We just completed our 3rd Minnesota Recruiters hiring survey and little did I know when I started doing these surveys how much more of an education I would get regarding employment, hiring and job creation leading into and coming out of a recession.
I have followed these kinds of statistics for my 13 years and being able to see this in “real time” is fascinating.
Let me get the disclaimers and details out of the way out of the way:
- This is not a scientific survey but it does give a good read on what is going on
- This is a blind survey and no one (me included) gets to know who participated and what their answers are
- 2,100 were sent the survey link and about 10% replied
- The survey was open from Oct 5th to the 15th
Between events, conferences, conversation and client feedback the survey results match what I have been seeing which is this:
The Great Recession put us into ICU. We have been upgraded to Critical, Serious and now Fair condition. I doubt we see Good condition until Q2 2011 and we may still be in the hospital much of 2011.
That while there are pockets of strength in hiring and the number of jobs open (and opening) will continue to grow it will do so at an anemic pace.