Far too many times in the last few years because of the crummy economy, professionals are devaluing their self-worth in the job marketplace. We as a society need to put a value on our own lives in the business world and start driving the price of employees up instead of down.

This theory is not only goes for solo-entrepreneur’s on the internet and off, but the common job seeker who has just found themselves laid off from a job, re-entering the job marketplace, or trying desperately to move on from their current position. I worked for a company once that lost their contract. It was awarded to another vendor and the employees in my office scrambled to move on before being laid off.

The one thing that distressed me was the inability to determine one’s self-worth in the business marketplace. What irks me the most in corporate America is when people take a pay cut when they really deserve a raise. Why on earth would you work at a position for 3-10 years, gain all that experience and then let someone tell you that your worth is less than what you are currently making or valued at the same amount?

It’s inexcusable to let someone dictate your value in our society regardless of what the economy is doing, what your friends tell you should be making, or what an HR person says your job title is worth! Do you want to know why? Every time you take a pay cut you are not only undermining your ability to survive and your family’s ability, but you are telling the HR person and the economy they are right. Do you have any clue what that does to the job market? That not only makes the rich richer (the big bad business owner), but it also now tells the rest of the job pushers that your job is now only worth this much money. That means everyone else who is qualified for that position in a different state and a different city has now been told their job is only worth this much.

So for example, Project Coordinator Jane in ABC city USA has made 60K a year as a high level project coordinator on at IT project for the last 3 years. She has gained invaluable skills and could probably do the job of a project manager now and run circles around them. Unfortunately she has also gotten burned out on her job and she has heard rumors that they are eliminating her department.

She has now applied for a better coordinator position at company Awesome. They have everything she wants in a position and are even going to give her more duties such as managing a small staff. Guess what? They know she needs a job so they offer her 55K a year to this awesome new job and explain that’s what everyone else in the industry is now offering. Jane takes it without even negotiating and she is happy to have a job. But she has a twinge of depression creep in because she feels that she should have and could have been making more but tries to rationalize her thoughts stating she was going to be out of a job soon so she should be grateful for anything at this point.

This is where the downward spiral starts. Jane in turn has started a ripple effect by not even negotiating herself worth even though she deserves more. But now she feels a bit of anxiety every time she goes to work at her new awesome job because she knows she should have asked for more money. This is a common problem not only in the corporate world but online as well. Because Joe Shmoe in India can live on and will take 4 dollars an hour, Joe Brilliant in the good ole USA feels he needs to lower his prices as well.

If the entire workforce would stand up for themselves and tell corporate America they are worth more, and that they will not being doing the job of 3 people instead of just 1, I believe our job force would be much happier and work more productively. You have to value yourself everyday in life and business much higher than what you would expect. In turn others will value you as well in turn affording you better opportunities, more money, and a better lifestyle. The moral of the story is, if you have to fake it do, ask for what you are worth, know where you are going in life whether it be in corporate America or as a solo-entrepreneur. Never settle for less than you are worth!

Freelance marketplaces are designed to cover many problems of outsourcing which sooner or later are faced by all business people who need to delegate certain activities to offshore teams. Where should you look for contractors? Which one should you choose? Which skills do you demand to get the job done? How can you carry out the hire and the project transparently? The answer may come from a freelance marketplace, such as Elance, Guru, or oDesk.

But why freelance marketplaces, when there are lots of more accessible options?

• You may Google for software companies and look at the top results; but the highest search results will show the best SEO level, not necessarily the best expertise in your field. You’ll also lose lots of time jumping from link to link, from website to website – not the best way of comparing companies.

• You may visit specialized developers’ events, exhibitions, and conferences, and look for a contractor there. The benefits are the eye-to-eye contact and direct conversations. But the downside is costs: no one can guarantee you a perfect contractor at the very first conference you attend.

• Social networks, forums, blogs – close to googling, but again, it’s more about checking the company that appeals to you, than to search one by one.

• References – do you have fellows who had the experience of working with a company they would gladly recommend? Very good, but what if you don’t have such fellows?

• Freelance marketplaces. Here we are with the most universal solution. Lots of players gathered in one place. The simplest way is posting your job and waiting until contractors find you. Or – you can start checking the rankings to find the company you need in the most convenient way.

Let’s take a look at the Elance stats provided by their website: they are arguably the most popular marketplace with more than 1.7 million clients and 3.5 million contractors. The quantity of posted jobs reached the 3.5 million mark in 2013. Even your niche has a pretty huge competition; but anyway it’s more efficient than googling for a contractor.

