forecast is gloomy
McDonald and fellow St. Bonaven-
ture accounting seniors scheduled
interviews with the Big 8 accounting
firms, the nation's workforce faced
high inflation and high unemploy-
removed from the Great Recession, and
McDonald has made a career out of helping
others make employment changes.
for nearly 30 years gives McDonald a global
view of employment trends and the job mar-
ket at large.
professionals in the accounting and finance,
technology, legal, creative and administrative
fields. Prior to this role, McDonald spent the
last 12 years as senior executive director of
Robert Half Management Resources. One of
seven staffing divisions, Robert Half
Management Resources specializes in the
placement of senior-level accounting and
finance professionals on a project and inter-
general unemployment is a shortage of tal-
ent in many professions.
September 2012, 7.9 percent in October and
7.7 percent in November. But a closer look at
specialized areas shows an unemployment
rate that is much lower, particularly for those
in finance, accounting, technology and legal
supply because more job opportunities have
made professionals more selective.
· accountants/auditors -- 4.1 percent
· computer systems administrators -- 1.7
· software developers -- 2.3 percent
· advertising managers -- 1.1 percent
· web developers -- 4.3 percent
· human resources assistants -- 1.3 per-
"It's better out there than people think it
in the job market, 2013 is looking brighter
for skilled individuals."
RHI predicts starting salaries will rise moder-
ately across the board, particularly in hot spe-
tive director of Robert Half Inter-
national (RHI). RHI has 400 offices
worldwide and annual revenue
approaching $4 billion.
Statistics reports that most companies
anticipate salary increases of between
2 and 2.5 percent in 2013.
last, McDonald advises balancing
one's technical skills with critical soft
skills to ride the wave of the next
through peer networking and scan-
ning the help wanted lists online.
Those will give you a sense of
what's hot, what's relevant and
what's not," he said.
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