Fall is in the air. For anyone looking for a job, it’s time to kick the job search into high gear. Although recruitment cycles vary, the numbers show that the highest rates of hiring are before and after holidays – fall and spring. Making contact during these periods may give you an extra advantage. The good news: Read More
We’ve all heard how tough the job market is, but the truth is that people are still getting hired. Here are some numbers that might surprise and inspire you:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 4.3 million U.S. workers were hired in June 2010, including seasonal workers, part-timers, temps and contract workers.
- The number of job openings at the end of June was 2.9 million – an increase of 26% since the most recent series trough of 2.3 million in July 2009.
- Although job growth is down, it does not mean there are no jobs available. 4.3 million hires are still 4.3 million hires.
Have you ever heard that no one gets hired in August? That’s not really true, of course, but there are seasonal recruitment cycles including peak and slow periods. Understanding them can give you an edge and improve your chances of getting hired. By knowing which months of the year are the most popular hiring periods in specific companies and industries, you can plan your job search process more efficiently. During the months of slow hiring, prepare yourself for the busy hiring period.
It seems every day there is a news item about unemployment numbers, hiring trends, layoffs or the possibility of recovery. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported “Job Gains Speed Up and More Seek Work”. The New York Times had a similar report, Economy Gains Impetus as U.S. Adds 290,000 Jobs, showing that, although 290,000 jobs were added, the unemployment number also went up. So what is a job seeker to do with all this news? Some suggestions for riding the hiring trends roller coaster:
Yesterday’s WSJ had a good article on star performers – “The Myth of the Lone Star: Why One Top Performer May Not Shine as Brightly as You Hope”.
If you’re in that great position to be thinking about using this downturn as an opportunity to recruit some star performers, you should definitely read this article. To cut to the chase –