The Job Hunt Isn't Over: Companies are Planning to Hire
How's the job hunt going in these final months of 2011? Although the national unemployment rate still hovers at around nine percent, there are a few professional positions that may be extra tough to get. According to recent research from staffing firm Robert Half International, here are the some of the top positions in this recovering economy and their unemployment rates for the third quarter: (Please note that these figures reflect the average for the entire third quarter of 2011)
- Financial analysts: 0.6%
- Compliance officers: 1.7%
- Human resources managers: 2.6%
- Chief executives (includes CFOs): 2.8%
- Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks: 2.9%
- Accountants and auditors: 3.4%
"Organizations are doing better than in the last few years," said Brett Good, Senior District President of Robert Half International. "They're bringing back these people to handle transactions."
Good said that even though positions may be available, those positions are also becoming more difficult to fill as more and more people apply to those positions.
"There's so much noise. Companies are getting a vast amount of resumes," said Good. "Candidates are aggressively counter-offered."
Over 50 percent of the executives surveyed in the latest research from Robert Half International said that they had run into recruiting problems and had trouble finding skilled candidates. Another 46 percent of executives said that they are "very confident" in their organizations' ability to grow in the fourth quarter, and an equal number said they were "somewhat confident." To get in front of these executive and to land these positions, Good offered a few bits of advice.
"Emphasize the personal ROI, whether its increasing productivity or finding a new revenue stream," Good said. "You're relying strictly on the resume, where its locked with hundreds or even thousands of others."
Good also suggested that job hunters go with a staffing firm or hiring agency that specializes in their role or field because those companies will know who is hiring in the respective role or field.
"Organizations are looking to hire people in transition," Good said. "They are open to interviewing."