Starting the job search is hard. It is intimidating, stressful, and easy to put off. But sometimes it has to be done. If you are in this position -- the “I need to start looking right this instant” position -- you've come to the right place. I've done some of the daunting and time-consuming research so you can quickly be on your way to finding the job of your dreams!
Phoenix has the sixth largest population in the United States and a quick look at the labor market in Phoenix seems to reflect this. As of January 2017, the local unemployment rate stands at 4.5 percent, which is below that of the national average. Phoenix saw eight percent population growth from 2010 to 2015, but the competition for jobs is lessened by the sheer number of open positions -- currently more than 45,000! While the median base salary in Phoenix is below that of the national average, this is balanced out when you examine the cost of living, which is four percent lower than the Arizona average, and seven percent lower than the national average.
Now that we have an idea of the local employment environment, we can take a look at some specific jobs and companies in the area.
Three popular job searches in Phoenix
With 10,888 open sales positions, there is a large variety of jobs from which to choose to fit your skill set. The median salary for a person in sales in Phoenix is $45,000, which is similar to the average Phoenix salary. In addition, most people in sales make commission on top of their base salary. Interested in landing one of these positions? Expect an interview that assesses your interpersonal skills and your ability to pitch their product on the spot. Prepare yourself to answer these popular questions:
2. Human Resources
There are 2,203 open jobs in HR in Phoenix, ranging from a Human Resources Manager to a Human Resources Generalist. On average, a person in HR in Phoenix makes $56,494. While this is slightly below the national average for HR professionals, it is significantly above the median base salary in Phoenix. Convinced to apply? Prepare for an interview that tests your knowledge on a wide variety of HR topics like compensation, benefits, employee engagement, and compliance. These tests will likely come in the form of behavioral questions. Expect typical questions like:
Neither Sales nor HR a good fit for you? You'll find 4,842 job openings in Marketing across Phoenix. The average salary for someone in the marketing industry varies based on title. A more entry-level position like a Marketing Specialist earns $46,510 in Phoenix, which is on par with the median base salary in the area. In contrast, a more advanced position like a Marketing Project Manager averages $76,257 in Phoenix, which is above both the national average for the role and significantly above the average salary in Phoenix. If you apply for a marketing role, some standard interview questions you might expect for a run-of-the-mill marketing position like a Marketing Manager include:
If these positions don't fit your expertise, you still have options. Two popular companies in Phoenix are hiring for all sorts of positions!
Two popular companies in Phoenix
If these companies and jobs aren’t the right match for you, don’t fret! Phoenix is seeing quick expansion, strong job growth, and a favorable entrepreneurial environment. Furthermore, if you are looking to escape the direct hustle and bustle of this hub, opportunities abound in neighboring regions like Glendale, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Now go out there and tackle your job search!
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About Sydney Frazer
As a Partnerships Manager at Glassdoor, Sydney works with hundreds of accounts across universities, libraries, and blogs, helping to provide them with content and tools to aid job seekers. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys running, hiking, and searching for the perfect burrito.
My greatest joy is helping people make bold transitions in their professional and personal lives!