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Atlanta’s ‘Hot’ Job Market

“Atlanta is a hot job market right now. It’s what we call an ‘employee’s market,’ where there are more open positions than people to fill them. Chances are, if you’re moving to Atlanta, there’s a position available for you,” says Larkin Dailey with Snelling Staffing and Professional Services. Originally founded in 1951 with headquarters now in Dallas, Texas, Snelling has offices in Atlanta, Lilburn and Marietta, and provides comprehensive workforce planning and management solutions to 4,000-plus clients nationwide through its network of 110 corporately owned and franchises around the country.

Dailey says according to the statistics they collect from CareerBuilder, metro Atlanta is doing “significantly better than the country as a whole. There are nearly 9 percent more jobs today than a few years ago, compared to about 6 percent nationally.” Snelling is seeing a particularly strong job demand in logistics and transportation support, the insurance industry and administrative positions both for traditional offices and healthcare environments. In addition, positions in the commercial real estate and property management industries are on the rise. “As more companies move to Atlanta and the industries we have here continue to grow, we expect to see increased opportunities for people coming to our area,” Dailey says.

Job-assisting firm TRC Staffing Services Inc. in Atlanta is seeing an increase in demand for professionals in the following fields: customer service positions, help desk support, warehouse/industrial and information technology and engineering. The firm, which was established in 1980, is one of the largest privately held staffing companies in the country, and most of the positions they fill are exclusive opportunities with well-known companies and available only to TRC candidates. “People who are interested in relocating to the metro Atlanta area should consider partnering with a staffing agency to assist them in their job search,” says Afton Lucente with TRC. “Even if you aren’t aggressively looking for employment at this moment, you could join TRC’s Talent Network, which will allow you to stay connected with the latest opportunities as they become available.”

Joining TRC’s Talent Network, which is found at jobs.net/jobs/trcstaffing/en-us/, is easy, Lucente adds. Job seekers just enter a few data points, including name, email, interest level and skill set. Once membership has been established, candidates can either passively scan job opportunities or provide their resumes and additional detailed information for postings of significant interest. Talent Network will automatically send alerts with new job opportunities that match the interest and skill levels of each candidate. It also allows members to share job opportunities with family and friends through social media or email.

When it comes to searching for a job as someone moving to metro Atlanta, Dailey says it’s very important to be upfront with the potential employer with regards to relocating to that area and highlighting your availability. “All too often, hiring managers won’t contact applicants who don’t include this information because they don’t know your relocation plans,” she says.

Dailey continues by saying that they are seeing a continuing trend where companies prefer to hire candidates on a temp-to-hire basis, or they’re filling positions in the short-term with temporary or contract employees. “Don’t count out these types of opportunities as a chance to get your foot in the door and demonstrate your value to a potential employer,” she says.

In addition to staffing agencies, job seekers can look online, accessing websites like careerbuilder.com, monster.com or indeed.com, as well as visiting a nearby Georgia Department of Labor location for additional help in your job search.