I was looking trough a file today and found an article from Recruiting Trends January 2, 2008 call Losing Faith in the Economy. It said that after a volatile 2007, the job outlook for U.S. workers in 2008 is not exciting according to a survey from Dec 2007. More than one in five (21%) workers expect their job prospects in 2008 to be even worse than in 2007 and that 30% said they would not likely at all be job searching in 2008 versus 26% a year earlier in 2007. 46% of workers also said that their organization’s leaders expect the economy to worsen in 2008 and only 22% felt it would improve. There were many signs pointing to a slower economy in January 2008.
So why are we all surprised that this is happening this year? The outlook seems still dim for the rest of 2009. Summer is upon us and that slows down the hiring processes because the hiring decision makers are on vacation at different times and it is difficult to schedule everyone to interview a candidate at the same time.
My advice to canidates is to first off be patient. Secondly, make yourself available at any time, being willing to change your scehdule as needed. Do your homework, prepare, prepare, prepare, for the interveiw. Go in with a marketing plan of action, have excellent questions to ask to go deeper into the responsabilites of the position, giving current examples of how you can excell in the responsabilities.
The Safety Industry over all is still doing well. Regulations keep our industry moving forward. I am seeing a lot of companies that will be planning on hiring in the last quarter of 2009.