I have been a recruiter for 14 years with the last four spent working solely with O&P private practices, manufacturers, and distributors. Recruiting in general is like riding a roller coaster with the up and down market fluctuations also affecting hiring and employment. But O&P recruiting and hiring patterns during the last quarter of 2012 through this point in 2013 have been particularly difficult to predict due to external pressures on businesses including the uncertainties associated with a presidential election, Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits, and healthcare reimbursement. It began with an abnormal decrease in hiring for the last quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013; several of our firm’s clients put hiring freezes in place. Once the dust had settled and companies were ready to hire, however, we saw an exponential increase in accepted job offers of 42 percent from the first to second quarter of 2013. We had more O&P professionals get job offers in the second quarter of this year than we’ve had quarterly in the last four years.