Happy Holidays!

The end of December is a great time to look back on the past year, and look forward to the next. Life looks pretty hectic from my perspective; HireArt is a fast-growing startup and we have a lot on our plate. The hiring environment is getting hotter and hotter. But it’s nice to just sit back, take a breath, and reflect on things. So I thought I’d review a few positive numbers as my way of giving thanks and offering up some season’s greetings.

First off, many of us sensed that 2014 would be a good year for the economy, and we were right. The unemployment rate has dipped to around 5.8%, and once the end of the year rolls around, U.S. employers should have added about 2.5 million jobs in the past 12 months, according to Forbes magazine. Wages are finally starting to tick up, as slack in the available workforce lessens. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports about 4.8 million job openings currently. Clearly, the services that HireArt offers are in great demand right now, and that won’t slow down in 2015.

Indeed, many economists predict 2015 will provide good economic growth. A group of experts at Goldman Sachs offered up uniformly positive outlooks for the US, with less rosy forecasts for various other parts of the global economy. CNBC says the coming year should be a lot like the last year – positive growth in the US and more hiring, but with a dash of long-awaited wage increases that we’ve all been waiting for. That’s good news for applicants.

Meanwhile, gasoline prices are plummeting, but North Korean hackers are stalking cyberspace. A new Congress is about to take their seats, but the 2016 presidential election has already started. There’s good news and bad news everywhere I look, so I try to balance the perspectives in my outlook.

To our many clients, I want to take the time to thank you for your continued trust, and I vow to work even harder in the coming year to provide the services you need. To our applicants, I want to thank you as well for your enthusiasm, your passion, and your energy. I hope each and every one of you can land your dream job in 2015.

To my awesome staff, I want to thank you for your dedication and perseverance, for your professionalism and your responsiveness – I feel truly blessed to work with so many great people.

And finally, thanks for tuning in to this blog, and check back often for insider tips on better jobs and better fits as the hiring process evolves.

3 Comments

  1. fRED FRIEDMAN said:

    Hi Chris; I was sent an email that stated you were interested in possibly hiring me for a sales position. I am interested but I do not have a video or cam equipment that the website seems to want. I am an older guy with over fifteen years of sales experience in a variety of venues. And I believe that my experience, maturity and excellent communication skills (I have my own blog) would make me an asset to you and the company. Is there any way I can secure an interview without the video? I do not have the money to buy any equipment as I am unemployed. Can I possibly send you some articles from my blog that might give you a sense of what my interests are and how well I communicate? I would love working for you. You are a dynamic company that values intelligent and creativity. Regards Fred

    December 22, 2014
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    • said:

      Fred – I’ll send you an email separately so we can take this out of the public forum. That said, we think it’s important that everyone be able to operate effectively in today’s environment and have the support to succeed. Video and many other mechanisms for candidate screening are becoming common place (for instance we rely at least as heavily on the work sample questions we ask to assess fit). If you don’t have the resources you need immediately available, you might want to consider using a friend’s web cam or smart phone or using a public computer in the library that has video capabilities. I do know that the NYS Department of Labor will give you access to a computer for this purpose see – http://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/factsheets/pdfs/p13-new-york-state.pdf.

      December 23, 2014
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  2. Leslie Stockton said:

    MERRY HOLIDAY TO U ALL .. <3

    December 23, 2014
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