January 5, 2018

In some respects, it’s hard to believe, but growth rates continue to be on the upward trend. Most encouraging is the fact that both the 3:12 index AND the 12:12 index are continuing to trend over the 2016 rate of change. Comparing year-to-year data can be dangerous – especially since we have been in such a trough the past few years. However, the numbers are beginning to be convincing.

Job Openings and Voluntary Quit rates are on the upswing, and manufacturing capacity actually pointed upward. Unemployment rates remain as low as can be expected. In spite of the good news, Job Seekers continue to face many challenges on the job front. There are many explanations surfacing. Our belief is hiring managers continue to be oh-so-particular about obtaining extremely specific skills and/or backgrounds and simply wait until the so-called “perfect” candidate appears.

We notice that nationwide hiring rate continues to exceed separations – but not by much. The employment (or lack thereof) world remains very volatile as organizations continue to contract and expand. We continue to be quite amazed at the number of people coming to us with no job, having either been severed or put up with long hours and no rewards far too long. They have quit with hopes of finding better alternatives.

Job Seekers must remain aggressive in their search for new opportunities. It’s a new year…and new opportunities are out there. The word for this quarter: Chunk – your Job Search Tasks – break your tasks into meaningful manageable tasks on daily basis. Chunk – your Job Search Hours – to create specific times of the day to really focus on your daily tasks. Chunk – your Downtime – to present opportunities for rest, exercise, and activities which will add to your experience and qualifications and increase your value opportunities.

RDC Hiring Edge can help!