December 30, 2009
While the national unemployment remains stubbornly high, around 10% at this writing, there are interesting employment opportunities for EHS professionals who are flexible, have critical skills, and who stand out. According to Janet Martin, VP of Trispyrian Resources, a division of Trinity Consultants that provides EHS staffing services, “it's a challenging, yet interesting time in the marketplace. There are definitely great jobs available in great companies for EHS professionals that have the needed skill sets. Equally exciting, though, is the growing number of contract positions that offer a unique opportunity for employer and candidate to 'try before you buy'.”
In this “employer's market,” hiring companies are taking their time to find just the right candidate before extending an offer. Although employers frequently emphasized hiring the most well-rounded candidate in the past, companies are currently focused more sharply on specific skills, with new and developing regulatory requirements becoming a more important issue. For instance, beginning in 2010, many companies will be required to submit annual reports on their greenhouse (GHG) emissions. Consequently, many of the current openings include responsibility for quantifying emissions, managing emissions data, and preparing the related regulatory reports.
What does this mean for candidates? For maximum results, candidates should consider the following steps for increasing their appeal:
With all-in costs of a permanent employee reaching easily 130 percent of the salary alone, and with ongoing market pressures, companies are increasingly exploring alternative staffing options for the short-term. Contract, temporary, and/or part-time positions allow both the employer and the candidate to keep their options open. From the company's perspective, using a contractor saves money on the front end (compressed recruiting efforts), during the contract (no benefits), and on the back end (no severance). However, contract work can also benefit the candidate in a number of ways, including:
Candidates should also remain flexible with respect to job responsibilities, pay rate, and job location to maximize their options. Accepting a position with less than ideal conditions initially often leads to better opportunities later on.
Whatever your current employment status and employment goals, a staffing partner can assist you with a job search. A staffing company, such as Trispyrian Resources can provide the following benefits to job searchers:
Trispyrian Resources, formally On Demand Environmental, specializes in matching qualified EHS professionals to openings in industry, facilitating contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire employment opportunities.
Originally published in Environmental Quarterly by Trinity Consultants.