How the government shutdown is affecting the job market

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Ted Chalupsky from The Right Staff talks about how the government shutdown is affecting the job market.

Employers and the job market in general hate uncertainty.  The combination of the government shutdown, the implementation of the ACA and the debate in the congress over the new debt ceiling, provide another perfect storm that will impact employers hiring decisions over the next few months.  This also provides further disruption to hiring plans for the holiday season, all of which impacts your job search strategy moving forward.As we have witnessed over the past few years, when employers perceive what they see as a high degree of political and economic uncertainty, they will put hiring decisions on hold or turn to contract employees to fill their employment needs. 

Once the government shutdown ends, along with an agreement to the debt ceiling debate, and the ACA starts to take hold, employers will feel more confident about hiring. 

Keep in mind, that new budgets take affect for many companies in January, with new hiring already in their plans.  Most companies will move forward with these hires, unless any of the three issues we've outlined remains unresolved.

Since employers are going to look more at contract or temporary hiring, more than ever don't discount this as an option.  These jobs could be your foot in the door.  Odds are a high percentage of these positions will convert to full-time employment at these companies, once they determine the economic environment is improving.

Make sure you have updated your Linked In profile, so companies that are looking to hire, can find you.

Establish a relationship or relationships with a reputable recruiting and staffing company.  More employers are turning to companies like these to help fill both contract and direct hire positions

Identify ten companies you would like to work for and make sure they have a history of hiring for the types of skills you have.  Visit their web sites and view their job postings on a weekly basis.  Approach your job search as a full-time job, working Monday through Friday, six to eight hours per day.

Contact decision makers directly at your targeted companies via Linked In, or through your own professional network.

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