Toy Industry Hiring Skyrockets!
Toy industry hiring has been skyrocketing. Yes, the economy is performing well again but the toy business is still very difficult and its gains will likely be much more muted than the economy at large. My best explanation for the hiring spike is that toy companies have kept very lean on employee count over the last couple of years so that now even a modest industry recovery means that they just can’t get the work done. Nobody is hiring hand over fist but everyone seems to need an extra pair of hands or two.
Congratulations to Jay, Charlie, Larry and the entire Playalong team. What they have done in four short years with talent, hard work, a modicum of luck and just being nice guys is nothing short of remarkable. It just goes to show you that, despite the tough industry environment, that the toy business is neither dead nor impossible. Although it looks like they’ll be continuing to run Playalong for three or four more years, I’m curious to see what they’ll be up to five or six years from now. They certainly could be lying on a beach somewhere (that’s what I’d be doing), but I suspect not. I bet they’ll take another successful run at building a business.
‘Til next time,
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Tom entered the recruiting business immediately after finishing at Drew University where he double majored in Economics and Sociology. He is the Founder and President of Toyjobs which have been the dominant toy recruiters since 1981.
He regularly fills senior and mid-level toy jobs in sales, marketing, product development and operations. No toy recruiters fill more toy jobs than Toyjobs. In 1996, Tom was admitted to The Pinnacle Society, a prestigious organization limited to 75 of the top independent executive recruiters in the country. He continues to be an active member and has twice served on the organization's board. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Pinnacle Society's Treasurer. He has also served on the Advisory board of Women in Toys, an organization promoting professionalism and career development for women in the toy industry.
Toyjobs is the only recruiting firm to be a member of the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Tom has written numerous articles on the toy industry, recruiting and employment issues and has been featured in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times and The Fordyce Letter. He is also the author and publisher of Toyjobs Executive Monthly, a highly regarded and widely read industry newsletter. Tom speaks frequently within his own industry on such topics as: becoming a better recruiter and recruiting ethics.