The economy may be slowly recovering from the recession, but what does that mean for job seekers? You need to be aware of what makes you marketable and what makes you stand above the rest so you can highlight that experience.
Take a look at this data from a survey of 2,700 hiring and HR professionals recently conducted by CareerBuilder and USA Today:
• Temp help. Twenty-five percent of employers are expected to hire contract workers or temps in the second quarter of 2010 and 13 percent said they were likely to hire them permanently.
What does this mean to you? Accepting temporary assignments may be a great way to explore a full-time career move! Not only that, but working on a temporary assignment while you are looking for full-time work demonstrates you are motivated. Celebrity has even had a few clients specifically request individuals who are working, temporarily. In their opinion, working on a temporary basis shows character.
• Interns. About 25 percent of employers planned to hire interns in the second quarter.
So all you new grads out there with no applicable work experience, roll up your sleeves and be ready to take a job in your industry/desired field and work from the ground up! You may make very little money (if any at all) however, the network and contacts gained are invaluable and it shows you aren’t a prima donna who isn’t willing to start at the bottom and show your worth.
• Social media. Close to 10 percent planned to bring in a new employee to handle social media efforts.
The message here is two-fold. Those of you with marketing experience should definitely know the ways of the virtual world to make yourself valuable, and second, be sure your personal profile and data on the Internet is professional. It isn’t hard for employers to find you online. What will they see?
• Second languages. One-third of employers want to hire bilingual candidates this year. Half said they’d probably choose a bilingual candidate over one who speaks just one language.
This doesn’t necessarily mean these positions come with higher pay rates, but it does mean you offer a better value and skills that help you stand apart as your career develops.
• Retention. Thirty-two percent are worried about their top employees leaving as the job market picks up. To prevent this, 14 percent are offering more flexible working conditions, another 14 percent are providing more training, and 5 percent are giving high-performing employees a more prestigious job title (without any more money).
While employers are going to work to keep you, be sure you aren’t taking advantage of your employer offerings. They may want to keep you, but not forever if you are the one person who takes advantage all the time. The employer/employee relationship should be one of give and take. If your employer gives a little in terms of flexibility, be sure you put in the effort to show you are grateful in the work you perform. Not to mention, you want to be sure your co-workers don’t see you as one who is doing all the taking either.
The signs of recovery are in sight, but we all have to keep in mind that employers are looking for people who are valuable contributors to the organizations. If you are willing to put in the time and energy, the pay-offs can be big!
About Patty North, CPC, Celebrity Staff Regional Manager
As the regional manager of Celebrity Staff, a leading staffing and recruitment firm, Patty North has assisted organizations across a four-state region with the development and implementation of best practice strategies in the areas of talent acquisition and talent management. Her collective insight and expertise on workforce planning, garnered from her 15 years in the staffing industry, has enabled clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations to improve performance and gain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Celebrity Staff is based in Omaha, Nebraska and serves the Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri region.