Written for OhioWorksNow by Amanda Dabb
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the face of the workplace.
No matter how we look at it, employers have had to make unprecedented changes because of Covid and employees have discovered that balancing work and life is much easier from home. So, as we come into a new year, trends in the job market emerge and some of these high demand jobs are surprising!
Are you looking to make a change? Employees interviewed and surveyed during the pandemic identified a number of traits their ideal job offered across a broad range of fields, furthermore, the jobs also had a lot of things in common. Common traits included:
1. Well paying. The job paid enough to be comfortable and support one’s self and family.
2. The job challenges us year after year without being overly demanding.
3. The job matches talents and skills of individual employees
4. They aren’t too stressful
5. There’s room to advance our careers and
6. It provides a satisfying work-life balance.
What’s Trending Now?
So, what were some of the top trending jobs you should be watching if you’re in the market for a change? Look toward the fields of healthcare, education, personal care, and engineering. In particular wind engineering! That’s right, the number one trending job for 2022 and maybe beyond is a wind turbine engineer! This growing field is projecting a whopping 68% growth over the next decade with a median income of $56,000. Furthermore, because industries seek to improve its carbon footprint and create technology that is better suited to protecting the environment, we will see an increased demand for alternative energy manufacturing and maintenance technicians.
Next on the list of ever-growing jobs: Healthcare and Education
Let’s face it, we’re all growing older and everyone needs a healthcare professional from time to time. As high burnout rates from the assaults’ of the pandemic take its toll on the industry, fresh jobs open up and more nurses, nurse practitioners and physical and speech therapists are needed! You can expect to make anywhere from $35,000 to $109,000 depending on the exact field and education requirements.
In care you haven’t heard, there’s a shortage of teachers in some areas! Teachers and substitute teachers are in high demand and will continue to be over the next ten years. If making a difference in the lives of young people appeals to you, turn your eye toward your local school district. A substitute teacher in NE Ohio can make between $150 and $225 a day and schools can’t get the subs they need!
Information Technology is the wave of the future too!
We all know technology is always evolving and changing, so it’s no shock that there’s supposed to be a 33% increase in related jobs. Data and network security, informational and data analysts and software developers are all trending in the field of technology. So the right IT job can easily pay between $70 and $100,000 a year. You’ll need some certifications, experience and at least a bachelor’s degree to land the right job in IT.
If your plans for 2022 include a new job, these careers may be a good starting point for you because they are in high demand. Visit Ohioworksnow.com to see where your next job can take you!
Written for OhioWorksNow by Amanda Dabb
As people return to work amid a global pandemic, with uncertainty and resolve, employers will have some tough decisions to make. There’s a demand for higher wages and better work/life balance, as well as the flexibility of working remotely. This puts the burden of appeal on employers, not employees. For decades the job market favored employers, but that role has shifted, and it’s become increasingly more clear that employers will need to be able to offer more and do better if they want to find, hire and keep the best employees they can.
The changing face of the workplace
To understand where we are, we must recognize where we came from. In the 1900’s when farmers began to leave the fields, offices were open plan with large desks lined up not unlike a school room set up with management offices on an open second floor so that managers could literally oversee their staff. In the 1960s the open office floor plan debuted in Germany and took off across Europe and America where desks were grouped, and the rooms made more comfortable and inviting. With the 70s came cubicles, and computers replaced typewriters and bulk purchased furniture became the norm. In the 2000s cubicles came under fire and were largely shown to neither increase productivity nor limit distractions. Open office spaces made a comeback and things like coffee shops, comfortable break rooms and lounges came into favor.
Where are we now?
In 2021, employers are as diverse and varied as the workforce itself. The desire for remote work options is on the rise and some companies are saving millions in overhead costs by cutting out the brick-and-mortar office altogether. Where companies can appeal and stand out now, in seeking the best employees to hire is to offer flexibility in the workplace. Years of research and studies conducted by Yale have concluded that working at home in most cases, does not result in a decrease in productivity. In fact, studies are showing that employees are less stressed and happier, resulting in greater productivity and less time off. Prioritizing work/life balance will set your company apart from many others.
