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Hiring Trends for 2014

If you have been in a job search for very long, you probably will not be surprised by some of these hiring trends. The job market is still tepid and many of the discouraging hiring practices and frustrating hiring processes will be in play in 2014. As a Career Coach, I encourage job seekers to think about their "added value" and unique selling points. Going forward, we have to be clear about what makes us the best candidate and we have to make sure we are communicating that message convincingly. If you have been putting off coming to the Business and Job Center, now is the time! We can help you prepare for what's next by connecting you with information about what occupations are hot for 2014, how to get the training you need for these careers, and how to discover and exercise the most effective job search strategies.

According to a Business Insider article by Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, and other business and employment experts, here are a few hiring trends to look out for in 2014:

Less Full-time, Permanent Hiring and More Part-time, Temporary and Contract Hiring

Employers point to concerns about the gridlock in Washington and impending debt ceiling debate as part of the reason they expect to hold off on hiring until later in 2014. Companies will continue to look to contract and temporary hiring to allow more flexibility in their workforce needs and the demands of their market.

  • Only 24% of employers expect to hire full-time, permanent workers (down from last year)
  • 42% of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014 (up from last year)
  • 17% of employers expect to recruit part-time workers over the next 12 months (up from last year)
  • 12% of all employers stated that they will likely hire more part-time workers in 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act
  • STEM Occupations will Continue to Grow

    STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations continue to fuel economic growth and will, therefore, be in high demand.

  • 26% of employers are planning to create jobs in these areas over the next 12 months
  • Skills Gap = Not Enough Qualified Workers

    Job growth is happening among high-skill, specialized occupations and hiring managers are seeing a definite skills gap – there are not enough qualified candidates for the jobs that are opening. Many companies are beginning to invest more in training and development to create the workforce they need.

  • 51% of HR managers from one subset said they currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates
  • 46% said these positions go unfilled for three months or longer
  • 26% of employers are sending current employees back to school to get an advanced degree – and covering all or some of the expense.
  • More Companies “Onshoring” Jobs

    Remember all those jobs that went overseas? Because of US government efforts and incentives, many companies are bringing those jobs back home.

  • 23% of companies who offshore jobs said they brought some of those jobs back to the U.S. in 2013
  • 26% plan to do so in the next 12 months
  • Companies Recruiting in High Schools

  • 25% of hiring managers plan to promote thier available careers to high school students (or even younger) in 2014.
  • Social Media and Technology Will Continue to Have a Significant Role in Hiring Process

    Laurie Lucas from Press Enterprise (www.pe.com) reports, “studies show that 83% of the North American population will be searching for a new job in 2014. Allison & Taylor has identified [these] top employment trends when you begin the hunt: Technology plays an even bigger role in the hiring process. Your electronic résumé is about to become more important than ever. Expect to be screened through social media, video interviews and electronic reference systems. Using LinkedIn may be your best avenue. Not being on LinkedIn can be detrimental to your search. Employers and recruiters regularly search LinkedIn’s database of information for people with relevant skills sets and experience pertaining to their requirements for open positions."

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