The Handbook Recruiters Should Not Be Without

Occupational Outlook HandbookWay back in 1948 The Bureau of Labor Statistics started an annual publication called the Occupational Outlook Handbook. For nearly 70 years it has been the go-to source for job seekers to get a sense of the occupations that are on the job market.  It is undoubtedly the ultimate career counselor.


It is chock full of information that is valuable to job seekers. The recruiter handbook offers a general job description, median pay, training and education needed, number of jobs across the nation, outlook for the next decade and more.   State and local data is also there.  Additionally, it won’t surprise you that when the handbook moved from a print publication to online, the information at any job hunter’s fingertips grew exponentially.


As handy as it is for job seekers, take it from me, the information contained within this huge resource can be extremely valuable for recruiters.  You can answer important questions like:

  • How difficult is the outlook for hiring for this position?
  • In what type of environment might you find those in this position?
  • Where are the largest talent pools for this position – by state or metro area?
  • How do wages compare from market to market?

It’s all there…and way more! For example, a cool mapping tool with over 4,800 maps reveals the employment, wages, and local quotient for over 800 occupations by state and metro area. To take a test drive click here.


You can also develop tables for multiple occupations in one geographic area or industry or one occupation in multiple geographic areas and industries. Create a table now.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics updates their data each year in May. So the information you are getting is fresh.  And the price is just right for every recruiter’s budget. It’s free.



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