The Bad Can Be Overcome

The drawback of these marketplaces is that there are many freelancers who are relatively novice in their subject area; or they are there just for an additional source of income – so to say, a lower overall level of professionalism. If you need a ‘serious’ team for your middle or large project, or if you simply want to hire someone from the top, it will be a matter of thorough search. However, it’s inevitable wherever you’d be looking for your contractor.

Top players of these marketplaces really stand out, so you may start with checking the rankings from the top.

The Good May Determine Your Choice

The main good trait – it’s affordable because of the competition. Outsourcing earns its living by being affordable. The rest is quality delivered in time – and it isn’t impossible to find these among the sea of contractors.

There are many other time-saving and convenient goodies provided by such marketplaces – some of them may prove crucial for you when making a choice. Let’s take a look at some of them provided by Elance.

• First, if we talk about IT and software development, the aforementioned ranking list of over 47.5 thousand contractors. You may save time by checking the leaders, their professional expertise, clients’ feedback, and other information. The ranking list is based on a point system and updated weekly by Elance.

The results are influenced by: delivering high-quality work on time and budget, level of client satisfaction, lasting client relationships, and performance indicators, which depend on the category of services.

• Time-tracking software counts the time spent by contractor on the project and takes screenshots of the work in progress. They are taken at random time (once per about several minutes) and delivered to the client. You can view the work process in real time, in order to provide the team with your comments. Rather convenient and transparent for both sides – you are confident paying for documented hours and contractors are guaranteed payment for hours worked.

• Freelance marketplaces take their share for providing the platform (usually 10%). They don’t want to lose earnings, and they provide secure and efficient means of payment (which are also highlighted as a protection from any kinds of financial fraud). As for Elance, the system that’s used is called Escrow. After the project is divided into milestones, the funds are placed into Escrow. Again, it’s risk-proof for both sides – the payment will be conducted only after the completion and acceptance of the agreed amounts of work.

• Client feedback is an extremely important part of each contractor’s profile. Once posted, it cannot be deleted or altered. This work history is provided by Elance members and is based on legitimate experience only – the work that clients and contractors did together on Elance. The rating is set by clients for each job done, and comprises the following indicators: quality, responsiveness, professionalism, subject matter expertise, adherence to schedule and cost.

• Many other benefits of working at such marketplaces usually show in the process of work. For example, Elance provides education and training resources, tips and best practices for both clients and contractors – all the links are conveniently stored on the dedicated page. Or the Referral Program, which allows Elance members to bring friends to the marketplace as new clients – thus earning money and Connects (you may also get acquainted with it in detail on the website).

• Each marketplace needs to ensure the security and openness, thus membership requires providing and updating true, accurate and complete information about each member: legal name, contact information, portfolio, etc. Individual accounts cannot be shared between users; team members cannot share or transfer log-in credentials; accounts cannot be transferred or sold to other users. There are also means of reporting infringements and suchlike.

Job Portals in India displayed an exponential growth in the first decade of this millennium. In many ways this coincided with the strong growth of the economy, at least till 2009-10. Naukri, JobsAhead (subsequently bought by Monster to start India operations), TimesJobs and Shine have been at the forefront in making online recruitment the preferred means of hiring.

The last few years have of course seen the emergence of new competition in the form of LinkedIn, which now has above 24 million registered users in India. Alternate channels of hiring such as employee referrals, recruitment consultants, walk-in interviews have also accounted for a bulk of the recruitment.

For the masses, such as those working in field, customer service, back-office, etc. adoption of job portals has been relatively limited. Lower penetration of Internet and the ineffectiveness of Curriculum Vitae as hiring tools for such roles had hitherto accounted for the limited success of job portals in this segment.

Yet, it would be safe to predict that version 2.0 of Jobs Marketplaces is likely to be bigger and even more exciting than what has been witnessed in the last 15 years. In the next 10 years India will welcome the largest number of youth to the workforce globally. The addition to the Indian workforce in the formal sector is likely to be nearly 100 million. Surely therefore, employment marketplaces are poised for a new phase of growth and innovation.

Current Trends

Increased competition for talent at all levels, soaring attrition rates and changing skill requirements for employability are driving innovation in hiring.

