Posted by Robert Hosking on Monday, April 13, 2015 - 09:26
Wondering what your job prospects are like this spring? OfficeTeam Executive Director Robert Hosking shares his insights into the current job market to help you target your career goals.
Spring is a time for renewal — and for growing your career in the administrative field. Whether you’ve been waiting for the thaw to launch your job search, or you’re suddenly inspired to plant seeds of change, the second quarter of 2015 holds promise for you as a skilled administrative professional.
Here’s why: Many employers are ramping up their hiring of office and administrative support staff to meet increasing business demands. And the March jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed unemployment rates for many administrative roles continue to be low. So, if you have the right qualifications, you may find the hiring market ripe with job opportunities to pursue.
Q1 BLS Unemployment Stats
While the March jobs report shows U.S. employers added fewer jobs than expected last month, job creation in the first quarter of 2015 was solid — with 591,000 total positions created. According to the BLS, much of the hiring was in the professional and business services sector. The following are job-specific BLS unemployment figures in the first quarter for select administrative and administrative healthcare positions that fall below the current national average of 5.5 percent and may be in demand:
- Human resources (HR) assistants (except payroll and timekeeping): 0.3 percent
- Administrative services managers: 1.4 percent
- Medical transcriptionists: 2.2 percent
- HR workers: 2.5 percent
- First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers: 3.3 percent
- Dispatchers: 4.2 percent
- Secretaries and administrative assistants: 4.6 percent
- File clerks: 4.8 percent
- Word processors and typists: 4.8 percent
Where Jobs May Sprout in Q2
If you’re not sure where to direct your career goals this spring — or you just want to explore a new path — consider targeting employers in hot industries where hiring is trending up such as healthcare, technology, financial services and the nonprofit sector.
Don’t forget about organizations that typically increase hiring during the spring and summer, such as construction firms, wedding facilities, recreational services providers, and leisure and hospitality businesses. In fact, the BLS reports that the latter industry just added 13,000 jobs in March.
For insight on the fastest-growing industries and administrative jobs in demand in your geographic region, check out OfficeTeam’s Salary Center.
Seasonal Trends to Watch
Of course, many businesses, including accounting and finance firms, are in critical need of extra administrative personnel this month to assist with the inevitable end-of-tax season rush. Now, and in the months ahead, watch for interim employment opportunities to blossom in these areas, as well:
- Vacation and holiday coverage: Businesses of all types need skilled office and administrative professionals who can step in to cover for core staff taking time off.
- Property management/real estate firms: Warmer weather brings out the homebuyers — and the need for more administrative support, at least through September.
- Physicians’ offices: From physicals for spring and summer sports to inoculations, many medical facilities are likely to experience a surge in patient visits over the next few months.
Don’t Lose Momentum
While spring may have you revved up for a new job search, remember that it might take time to find the position that’s right for you. Also, while many employers are on the lookout for highly skilled administrative professionals, they’re also being very discerning when hiring candidates. In short, you may face stiff competition, especially for in-demand roles.
Working on temporary assignments is one way to open doors to full-time opportunities. Reputable recruiters can connect you with positions that align with your longer-term career goals, and help you keep your skills up-to-date. These arrangements also let you experience an employer’s corporate culture before pursuing a full-time role with the company.
So, even if you encounter some cloudy skies during your job search this spring, stay focused and optimistic. A fresh start awaits you.
How are you keeping on top of your career goals?