What is the current state of the job market? Where are the quality jobs? What defines a good job these days? This week is a special podcast recorded from CBC’s radio show The Current. Host Anna Maria Tremonti, Laurell Ritchie National Representative from the Canadian Auto Workers, and myself discussed the state of employment in the Canadian marketplace at this time. The good news is that we are seeing a measure of confidence returning to the employment market. Benjamin Tal shared in the most recent Canadian Employment Quality Index that employment showed a modest gain, however employment quality actually dropped 3.8 per cent. Self-employment has surged by three per cent over the past six months vs. a 0.5 per cent decline in paid employment. I am hearing from a number of HR managers and recruiters that they are now starting to hire again, the lead in the start of a recovery is the hiring of more professionals on contract (hence why the quality index has dropped). Once the market has fully stabilized you will see more full-time hiring. On a very positive note, Eric Schmidt CEO of Google shared at a speech of the Association of National Advertisers last week “We know we have begun the recovery because searches for terms like “restaurants” and “dancing” are increasing. I think we should be optimistic” Continue the conversation on my blog. How confident are you about the current job market? FREE Webinar Invest 1 hour in your career to increase your “personal employment index”? Join our free teleconference Tuesday November 10th, 12-1 PM ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book; Get the Right Job Right Now! It’s easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. Looking for a work situation that is a good fit? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview coaching? Invest in yourself, get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me. Optimistic, along the road with you! Alan PS Need help with interview coaching and your job search? The 90 Day Job Search Program can help assist you get the edge. PPS. Join the conversation on my blog. What do you think of the current job market.