Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, May 15, 2015
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!