There seems to be positive signs that our economy is improving and there has been an increase in companies adding temporary staff so we can only expect that we have made the turn in this slow job market and things will be improving soon for permanent job seekers. With the stock market showing fairly consistent gains and corporate profits on the increase this should encourage companies to start investing on new technology and thus create more jobs. With our country still at war against terrorism and the unemployment rate rising, this should make for a continued challenge for us still in the recruiting business!
For the companies that will look to hiring in the coming year, quality of candidates will remain as a key ingredient in getting hired, which means that job seekers with a history of job-hopping could be in for a long-haul job search. Candidates will need to continue to be well prepared, organized and flexible with matters of compensation such as salary, bonus, benefits and other perks were easily attained in the boom years.
The employment picture has been difficult for the past year but jobs are being filled and the candidates who seem to be successful in getting hired are certainly more realistic with their expectations. This recovery will come and our clients will depend on us once again to supplement their recruiting needs. So stay positive, be prepared to compete and remember nothing is ever constant!