Recruiters are Bullish to Begin the Year

Here is some really good news!

Our recent market intelligence data suggests executives can expect the number of job opportunities will be expanding in the next six months. We are seeing a 20% increase in jobs being searched for to fill in our network over last year already. At the same time, we are also seeing an increase in executives considering making a change.

Recruiters are bullish to begin the year, according to our exclusive Recruiter Confidence Index (RCI).Our survey shows that 70% are very confident/confident that the executive job market will expand in the next six months. In this survey of executive recruiters, only 5% are not confident it will improve. Such a small percentage there suggests the 70% confidence is broad-based across all functions and industries, a clear indicator for a positive job market.
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At +25, our exclusive Executive Job Creation Index (JCI) indicates recruiters are saying company hiring is expected to be strong over the next six months. In particular, executive recruiters indicated that they felt 3 in 10 companies would be looking to add new executive positions in the next six months.
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These numbers suggest the beginning of 2018 will be a good time for those looking to make a career move. As ever, to succeed in this environment, it still is about your story and clearly presenting and demonstrating what separates and differentiates you from your competitors. You’re not a professional job seeker, so you’d be wise to seek counsel from a professional career coach. One thing a coach will tell you is the best way to get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers is through a personal introduction. Another thing you’ll hear is that a résumé is no longer enough. So make sure your network doesn’t feel neglected and reach out to our Member Services Department for some guidance. We have people in our network who help our members in every phase of their search.

Here’s to 2018!



Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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