If remote work is not an option, make the office environment as appealing as possible. If your employees don’t meet with customers face to face, allowing them to be comfortable can go a long way.
Personalization of desk/cubicle space, a casual dress code (but not pajamas and flip flops comfortable) or allowing music on the office floor are great ways to let employees have some common ‘creature comforts’ while at work. On site cafes, fitness centers and day-cares can help take some stress off employees and are fantastic perks to have.
Give employees the opportunity
A good employee who feels like they’ve hit a wall and cannot advance are more likely to start looking elsewhere. Loyalty comes when a company invests in the education and skills development of their employees. Mentoring programs and career development are some ways to show employees they matter. Tuition reimbursement or paid study time off for exams are some things companies are doing. Hiring from within first is another thing that prospective employees and long term employees want to see as well.
Showcase comprehensive benefits
Health benefits, including vision and dental are the norm for most larger companies. Adding in weight loss coverage, general wellness assistance and help with things like adoptions, conception, or legal aid would make a company stand out as one that values the total health of their employees.
Establish positive two-way communication
Everyone wants to feel connected. Management often overlooks this. A response to employees that is more than a few brief words does wonders for promoting that communication. Remember that feedback should be a gift. When feedback is given as criticism, it’s far less received and brings no value.
Ensuring the leadership of your company has an understanding of the importance of good communication will help in retaining the best employees.
Remember that before you can hire good employees you need to make sure your company culture and workplace environment are talent worthy. Employees who feel valued and engaged are the keys to better business results! If you’re an employer looking to hire, join us at www.ohioworksnow.com and post your openings!
Interview best practices to help you walk away with your dream job.
Written Sept 14, 2021, Amanda Dabb for OhioWorksNow
So, you got the call. That job you really want is within reach! What now? Don’t panic! It’s time to get to it and with these best practices, you’re sure to
increase your odds of standing out among the often tough competition.
The interview process can be stressful but there are some sure fire things you can do to put yourself on top of the stack. There are so many
suggestions, tips and tricks for a good job interview that it’s hard to really know which to follow. In every list out there there are a few important
recurring themes and here you’ll find the most common best practices for getting through a successful job interview.
Research the Company
Visit the company website, do a google search, ask around. It’s important to know what the company stands for, not just what it does in the industry.
Pay attention to the values and mission of the company as well as what kind of impacts it makes on the community. An interviewer may ask you what
you know about the job and company and you’ll want to be able to give a clear answer that includes why you like the company and how the company
goals/mission aligns with your own goals.
Be Prepared to Answer some Common Questions
In almost every interview, you’re going to be asked to answer at least one of these statements:
- Give me an example of a difficult problem you solved. How did you solve this problem?
- Tell me about a mistake that you’ve made. How did you handle it?
- Can you tell me about a challenging situation you overcame at work?
- Tell me about a time when you overcame a conflict at work.
- Tell me about a time you handled a stressful situation when you were under a lot of pressure.
- Can you tell me about a time you set and achieved a certain goal?
- What is your proudest professional accomplishment and why?
Have your answer ready. It’s helpful to use the STAR method when preparing your answers. In case you’re not familiar with it, the STAR method stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Create your answers around this and you’ll give the interviewer the best overall picture of you as an employee. As an example, “Tell me about a time you set and achieved a certain goal?” (Situation) During my last job, I wanted to develop my skills in management in order to move into a supervisory position. (Task) I knew I needed to be up to date on the latest best practices and techniques for effective management so I enrolled in a certification program at my local community college. (Action) I successfully completed the course and came away with a greater understanding of my future role and as a (Result) of that increased knowledge and confidence in my new skills, I was able to earn the promotion to supervisor!
