The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day brings an inevitable barrage of reflection and prediction. It’s everywhere – the “Best of/Worst of” lists for 2011, and the “2012 Predictions” lists for the upcoming year. Whether it’s entertainment, fashion, business --- looking back and looking ahead are easy fodder for writers. At Advanced Resources, we like to look ahead to the future, so we did some quick research on the hiring/employment outlook for 2012. The news is good!
According to a December 2011 survey by ManpowerGroup, employers are optimistic regarding their hiring trends for the 1st quarter. Hiring needs are projected to be up 9%, which is an increase from the 4th quarter. In fact, this is the most promising outlook since 2008, and we’ve now had 9 straight quarters of positive outlook. Of course, this 9% increase represents all types of positions for all types of companies, but we’ll take any good “jobs” news we can find. The U.S. still has a long way to go before the jobs situation is vibrant and bustling, but hiring is slowly and surely increasing.
What does this mean?
Temporary staffing will remain hot. Companies experience increase in demand but wish to remain cautious with staffing investments, so they turn to temporary staffing as a way to bridge the gap. It’s historical, it’s factual, and it’s been happening. If you’re unemployed (or “underemployed”) and have not yet considered temporary employment, you should. You might find more employment opportunities, you’ll keep your skills fresh, and you just might get your foot in the door at your next career opportunity.
If you’re a company, projected hiring increases mean that demand for top talent will also increase. You’ll see more competition for the best people. If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to update your talent strategies to ensure you win “the war for talent”.
If you’re a job seeker, the opportunities will slowly but surely increase. Be focused, be smart, and be prepared. Advanced Resources posts a wide variety of job seeking advice on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow us to increase your chances of landing your next dream job (or something close to it!).
We’re excited about 2012 – here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous year for all!