Niche professionals find themselves in driver’s seat on job hunt

Here’s good news for college-educated workers seeking certain professional or management jobs:

For the first time in a long time, you’re in the driver’s seat.

This doesn’t apply to every profession or place, but it’s great for some workers in the professional category, which constitutes one-third of the U.S. workforce.

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MRINetwork, a global recruiting organization, found in its new survey that 67 percent of recruiters said the market for this kind of worker now is “candidate-driven.”

That’s up 13 points from a year ago and means such job hunters have more power to make choices.

The survey also showed that many of these candidates are getting multiple offers.

Bobbi Moss, senior vice president at Govig Associates, an MRINetwork affiliate, said in a phone interview that employers looking for engineers, accountants and other well-educated talent need to remember that unemployment for that group is about half the 8 percent nationally.

“For candidates in some niche sectors, it’s a candy store,” Moss said. “Employers can’t assume they’re the only company the candidate is looking at. These candidates have options.”

Job seekers most in command have five to 10 years of experience in a niche, Moss said. Her examples included international tax experts and information technology specialists in specific manufacturing lines.

“Employers do not pay for training. They want to hire it,” Moss said.

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