How can companies compete for talent in a highly competitive job market? As the U.S. economy continues to add hundreds of thousands of new hires each month, the pool of candidates continues to shrink. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 151,000 in August, and the unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment continued to trend up in several service-providing industries. In a previous edition, we learned about the conditions of the job market in 216 from the perspective of professional recruiters.