New CareerBuilder Survey Results Show Boost in Summer Hiring

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it’s Summer, more or less. And as it turns out, many companies are in Summer hiring mode, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast.

Fueled by an increase in seasonal hiring, almost one-third of employers surveyed plan to hire summer workers. While this is good news for college students and recent grads, it could be a boost for the unemployed population as well since summer jobs could lead to new contacts and extended assignments.

As for a few reasons bolstering the hiring? According to its press release, it looks like a combination of increased “consumer confidence” and vacation season, too. Although there wasn’t a specific breakdown for jobs in the media, Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America explained in the release, “Confidence is up among the employers we most closely associate with summer hiring. This is good news for job seekers, as seasonal work can often lead to full-time opportunities. A majority of employers told us they consider a summer position an extended job interview.

He added, “The forecast is also a strong indicator that the job market will continue to strengthen as we come closer to the second half of 2012.”

As for the even better news? Many employers (71 percent to be exact) hiring for summer jobs indicated they anticipate considering making permanent hires as a result of the short-term stints. And in case you think you missed the boat for job applications, think again. About 20 percent of employers in the survey will extend summer job offers in the month of June and afterwards.