Thankfully, the economy is now recovering and unemployment is on the decline. The job market in 2015 is optimistic for both employers and job seekers.

  • Hiring is Up! According to the Employer Associations of America, 52% of employers plan to add staff. That’s up 10% from last year.
  • So are salaries! U.S. workers in most industries can expect a median base salary increase of 3% .
  • Non-traditional opportunities are on the rise. Many companies are moving toward hiring consultants and freelancers, while others are offering more flex hours and work-from-home opportunities. In efforts to attract and retain good talent, some industries have seen an increase in perks (such as wellness centers and discounts at major retailers).
  • Workers are confident. 1 in 3 workers polled by Glassdoor’s Employment Confidence Survey say they’ll begin job searching if they don’t get a pay raise this year. Half of workers polled are “optimistic about their ability to find a job matched to their experience and compensation levels in the next six months.”

Should You Stay?
If you decide to stay in your current job, there’s a good chance you’ll see an increase in salary and/or benefits. The job-hopping of some employees often creates promotions for those who stay put.

Should You Go?
Looking for a new job in 2015? Here are some facts you should know.

  • It’s Still About Who You Know. Networking is still the best way to land a job.
  • With profiles of seemingly identical candidates, the word of one trusted colleague to another is still the best way for an applicant to get noticed.
  • Recruiters indicate that 60% of their best job candidates are found through referrals.