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Employment Outlook Improving

Dayton Business Journal

DAYTON, OH -- The employment outlook is improving, with more than half of employers saying they plan to hire full-time employees in the next 12 months, and 40% expecting to hire contract, temporary or project professionals, according to a survey among 500 employers and employees conducted by Robert Half International and CareerBuilder.

Technology, customer service and sales are the top three areas where employers say they expect to hire. Four in 10 employers say they expect stimulus money will help create jobs in their organizations in the next two years. Entry- and staff-level workers can expect to benefit the most, with 32% of hiring managers saying they plan to hire staff-level professionals and 28% planning to hire entry-level workers. Despite high unemployment rates, employers continue to report having a hard time finding skilled professionals for open positions.

They say that, on average, 44% of resumes they receive are from unqualified candidates. Forty-seven percent of hiring managers cited under-qualified applicants as their biggest challenge, followed by the reluctance of qualified candidates to leave secure positions. Looking ahead, more than half of those employees polled said they plan to make a career change or go back to school once the economy recovers. Nearly half of the workers polled said that, after the economy improves, the most effective way to keep them will be pay increases.

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