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Oklahoma Job Market Changing, Leaving Employers in a Lurch

Oklahoma employers are feeling the sting of a tightening labor market.  Throughout the economic downturn, many employers adopted sluggish hiring patterns.  Those companies are losing out, says Oklahoma City native, Pam Fountain-Wilks of local recruiting agency Mosaic Personnel.

“If your competitors’ hiring processes outpace your own, you stand to lose the cream of the crop.”  As the economy improves, job candidates receive offers more quickly.  The best candidates are getting multiple offers simultaneously.

This is especially true, Fountain-Wilks says, for in-demand candidates like engineers, accountants and IT professionals. “With limited time to interview and several options on the table, these experts see no need to wait on slow hiring processes.”

Selective professionals who delayed career changes during the slow economy fuel the trend.  Traditionally, employers use the hiring process to evaluate candidates.  In a tight labor market, the opposite is true.  As candidates critically evaluate companies, they relate long hiring processes to slow decision-making.  This perceived stagnation may dissuade a candidate altogether.

Human resources professionals, whose recruitment and retention strategies prove pivotal for companies to keep pace, also find themselves in high demand.  Even tenured administrative specialists have more options, as executives court forward-thinking administrators to keep them organized.

Fountain-Wilks says this trend will only intensify as new businesses, like GE and Baker Hughes, move into the state.  “Businesses must adapt quickly,” she insists, “or the best talent will be working for their competition.”

About Mosaic Personnel

Founded in 1998, Mosaic Personnel has earned a 97.6% repeat business rate, and a solid reputation among Oklahoma City employers and job seekers. By finding and recruiting the most skilled professionals in the metro, Mosaic Personnel helps commercial and government employers grow their companies. They recruit for contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions, and focus within these specialty industries: IT, Engineering, Accounting and HR.

Company president, Pam Fountain-Wilks, was named the 2013 Oklahoma SBA Small Business Person of the Year, and was honored as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by the Journal Record. Mosaic Personnel has been listed on the Metro 50 list of fastest-growing companies six separate times, and the 2013 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US. For more information, please visit or call 405-858-8800.

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If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Pam Fountain-Wilks, please contact Michelle Hubble at 405-858-8800, ext. 112, or by email at

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