Hiring in the Boston area is up 3.7%, compared to last year. So, what’s next?

According to the LinkedIn Workforce Report | Boston | November 2018:

Hiring was 3.7% higher in October 2018 than in October 2017. Seasonally-adjusted hiring (which removes predictable seasonal hiring variations) was 1.7% higher in October than September.

So, there’s a slight up-tick in hiring, since last year. And month-over-month, more people were hired in October than in September. That makes sense, because the last quarter of the year is when a lot of recruiting picks up. Headhunters want to finish strong on the year, and companies want to get people in before they switch over to a new hiring cycle.

End of Year Recruiting Cycles

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Okay, great. Now what?

If we dig into the meat of the LinkedIn report, they talk about skills surplus and skills gaps in the Boston area.

Apparently, we’ve got a whole lot of people who do negotiation, real estate, and educational administration. And there are a lot of positions open for skills like oral communication and business management. Leadership, digital literacy, and social media are also high on the “wanted” list, but apparently there are tens of thousands of those kinds of jobs unfilled.

Of course, LinkedIn is more than happy to provide us with training to improve those skills 😉  Opportunity abounds. For everyone.

Want to know about other areas besides Boston? Check out the report  LinkedIn Workforce Report | United States | November 2018. There’s lots more jobs / skills data goodness there.

That all being said, what does it mean for you and your job situation?

Well, a lot, actually. See, recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates. I just had a conversation last month with a recruiter who raved about LinkedIn’s recruiting platform. She said it made everything so much easier. She loved it. Plus, it’s where a lot of us non-recruiting workers list our profiles and details and job status, if we want to get found. You can actually help yourself get found, if you make sure you list needed skills in your profile, as well as your resume. Now, don’t lie. You have to be telling the truth. If you don’t have the most in-demand skills, go get yourself some training. Want to learn public speaking? (I know you do!) Join a public speaking club or sign up for Toastmasters. I was with Toastmasters for a while, a few years ago, and even for the short time I was involved, it was a really good experience.

And don’t forget – you can craft custom messaging to recruiters to use over and over whenever they reach out to you. If you mention in-demand skills in your communications with them, you can give them more reason to notice you and gain a bit of an edge. (By the way: There’s a really simple way to do this, and essentially automate your interactions with recruiters, so they always have the right info about you — even if you’re not looking for a job. More to come on that.)

Even if you’re not looking for a job, you can make sure recruiters know you’ve got in-demand skills. You never know, the way the job market goes… what with mergers and acquisitions and whatnot… when things will change. You might be blissfully employed right now, but that could change in six months, if your dream boss decides they’ve had enough and decides to move on. Or they move up. Or you get promoted. Or you lose out on a promotion because they brought in someone from the outside. Seriously, you never really know how things will “break” in the job market. And in areas where there’s an abundance of jobs (Boston comes to mind), it never hurts to keep recruiters in the loop about your skills and abilities and what you have to offer.

So, take a look at the national LinkedIn workforce report and see where you fit — or don’t. Find out where you need to brush up on your skills, and where you may overlap with a whole bunch of other people who are also in the market for a job change.

It’s mid-November. There’s just six weeks left in 2018 for recruiters to finish out their years. So, make the most of it — even if you’re not looking for a change. In a few weeks, I’ll be able to show you a whole new way to keep recruiters updated about your situation — simply, easily, and at very low cost.

Stay tuned…