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After months of gloom and disparaging industry trend reports, there is a glimpse of potential improvement on the horizon. According to a business industry trends report released by CareerBuilder, fifty-three percent of employers have indicated plans to hire permanent full-time employees within the next year and forty percent noted plans to employ contract or temporary workers.
Some of this hiring activity is undoubtedly due to a need to rebuild after drastic staffing cuts conducted in response to trying economic times. When asked which departments and functions were highest on their priority list in terms of anticipated hiring activities, hiring managers listed technology first, followed by customer service, and marketing/sales.
What was somewhat surprising however was that employers noted that despite the dirge of available candidates on the market, forty four percent of the resumes they receive for open job postings are from unqualified applicants. Therefore, it is taking a considerable amount of time to review and screen the large number of resumes that are submitted in order to find talent that is truly suitable.