Mass recruitment in organizations was earlier addressed through employee referrals, walk-ins and local recruitment agencies. There is an effort to include these job seekers more effectively on online employment marketplaces, as hiring for these segments will continue to see the most action.

Emergence of various niche businesses, offering valued added services, across the HR & recruitment value chain. For instance, skill assessment companies, credentials verification entities and Recruitment Process Outsourcing or RPO.

Social media and digital media are bringing about the biggest changes in how we communicate. Data analytics and Big Data on the other hand are dramatically changing business intelligence. It is, therefore, only natural that Employment Marketplaces which relate to work (and hence are so central to our lives), are being dramatically altered by social media, digital marketing and data analytics.

Key Challenges

The mass recruitment segment poses a whole set of new challenges. The traditional “classified” approach of online job portals is not optimal for these job seekers. Many of them are not comfortable making a CV and even when they are, employers are much more keen on evaluating job seekers for these roles on soft skills and preferences, which are difficult to obtain from a regular CV. Employers are looking for solutions which help them filter and select “suitable” and “interested” candidates for the interview process.

As the National Employment Survey points out, several of these job seekers are not in a position to signal their presence to employers. Hence a “reach-out” mechanism is needed to find these job seekers and match them against suitable jobs.

Job Seekers in this segment display highly transient characteristics. This is manifested in quick job changes and high attrition rates. This points to a need to track and curate these job seeker profiles as they add skills and change their preferences, over short periods of time.

Today, recruitment in this segment using a job portal could entail downloading 100 profiles to see that only 10 are “suitable” and “interested” leading to recruitment rates in low single digits.

New Opportunities

Therefore exciting opportunities in Employment Marketplaces are likely to be in:

a) Providing scalable solutions in the mass recruitment segment which will see nearly 100 million young people joining the workforce.

b) Integrating value-added services, to better match job seekers and employers in the mass recruitment segment, and perhaps even in the white-collar segment. This would include assessment of skills and pre-screening of candidates for employers based on various factors such as preference of location, salary and their overall intent to join.

Future scenario and growth

An area which is definitely going to witness dizzying growth and increased competition is the relatively under-served mass recruitment segment. To serve this segment however, one cannot employ a high touch recruitment model, as the commercial dynamics and the speed of response expected by employers do not allow such luxuries.

Emergence of scalable solutions for this segment will require pre-screening of profiles on parameters beyond demographics and experience. Preferences (locations, industry, shifts); Skills and Behavioural data of job seekers will be employed to pre-screen candidates for jobs. This would entail extensive use of data analytics. The current trend of using social media and digital marketing to source information of “interested” job seekers will grow even more rapidly.

With the rapid expansion of the vocational training sector (providing opportunities to the job seekers to enhance their skills), matching services can alleviate the larger problem of filtering candidates for mass recruitment. Unless tools and processes which allow for industrialization of this selection and pre-screening are employed, there will be sub-optimal upfront matching of jobs to the most suitable candidate.

Research has shown that finding job seekers is not a problem in this segment. But screening them to find best matches is critical especially as the number of job seekers and job creation in this segment grows at the fastest pace ever.

I am working as a professional internet marketer in various online freelancing marketplaces from the last seven years. When I initially started the online freelancing career, I depended on one marketplace for all of my work. I earned enough money to conduct my career smoothly. When I started working other sites, I was able to get significantly higher paying freelancing jobs from there. So, today I would like to share my view and top ten awesome online freelancing marketplaces among the hundreds of freelancing marketplaces.

1) UpWork

UpWork.com is one of the awesome online freelancing marketplaces. This site is the combination of two of the most popular marketplaces oDesk and Elance. Here a freelancer can find out almost all kinds of online jobs. There are two kinds of jobs. One is hourly and another is a fixed price job.

2) Freelancer

Freelancer.com is another popular online freelancing marketplace. Here a freelancer can get data entry work to high level programming projects. There are thousands of clients and freelancers around the world. A new freelancer can easily get their desired jobs from here.

3) Fiverr

According to my view, Fiverr.com is one of the most popular online freelancing marketplaces. Here a freelancer need to post a gig with all clear instructions that what can he or she provide. If the client like this, then they can start ordering with five dollars. So the client can easily get quality work in cheap price. For this reason this site is becoming more and more popular day by day.

4) PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour.com is a great platform, focusing on freelancing for web projects. If you’re an article writer, digital marketer, graphic designer, web developer, SEO specialist, or anything you love to work with your specialty then. PeoplePerHour is definitely worth checking out. Here you have to post hourly and clients will buy this and pay you according to your set price.

