Stronger Employment Trends Expected in 2011

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Job Searching, Recruiting Update 

The unemployment rates in 2010 have been the highest in well over twenty years. It has been a difficult year for the unemployed who have had trouble finding a position in their field. With many mass layoffs by United States based companies, the job market has become extremely competitive. There have been a record number of applications for many open positions, which makes it difficult to land a career in your specialized field.

However, stronger employment trends are expected in 2011. Harris Interactive conducted a survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and human resource specialists. The results of this survey concluded that more employers plan to add more full-time employees in 2011 than in 2010. Job creation will be gradual, but steady, so the change in hiring may not become immediately apparent. Matt Ferguson of CareerBuilder explains that, “More than half of employers reported they are in a better financial position today than they were one year ago.” This is a good improvement and will allow these companies to hire more employees in 2011.

The results of the survey showed that 24% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent in employees in 2011. This is an improvement from the 20% who said they plan to hire in 2010, and 14% in 2009. 13% of employers said they expect to hire part-time employees in 2011, which is up from 11% in 2010 and 9% in 2009.

Some fields will be in higher demand during 2011 than others. The top 10 fields can be seen below:

1) Sales – 27 percent
2) Information Technology – 26 percent
3) Customer Service – 25 percent
4) Engineering – 21 percent
5) Technology – 19 percent
6) Administrative – 17 percent
7) Business Development – 17 percent
8 ) Marketing – 17 percent
9) Research/Development – 15 percent
10) Accounting/Finance – 14 percent

“Stronger Employment Trends Expected for the New Year, According to CareerBuilder’s 2011 Job Forecast.” ShareBuilder (2010): n. pag. Web. 26 Jan 2011. <>.

Meet the Hire Velocity Team

January 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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In our last blog post we discussed about the importance of making sure your organization and the RPO firm you choose are compatible with each other. We also commented on the importance of choosing an RPO with the experience to back what is promised in the Service Level Agreement. At Hire Velocity, we are confident that you will be impressed with our experienced team and will enjoy the long-lasting partnership created when you make the move to outsource your some or all of recruiting tasks.

We would like to virtually introduce you to the Hire Velocity top management team. While we focus on the top management in this post, but we can assure you that our entire team is experienced in the recruiting industry. Hire Velocity understands the importance of having qualified and caring employees. For that reason, we have high standards when choosing to add new members to our team.

Valeri Marks

Valeri is the Chief Executive Officer at Hire Velocity. She has been CEO or President for the past 10 years of private or public companies. The entire team was excited when she joined the team in July 2009. Since her addition to the team, Hire Velocity has been named on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing private companies.

Valeri has over 28 years of service industry experience. Her experience spans raising funds, selling companies, integrating acquisitions, and an IPO. Valeri has an MBA, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Byron West

Hire Velocity considers itself very lucky to have Byron West as our President. As a seasoned recruiting entrepreneur, Byron provides the vision and leadership at Hire Velocity. With over 20 years as top management in recruiting companies, Byron is excellent at understanding critical personnel needs without organizations and their importance to success.

Before his move into the entrepreneur world, Byron was a member of the Navy’s Submarine Division. He uses his military skills to assemble efficient and effective teams. He is directly involved in the hiring and training of our team members, ensuring that each one is qualified to be working within the company. As an advocate for efficiency and innovation, Byron demonstrates his intense desire to overcome obstacles and win for his customers.

Byron graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson is Hire Velocity’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Hire Velocity is happy to have such an experienced individual to oversee finance, accounting, human resources, and all administrative/back office functions. Matt is also responsible for developing relationships with strategic partners and reviews competitive analysis.

Matt has over 12 years of experience in the Fortune 500, private equity, and smaller entrepreneurial companies across the business services and healthcare sectors.  His expertise encompasses all facets of finance and business strategy, including capital-raising activities, business valuation, turnarounds, due diligence and financial modeling.

Matt is a graduate of University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Matt also holds an MBA from University of Tampa.

Jennifer Maher

Jennifer Maher joined the Hire Velocity team in September as the Senior Director of Client Services. Jennifer joins the team with over 12 years of experience in RPO, staffing, and outsourcing organizations across the retail, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and manufacturing verticals. Her experience includes restructuring and building high performing, high volume service delivery organizations, consultative selling, selecting and implementing new technology solutions, and advanced sourcing strategy design.

As Senior Director of Client Services, Jennifer is responsible for the service delivery across all clients. She has led multiple teams to successfully hire 5000+ people per year across the United States and Canada, while reducing time to hire, increasing overall quality of hire, and reducing turnover.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in Accounting.

Now that you know our team, we invite you to contact us to set up a time to talk. It is hard to judge the quality of our team from a blog post and we are confident you will be impressed with us after talking with the team. You can contact us here.