The Job Exchange

Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

Who’s still hiring in this tough economy?


Though it is no longer a job seeker’s market, hiring has not come to a standstill. The choices of jobs may not be as numerous, but they are still out there – from smaller mom-and-pops to larger government organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau.

Private companies in health care, human resources, technology, time-shares, security, retail stores, restaurants, and supermarkets are still looking for people to hire, as others scale back and trim down their staff. The hospitality sector has been hardest hit, with retail not far behind, as national chains announce closures and cutbacks. Though some hotel workers have been able to keep their jobs, hours have been scaled back, or pay reduced.

For so long, unemployment was low, and employers would take anyone with a pulse. Job seekers got used to that. Now we’re back to higher unemployment rates, and you’ve got to work harder to find a job. Job listings are not coming in as rapidly as they did during boom times but you can still find them out there if you look hard enough. You just have to use all the resources available to you, from traditional classifieds to online job boards, and continuing to build your network.

02/16/2009 - Posted by | Economy | ,

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  1. 2009 Hiring Forecast

    CAREERBUILDER.COM’S ANNUAL JOB FORECAST REVEALS SLOWER, MORE CAUTIOUS HIRING EXPECTED IN NEW YEAR with flexible work arrangements, green jobs, diversity recruitment and rehiring retirees among trends for 2009.

    “The job market of 2008 suffered as the U.S. economy weakened and entered into a recession,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of “Looking ahead, recruitment levels are expected to be lower in the new year, but employers are not out of the mix completely; instead they’re taking ‘a wait and see’ approach to hiring. Fourteen percent of employers, surveyed by, state they plan to increase full-time, permanent employees and 16 percent plan to decrease in 2009. The remainder of employers say they are unsure or don’t plan to make any changes to their headcount in the new year.”

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    Comment by Bear | 02/17/2009 | Reply

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