The career news is finally better, so what are you doing with it to move your career? At the end of 2011, several annual recaps were written by several journalists and on several outlets. They were all quite optimistic about the direction things are finally moving in. The career news is finally better both because of the conditions improving and our attitude about them. The latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the economy added 200,000 jobs in December and the US unemployment rate dropped to 8.5% (down .6% since August). Steve Bersin who runs Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and research firm recently published research that confirms businesses are now investing again. In his most recent research to senior HR executives around the world, he reports 35% of respondents told them one of their top three challenges was “attracting critical talent in growing markets.” This number is nearly double what they saw a year ago.
- The economy is better.
- The GDP is growing.
- The Small Business Optimism Index is up four months in a row.