Make your selling points clear and have examples
Recruiters want to see a demonstrated ability or experience. This is where knowing the job description well comes in handy. Pay attention to what skills/knowledge are listed on the job description and be sure that you tailor your examples to those!
Prepare a few questions for the interviewer
The interviewer will almost always ask you if you have any questions for them. You don’t want to say “no”. Having a few solid questions indicates a willingness to learn more about the company and shows you have a serious interest in being part of the team. Some examples of potential questions are:
- Can you explain some of the day-to-day responsibilities this job entails?
- How would you describe the characteristics of someone who would succeed in this role?
- If I were in this position, how would my performance be measured? How often?
- What departments does this teamwork with regularly? How do these departments typically collaborate?
- What are the challenges you’re currently facing in your role?
The saying practice makes perfect really rings true when interviewing. You want to be confident and comfortable with potential questions and your replies. Practice with a friend, a family member, a mirror
– whatever it takes for you to know your stuff inside and out for a smooth delivery during the interview process!
Finally, there are a few small and simple things you should be doing that will help you stand out. Oftentimes it’s the small things that get overlooked. Here are some of those.
Don’t be empty handed. Have two copies of your resume, pen and paper with you as well as a business card for yourself if you have one.
Arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to observe and go over last minute details in your mind. Be respectful and friendly with everyone you meet while waiting.
Look professional. There’s nothing that says unprofessional like someone showing up in jeans and a t-shirt. Take the extra effort to look nice. Avoid perfume or cologne! Speak clearly, smile often and make eye contact during the interview. You don’t want to cross your arms over your chest or fidget in your seat.
At the end of the interview, ask the recruiter what the next step is and what you should expect. Thank them for their time and then the next day, send a thank you email or note. At the end of a week, if you haven’t heard anything, send a follow up message. Let the recruiter know you’re still very interested in the job and ask if there’s anything more they need that would be helpful such as some letters of recommendation.
If you take these tried and true things to heart, the next interview you have will be a sure success! Good luck! If you need help finding a job, visit https://www.ohioworksnow.com/ for the latest job postings!
Searching for a job seems like a straightforward process… unless you currently have a job somewhere else.
Then it can become pretty complicated.
There are situations when you may be completely fine letting your boss know you are searching and may even ask them for a reference.
Those situations are few and far between.
Even if it’s obvious that you have outgrown your current position, there is usually no shortage of hard feelings when you leave a job.
So how do you go about discreetly searching for a job while currently employed?
Do Keep Your Resume Updated
There is nothing wrong with keeping your resume updated and ready to go.
This is just smart planning whether you want to leave your current job or not.
It’s also not a bad idea to keep your resume saved on a few job boards.
This is a good way to see what other jobs are out there and to have prospective employers come to you.
Do Not Search On The Clock
This should just be common sense but…
when it’s a slow day and the frustration of your job is getting to you, it’s very tempting to want to get on that job board or follow up on a lead.
Do not give in to the temptation.
Searching for a job to better your career or to get out of a dead end situation is your right.
Doing it while your current employer is paying you to work for them is just wrong.
Do Use Former Employers As A Reference
Again, if you’re trying to avoid drama at your current job, it’s just common sense not to use your current employer as a reference.
If you have a few jobs under your belt, and you left on good terms, use your previous employer(s) as a reference.
Most prospective employers will understand if you are trying to avoid getting fired from your current job.
Do Not Discuss It With Your Co-workers
Even if you are close with your co-workers, it’s always best to keep your job search quiet.
It could put other employees in an awkward position if your boss finds out you are looking for another job.
And even the most well meaning person can accidentally let something slip.
Do Be Discreet
This is along the same lines as not searching for a job while at work, but it bears repeating.
Don’t use the fax machine, scanner, copier or work email at your current employer to send your resume or applications.
It only takes a second to get distracted and leave your resume on the copier or your screen open for someone to see.
