Job Seekers: It’s Time to Upgrade your Fourth Quarter Game Plan

It’s time for job seekers to review the fourth quarter hiring forecasts and use the information to revise their go-to-market strategy.

While employers’ overall hiring outlook has been positive, but certainly not robust, for eight straight quarters, Manpower is predicting yet another quarter of tepid full-time job growth.  Only 16 percent of U.S. employers plan to add staff during the fourth quarter, 11 percent expect a decline in payroll and 70 percent anticipate no change. The Midwest and the South will see the biggest gains and employers in 11 of 13 industry sectors plan to hire more employees led by wholesale and retail trade, mining, financial activities and manufacturing. Only construction and government have negative forecasts.

The hiring forecast for IT professionals is similar with one exception: 85 percent of CIOs will continue investing in projects during the fourth quarter according to Robert Half Technology’s fourth quarter survey, which means experienced contractors will be in-demand. Just 12 percent of CIOs plan to add staff, 6 percent plan to reduce staff for a net 6 percent projected increase in hiring activity. IT security and networking professionals stand the best chance of scoring a full-time job.

So who’s hiring? Computerworld just released a list of 10 technology firms that are looking for professionals along with an overview of their hiring needs and procedures. The companies include: Kontagent, Kareo Inc., Black Duck Software, Akamai, Technologies, Appirio Inc., Intuit, Carbonite Inc., CDW, Dell and Wayfair LLC.

Hospitals are hiring information management professionals, but the open positions may not be advertised on Internet job boards. It seems that many roles are shifting as health care undergoes radical technology changes, so you’ll need to do your homework and proactively pitch your solutions to the CIO to segue into the industry.

The health care technology evolution is also impacting insurers like Humana, which is currently looking for 100 IT professionals in Louisville, Ky.

Finally, if you like chowder and cold winters, consider moving to Maine. Employers are currently importing contractors from outside the state to fill open IT positions and they expect demand for IT professionals to exceed the local supply over the next few years.