So How Is The Labor Market Looking?

Given our connectivity with middle market and large corporations across the greater Charlotte region, the Croixstone team is asked this question almost every day.

Our answer?  It’s simple.
The story varies greatly based on education level attained.

As of May 2020, the unemployment rate for those with a Bachelors degree or higher was significantly lower than the 15.0% rate for high school graduates with no college degree:

  • Bachelors Degree:  8.4%
  • Masters Degree:  5.6%
  • Professional Degree:  5.9%
  • Doctoral Degree:  3.5% 

Keep in mind that economists have long believed that the overall economy is at “full employment” at a rate of around 5%.

Based on our understanding of these rates and ongoing discussions with c-suite leaders, the Croixstone team believes ample career opportunities continue to exist for highly-educated professionals in today’s workforce.

That said, the market is certainly more competitive in 2020 than the past several years.  For that reason, professionals in career transition mode are wise to focus on their personal branding and professional networking strategies to ensure a competitive edge. 


Goodbye Uptown. Hello NoDa!

Anyone who knows the Croixstone team knows that we’re changemakers at heart.  And this week we’re thrilled to announce a big change as we relocated in June 2020 to a larger office in Charlotte’s NoDa district.  

The historic events of 2020 will catalyze seismic changes in both American society and business.  We can’t think of a better place to foster the creativity needed to drive these changes than Charlotte’s beloved arts district. 

As long-term community members and supporters of Industrious Charlotte, we’re pioneering as Industrious NoDa has opened the district’s first Class A office space in a converted warehouse (originally part of the historic Newco Fibre Mill complex near North Davidson and 36th Streets). 

While COVID-19 still has us social distancing and largely working from home, the Croixstone team invites you to virtually tour our new home here.



Personal Branding – Advanced Skills Workshop

A well-developed and communicated personal brand can land you that next great job or promotion. But how do you truly define, and communicate, what sets you apart in the workplace and beyond? 

Join personal branding expert Emily Lopez, leader of Croixstone Consulting’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. Emily is known for her high-energy style and ability to deliver practical, actionable tips to help professionals drive their careers. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • How to find the “secret sauce” that really sets you apart.
  • How to define what you are all about in the workplace and beyond.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, June 9
  • Time: 2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, June 8
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant


Fresh Links – Summer Kick-Off

In the spirit of the summer season, we are keeping things lighter and breezier, and besides, we could all use some positive news as our region, country and world continue to navigate COVID-19.

A curated list of business, career and community links with a focus on positivity.


Patti Weber, Croixstone’s CEO, joins FORTUNE’s Rebuild Program.

We are excited to announce that Patti Weber has been accepted into FORTUNE magazine’s new Rebuild Program. Introduced by FORTUNE on May 4, 2020, the Rebuild Program helps small business owners to tackle today’s pressing challenges.

As a leader in the program, Patti will participate in six weekly virtual conversations, featuring industry consultants and experts and moderated by FORTUNE editors.  Accepted as part of a competitive application process, Patti will participate in the program with leaders from other U.S.-based companies with fewer than 500 employees. 

Learn more here.


Structure for Career Transitions

The right plan can make all the difference in helping professionals find the right career opportunity while reducing the amount of time spent on the job search. But how do you craft a meaningful plan? And how do you know if your plan is the best it can be? 

Join outplacement services veteran Dawn Posey, a leader in Croixstone Consulting’s business transformation practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 17 years experience in domestic and global leadership roles at Honeywell, and having recently navigated her own career transition, Dawn is an expert at designing and working plans that drive desired outcomes. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • A “structured approach” to setting up your day while in transition.
  • How to craft your own transition plan outline.

Event Details

  • Date:  Tuesday, May 26
  • Time:  2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 25
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant

Tangible Tips for Strategic Networking Amidst COVID-19

Yes, who you know matters when making a career transition – even during COVID-19. But how do you network during a time of social distancing? And just as important, how do you master the art of networking STRATEGICALLY

Join career expert Emily Lopez, the leader of Croixstone Consulting’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 20 years experience in talent acquisition, retention and culture building, Emily is known for her high-energy and motivating style of leadership. 

You will learn the following: 

  • The “what” of strategic networking
  • The “why” of strategic networking
  • Practical ideas for “how” to network strategically
  • A specific action plan with next steps to leverage your professional & personal ecosystem 

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, May 12
  • Time: 2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 11
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant