Updated: 6/12/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consulting career community. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The decline in unique job postings in the business sector has plateaued across Chicago, and we’ve seen global trends indicate an economic rebound in China and France.
  • Accounting hiring has spiked to 11.1% across Chicago, which is significant positive growth.
  • Upskilling and reskilling are industry trends emphasized by the Human Resource industry, and job seekers benefit from highlighting adaptability and interpersonal skills. 

With the prospect of reopening looming for many organizations, there is a lot of focus on the idea of upskilling and reskilling employees. Therefore, as a jobseeker, now is a really important time to highlight your transferable skills. Particularly, adaptability and interpersonal communication can both come to your advantage at this time.

HR leaders discuss the importance of combining business strategy and empathy for their employees, which is an important context for those of you who are currently in the interview process. Preparing scenarios for discussing a time where you had to have a difficult conversation at work, or a time where you had to take on a new project or overcome a problem that you weren’t expecting, could prove to be particularly valuable to a Hiring Manager. 

In DePaul’s employer engagement, we’ve seen a few industries within business ramp up their hiring on Handshake.

  • Internet and Software, Accounting, and Manufacturing are the top industries with positions in business who have posted on Handshake within the last 10 days.
  • On a global scale, LinkedIn’s latest hiring report shows positive growth in the countries like China and France that have reopened.
  • In Chicago, we’ve seen decline plateau, with all 6 industries averaging out at a rate of .25% in positive growth. That average was brought up by the heavyweight Accounting hiring sector, which saw a sharp increase of 11.1% in numbers of unique postings since last June.
  • If global trends are consistent, Chicago will hopefully see growth in hiring soon.

 


Updated 6/5/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consulting career community. 

One of the new initiatives launched by the DePaul Career Center Marketing Communications Team that your organization should be aware of is our Senior 2020 Spotlight! We are compiling a list of DePaul graduates with unique skills, experiences and interests who are currently seeking employment opportunities. We’ve arranged this in easy-to-search industry sectors, and using this platform is a great way to quickly source available talent for your open opportunities.

Senior 2020 Spotlight Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Grads: 

Additionally, if you are looking to hire for positions, our DePaul students are actively utilizing Handshake at a higher rate. We’ve seen an increase in engagement at 39.4% with Alumni, and 9.7% with Undergraduate students. That’s great news for employers who are looking for candidates with more work experience for positions; our alumni are active! 

Looking at the broader Chicagoland area hiring trends, recent updates in the EMSI reports show a unique posting decrease averaging at 6% across the Accounting, Banking, Hospitality and Retail, Marketing and Sales, and Logistics and Supply Chain industries. This is expected, with the uncertainty of the pandemic impacting hiring timelines. Another interesting finding is the commonality of top skills across the Business, Entrepreneurship and Consulting Career Community; organizations report Management, Communication and Leadership as their most sought after skills they are seeking in candidates. How do these skills align with your organization’s needs?

We’d love to have a conversation with you about how you can effectively engage with DePaul students and alumni during this time! Please connect with us at recruitstudents@depaul.edu or 312-362-5201 to learn ways to build your virtual brand and hire talented and passionate DePaul students.