Last week, we talked about job market predictions for the next 5 to 10 years. We acknowledged, though, that many readers need to find a job now. So, I was thrilled when Heidi Ravis, a college career counselor, and one of my LinkedIn connections, highlighted an article on TheMuse.com, last updated on June 18, 2020 listing 103 companies that are hiring now.
Most career advisors I’ve worked with in the last 20 years have urged their clients to start a job search with a target company list. We thought it would be helpful to give you a head start at creating your own list.
Financial services and technology companies are hiring.
We found that the list posted on TheMuse is dominated by financial services, medical and pharmaceutical, and technology firms. The exceptions are two grocery companies—Kroger and Instacart—are among the top 25 companies on the list. Instacart, though, is a technology company, too, since their business is online grocery delivery. There is also an energy company, arguably a tech company, too, within the top 25.
I’ve summarized the top 25 companies on the list below, and added links to their web sites that will jump start your company research.
|Wells Fargo||Financial services|
|VMware Carbon Black||Cybersecurity technology|
|UnitedHealth Group||Diversified health care|
|Ultimate Software||Cloud software solutions|
|Deutsche Bank||Financial services|
|Charles Schwab||Financial services|
|Spectrum||Broadband internet & TV|
|Baker Tilly||Accounting & Advisory|
|Cisco Meraki||Networking technology|
|Zynga||Social media apps|
|Oscar Health||Health insurance|
The top 25 companies are representative of the kind of companies on the rest of the list that are hiring now. A quick scan of the remaining 78 companies reveals that nearly all the remaining companies are also technology, healthcare, and financial services companies. Even one of the older traditional big companies further down on the list, Northrop-Grumman, leverages technology to deliver aerospace products for the government.
A striking aspect of this list is that many of the tech sector companies on it either did not exist at all, or did not exist in their current form 20 or 30 years ago. The lists of top employers I published in a client newsletter back in the year 2000 looked very different. The financial services firms, such as Wells Fargo and Charles Schwab were on these lists. Companies like Facebook, of course, did not exist.
Don’t give up your dream if your chosen field is not represented.
You do not need to be a technology, financial, or healthcare specialist to find an opening at one of the companies on the list, according to the article. Unilever, for example, is posting account manager positions, and Clearlink is seeking content strategists.
Generally speaking, every company has to have people perform basic business functions including marketing, sales, accounting, purchasing, production, fulfillment, delivery, and more, so there could be an opportunity for you. You have to do your research and networking.
Take a deeper dive.
I’ve said in several posts on this blog that job postings are the tip of the iceberg. We’ve been told for years that 80% of posted jobs may not exist for a variety of reasons, while 80% of the jobs that do exist are not posted. This means that you may want to look at your LinkedIn contact list and personal contact list for people that work in companies that interest you. Then, contact those people and seek opportunities to be referred into a company. Many companies incentivize employees for referrals because they believe good employees refer in good employees. We’ll look at ways you can create your own customized target company lists in future posts. Regardless of your job search strategy, you will need a resume and LinkedIn profile. We can help you with that. Just click here for your complimentary consultation.