Seattle CFOs are feeling positive about their business and growth, and say they’re ready to hire more employees this year. Are you ready?
Results from the Professional Employment Forecast, a telephone survey of 200 Seattle-area CFOs developed by recruiting and consulting firm Robert Half, revealed that 13 percent will increase hiring for new positions. Of the companies surveyed, 75 percent will hire to fill open positions and maintain headcount. Looks like it’s time to brush the dust off that resume.
Josh Warborg, president of staffing firm Robert Half’s Seattle division, says the majority of those jobs will be filled by employees who are currently employed, though some will come from ranks of the unemployed. He says companies are sticking to the basic benefits when courting potential employees — compensation, paid time off, and flexible work schedules. And signing bonuses are making a comeback.
“You can think of stuff like (bringing) your dog to work, or here’s a foosball table, but the ones people really care about are how much money, and what’s the time-off situation like,” Warborg says.
Here are a few ways Warborg says you can stand out to the 13 percent of companies that are adding jobs:
- Have a strong social media presence. Seems like an old hat these days, but don’t underestimate the power of a well-connected LinkedIn profile. Warborg says candidates should have a strong profile and be using their social media presence to their advantage.
- It’s an employee-friendly marketplace. If candidates have good qualifications, references, and work ethic that shows in an interview, those efforts will pay off. “If they are looking, they are going to find,” Warborg says.
- Don’t just research the company, research the interviewer. If you have the first and last name of your interviewer, it’s time to put those social-media-stalking skills to work and cross-reference Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. “If you do your research, you should be able to come up with a pretty good understanding of who you’re meeting with and their background,” Warborg says.