5) 99designs

This is a platform for freelance designers, 99designs.com lets you compete in design contests and get feedback as clients choose the best ones with a great payment. It’s a great way for talented designers to prove their talents and earn handsome money.

6) iWriter

iWritter.com is the best online freelancing marketplace for content writer. This is the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to get content for your website. A freelancer also can earn almost 15 dollars for each quality article.

7) Freelance Writing Gigs

This is another popular freelancing marketplace for freelance writers, editors, bloggers, publishers or any combination of those. This is a great option for freelancers who have a way with words.

8) Toptal

Toptal.com is also one the most popular freelancing marketplaces for a custom software development project. Here if a client wants to get a custom software development service, then they can get it from a highly skilled and professional freelancer.

9) Project4hire

With hundreds of project categories, Project4hire.com makes it easy to identify jobs that suit your skill set, without scanning through large volumes of posts. It’s great for writers, coders, consultants, designers, programmers and more.

10) iFreelance

iFreelance.com platform accommodates some of the usual suspects of the freelancing world. Here you will get proofreading, arts, data entry, graphic designing, photography, bookkeeping and all types of professional task. But this site is not free for freelancers. There will be a membership fee required for it.

So, you can choose one of these online freelance marketplaces to start your freelancing career or to get your job done fast. Here you will get all kinds of talented freelancers and clients around the word. So what you are waiting for? Start your smart career with these.

In my more than three years of working as a Virtual Assistant, I now find it easy to search for clients and eventually get hired. When I was starting as a VA, I must admit I struggled in getting clients. That’s normal though. I have learned along the way. I did some more readings from other blogs related to Virtual Assistant jobs and found some helpful tips on how I can find clients looking to hire virtual assistants. Now, I have several places or sites where I meet prospective clients seeking for virtual administrative assistance. Here are my top 5:

1. Elance.com

Elance is the world’s largest and leading online talent and skills marketplace. It helps companies hire and manage professionals or freelancers to get work done and grow their business. At the same time, it provides professionals and freelancers the opportunities to work and earn.

I started to use elance two years ago. I put it on top of my list because in my experience, it gave me the best clients so far. I have found long term virtual assistant works through elance. Although it is not a free marketplace, spending almost $20 a month for the membership is very much worth it. I can earn $1000 to $2000 a month working as a Virtual Secretary from elance alone.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

With a paid membership, you will be given “connects” that you can use in placing bids to job postings. Make sure you have a good proposal and reasonable rate when bidding especially when you are just starting. When you have built a good reputation and earned positive reviews, you can opt to increase your rate. Remember that most companies prefer to hire those that have positive reviews/feedback.

How you can get paid:

Client can pay you through elance and then withdraw from elance to your bank or PayPal.

2. Guru.com

Like elance.com, Guru is one of the biggest online talent marketplaces. Almost all projects that can be outsourced are found in here. I found some good clients in here although they are more short term that what I got from elance. It is not about the marketplace I think, maybe I was just luckier with elance or that guru has more virtual admin assistants to compete with over these jobs.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

For free memberships, you are only allowed to bid to a few select job postings which makes it difficult to land a job or get a project. With a paid membership, you can get more privileges in placing bids to jobs available. You are given up to a hundred bid counts per month if I am not mistaken. You also need a good proposal and a good reputation for better possibility of getting hired.

How you can get paid:

Client can pay you through Guru and then withdraw form Guru to your bank or Paypal.

3. Craigslist.org

Although many people say dealing in Craigslist is a lot riskier than any place else, I would still put it at third spot due to some good clients it brought me. I have gotten virtual assistant tasks from here since I started as a VA. This is where I got my first client, that actually paid. Yeah, there were some clients that did not pay. That is the risk with craigslist. It is an open classified ad site so the possibility of getting scammed is higher.

In general, craigslist has been so helpful when I look for writing jobs. I have learned from my bad experiences so when I deal with clients that I met from Craigslist, I make sure I won’t get screwed. I either do some background check on them or I ask for upfront payment. But for starters, I don’t suggest the latter.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

When you see ads on craigslist, you can find contact information of the poster. It can be an email, phone number or a url where you can apply online. Make sure you have a good proposal prepared. Rates in craigslist in my observation, is a bit lower because the companies looking for workers are generally those that do not want to shell out some cash to register in paid online marketplaces such as elance or guru. So giving a reasonable rate is critical for you to be considered when applying.

