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Wake Me Up in October

August 29, 2009
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like a recovery in the job market is imminent. Yes…there are visible signs that the job market is (finally) starting to rebound (can I say wake up?).

I wrote about the downturn over a year ago. It’s been a long time since we have seen visible signs that things are changing. It’s the little things that all add up and get me excited about what lies ahead. Clients are calling again with new search assignments. A good thing. Candidates are stirring around casting a wide net to see what’s out there. Many are tired of wearing multiple hats. Fear seems to be subsiding. Also (very) good.

I watch the market trends and talk to other search colleagues and they too see things finally starting to turn in their respective search firms. I watch (and smile at) the new postings on http://www.HealthcareITCentral.com as I see more and more activity lately. Gwen Darling and I chatted last week about the job market and both asked the same question: Why are many healthcare IT organizations waiting to build a strong bench for the tsunami that lies ahead? We don’t get it. With $20B + earmarked for HCIT starting to flow soon – why wait. It just seems very risky to me to wait much longer given the demands for the skills that will be required – not to mention the mad rush by many organizations at the last minute to acquire top-flight HCIT talent. Don’t wait! C’mon – let’s get going.

According to Execunet’s latest prediction on the job market, the trailing metrics all point to solid job growth beginning in September and into Q4 and beyond. That’s more good news. Let’s face it - It’s been a grueling year, but it looks like things are finally moving in the right direction. I like that. Wake me up in October because it looks like many of us will need rest to get ready for some very busy months as we finally crawl out of our recession cocoon. It’s about time.

I’m ready. Are you?

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