Whitepaper

Central Florida (Orlando Area) Job Seekers Falling Into “Black Hole” of Hiring

Report Cites 11,000+ Open Jobs & Explain Why Applicants Aren’t Called

DOWNLOAD 2014 Central Florida Employment (Jobs) Outlook HERE (Free)

April 1, 2014 (Orlando, FL) – OrlandoJobs.com published its sixth annual employment survey for the Central Florida region today, finding that despite robust job growth and falling unemployment numbers, more and more job seekers are caught in the “black hole” of the market. They apply and apply to open jobs, but never hear anything back and don’t have any feedback with which to revise their tactics. The OrlandoJobs.com survey found more than 11,540 Central Florida jobs currently open at the 108 surveyed companies, and an additional 17,435 jobs forecasted for the remaining three quarters of 2014. These numbers reflect the most positive survey yet since starting in 2008.

“Employers were very clear in telling OrlandoJobs.com that the influx of open jobs is a double-edged sword,” explains Roger Lear, President and Founder of OrlandoJobs.com. “It’s great to be growing, but many of the open jobs require very specific skill sets that many applicants don’t have, therefore causing a lot of work for internal recruiting and Human Resource departments. In many cases, employers just flat out don’t have enough time to give status updates to those who applied, causing many job seekers to never know where they stand on a particular position (the infamous black hole), and thus lose heart in the job search.”

As part of the white paper, OrlandoJobs.com included a Tips For Job Seekers section, sharing the most common mistakes employers reported seeing in applicants. Those mistakes include:

 

  • Submitting an unclear resume.
  • Grammar, spelling, incomplete sentences or leaving sections of the application blank.
  • Not researching the company before the interview.
  • Not being honest about a gap in employment. 
  • Doesn’t meet qualifications for position – job seeker is obviously applying to every open job they see.

“Exact skill match is the rallying cry for 2014,” states Lear. “Before the great recession (when unemployment was under 4% in Central Florida), desperate employers would pretty much hire anyone with skills even close to the requirements. The BIG difference for 2014 is that even though the unemployment rate is below 5.5%, employers are choosing to grow their companies only with people they know have the exact skills their company needs.”

Other findings from the survey include a breakdown in jobs open by industry, the role that social media is playing in employment, the greatest challenges employers face, their best advice for job seekers, and the companies that are forecasting the largest number of open jobs for 2014. Download the survey in its entirety at www.orlandojobs.com/whitepaper

 


 
Previous OrlandoJobs.com White Papers

2013 Employment Outlook for Central Florida -
(Updated February 15, 2013)
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MORE THAN 8,000 OPEN JOBS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
And 19,300 More Projected For 2012

2012 Employment Outlook for Central Florida -
(Updated February 15, 2012)
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MORE THAN 11,500 OPEN JOBS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
And 16,000 More Projected For 2012

2011 Employment Outlook for Central Florida -
(Updated February 11, 2011)
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OrlandoJobs.com Survey Finds 10,000 Available Jobs in Central Florida
Another 10,000 Jobs Projected by Companies for 2011 Hiring

2010 Employment Outlook for Central Florida
Updated February 28, 2010
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The unemployment rate for January 2010 in Central Florida, at 11.9%, is the highest unemployment in the Orlando MSA since June 1975. OrlandoJobs.com surveyed 112 Central Florida companies to gauge the 2010 employment outlook. Direct phone interviews were conducted with senior human resource management and business owners in these companies. Combined, the survey participants employ 118,995 workers in Central Florida.

2009 3rd and 4th Quarter Employment Outlook for Central Florida
(2010 Outlook)
Updated September 3, 2009
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OrlandoJobs.com surveyed 174 Central Florida companies between June 8 and July 14, 2009. Direct phone interviews were conducted with senior human resource management and business owners in these companies, which covered more than 19 different sectors. Combined, the survey participants employ 100,574 workers in Central Florida. This report on their outlook for Q3/Q4 is a follow-up to the 2009 Employment Outlook white paper released by OrlandoJobs.com on 2/28/09. The aim with this paper, as with the first, is to get to the real pulse of this historic employment marketplace for Central Florida.

2009 Hiring Projections for Central Florida- White Paper
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OrlandoJobs.com surveyed 277 Central Florida Companies between January 14th and January 30th. Direct phone interviews were conducted with Senior Human Resources Management and Business Owners in companies from a mix of industries. These companies' combine to employ 86,399 Central Florida based employees. This report will serve to give some insight to who is currently hiring, the type of jobs that are open and the forecast for hiring for 2009. All participants were also asked questions about the recruiting challenges they face in 2009. Job seekers, pay special attention to Page 12. It will give you some great tips on how to find a job in the hidden job market.

 

Contact Information:

Please direct all inquiries to:

Roger Lear
President
OrlandoJobs.com
43 East Pine Street
Orlando, FL 32801
407-645-4224
Roger@OrlandoJobs.com

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OrlandoJobs.com, part of the Great Job Spot Network, is the powerful, pre-eminent career platform in Central Florida, and the only digital job board optimized for mobile, on-the-go usage by jobseekers. With more than 200,000 visitors per month, and 2,400 employers, there is no better place to find a job. The site was founded in 2005 by Roger Lear and Scott Kotroba, and is the official employment website of the Great Orlando Society of Human Resource Association (GOSHRM.com). OrlandoJobs.com’s sister company, the GreatInsuranceJobs.com Network, is the leading insurance employment network in the nation. The OrlandoJobs.com and Great Job Spot Network proudly partner and power the career centers on OrlandoWeekly.com, GOSHRM.org and WKMG Local 6 ClickOrlando.com.