We recently reported on a survey that employers are offering jobs to applicants who are, unfortunately having to turn them down due to low salaries. And survey after survey finds employers who claim to have trouble finding skilled labor. Qualified workers are hard to find, apparently. Add these findings to experts who say the recession is over — if you go by the textbook definition — and the economy is growing, albeit slowly. Suddenly the picture sounds rosy. Maybe rosier than you thought.
Naturally, job seekers hear these survey results and think, “Really? I’m qualified. Hire me.”
Understanding where jobs are growing and if they are growing at all is a difficult task. You can look to several resources, the Bureau of Labor Statistics being the most recognized. Analysts and researchers release their own figures each month, and they all have valid viewpoints, even if they differ. CareerBuilder decided to look at its own job listings over the previous 12-month period in order to see which industries have an increasing demand for workers.
Although technology and health care have been reliable bright spots for hiring, other industries are showing promise, too. Human resources, for example, has seen jobs posted over the last year increase by nearly one-third. Hopefully this increase reflects overall growth in companies, as HR is often in charge of hiring and recruiting new employees.
As expected, IT continues to be a strong industry. What you might not have expected is an increased demand in sales. With a healthy year-over-year increase, sales postings are strong. If the adage “You have to spend money to make money” is any indication, employers are ramping up efforts to bring new business through the doors. Salespeople are are key to increasing business and moving the company forward.
And for new graduates who entered the job market when hiring was OK but nowhere near the levels it was before the recession, the situation looks better. Entry-level postings have increased by almost half over the last year.
No single survey or indicator will tell you everything you want to know about today’s economy or its future. At best you can catch a glimpse of where it currently is and then use that information to help get the job you want. With several industries looking to hire more workers today than they were a year ago, let’s hope job searches become easier for everyone.
Remember, specializations such as human resources and sales exist across several industries. You find these workers at a majority of businesses. And health care and IT aren’t just comprised of doctors and technical support, respectively. They have workers at various levels and with various backgrounds. Therefore growing industries and needed skills intersect at several points, creating a demand for more workers than you might expect.