Are Twin Cities employers gearing up for the fall hiring season? One recent article stated that HR employees and hiring managers are back from summer vacations and with budgets in place, are ready to get down to filling their staffing needs.
You will find mixed reports on whether companies are starting to hire – it varies for each company and industry – but you need to be ready now – and in the future – if you are searching for a job.
“I may have more success as a weatherman than in predicting Fall hiring,” notes Lissa Weimelt, President of Twin Cities-based SearchPro Services and an executive recruiter who works with clients throughout the United States.
Traditionally, August, Sept and October are strong months for hiring, says Weimelt. But the economic rollercoaster makes employers cautious. Still, Weimelt sees an optimistic outlook for Minnesota job seekers this Fall. Her optimism stems from:
- Cash reserves are at an all time high: Minnesota companies can afford to hire if they look at their balance sheet. They need to believe they won’t risk laying off new hires if the market uptick momentarily stalls.
- Customer service is back. Companies are focused on hiring customer-responsive employees. Opportunities exist for candidates who excel in business development and exceptional customer satisfaction.
- Minnesota unemployment below the national level: Globalization for Minnesota products propels strong gains in manufacturing. Gains in the professional services segment, plus the need for Non-Profit professionals and other select markets, make Minnesota workers in demand again.
What can job seekers do to prepare for the fall hiring season? A number of things:
- Update your Resume: You know you are going to need it, so why are you putting it off? Update your resume, or hire a professional so when that job comes up, you are ready to submit your resume.
- Update your LinkedIn profile: Spend some time to update your LinkedIn profile to match your most current skills, employment history and goals. Employers will be checking this out – sometimes before they even look at your resume.
- Network: A job search is much more than firing off resumes to any and every job. Work your network, let them know of positions you are interested in, ask to connect with their colleagues.
- Be persistent: It may take one, five, 10 applications, but if you work hard, network and put in the effort needed, you will be in a better position in the near future.
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