/ Asked by Erica
How bad is the job market today? I hear conflicting points all the time. Thanks for your thoughts.
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, May 15, 2015
Hello!

Good question on the job market.  I hate to really throw it out there like this, but the job market really depends on the individual and the types of positions being sought.

As a whole, unemployment is down, meaning that candidate pools for companies are smaller providing more opportunities for individuals looking.  With that said, though, there is a huge disparity between different sectors and fields.  For example, as a manufacturing company, we continue to run into challenges filling highly technical job openings.  Roles like Analytical Scientists, R&D Managers, Quality Managers, etc., could often take over a year to find the right candidate.  As a rule of thumb STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields are roughly 3x more difficult to hire for than many of our non-technical fields (Finance, Marketing, Sales, etc.).  With that said, if you are in a technical field (or some other highly specialized field), there are more opportunities, and you can often have your pick of location, company, etc.  

For non-technical, entry-level fields, there is very stiff candidate competition.  In a recent mid-level sales position that was recently posted, we identified the ideal candidate within one week of posting the role.  So far anyone with similar qualifications, the chance of finding similar roles is much more difficult.  

I hope you find this helpful!

Mike 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 15, 2015
This sounds like a politician, but the answer is, it depends.  It will depend on the type of job in which you are interested, the companies in which you are interested and the business that each is in, and the geographic location(s) in which you have interest.  Technical fields such as IT and engineering are still in high demand, as are opportunities in the health care field.  Certain sectors of our economy are struggling right now, such as the energy sector.  And it is important for you to be flexible about the locations in which you are looking for work.  Unemployment is generally on the decline nationwide, but there are parts of the country where it is higher and parts where it is much lower.  The best recommendation I can give is to do your research on these things.  Go out to web sites such as Salary.com, Glassdoor.com, and thejobmarket.org to see what you can find out on your areas and locations of interest.
Answered by Peggy, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Friday, May 15, 2015
To add to the insightful responses already given regarding the difficulties surrounding certain industries and geographic locations, despite a person's chosen career field/profession, it seems the more entry-level and senior-level job seekers often have the hardest time finding a new job.  There's always that catch that either you don't have enough experience or you have too much experience.  To counteract that, it's always a good practice to network at all stages of your career, even if you're not looking for a new job.  LinkedIn is one way to do that, but also joining professional associations and volunteering for community events are other good examples.  On the brighter side, a survey done by the National Association of Colleges & Employers states:  Employers are increasing their initial hiring projections for this year’s college class as they now plan to hire 9.6 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014. 
Good luck with your career pursuits!
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I think this depends on a number of factors such as location, area of expertise, and experience. Larger cities may have more opportunities than smaller towns, the field you choose can certainly determine the need. Truck drivers are in high demand right now as well as IT professionals however other fields may not offer the same amount of jobs. Good Luck with your search!!
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