Do Not Feel Guilty
Looking for a better job is not a crime. You may feel disloyal or like you owe something to your current employer.
But the reality is, “it’s not personal, it’s business”.
When a company needs to cut costs, they do what they have to. If you need to improve your circumstances or upgrade your job, you do what you have to, with no guilt.
So whether you are job searching to advance your career, improve your finances, or lower your stress level, make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts when searching for a job.
If you live in the Ohio area and are searching for a better job, be sure to check out this local job board.
Need to hire but still on the fence about using an online job site? You’re not alone.
Although online job boards and job sites have been around for years, many employers shy away from using them.
For some, it seems too complicated or they are afraid they won’t get very many applicants.
Many small business owners think it’s not worth the money.
If those are thoughts you’ve had in the past, you may want to reconsider.
Here are just a few benefits of posting on a job site.
It’s Where The People Are
The days of looking in the paper for jobs are over. The majority of job seekers go online to search for jobs.
Most people search on multiple sites.
As an employer, ideally you would post your job on multiple sites. This would ensure you are reaching the widest audience possible.
Of course there are the big sites out there that many people search. But it’s also a good idea to use a local site.
When people start out their search, many times they will google to check jobs in their specific area first.
Posting your job on a smaller local site, along with a few other popular job sites, will ensure it is seen by the biggest local audience possible.
It Simplifies The Process
Depending on the type of company, it can take anywhere from one to four months to hire and train a new employee.
Posting on job sites can help cut down some of this time. It also eliminates a lot of stress because you have prospective hires coming to you.
Posting on multiple sites can actually save you money since it’s like having a full time recruiter without the extra expense.
Within days of posting you could get dozens of applications and of course, with it all being online, you have no paper applications to track.
It Weeds Out The Insincere
When people are serious about finding a job, they will spend a lot of time on job sites searching and applying for jobs.
Many sites will let people set up alerts when a job meeting your specific criteria gets posted.
So the more serious a job seeker is, the more sites they will be monitoring.
Many sites even offer skill building tests so prospective employees can show off just how proficient they are in specific skills.
In order to get noticed by employers, serious people also post their resume and keep it updated.
This can help to set apart those who are truly serious about finding a job from those just casually looking.
Give It A Try
Although it may seem outside your comfort zone, there are definitely more pros than cons to posting on a job site.
Most sites make it really easy to set up an account.
Try it once and I’m sure you will be surprised by the response.
And don’t overlook the smaller local sites. It’s a good way to get your feet wet and test out the process.
Generally, the rates on smaller sites are more reasonable and it will keep the applicant pool to more local talent.
Is your business in the Ohio area? Check out this local site to post your first job listing.
By Alaina Silbaugh
You want a job but have no experience.
You search for a job and see that most employers prefer someone with experience.
See the problem?
But don’t worry. You’re not alone.
This is the situation that so many people find themselves in when looking for employment.
Maybe you just graduated college or high school.
Maybe you’ve finished raising your kids and are back on the job market after many years.
Maybe you have a job but want to get into a completely different line of work.
Whatever the case, there are some things you can do to catch an employers attention, even if you don’t have the experience they are looking for.
Don’t Aim Too High
Ok, this might sound discouraging, but let’s be real. The reality is you will not get a management position if you have no experience.
And no, life experience does not count. Not at first.
So start with entry-level positions.
Even if you feel overqualified, it’s much easier to work your way up once you have your foot in the door.
Once you’ve secured a job, then you can wow them with all your skills and show them how much you deserve a promotion.
Knowledge Is Power
If you want to work in a specific industry, as you apply for jobs, you will quickly see what skills companies are looking for.
Enrolling in a class that will help you learn a few of these skills will help fill out your resume.
No money to enroll in a class?
You can learn how to do almost anything on YouTube. There are a ton of videos that can help you get familiar with what your prospective employer may want you to know.
