The Labor Apartment announced this week that the number of job openings across the U.S. rose to a 14-year high in April. This number means that job growth is only going to continue to surge in the coming months.

Employers posted 5.4 million job openings in April, which is up from 5.1 in March and the most since 2000.

This is great news for our economy, but also points to an important piece of news for our industry: the days of “posting and praying” for open jobs are officially over.

Recruiters, it’s time to get off our butts and kick it into high gear and really recruit for these roles that are only going to get tougher and tougher to fill!

With this crazy amount of job openings comes a scarcity of qualified candidates. In technology in particular, there is an extreme shortage of candidates that have the right skills for niche technological advancements, which only continue to change and make the talent pool dry up even more!

According to Forbes, nearly half (45%) of employers recently surveyed reported that talent shortages resulted in a reduced ability to serve clients, while 37% reported reduced competition and productivity.

According to ManPower Group, these are the 10 hardest jobs to fill right now:

  1. Skilled Trade Workers
  2. Restaurant and Hotel Staff
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Teachers
  5. Drivers
  6. Accounting and Finance Staff
  7. Laborers
  8. IT Staff
  9. Engineers
  10. Nurses

Post and Pray is over – time for actual, quality, professional relationship building with candidates in order to uncover their true skills, attitude, competency and culture in order to find a fit for the role.

Check out a presentation I recently gave regarding the candidate driven market and what recruiters can do to really focus on finding quality candidates, including improving Communication, Speed, and Brand.