Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ditch your Crystal Ball. Try Hiring Trends Instead…

What’s happening in the Job Market? Employment Trends knows all.

You don’t need a crystal ball these days to know what’s happening in the job market. Is the market for Controllers better than for Finance Managers? Are there more jobs for Project Managers in Java, .net, or Ruby? What’s happening with the job market overall?

So pack away your crystal ball, and check out Employment Trends by Simply Hired. Employment Trends allows you to graph the % of total jobs on Simply Hired by keyword combination over the past 6 months. So compare “Left Hand Martian” (0%) to “Ruby Developer” (.025%, increased 230% over the past 6 months) and you’ll see that the market isn't so good for little green men.

As a job seeker, how can you use this? As you figure out your subject matter expertise (see ), Employment Trends can help you discover which skills are in greater demand, and which are growing or shrinking.

Also, you can quickly see what’s happening in the local market. Just search the name of your city or state to see how jobs are trending.

Best yet, combine the two, and you can really get some interesting trend information. You’ll see that:

- .net jobs decreased by 19% nationally, .net jobs in Chicago increased by 12% over the past 6 months
- Ruby jobs increased 253% nationally, Ruby jobs in Chicago only increased only 47%.
- This comparison demonstrates that Chicago continues to be a more stable job market, though not often on the bleeding edge of new technologies.

How about this?

- Mac Jobs nationally decreased by 24%, but decreased in Chicago by 68%
- PC jobs nationally decreased by 24%, but decreased in Chicago by 28%
- This is comparison shows that nationally, while job listings are down, there’s not much further erosion of Mac’s market share. But in Chicago, if you’re a Mac worker, as much as it may hurt, you might want to pick up a Vista machine and figure it out.

Hiring Trends is a great tool to play with, to help you figure out which Subject Matter Expertise will give you the best chance of finding your next career move. My Dad, a labor economist geek, will spend hours playing with this site as his new toy.

Pretty cool, huh? How will you use Hiring Trends to determine which subject matter expertise you should choose?

If you’d like more information, a free 30 minute resume consultation, or some advice about your career transition, just email your resume to reCareered at, and we'll schedule a time to talk.

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