Of course this does not count as an actual class, but you can at least you can see what you are getting yourself into.
Spice Up Your Resume
With no (or very little) actual job experience, you will need to get creative on your resume.
No, this does not mean lie.
But you can use volunteer activities, helping at your kids school, extracurricular pursuits, anything that enabled you to use skills that will sound good to an employer.
Be sure to list any relevant details of your participation, such as any organizing, money management, leadership roles, problem solving, etc.
You don’t need to go into too much detail. Just focus on how these activities sharpened your natural abilities or taught you specific skills.
Ace Your Interviews
The interview can make you or break you to an employer.
Be sure to present yourself in a way that shows you want the job.
This includes your attitude as well as your clothes. “Dress for the job you want” may be cliche but the concept holds true.
Also be sure to do your research on the company.
This will help you know what to expect and answer any questions with confidence.
Don’t Give Up
Trying to land a job when you have no experience can seem like an uphill battle. But remember, everyone has to start somewhere.
There will be an employer out there that will take a chance on you.
Even if you have to take a job somewhere you may not like, just look at it as a way to gain some experience while you pursue the job you actually want.
Are you looking for a job and live in the Ohio area? Check out these job opportunities!
By Alaina Silbaugh
During your search for a job, it’s common to hit a wall.
This could be due to a seeming lack of jobs in your field, you’ve had interviews but you never make it past that, or maybe you’ve applied to a countless number of jobs and haven’t gotten any bites.
Whatever the case may be, your job search may need a reboot.
Here are a few things you can try.
Revamp Your Resume
With a blah resume, you could be losing traction before you even get started.
Look over your resume to be sure you are only listing your last two or three jobs. Under your work experience have a one sentence description of the company and your position.
Bullet points are your new best friends. Managers and recruiters don’t spend time reading long-winded paragraphs. Bullet points will highlight key points and make it readable.
Use bullet points when listing your past job responsibilities and when listing your skills.
Be sure to tailor your resume for each job you are applying for.
Consider Branching Out
Of course if there are just no jobs out there in your industry, you could try applying for jobs in a different line of work where your skills could translate.
For example, if you have a lot of customer service experience, this skill could come in handy for various types of jobs. If you have computer skills or are proficient in basic computer programs, this would be a skill that would be in demand for various fields.
Another option would be to learn a new skill in your specific industry. You could take a course in management and apply as a manager or supervisor in your field of experience.
Just make sure you are not afraid to apply even when you think you lack skills or experience. Many skills can be learned on the job.
No, this does not mean lying on your resume. Just really emphasize the skills you do have and present them in a way that will show the value you can bring to a potential employer.
Go Where The Jobs Are
Many people relocate for work. This can have its own set of challenges but ultimately, it may be the only option for some to provide for their families.
Obviously, you will need to do your homework before making a big decision like that.
Relocating may not be an option for everyone. If you have roots in a community, it can be difficult to just move somewhere else.
In that case another option would be to work from home. More and more companies are seeing the value of outsourcing various jobs to remote employees.
This gives you the advantage of being able to work for a company in another state while you avoid the hassle of moving.
Don’t Give Up
The main thing is not to give up hope. It’s easy to develop a negative attitude if you’ve been searching for a while.
But potential employers can sense that negativity right away, which will affect the way they see you. They may think you don’t even really want the job.
So go into every interview with the attitude that this is going to be your new job.
Keep in mind, there are plenty of jobs out there.
So even if you have to think outside the box and relocate, learn new skills, try a different line of work or maybe just give your resume an overhaul, it’s worth the effort.
If you are searching for a job and live in the Ohio area, check out these job postings.
By Alaina Silbaugh
To follow-up or not to follow-up…
that is the question you may be asking yourself after you’ve had an interview or even if you just had someone reach out to you from a company where you’ve applied.
First, be assured you are not alone in wondering about this.
