The bad news is you may not be able to use the Great Recession anymore to rationalize the fact you haven't had a job in two years and have been sleeping on a couch in your parents' basement. The good news is, well, you might actually be able to find a job out there.
Citing a survey by CareerBuilder (which is coincidentally owned by Gannett Co., Inc., Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company), Puget Sound Business Journal reports this morning that hiring has returned to pre-recession levels. Polling more than 2,000 hiring managers, the CareerBuilder survey indicates one-third of the managers questioned said they hired full-time permanent employees last quarter, while 30 percent said they would add new full-time permanent staff this quarter.
Even more promising for your quest to get off mom's couch, the surplus of overqualified unemployed folks is apparently shrinking. The CareerBuilder survey indicates 31 percent of employers have jobs they can't find qualified employees for, a total that's up from 24 percent last year.
Perhaps surprisingly, this job-growth rebound seems to have given the unemployed some of their swagger back. From the Puget Sound Business Journal story:
Among employers who had jobs to fill last quarter, 56 percent say a candidate rejected the offer, either because the salary was too low or the offer didn't come quickly enough and the candidate was hired somewhere else.
Yes, it's been a good ride while it lasted, but it seems it might finally be time to re-enter the workforce.
The good news is it's Friday, so no one will think less of you if you wait until the weekend ends to start distributing resumes.