MILWAUKEE, Jan. 10, 2014 -- Leading employment agency ManpowerGroup advises job seekers to boost their job search by targeting markets where hiring is strong, responding quickly when jobs are posted and cultivating skill sets.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a December jobless rate of 6.7 percent, with 74,000 jobs added across industries. Hiring increased in retail trade and professional and business services, with 40,000 temporary jobs added in December.
However, the employment rate fell far lower than economists had predicted, making it even more important to make your skills stand out.
"This year, the key drivers of success with a job search are location, timing and skills," Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO, said in a news release. "It's about being in the right place at the right time and having the right skills for the job."
He added that in the U.S., "larger cities are oftentimes the places to be for jobs, but the challenge for job seekers is to showcase skills that are in demand and, more importantly, act quickly to connect with employers as open positions are often fleeting."
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2014 reflects continued hiring optimism among employers for the start of the 2014, according to the release. More than 18,000 U.S. employers report a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 13 percent, representing the strongest first-quarter hiring Outlook since 2008, when the Outlook was 16 percent.
"In a normal economy, an increase in hiring is like a tide that rises all boats, but we're seeing a lumpy recovery where hiring in some markets is expected to be up while others are flat," Joerres said. "Each market has its own job story, and job seekers need to tune in to local-market hiring trends to be successful finding their next job opportunity."
Although "the hiring outlook is clearly more positive," he said, the benefit is greater in some parts of the country than in others.
Job seekers and employers alike need to remain flexible to find jobs, recruit top workers and get ahead of the competition. There's a talent shortages in the U.S., the release reminds, meaning job seekers who seize opportunities and build their skills have a key role in moving businesses and the economy forward.
ManpowerGroup's "Where are the Jobs?" infographic outlines the markets and industries that have the best and worst hiring outlooks for the start of 2014. Full results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Q1 2014 can be found HERE.
ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) connects more than 630,000 people to work and builds their experience and employability through its relationships with 400,000 clients across 80 countries and territories, according to the release.
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