About this time, each year we receive a great deal of inquiries about what to expect in the job market around the holidays. We hear candidates voice there concerns about the possibility of declining job prospects and debate whether to put their search on hold until the New Year. There is a common misconception that the holiday season is the worst time of year to find a job. In fact, historically the holiday season has been an excellent time to job hunt.
Even with the recent doom and gloom outlook of the current economy, hiring plans for the 2008 holiday season still look encouraging. In a recent survey conducted within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com and USA TODAY among 3,061 hiring managers and human resource professionals, some positive news can be found:
· Employers expect current hiring trends to hold steady through the end of the year.
· Certain sectors such as IT and Healthcare are still showing solid job growth while others struggle with reorganization, cost containment and other measures to stay afloat.
· Q4 2008 Job Forecast
23 % of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees
63 % anticipate no change
10 % plan to decrease headcount
4 % are undecided
Statistically for 2008, this tracks similar to or the same as Q3 hiring. So you if you are on the fence about ramping up your job search don’t stop looking just because the holidays are around the corner. Instead, go ahead and crank up that search! Your next dream job just might be in your near future, giving you even more reason to celebrate some holiday cheer!
Happy Holidays from EdgeLink!!!