How you can get paid:

Since it is an open classified ad site, payment option depends on the client. Most of them pay via Paypal. The assurance is not 100% but it is worth the risk so far in my experience.

4. Odesk.com

Odesk is a unique online talent marketplace because it requires its service providers to log in to their workroom so working hours can be logged and the buyer or clients can monitor the work done. You get to feel you are just in a regular office with your boss monitoring your work. At first I like working here but since I started doing other stuff aside from being a virtual assistant, I slowed down. I have gotten good clients here, mostly for data entry and research jobs.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

Odesk is a free marketplace. They only add a small percentage on top of your regular rate whether hourly or fixed, which will be charged to the client. So basically, you do not need to pay any fees to get work. Make sure you have prepared a very appealing proposal to get noticed because, being a free marketplace, expect to have more competition. I would suggest you start with smaller projects, like data entry, research and writing jobs just so you can build your reputation. Eventually you will get bigger projects as you add positive reviews/feedback.

How you can get paid:

You can get paid through Odesk and then withdraw from Odesk to your bank or Paypal.

5. freelancer.com

Used to be getafreelancer.com, freelancer is one of my favorites because it is free to register and a lot of virtual assistant jobs are available. In my experience though, among freelancer, elance, guru and odesk, it is only in freelancer where I experienced getting scammed. Because a company can post a job for free in the first post, chances are, some people will take advantage and post jobs that are not legit and will only try to screw you. I have experienced once not getting paid. Although it was only a short term small project, I became more reluctant to apply to jobs offered by new buyers. Since then, I always apply to jobs posted by old buyers.

A great asset for any HR professional is to be multilingual and have international HR experience; these capabilities are in demand. But when it comes to recruitment, hiring trends can differ greatly by region. We explore the current global recruitment marketplace and discuss what HR skills are needed in each area.

Middle East

There is fast-paced growth in the Middle East because of the investment in infrastructure from the government and multinational organisations taking advantage of growth opportunities in the developing market.

When it comes to human resources, there is a strange combination of admin-focused HR departments and modern HR teams who are much more strategic. While commercial focus is an increasing priority for many companies, resulting in a growing need for HR business partner expatriates, the biggest challenge for the Middle East is to educate developing businesses about the importance of a commercial and business focus for HR.

Asia Pacific

In Hong Kong, strategic-level HR is in demand, as are talent and employee development professionals because employee retention is a key focus for many companies. China is expected to have an onslaught of new HR roles since functions are being centralised in head offices. There is also an emphasis on hiring and retaining talent as a means to grow business. New roles in Japan will be to fulfil immediate business needs.

Singapore

Singapore’s HR revolution is being led by the healthcare, telecommunication, and pharmaceutical industries. There is a focused effort to move functions in-house in the name of cost efficiency, and staff retention is becoming a significant issue; because of this, sectors are seeing an insurgence of HR expats.

Australia

Having just reached a seven-year peak in the industrial sector, there’s a market shortage in industrial relations and retention. Companies have been forced into competition because the pool of professionals is limited.

Europe

With the overshadowing Euro problems, it’s no surprise that the European recruitment market is mixed. France is currently avoiding risk since it is expecting taxation changes later on this year, while Germany is investing in upgrading the skills of HR departments (mostly business partners) and recruiting new employees. Netherlands and Belgium are developing their business in the Far East and Middle East. Spain, Greece, Italy, and Portugal have been inactive in the recruitment market and are expected to stay this way for the moment.

UK

Replacement roles make up the most permanent hires, and there’s been a lot of recruitment for mid-level positions on the interim market for fixed-term contracts in human resources.

The industry is shifting attention to e-commerce due to increased consumer use of online services. As a result of the commerce sector’s actions to minimise operations costs, IT services and outsourcing continue to grow.

A period of 6-month unemployment in HR is rare since the market is mature and experienced practitioners are consistently sought-after. The focus on finding the ideal HR candidate has resulted in a longer recruitment process since some specific skills are hard to come by; in the financial sector, there’s an overall skills shortage for the available jobs in HR. Companies are holding out to find the perfect person and want candidates who can tick all of the boxes.

What HR skills are in demand?

Singapore:

Cost efficiency is the focus in this area. Each role has to be worth its weight, which has led to an increase of generalist business partners and in-house roles being created.

