JOB OUTLOOK: Report Shows Opportunities

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Opportunities exist for people looking for work, especially if you have certain skills. A new report is shedding light on the job outlook for certain professionals.

Crazy hours are nothing new for Alexandra Gaffney-Peden. She says, "I'm in accounting and finance and I specialize in insurance companies." She joined the professional world two years ago after graduating from Iowa State University.

She started looking for a new job last month. She says, “I wasn`t actually looking to move as quickly as I ended up moving. I thought it would take me a long time to find a new job.”

But, it only took a week to get an offer after meeting with a recruiter. She starts her new gig next week. Gaffney-Peden says, “With the right mix of skills and experience and utilizing your professional network, which is what I did with Shannon, there`s opportunities out there.”

Robert Half International Regional Vice President Michael Gremmer agrees there are opportunities. He says, “We feel very confident about that.”

The firm rolled out its first quarterly Professional Employment Report for the Des Moines metro this week. He says, “The survey was conducted of 100 CFO’s with 20 or more employees and really gage what percentage of those individuals are planning on adding positions, professional level positions with more specialized skill sets.”

He says jobs include accounting, finance and IT positions typically paying between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. He says 79% of companies plan to at least maintain the workforce. Eight percent will add new professional level positions. No CFO said the company would cut jobs.

Gremmer says, “We feel that`s optimistic news considering if you look at where we`ve been the last couple years to our current economy.”

Gremmer says there`s more progress to be made, but the report shows the market is improving and has advice or people looking for work.  "I would say be active in your search." Gremmer says to volunteer with an organization, network with an industry group and don`t be afraid to try temporary work to get your foot in the door.

As for Gaffney-Peden, she says be yourself. “Just be genuine. I think it`s really important when you`re looking at a job to understand where you fit in the job.”

Gremmer says Des Moines was one of about 20 U.S. markets chosen for the market specific research by Robert Half International. He says it will give metro employers and job seekers a look at what's changing in the job market.

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