The U.S. national unemployment rate has dropped to 9.0%, which leaves many professionals wondering what this means for their careers. Are there more open opportunities now than a few months ago? Is it any easier to make a career switch? Will active job seekers experience greater progress and success?
The answers aren't completely clear at this point. While employers certainly are hiring, they are hiring more cautiously than ever. The need to build up resources that were depleted when job cuts began back in 2008 is there, but the focus thus far seems to be on conducting careful, detailed evaluations of each and every candidate before moving forward with a hiring decision.
When companies do look to make new hires, especially those in the financial services and public accounting industries, three positions stand out. According to a recent Robert Half report, Business Analysts, Financial Analysts, and Controllers will be in-demand for the better part of 2011. Given that competition will be high for these roles, the report notes that "people skills" coupled with a strong working knowledge of technology will increase candidates' chances of landing the job.
-The Finance Whisperer