When Will the Job Market Get Better?


Rich writes:
I am just so discouraged with the whole job-hunting experience. Why are there no jobs?
When will the jobs return? I guess I’m lucky because I currently have a job but I dislike
it and my employer for their attitude toward us and I want out. What should I be doing
to get a new job?

The Career Doctor responds:
The good news for many job-seekers — and possibly bad news for many
employers — is that we are seeing glimmers of a positive (read growing) job market returning.
So why is the news bad for employers? Because many experts are
predicting the largest mass exodus of employees in recent memory
when the job market fully rebounds and people begin switching employers.
Numerous studies indicate that you are not alone in your views. Studies show that employees are growingly dissatisfied with their employers –
because of things such as working multiple jobs to compensate for laid-off coworkers
working longer hours for the same pay and seeing little movement in
overall compensation.
What can you do to prepare for the expected job growth? If you plan to
stay in your current field continue to strengthen and build your network
of contacts. If you plan to switch careers take the time now to get the
necessary training or experience (by volunteering consulting or part-time work) and begin establishing a network in your new career field.
Learn more about how best to use networking in your career development
and job-hunting by going to this section of Quintessential Careers:
The Art of Networking.

;

Rich writes:
I am just so discouraged with the whole job-hunting experience. Why are there no jobs?
When will the jobs return? I guess I’m lucky because I currently have a job but I dislike
it and my employer for their attitude toward us and I want out. What should I be doing
to get a new job?

The Career Doctor responds:
The good news for many job-seekers — and possibly bad news for many
employers — is that we are seeing glimmers of a positive (read growing) job market returning.
So why is the news bad for employers? Because many experts are
predicting the largest mass exodus of employees in recent memory
when the job market fully rebounds and people begin switching employers.
Numerous studies indicate that you are not alone in your views. Studies show that employees are growingly dissatisfied with their employers –
because of things such as working multiple jobs to compensate for laid-off coworkers
working longer hours for the same pay and seeing little movement in
overall compensation.
What can you do to prepare for the expected job growth? If you plan to
stay in your current field continue to strengthen and build your network
of contacts. If you plan to switch careers take the time now to get the
necessary training or experience (by volunteering consulting or part-time work) and begin establishing a network in your new career field.
Learn more about how best to use networking in your career development
and job-hunting by going to this section of Quintessential Careers:
The Art of Networking.