A new or better job is among the new year resolutions of more than one-third of Americans, according to findings released last week by a leading job search engine.
In a survey of 1,000 people, 38 percent of respondents said a new job is one of their 2013 resolutions, according to Indeed.com, which reported handling 54 percent of all job search traffic in the U.S.
Indeed found the occupations with the greatest employer demand include registered nurses, customer service representatives, software quality assurance engineers/testers, sales managers and representatives, retail store managers and associates, software engineers, physical therapists, accountants and auditors, truck drivers and occupational therapists.
Based on postings per 1,000 people, the top cities hiring include San Jose, Calif., Washington, D.C., Raleigh, N.C., Hartford, Conn., and Boston. But Oklahoma recruiters report similar trends.
Oklahoma City human resources expert James Farris agrees with Indeed's findings, and adds sales professionals to jobs in greatest demand here.
Some job seekers see the economy stabilizing and feel like they can look for a better job, Farris said. “Others,” he said, “would like to get into a career field that better fits their desires.”
Wolf Gugler, who owns a Shawnee-based executive recruitment and outplacement firm, confirms a hiring uptick in sales, sales management and retail management.
“I don't think the retail sales associate category is growing right now as there are usually more part-timers hired for the Christmas rush and then a decline in January,” Gugler said.
Tulsa recruiter Tony Wolters said opportunities exist in “anything in health care” and there's “lots of activity still in the energy sector.” Other hot jobs, he said, include health information management, manufacturing engineering, commercial and agricultural lenders, and quality, environmental and software engineers.
Kim Neese, president of Terry Neese Personnel Services Inc., said the phones rang constantly last week with people asking about jobs.
Accounting and oil and gas positions always top the list of job openings, she said. Neese said 90 percent of callers have been seeking jobs, versus workers who already have them.