"Where is the science?" That's what NASA is asking the doomsday predictors who say in accordance with the Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec. 21. We apparently have  the possibility of planetary alignments, total blackouts, polar shifts and "a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction." If none of those things happen, what do you think will happen in the staffing business next year?

This year seems to be winding down on a good note. In 2012, over 70% of staffing and recruiting firms added staff, and over 40% have added a new niche or area of specialization. Corporate profits have increased. And there are reports that many companies haven't spent their hiring budgets to date, and will hire through the end of this  quarter.

There were plenty of challenges though, too, as we have written about all year. Things like difficulty sourcing highly qualified passive candidates. Then there are unrealistic client expectations, pressure on fees, and the never-ending search(es) for perfect candidates.

You can also include economic uncertainty in the form of fiscal cliffs and  fear of the impending costs of Obamacare.

In 2012, over 70% of staffing and recruiting firms added staff, and over 40% have added a new niche or area of specialization.

So where does that leave the staffing and recruiting industry in terms of opportunities in 2012 that might continue into 2013?

One list I saw includes these bullets:

  • Social media sites like LinkedIn provide access to passive candidates
  • The economy is improving
  • Technology continues to improve and enhance recruiting efforts
  • Boutique firms are positioned to grow
  • Job satisfaction is at historic lows, easier to attract top talent
  • Corporations have cut back internal recruiting teams and are more willing to outsource recruiting to third party recruiters
  • Companies are realizing they are overstaffed if they are not utilizing temp or contract workers, therefore increasing the number of flexible staffing opportunities
  • The need for top talent continues to increase
  • Baby Boomers continue to retire and may consider temp or contract work

What do you think? Anything you would add - or delete - on either the challenge or opportunity lists? Are you optimistic about the near term? Next year as a whole?

"Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know," NASA said on its website, "however, it will be another winter solstice."

And if you are still worried about the end of the world, here is NASA's official response. "Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know," the space agency said on its website, "however, it will be another winter solstice."

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