Fortune

There’s one group, ironically, that hasn’t quite adjusted to the nation’s recent hiring surge. No, it’s not the Federal Reserve—it’s your human resources department. According to figures from career data tracker DHI Group, 27.8 days are now needed to fill an open position in the U.S. That’s the longest it’s ever taken, according to their records, which go back to January, 2001.

As unemployment continues to fall, job seekers are realizing they hold the cards when deciding to make a change. According to recruiting firm MRI Networks, 90% of recruiters now believe the leverage lies in the candidate’s corner when considering a new position. That’s quite a jump from 54% in the second half of 2011.

“The power has shifted from the company to the candidate,” says John Sullivan, a professor of management at San Francisco University. “They now have choices.”

With many HR departments slow to react to…

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