Also, just because you haven’t heard anything else, doesn’t mean you are not a candidate for the job.
What Is Taking So Long?
When you look at it from the prospective employers side, whether it’s a hiring manager or the actual owner of the company, they may have quite a few people to sift through.
And they may be hiring for more positions than just the one you applied for.
Basically, they have a lot on their plate. This is why patience is key when applying for jobs.
But that does not mean you should just sit around and wait for them to call.
Make Your Move
As I mentioned, people get busy and have a lot going on.
Because of this, things can fall through the cracks, emails fail to get written, phone calls get forgotten about.
This is where some well placed follow-up on your part comes in.
It doesn’t hurt to remind them why you are such a great fit for the job.
You could be direct and give them a call, or be more subtle with an email.
Either way, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind:
- Alway direct the email or phone call to the person that originally contacted you or interviewed you.
- Start off with a thank you. “Just wanted to reach out and thank you for [meeting with me] / [calling me] / [emailing me] the other day.
- Remind them of the job you applied for. “I am still interested in the position for [….]”
- Don’t let them think you are desperate. Most likely you have applied for other jobs as well, so let them know that.
“I have applied for a position elsewhere to keep my options open, but I really feel like [I would be a great fit at your company.] or [ your company is my top choice.]
- Now start to conclude it. It’s best to keep it short and sweet. “Hopefully we will be working together in the near future.”
- And wrap it up. “If you have any follow up questions for me, please feel free to reach out.”
- Sign off and leave your contact information below your name.
Don’t Agonize Over It
Don’t worry too much about bothering them with a call or email. Most businesses are used to receiving plenty of calls and emails every day.
So if you remember to:
-wait an appropriate amount of time before following up (a few days to a week)
-keep your communication short, to the point and professional
-leave it alone once you follow-up, don’t be a squeaky wheel with multiple calls or emails
-and keep applying for other jobs as you wait to hear back,
then you will have done all you can on your end.
Besides if they are the type of company to leave you hanging after you try to be proactive, then it may not be the right place for you anyway.
So, yes, it is completely appropriate and sometimes necessary to follow-up with a potential employer.
Just follow these simple guidelines and you can avoid the awkwardness.
By doing so you will stand out from the other applicants as someone who is proactive and serious about getting the job.
If you live in Ohio and are searching for a job, check out these listings.
By Alaina Silbaugh
You got the call.
You applied for a job and they called you for an interview. This is where the fun begins.
Ok fun might be overstating it. You may be thinking, ‘No this is where I start breaking out in a cold sweat and my stomach is in knots.’
It’s normal to get nervous before a job interview. But those nerves don’t have to dictate how well you perform in the interview.
The key is to be prepared.
Whether this is your first job interview or your 97th, here are a few tips for getting prepared.
- Stay Calm
This may be asking a lot. Like I mentioned, it’s normal to get nervous. But an overabundance of nerves or anxiety will not help the situation.
The best way to combat the build up of nerves is to go for a walk, a run, a bike ride or to the gym. Doing something active helps release all that tension and anxiety and help you focus.
- Dress For Success
Your clothes can say volumes about you before you even have a chance to speak.
If your interview is in a professional setting, such as an office building, business appropriate attire would be the way to go.
Slacks or skirt, button up shirt or nice blouse, maybe even a full suit depending on the position you are applying for. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised what people wear to an interview.
Even if you are interviewing in a more low key environment, such as a factory or a more labor intensive type job, how you present yourself in your interview can really go a long way.
In this case dressing up too much would not be necessary. But you would still want to be sure your clothes are clean and presentable.
Another tip in appearing professional no matter what job you are interviewing for, put your phone on silent and don’t look at it during the interview.
- Do Your Homework
It never hurts to know a bit about the company you want to work for.
This may mean doing research before your interview.
Information such as who the head of the company is, the exact type of work they do, who their biggest clients are, how long they have been around, how many locations they have, any community outreach they do etc., can be obtained with a basic internet search.
