tough out there right now. Businesses are being bought out by each other, taken over, pillaged, and people are getting laid off all over. Here in the DC area we have the shelter of government, so we don’t feel it as deeply as some other areas do. However, it’s still a tough time. In this time of employment upheaval, I wanted to share a story about how I came to find a new job not so long ago and would love to hear your recommendations on that score as well.
I recently did a job search. Actually, not that recently. My current employer reads this blog, so I should emphasize that I mean recent in terms of my total of 23 years in the workforce. I found a job almost three months ago and it has worked out great.
However, when I was starting my search, I consulted a friend who used to be in the recruiting world and she gave me some great advice. She told me to not jump too quickly into a new job. As much as I hated working for a short-sighted company whose regular business practices included such great things as emailing customers’ credit card information instead of getting a secure system, I should cool my heels. Ignore the disrespect, inflated egos, nonsensical marketing plans, and bad, inflexible corporate culture. “You already have a job you hate,” she said. “Why not search for a job you love?”