Employee recruiting trends for 2011 December 2010

Improving economic conditions have many analysts forecasting stronger employment numbers for 2011. Yet, while forecasts may predict stronger job growth, how it will be attained will depend on employee recruiting trends.

One thing that appears certain is that there will be a rush to hire more employees in 2011, writes Chris Isidore for CNN Money. Although the national unemployment figure may not deviate far from 9 percent, companies will ramp up their recruiting efforts - particular small and medium-sized businesses.

"We're looking at some leading indicators on employment, and they're all flashing green lights," Bernard Baumohl of the Economic Outlook Group told CNN Money.

Employee retention will receive greater attention, writes the Herman Group. Employee turnover rates and increasing recruiting challenges will force companies to find ways to get the most out of their existing workforces.

A CNN Money survey of economists revealed a general consensus that the U.S. will add 2.5 million jobs in 2011 - the most since 1999. However, some forecast that number will go as high as 3 million, while David Wyss of Standard & Poor's predicts 1.8 million jobs will be added. Nevertheless, even 1.8 million would represent a 100 percent increase over 2010 levels. 

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