Why we're optimistic about your job search

Posted by Marc Cenedella

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September 30, 2013 @ 06:06 PM

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We've had our biggest month ever here at TheLadders, with more employers posting more jobs and searching for more people than ever before in our ten-year history!

Now that's mostly because the economy has stopped getting much worse -- not that it's getting a lot better -- but as long as it doesn't get worse, there's a lot of hiring going on.

I'll tell you more about it after you have a chance to look at these one hundred companies hiring right now, today, on TheLadders:

Amazon

Citi

Office Depot

Bloomberg

 

LivingSocial

IBM

Chobani

PayPal

Starbucks Coffee Company

Oracle

Kraft Foods

American Express

Microsoft

Aetna

Deloitte

The Home Depot

Gannett

Time Warner Cable

Verizon

Kellogg Company

PwC

BAE Systems

Fresenius Medical Care

CSC

RGP

Chrysler

Dignity Health

Metlife

Baxter

Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Intel

Novo Nordisk

Cognizant System

Celgene Corporation

Coventry Health Care

KPMG

HP

Life Technologies

Crowe Horwath

Nuance

ACI Adjustment Group

Avanade

Unisys

Heartland Payment Systems

Emeritus Senior Living

Comcast

Amerigroup

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC

Pacific Dental Services

CVS Caremark

Quintiles

Ingram Micro

NTT DATA, Inc.

McGraw Hill Financial

Arrow Electronics

RICOH

Insured Life of Georgia

Pitney Bowes

Cigna

MMC

Traeger Pellet Grills

StaffPointe - Medical Search

Level 3 Communications

Aon Hewitt

NewTown Solutions

The Compliance Search Group

Department Of Veterans Affairs

Inovalon, Inc.

Bank of America

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Robert Half Technology

Accenture

USAA

Mortgage Lender Enterprise Products

Capital One

Travelers

ADP

Insperity

AlliedBarton

HCA Healthcare

Echo Daily

Quest Diagnostics

Gallup

UPS

Equifax Inc.

OfficeMax

Johnson Controls, Inc

Ashley Ellis

Uline

Actuate Corporation

Frontier Communications

PNC

Ingersoll Rand

Techpros

Blue Shield of California

Andex

Colonial Life

Xylem Inc

You might ask: how can that be? With the economy still not feeling great, how can it be that so many companies are hiring so many people?

Well, it's two things, Readers.

First off, you have to remember that most hiring is replacement hiring. It's not companies saying that they're going to grow their workforce by leaps and bounds, rather, it's companies replacing routine attrition that occurs as employees flow in and out of any organization.

Think of it this way. Even though the level in your bank account probably doesn't change too much in a particular year, and you may be more or less happy with where it is, a lot of new dollars come into your account each year from your current job. And then those dollars go out as expenses. So the vast majority of activity in your bank account is the addition of dollars to replace the ones you've already spent, even if the overall level stays about the same.

Same thing in the employment market.

We may be more or less happy with the overall rate of employment or unemployment, but the changeover from new employees coming in and old employees going out is far, far more important to your job search than the overall level.

Therefore: most hiring is replacement hiring. Which means that most companies are hiring all the time.

Second, some companies are always expanding. There are always sectors of the economy that are growing while others shrink. As an example, if your company has anything to do with Apple Inc. right now, you're growing.

And that's whether or not your company has anything to do whatsoever with technology. If you sell cardboard boxes to Apple, you're growing. If you sell real estate maintenance to Apple, you're growing. If you sell the little plastic biodegradable forks that the geniuses who design iPads use to eat their arugula salads at their gorgeous headquarters... guess what? ...you're growing.

So part of the job search is figuring out where's the growth and where's the shrink, and allocating your time accordingly.

With that, I'll wish you the best of luck in your search this week, Readers!

Marc_Cenedella_TheLadders_Founder__Exec_Chairman_LOW-RES1Marc Cenedella is the Chairman of TheLadders, the premier online job-matching service for career-driven professionals, which has transformed the way job candidates and employers connect online. Follow Marc on Twitter here @cenedella.

 

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