Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Positive Outlook for Hiring in Q2 2010

It seems that there is hope on the horizon when it comes to finding a job in 2010. In what is now the third consecutive quarter, employers are expecting to increase staff and fewer are anticipating cut backs. Based on the noticeable increase in online job postings and the amount of temporary positions that have been created recently, it is safe to assume that there will be a possibility of more permanent positions generated in the upcoming year. CareerBuilder and USA TODAY recently teamed up to conduct a nationwide survey of employers and identified six upcoming employment trends for the second quarter of 2010.

1. Employers are looking to hire for temporary positions. The survey showed that 25% of employers forecast hiring temporary workers during Q2 of 2010 to aid in filling productivity gaps.

2. About 25% of employers anticipate hiring interns in Q2. Hiring interns is a great way to add resources to the firm without having too much of a cost burden.

3. Social Media has gained quite a presence lately in the work place. About 1 in 10 surveyed employers expect to hire someone in Q2 who will be responsible for leading social media initiatives.

4. Diversifying employees has become more evident in the work force and remains important in hiring during the second quarter. About one-third of employers have plans to hire candidates that speak more than one language.

5. 28% of employers anticipate hiring greater performing employees to take the place of employees that have not been performing well at the company.

6. Due to the apprehension that top performing employees may begin looking elsewhere as market conditions start to improve, employers are trying to increase incentives for their employees to keep them around! These incentives may consist of flexible schedules, increased training, future raises or promotions, bonuses and performance based trips and even a higher job title without the increase in salary. Take note that there are incentives which are considered budget-friendly.

Source: Job Market Showing Gradual Improvement, According to Quarterly Job Forecast From CareerBuilder and USA TODAY

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