Showing you have some knowledge of the company will indicate your initiative and how personally invested you are in getting the job.
- Project Confidence
Although prospective employers expect some nervousness when interviewing potential employees, projecting an air of confidence will greatly decrease the tension for both of you.
The more confident you are, or at least appear, the more at ease everyone will be.
This can result in the interview feeling more like a conversation rather than a stressful interrogation.
Of course I would caution against overconfidence, as this will come off cocky and may lead a potential employer to think you will have a hard time following directions.
- End On A High Note
Many times at the close of an interview, you may be asked if you have anything to add or any other questions.
This is the time to dazzle the interviewer with an intelligent observation or question.
Have something in mind before going in and listen during the interview.
You can simply say something like “So just to make sure I have everything straight, my responsibilities would be …”
This would show off your listening skills and how seriously you are taking the job (even if it’s not yours yet).
Or you can bring in all that research you did and say “Thank you for meeting with me. It would be great to work for a company … (that takes pride in its work)…or..(that is so involved in the community)…”
No matter how you end it, keep it positive, make eye contact, smile, and give a firm handshake.
Keeping these tips in mind will definitely help you stand out from other candidates. Just remember, even if you feel like you aced the interview, you may not get a call back.
Don’t let that discourage you. Every interview you do will be great practice for the next one!
If you live in the Ohio area and are searching for a job, check out these postings.
By Alaina Silbaugh
Millions of Americans move every year, many of them relocating for
work. Are you among those that may be making this type of move?
Here’s why you should add Ohio to your list of
places to consider moving to.
Plentiful Work Opportunities
The biggest concern would be, is there actually work in Ohio?
Short answer: Yes.
Whether you are looking for a job in an industry such as
manufacturing, healthcare, financial or technical, Ohio has it all.
From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, the perks Ohio offers to
companies makes it a great place for them to set up shop, which means more and more jobs are becoming available all
Of course, while having plenty of work to choose
from is great, there are other things to consider before relocating.
Affordable Cost of Living
One of the most important things to consider when moving is the
cost of living. Ideally, especially if you are selling your current house, you
want to move somewhere where you can get more house for your money.
Fortunately for you, Ohio is just such a place. This is a pretty
impressive feat for a state that has its fair share of populous cities.
In fact, according to a study by US News, Ohio is ranked
second in the nation for housing affordability.
In an April 2019 report done by CNBC, Columbus Ohio
is ranked in the top ten most affordable cities in the US.
Akron, Cincinnati, and Youngstown are a few mid-size cities that
frequently show up as some of the best affordable places to live.
And if small-town life is what you are craving, Van Wert and Delhi
Hills are listed among the most affordable small towns in the nation.
Great For Families
If you have a family or may start one in the future then look no further
than Ohio. With so many small to mid-size cities and towns, the options are
One example is the small town of Bowling Green. According to Livability.com, Bowling Green is one of
the top ten places to raise a family. Being so close to the larger city of
Toledo, families have access to all the perks of city life, while being able to
live in a small town environment complete with great schools, beautiful parks,
and community festivals.
As far as education the number of colleges are plentiful, even in
the smaller towns. Of course, there is also the well known Ohio State
University which is practically its own town, being the third-largest campus in
Worried about there being a shortage of things to do in Ohio?
Have no fear. The bigger cities have aquariums, museums, orchestras, great restaurants, tons of breweries (for mom and dad) and of course football, football, football. Sports fans will have three different major sports teams to root for.
Since Ohio is one of the bordering states of Lake Erie, this gives
Ohioans a great place to visit in the summer. With various beaches and
campgrounds along the shore, as well as multiple islands you can visit.
Ohio is also home to one of the largest state fairs in the
country. And let’s not forget the infamous amusement park, Cedar Point, which
is a national attraction for roller coaster lovers everywhere.
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