Hiring Trends: Summer 2017

The job market is heating up in Chicago after a very odd and slow start to 2017. The election certainly had an impact in the job market. Direct Hire recruiting in February felt like a virtual Ghost Town…candidates were not interested in even having introductory conversations let alone leaving  their current roles. “Safer to stay” was the general mode in the market for direct hire positions. The tide turned around mid-May and since then the market was been hot with candidates being more and more receptive and open to exploring new roles.

Salaries are UP! For the first time in 18 months I have noticed that salaries for marketing and creative positions seem to be normalizing and reaching more market-standard rates.  Salaries over the past few months for creative and marketing positions have better reflected market demands which is very exciting!

Candidates are in Demand: Higher salaries and more elevated hourly rates mean competitive offers. As a result, candidates are flying off the market…it is typical for candidates to be fielding several, simultaneous offers. Some are notifying us that in between interviewing onsite and driving home they’ve already fielded (and accepted) a competing offer. Timing is of the essence—when you meet a candidate that fits your expectations any delay may cost you!

Career Mantras 

Job Seeker Interview Questions: The types of questions that you ask your interviewer are indicative of your engagement and level of interest as a candidate. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are – whether you’re a pro in your field, getting started, or getting a feel that an interview is more casual in nature…ask open ended, curious questions that illicit problems that your expertise can solve. Prepare 3-5 questions and bring them with you. 

Make a Priorities List: What really matters to you in your life and career? Make a short list of those items: tucking your kids in bed most nights of the week? Being emotionally available for your family? Managing a team? Being able to bike to work? Become familiar with your motivators and take a few quiet moments to jot down your 3-4 priorities. Keep these notes in a spot that you can visit easily and frequently. I created a “note” on my phone, for example. Your list will evolve and change and you can reference the list to help ensure you’re on the right path. Also, this short list will help serve as a reference if you’re exploring a new career. Comparing the ins and outs of a new job to your Priorities List will help determine the fit of a new role.

Customize your LinkedIn URL: Your LinkedIn URL is a quick, easy hyperlink at the top of your resume where folks like me and hiring managers may quickly view who you are, see samples of your work, and quickly connect—all in one place! Follow these instructions to learn some quick tips about customizing your LinkedIn page.