It’s likely that benefits specialists and business partners will be in demand for the rest of the year. Permanent positions may be hard to come by, which could be good news for HR contractors.

Hong Kong:

At the moment, companies in Hong Kong are looking to recruit at senior level for presidents and directors while keeping their eyes open for HR professionals with strategic business skills.

Remuneration packages and benefits policies are a big focus, so there’s a demand for compensation and benefits specialists. Those with global experience are sought-after too, since employers are creating restructuring packages to attract employees to Hong Kong, or for internal talent so they can explore different options abroad.

Middle East:

The Middle East HR market is thinking about business on a global scale, so many companies are looking for people who can create up-to-date HR departments that have commercial and strategic value.

While mid-level business partners are always sought-after, there’s also been a demand for local HR professionals due to nationalisation targets.

In the past 5 years, the focus has been on recruiting outside the area (bringing in expats) in order to raise the bar of HR, and make the function a driver of business. While there’s opportunity for those who don’t speak Arabic, those who want success should be specialists with expertise in their area.

Australia:

The HR focus in Australia is in the public sector because Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation is changing and standardising around the country. This requires HR consultants, advisors, managers and case managers. New financial budgets will create opportunities for change managers as well; projects that were once postponed are now back on.

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Looking for a job? Five things you need to do first.

1. What is your niche in the marketplace? Job seekers are taking whatever they can get. Although this can be effective; more than likely, this method will prove time consuming and frustrating. Look at your skills and brainstorm what is you are qualified for and passionate about. If you were thinking about making a career change and getting a fresh start, now is the time.
2. Based on what your answer to number 1, create your sales tools to reflect this. Your sales tools include resume, cover letter AND your dialogue when interfacing with a potential employer, business contact, etc.
3. Develop your personal sales force. Carefully examine your sphere of influence. Who in your sphere is positioned to help you? Although this is a version of networking, this will prove highly effective in a short period of time.
4. Be proactive. A large percentage of the unemployed are passive in their approach. They submit dozens of online applications and wait for the phone to right. Do not get caught in this trap. Differentiate yourself by being proactive.
5. Maintain a positive mental attitude. There is little solace to know that hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same way you are. There are jobs available. Put yourself in the perspective of the employer. With the cost of labor going down and the talent pool deepening, the employer is going to hire someone they like. Maintain your energy level and a positive outlook.

The Engineering Marketplace is a multidisciplinary profession with a vast amount of specialties and projects that can range from the simple process of designing a residential home to the more complex seismic, mechanical, environmental, energy and/or design engineering.

As all engineers have their area of expertise whether it be a specific type of project or an engineering specialization all focus their attention in doing an exceptional job; but no matter where they work or what their specialty is, most engineers are all concerned with the marketplace job outlook for their profession into the next few years.

As the market has started to rebuild and the country has moved out of the recession companies are starting to slowly rebuild their workforces, build back up their staff and make strategic hiring decisions based on positioning their company for the future growth they expect.

Employers are being very selective though, they are looking for engineers that think like business people, engineers that have a strong engineering background, understanding of client relationships and how to manage multiple projects and stakeholders at one time. The most highly sought after disciplines are in electrical, process, mechanical, computer, civil and environmental engineering. Individuals with physics or advanced degrees are in the greatest demand. Chemical and manufacturing engineers are in the least demand, unless an individual has a very focused specialized skill set that an employer is seeking.

There are a ton of engineers currently looking for work, whether be new graduate, a middle career technical engineer or a senior level executive; all will find in 2014 and beyond very robust amount of hiring activity.

Whether in private industry or governmental agencies the job marketplace shows great signs of future growth. 95% of engineering graduates are finding work within 6 months or graduating college, and career level engineers are starting to see renewed interest by employers as the marketplace rebounds. This rebound seems to be due to the large quantity of jobs growing out of the need improve the country deteriorating infrastructure and to adapt to the needs to address global warming.

As Climate becomes more and more a reality; civil and environmental firms foresee the government taking a more active role in protecting the environment, as well as, addressing the major infrastructure demands our country is facing in maintaining the roads, highways, and structures around the nation. This basic trend has led to the creation of many renewable energy, civil, environmental and mechanical engineering jobs around the country. Propelling the industry forward and spurring growth in the economy at the same time.

So for engineers the past may have been rocky, but the future is looking brighter than ever. 2014 and beyond are showing signs of an extremely robust hiring market.