About - Recruiter’s View

Sooner or later, everything in real life influences the jobs markets. So, our topics here range all over the place.

In our search to discover and share what’s really going on, we are particularly trying to answer the questions:

  • Where will jobs be created (and why?)
  • Where will jobs be destroyed (and why?)

This is my commentary on what I see and what I think it means.

People sometimes ask my opinion, because they assume a Recruiter’s activity can be a useful indicator.

And in fact, it’s true that I can pick up on changes in the business environment months ahead of the published numbers.

Understanding the implications of those changes is the trick. Daily conversations with business leaders give me the equivalent of perpetual survey results. And talking to candidates is the perfect reality check.

Ultimately, then, my evaluation is largely formed as an extension of what many, many others have been kind enough to share with me.

So, when you think I’ve got it wrong, I encourage you to tell me what you see from your side of the mountain.

We’re all trying to figure this out together.

Thanks for being a part of our effort!


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Landmark – U.S. Military Leaves Iraq


The last U.S. forces unceremoniously pulled out of Iraq today. Literally. I can find no reference to any Good Luck/Fair Well/Thanks For Freeing Us/Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out Ceremony. News headlines often included the phrase “ending the war,” or something similar. Film crews featured extensive coverage of elated U.S. troops…

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Trade Happens


Can strong international corporations offset collapsing economies? Maybe. My radar is picking up increasing international activity – and lack of activity. Much of it is defensive. Retailers are postponing planned expansions in Europe. Airlines are erasing European flights from upcoming schedules. Europe, itself, is on the ropes. Major international players are withdrawing their exposure to…

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March Madness


The whole world’s going nuts, but events are strangely conspiring to drive business to the U.S. I was still basking in the uplifting e-mails I reported in “February Readers Respond.” It was generally positive stuff, and basically consistent with numbers I was seeing. Except for the part where the whole world started going on “Tilt.”…

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Landmark Events: Libyan Violence Escalates


Anti-government protests across North Africa and the Middle East saw the first major escalation of violence today. International forces are now involved. As Muammar Qaddafi rolled toward a crushing victory over Libyan rebels, the United Nations Security Council pondered, then passed a resolution authorizing the use of force to protect whatever Libyan civilians might still…

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