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Career Issues

How to Be Next in the Hiring Line

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America's job market is in a transitional phase. As in previous transition periods, we're seeing increased opportunities available in Temporary and Temp-to-Hire first. We expect Direct-Hire opportunities to pick up in the near future when employers become more confident. So what does that mean for you? Read on to find out more.

The New Shape of Opportunities

"This has happened before, and like in the early '80s and '90s, today’s employers are still wary of the post-recession economy," says AppleOne Vice President Marc Goldman. "As a result, they hold off hiring even as the economy improves, resulting in a ‘jobless recovery’."

Senior Domestic Economist and One View editor Peter G. Glassman says it’s typical for jobless recovery to persist for a year or two following a recession. However, Glassman clarifies that jobless recessions don’t mean that there are literally no jobs, only that the demand for full-time or Direct-Hire candidates is weak. In contrast, Temporary and Temp-to-Hire openings are on the rise, because while employers are still wary about taking on full-time staff, they need to hire now if they are to take advantage of the nascent opportunities.

Flexibility Always Fits

"Now that the worst is over, we are approaching full economic recovery and economic expansion is just around the corner," says Goldman. "When this happens, history has proven that things will not only return to ‘normal’ – times will get better and opportunities will be richer." According to the American Staffing Association, Temporary opportunities climbed to 9% in the second quarter, and that from April through June this year, an average of 2.2 million people were placed in Temporary and Temp-to-Hire positions each day.

"Businesses know they need to add to their staff to keep up with their competition," says AppleOne Regional Manager Eve Nasby. "On the other hand, they don’t want to risk too much by hiring full-time employees too soon." To solve their dilemma, more and more companies turn to staffing services for qualified, flexible Temporary or Temp-to-Hire candidates who have the potential to become full-time employees later on.

Put Your Best Foot…In the Door

Marie Maranz, the Vice President for Direct-Hire at AppleOne’s San Mateo office, agrees with this strategy. "It’s not unusual for a single job advertisement – even those for Temporary positions – to yield 1,200 applicants," says Maranz. The AppleOne advantage is that we deal directly with both the candidates and the clients, so we know what their precise needs are and can match them more accurately. "There is a growing need for Temporary and Temp-to-Hire employees, and I always encourage the professionals I work with to take advantage of these opportunities even if they have never worked as Temps before." According to Maranz, the key is to get work within the organization, and then proceed to prove yourself.

No matter what the duration of the assignment, it’s a chance to be face-to-face with potential employers that many job seekers out there rarely have, not to mention an opportunity to show your abilities, learn how the company works and prove you are the right person for the job by the time the manager decides to hire. Maranz, who refers to Temp-to-Hire opportunities as ‘Working Interviews’, concludes, "There’s no doubt that a job boom lies in the near future, and if you’re a job seeker, a little flexibility could go a long way toward ensuring you’re first in tomorrow’s hiring line, and that you’re earning an income today."

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