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Business Forum: Hiring in the Third and Fourth Quarters


Each month, NAPW invites you to share your expertise, knowledge and comments with other members in the Business Forum.

Business People

Considering the recent good news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, things are looking up for job seekers.

As an entrepreneur and/or business owner, how are you gearing up for the third and fourth quarters when it comes to hiring employees? A recent survey conducted by Manpower Group said that more employers are planning to hire in the third quarter. Is this true for you? If you are hiring, what is it you look for in a candidate? Do you have any suggestions for what current job seekers can do that will help them stand out from the crowd?

Not actively looking for new employees? Why not? Is it because of the time of year, budgetary constrictions or something else? Even if you do not have any open positions, do you accept and welcome inquiries from prospective employees? What would you suggest someone interested in working for your company do that would help her resume get noticed for future job openings?

Share your expertise, experiences and tips for job-seekers in the comment section below.


Megan Bozzuto


  1. Margaret Bogash
    September 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I do hope that the article is true about hiring is higher in Sept and Oct. I have been unemployed since Oct. 1 2012. Applying all over, with no luck. Have a good day and thanks!

    • Olisa Adger
      September 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm


      You’re quite welcome. We wish you luck on your job search.

      Olisa Adger
      Social Media Community Manager

    • Alyce Williams
      September 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      If I can be a assistance to you please feel free to contact me on linkedin:

  2. Carolyn Ozment
    September 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I am presently very disappointed with corporate managers who are limiting themselves to taking interviews from only prospects who have college degrees. Don’t misunderstand me. A college degree is a wonderful accomplishment but in my experience I have found many college graduates who seem to have the idea that the degree makes them worthy of additional pay and/or a position that would require experience. Some of the best employees I have ever employed were not college graduates but people who were hungry to learn and motivated to achieve more than they have had in the past. After all, no matter how much education you have, when you start a new job, you will have to be trained to some degree. Understand that you do not know everything and do not hesitate to ask questions. I am interested in seeing enthusiasm and an interest in what we do and how you would fit into our world. I am going to ask you just what you can do for me that another candidate cannot. Be prepared and know my company. With the internet, there is not much you cannot find out and we use this tool a great deal. If you haven’t used it to research us, that will tell us more than you want us to know about you as an employee.

  3. Nancy Domich
    September 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    My daughter who is a recent college graduate with a degree in Business and Marketing is currently searching (although she is in a contract job at the moment) and finding it somewhat limited. I have advised her that the best way to search for jobs is to networking, ask friends who work in the industry she would like to be in, seek out mentors, be out there and be visible. It really is about who you know. Recently in the news Facebook founder MZ discussed Facebook’s hiring practices. I find that even someone over 45 can be innovative and knowledgeable about where technology is going. It’s sad that he has a limited view. If you haven’t read it you should.

  4. Alyce Williams
    September 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I travel to over 20 cities searching for people who are looking and qualified to work in sales B2B. If there are people looking please remember your biggest asset is your resume. Get assistance! When your are searching for a job, HR and recruiters see the resume first. If you are not getting interviews make sure your qualified and that your resume sells YOUR skills and knowledge for the company you want! Understand the companies needs for that position and how you can do it better than anyone else.

    Stop adding the year you came out of college….Being out of college for 25 years does not mean you lack energy, creativity and a team spirit. Being seasoned gives an advantage…know what value you’re bring to the table and sell it!!

    I hope this helps a fellow sister looking for a break!

  5. elaine davis
    September 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    My experience is the people you meet on the front line are not equipped in most instances (my case) to conduct an interview. The questions asked at times are not relevant to the position. You tell the truth as to why your resume reflects the gaps and you are looked upon with a scorn. The third is you dont have the US experience even though you have worked for US companies abroad and studied in the US. ( experience is not a package received it is simply earned) I have had this experience multiple times even though my resume clearly states where i worked and my country of origin.

  6. Maira
    September 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I’ve been planning on hiring for a while, and now I’m finally getting around to it. However it has more to do with my time than with the economic environment. As an entrepreneur on a sleek budget, I’m looking for an intern who will grow with my business.
    About hiring, I would like to make a suggestion: start looking at the pool of job seekers with an open mind. I’m tired of hearing recruiters say “there’s not enough skilled candidates”. I say give these unemployed people a chance. Hire somebody who doesn’t have 100% of the skills you’re looking for, and help them learn along the way. That’s what I will be doing.
    PS: feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if there’s anything I can do to help you:

  7. Ann Marie Kappel, PhD
    September 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I was in corporate for my entire career exited to complete my PhD and returned two and a half years ago to the sales industry as a financial advisor. I am now ready to work in a consulting capacity as an organizational psychologist maybe in an HR area. I hold a BS in Accounting, an MBA and a PhD in organizational Psychology with a focus on the different generations in the workforce, employee engagement and work motivation as well as the application of emotional intelligence assessment to assist with executive performance. I am working on tweaking my résumé since I have been applying off and on but I have not been able to find anything. Any help will be appreciated.

    Dr. K.

  8. Judie Muggia
    October 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    It is, indeed, a tough economy, even in Massachusetts where we have been “luckier” with the job market. I decided to parlay my extensive personal knowledge of a given area (Ecuador) to build my tourism business. Working from home has made for excellent organization, safe, closed financial and web system (iMac) and the ability to discuss plans one to one with clients from all over the world, thanks to the internet. If you have a specific area of in-depth, special knowledge and/or expertise around which to build a niche business, you can do well. it is very true that I am fortunate that I do not depend on my income for my livelihood and can therefor support scholarship programs about which I care a great deal, but if that were not the case, my income would go along way at home.
    In my experience, it does take at least two years to build one’s reputation and to create the word-of-mouth, personal referrals that means so much. If you are in an area that offers SCORE, use them –

  9. Monica
    August 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Wow. I know it has been almost 2 years since these comments were posted. I have been searching for over 7 years for a position and cannot get one. I think I have exhausted all or most possible avenues trying. I have a masters degree and I do agree with one comment that says give those of us who do not have all the required experience a chance, train us and let grow with the company. How are we ever going to get the required experience if no one hires us with limited experience. No one is asking for executive or management level positions just give us the entry level and let us learn from the bottom; well at least that is what i have been looking for since 2008. If there are persons out in the Atlanta location with a kind heart who know what it is to need a job, to be able to repay student loan please help me and the countless others who are in a similar position.

    Thank you and may God bless you and your business.


    • Sam Curra
      August 28, 2015 at 9:23 am


      I’m sorry to hear about your unsuccessful job search. I’m not sure where you’re located, but there are tons of Career Fairs hosted by PDN and NAPW throughout the year in various cities across the country.

      Also, be sure to check out NAPW’s Career Center where you can search 100,00+ jobs.

      NAPW has tons of career resources like HireAdvantEDGE— Job Matching and Placement Technology, where a Career Specialist can match you up with a position that is perfect for you.

      Good luck to you — and remember to keep networking. You never know who you’re going to meet!

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