We often see hiring trends emerge before they can be substantiated by hard data. Last Friday a job seeker contacted us to confirm that her resume would be kept confidential, and not be available to employers, if she selected this option when uploading her resume. It took a few minutes for us to realize what she was really asking, because we had not heard anything like this in the past 6 years! Her concern was that too many employers would contact her. In recent years, we have received countless calls from candidates worried that employers had not received their resume because they were not responding, but not since 2007 have we received a call from anyone worried about handling too many employer responses. We immediately researched our data. 2012 was a feeding frenzy with job seekers seeing opportunities in all sectors and levels for the first time in years. 2013 saw development jobs spurring hiring in all sectors. 2014 saw the first hint of change. 2014 had more jobs than have been posted in years and slightly less job seekers – not significantly less, but less just the same. It’s still a seller’s market for employers, but dare I say we may be seeing the tip of the iceberg?
March 12, 2014