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.