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09/19/10 02:00 PM
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FACT: As for the JOBS business, I have never been busier than I am these days…Ever…PROBLEM…COMPANIIES HAVE NO URGENCY TO ACTUALLY HIRE!!!

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Been There
09/19/10 02:00 PM
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Mark identified a symptom of the new employment economy in this post: that companies submit requirements to him, but subsequently act slowly to hire (or don't hire at all). But he missed the trend.
Employers are risk averse. Managers with 10 years experience remember two major bust cycles (2000-2001 and 2008-2009). They need manpower to grow, but do not want to risk committing to overhead (salaries) that may hurt them in the next downturn.
Mark, if you want to succeed beyond your wildest imaginings, figure out how an employer can gain access to the skills described in their requirements, without creating the overhead that a salary implies. If you can create a win-win-win for all parties in this space (your clients, your candidates, and yourself), you will have made a major leap forward.
Of course candidates want a stable, full-time paycheck. I do too, but I've been on half-time since late 2008. I've used the opportunity to hustle up lots of consulting gigs ("Want that task done in 60 days, no long term commitment?"), and I'm working on a startup of my own. Of course, if my startup gets funded, we will hire a tiny core team and farm the rest out to contractors. There are lots of experienced, skilled folks out there to do the work...

David Heller
10/04/10 05:14 PM
You're just a pop-eyed optimist Mark. new Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Great column Mark - and a well thought out comment. The previous commenter is right - companies are running scared and hoarding their resources just in case things go south again - kind off like squirrels - hoarding for winter.
Although orders have increased year- over- orders have not returned to pre-recession levels, and by trimming down their work force, and doing more with fewer employees, companies keep the money rolling into their bank accounts..... and staying there.
When we see 2007 order levels return you'll start making the big bucks again - it's the same for most small businesses today, so at least you know you're not alone. When this will happen is anybody's guess, but I'd guess that we have a couple years, at least, before things turn around. And, difficult as it is to say, we may never return to those golden days since they were based on an artificially induced and manipulated reality.
Sorry I can't be more consoling and upbeat, I'm just trying to be a realist - which is hard for me since I'm an optimist by nature. .... Like you :)

Gordon Shemwey
10/11/10 12:51 PM
Sorry Mark, you missed the point. new Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

"Understand that producing all that activity takes a heck of a lot of increased work and effort."
Although you say you're not complaining, by putting this in writing, you just did!!
Frankly, I don't blame you!!
Your clients need to decide what side they operate on business wise. If they don't want to hire - fine. We've seen this for some times now. But they shouldn't say they are for their PR. However, If they do put our a req, this is their commitment. You did your job, they need to compensate you for it. Your relationship with your clients does need to be evaluated based on current trends.
After been burnt once my contracts were modified so that if my client hire me to build something for him he can't stall when it comes to deployment and comes up for whatever reason (because once deployed he needs to pay the bulk of the contract) not to move forward, he WILL be billed for the balance BY CONTRACT because the work he commissioned me to build for him was built, per his reqs.
The news over the weekend was that companies want to hire, but can't find the right candidates. Employer demands mean some jobs go unfilled (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39604781/ns/business-careers). This is what happens when employers throw in everything but the kitchen sink into the job req. e.q merge 3 full time functions into one, demand a Phd. at minimum, to run errands for the CEO and still think that they can pay minimum wage for it.

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