Job Search, Recruiting and Employment Trends

Depending on where you look, the figures for employment/unemployment and for job search trends that appear to be on the rise can differ considerably. This shows up, for example, in recent items I found on

  •’s Employment Outlook report highlights national and local market forecasts, plus industry and employer trends. Their December report notes that job openings nationwide grew for the 5th consecutive month, for a figure of 7.4% year-over-year. They noted that there was a slight increase in job openings, probably due in large part to seasonal hiring. Unless you’re looking for a part-time, temporary holiday job, this news might not help you a lot.
  • Bersin & Associates, a research and consulting firm working with Human Resource organizations, recently issued a report that includes a number of predictions around developing a borderless, agile workplace that will involve extensive use of social networking, a focus on diversity and an increase in female representation in driving agile performance management on a worldwide basis.
    The report also quotes president/CEO Josh Bersin as saying, “Despite high levels of unemployment, employers are having a hard time finding the right skills. This imbalance is producing an incomparable talent scarcity that threatens economic growth around the world and has fundamentally changed the way we approach workforce management.” At the same time, it notes that technology has been advancing by leaps and bounds and is having an ever-greater impact on talent acquisition methods.

How do job search, recruiting and employment trends give you useful clues?

Whatever your current situation is—employed and not looking, employed but looking, unemployed and looking, or unemployed and not looking because of discouragement—you can benefit by investigating and paying attention to job search, recruiting and employment trend information. That’s true even though various reports sometimes seem to contradict each other (partly because they focus on different aspects of a particular situation). Of course, you do need to compare carefully, sift through the conflicting opinions and decide what’s relevant for your specific needs and goals—as usual, one size does not fit all. However, ignoring the trends or failing to do any research on them can leave you clueless when you need to be—and could be—more on top of things.

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