Bigger Paychecks to Ring in the New Year in Los Angeles, and America Online Survey Finds
- Survey Shows Los Angeles Employers Plan to Hire Quicker, Increase Salaries, Diversify Staffs, Rehire Retirees and Offer More Flexible Schedules -

Los Angeles workers may cash in on a bigger, better deal in the New Year, according to a recent study of Los Angeles employers by and America Online. Titled "Los Angeles Hiring in 2006," the survey reveals Los Angeles companies plan to increase salaries on initial offers, raise compensation levels for existing employees and provide more flexible work arrangements. It also provides insights on the skills Los Angeles companies say will be most critical to their businesses in the coming year and their plans to shorten hiring cycles, diversify their staffs and postpone retirements in response to an increasingly competitive labor market.

  Bigger Paychecks
  --  52 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers plan to increase salaries on
      initial offers; 38 percent will raise offers by 3 percent or higher
      and 21 percent will raise offers by 5 percent or higher.
  --  82 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers plan to increase pay for
      existing employees; 59 percent will raise compensation levels by 3
      percent or more and 23 percent will raise levels by 5 percent or more.

Tip: Know your value. Check out online salary sites, industry Web sites and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the average salary for your position in your city. Present your research along with career accomplishments to showcase your worth.

  Rehiring Retirees
  --  26 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers expressed concern over a
      shortage of skilled workers and intellectual capital lost due to the
      large segment of Baby Boomers approaching retirement.
  --  An even greater number -- 44 percent -- plan to recruit retirees from
      other companies or offer incentives for workers at or approaching
      retirement age to extend their employment.

Tip: If you would like to put off your retirement, inform your supervisor and other departments within your organization and network to identify potential full-time and part-time opportunities.

  Diversifying the Workforce
  --  Recognizing the importance of workforce diversity, more than one-in-
      ten Los Angeles hiring managers expect diverse candidates to comprise
      25 percent or more of their new hires.
  --  Women and Hispanics ranked highest among the diverse workforce
      segments Los Angeles hiring managers expect to target more

Tip: Failing to market yourself as a diverse candidate can work against you. Highlight your diverse background and how your unique perspective and skills contributed to the success of previous employers in your application and during interviews.

  Flexible Work Styles
  --  39 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers say they will be more
      willing to provide flexible work arrangements such as job sharing and
      alternate schedules.
  --  29 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers say they will be more
      willing to allow employees to telecommute given rising energy costs.

Tip: Present your case. List your professional contributions, explain why you need a flexible work arrangement and propose a schedule that shows how you will be able to perform effectively.

  Shorter Hiring Cycles
  --  While the vast majority of Los Angeles hiring managers report they are
      filling their open positions within six weeks, 43 percent say they
      will hasten the hiring process.
  --  24 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers will shorten the recruitment
      process by two weeks or more and 11 percent will shorten it by three
      weeks or more.

Tip: Act quickly. Check newspapers classifieds and online job postings on and AOL Find a Job regularly. You can apply to positions in real time, post up to five different versions of your resume and sign up for automatic job alerts.

  Critical Skills
  --  The top skills Los Angeles hiring managers say will be most critical
      to their businesses and most attractive in potential candidates are:
      customer service, team building ability, and critical-thinking
      (problem-solving and decision-making).
  --  34 percent of Los Angeles hiring managers report they will be placing
      a greater emphasis on recruiting bilingual employees.

Tip: Employers often use electronic scanning devices that search resumes for keywords. Include these critical skills and other keywords as they apply to your experience to show your relevancy.

Survey Methodology

The survey, "Hiring Trends to Watch in 2006," was conducted from November 27 to December 12, 2005. Methodology used to collect survey responses totaling more than 100 Los Angeles hiring managers for this study involved selecting a random sample of comScore Networks panel members. These Web Panel members were approached via an e-mail invitation, which asked them to participate in a short online survey. The results of this survey are statistically accurate to within +/- 9.8 percentage points (19 times out of 20).

About America Online, Inc.

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