Things are Looking Up
Though the current economic condition has been trying for millions of Americans and others worldwide, things are beginning to look up. More and more, my clients are getting interviews and are being offered fantastic positions. For the first half of this year, it was rare for anyone to even land an interview, let alone, receive a job offer. As we head into the end of the year, you will begin to see companies regaining their faith in the economy, and slowly but surely people will get hired.
In a normal market, September and October are relatively busy due to executives and hiring managers alike returning from their summer vacations. Unfortunately, in the past, there has been a bit of a lull in hiring around November and December because many potential employers are gone for the holidays with their families. Many times, a company has spent their budget by the end of the year so they begin to look at ramping up their staffing in January. That said, I would highly encourage any job seekers that are looking to be hired before the end of the year, to go full force through the end of September and all throughout October.
Ideally, you should be spending at least 40 hours a week looking for a job. This should include attending networking functions, such as Pink Slip Mixers, posting your resume on websites such as www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com, applying directly to at least 5-10 positions per day, and finally learning to use social media to help facilitate introductions to the companies you want to get hired at.Â
Even if you cannot find a position by the end of 2009, the good news is that January is typically the busiest time of the year when it comes to hiring. Employers will have new budgets to work with and new staff needs to fill. Be diligent in your job search and you too will get hired!