I think trying to predict the future is a little like trying to....er...predict the future. It's not easy. But that didn't stop me from asking a recruiter recently to give me an idea of where he believes this shaky job market will be in the next six months to a year. Here's what he told me for my Gannett/USAToday column.....
Wouldn't it make life much easier if someone could pull out a crystal ball and predict the day and hour when the economy will completely rebound and jobs will be plentiful?"Our feeling is that we're going to see some growth in jobs, but it's going to be in fits and starts," he says. "There are going to be some soft patches in the next six months to a year, and we're in one of those soft patches right now."
Some other advice and predictions from Romaine:
• Salaries won't recover soon. Some companies cut salaries 10% or more when the recession hit, and with salary increases averaging less than 2%, Romaine says don't count on starting a new job with a big pay jump over your previous position unless you're in high demand like workers in IT. In that case, you might just luck into a bidding war if you're considered a top recruit.
• Help with relocation will improve. When the housing market tanked, companies cut back on helping with moving or relocation costs. But he has seen some resurgence in relocation bonuses, especially as companies try to lure top talent.
• Overseas jobs may not be the answer. Don't jump at a job in another country simply to collect a paycheck. Many economies are struggling — and may even be worse than the United States. Romaine says those seeking overseas work still must have a strong network and skill set.