Job Advice

7 Things to Know About the Indy Job Market Right Now

Greta Cline, CFO
Greta Cline
Partner, CFO/COO
October 6, 2021

Indy Job Market

Indianapolis has a job market that has been growing in recent years, with projections to continue growing. And That’s Good HR is here to help with your job search, whether you’re looking for an entry-level position or a new career after years of experience. We’ve lived and played in the Hoosier capital for more than 20 years, so we’re on the side of job seekers like you navigating the Indy job market right now!

1. Indy has seen job growth in recent years

Indy has seen a lot of job growth over the last several years, especially in the industries of tourism, technology and healthcare. At That’s Good HR, we primarily focus on placements for healthcare, administrative, customer service, HR and accounting. And we offer job seekers options in their assignments, like temp, temp-to-hire and direct hire placements, with benefits and insurance offered by us too. 

2. Indy is popular for new grads

Indianapolis has a number of local colleges and universities, and the city is popular for new graduates from all over. With walkable areas like downtown and Broad Ripple and a growing job market for all experience levels, young people continue to flock to Indy. That’s Good HR has helped many new grads discover the right career for them, by offering exploration in a variety of different fields and positions. 

Said one former candidate Jessica Jordan, “With That’s Good HR, I have worked in Healthcare, IT, Retail, and Construction. The companies I worked with were great, and I really enjoyed my coworkers. My happiness with an opportunity was equally important to TGHR as the employer’s happiness.”

3. Indy outperforms other areas in the state

At the end of 2020, it was estimated by the Indiana Business Review that job output in the Indy, Carmel and Anderson area would “likely be up between 3% and 4% during 2021, and employment will grow by about 70,000 jobs.” The Indy job market has outperformed other areas in the state for many years, and continues to do so even despite the pandemic, with a number of open positions consistently available on our TGHR job board

4. Indy’s labor market is strong nationally

In a spring report from The Wall Street Journal, Indy had the fourth-strongest labor market among large metropolitan areas in the U.S. And in an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indy Chamber Chief Executive Officer Michael Huber praised the variety of fields as a major attraction for job seekers: “Indianapolis has got a growing tech sector. Indianapolis has got a growing life sciences [and] advanced manufacturing sector and a lot of people, particularly young people, I think are reevaluating their life choices and asking, ‘Is it worth it to incur the expense to be in a New York or to be in a San Francisco?'”

5. Indy’s cost of living is low

Incurring the expense of a larger city is a big reason to choose Indianapolis instead. Our city was ranked #12 in the Cheapest Places to Live in the U.S. News & World Report, and our cost of living is 2% below the national average according to Forbes. When you start to establish a career in Indianapolis, you can afford more for not just yourself, but for your family (or future family) as well. 

6. Indy’s unemployment rate is lower than average

Also according to the U.S. News & World Report, the national average unemployment rate in 2020 was 8.1%, but here in Indy, that number was just 6.6%. This low unemployment rate helps contribute to our high overall rankings in not just the category of “Best Places to Live” but “Best Places to Retire” as well. 

7. That’s Good HR has extensive experience with Indy jobs

Our award-winning firm was founded in 2000, meaning that we can offer our job seekers more than 20 years of experience with job placements right here in Indianapolis. We know the Indy job market inside and out, and we work with some of the best employers in the city to match top local talent to top local jobs. If you want to know more about the current Indy job market and how our personal and authentic staffing approach can work for you, contact us today at 317-469-4141 to learn more. 


Soak Up the Sun in Indy this Summer

June 6, 2019

That’s Good HR focuses on staffing the local Indianapolis area, which means we work local, live local and most importantly love to play local! Summer is the perfect time to get out and experience all that Indy has to offer!  There’s no shortage of festivals in Indy during the summer months and here’s where you’ll find our staff hanging out and soaking up summer.

Lindsey Curtis never misses the Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. If homemade pizza, spaghetti sauce, cannoli and cheesecake sound good to you, then mark your calendar for June 14 and 15 from 5 – 11 p.m. The best part about this festival (besides the food) is admission and parking are free!

What’s the “best day ever” for Tiffany Moore?  It’s Carmel Fest on July 4.  She loves the parade, the food AND the fireworks. The celebration kicks off this year on July 3 and features a kids zone, talent show, 4.5 mile run – not to mention a plethora of vendors and food.

Greta Cline spends a week every summer relishing in the fun at the Boone County Fair – you’ll find her July 20-26 at The Fair Shake serving up grilled cheese, milkshakes and more!

All summer long you can find Ashley Paramoure hanging out at free concerts, eating ice cream, and riding bikes with her kids on the Monon Trail. Free summer fun concerts can be found in Indy at Holliday Park, Eagle Creek Park, Garfield Park and downtown on the Canal at the Indiana History Center and Eiteljorg Museum – click here for a full list.

For more ideas on how to celebrate summer in Indy check out this list of 100 things to do this summer compliments of Indy’s Child or Thrillist’s list of cool things to do in Indy. For a robust list of summer festivals, Downtown Indy has them all lined-up for you!

Tell us…what’s your favorite way to celebrate summer in Indy?


Tips for a Successful Indy 500

Kate Stephens
May 24, 2018

It’s May and Memorial Day weekend is around the corner.  If you live in Indianapolis, you know what that means – it’s time for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.  Getting ready for the Indianapolis 500 is just like getting ready for a job interview – it’s imperative that you are prepped and ready to go!  Here’s our tips to get you race ready:

  • Wear comfy shoes. There’s a surprising amount of walking to watch cars drive around a track. You’ll be sporting your shoes all day, so make sure you chose comfort over fashion.
  • Bring sunscreen. Even if race day is overcast, you’ll still risk getting burnt being outside all day. Make sure to pack it with you so you can re-apply during the festivities.
  • Pack snacks. You can bring a small cooler into the race with you – size 18″ by 14″ by 14″. You’ll be so happy when your munching on a sandwich watching the cars whiz by. One thing you cannot pack = glass containers.
  • Bring a radio or radio headset. Quick jump over to Amazon and prime yourself a headset with an FM radio in it so you can hear all the action as it happens.  What happens if there’s a crash on the back stretch and you’re sitting in Turn 1? You’ll be the most popular person in your section when you give everyone around you the scoop from your headset.
  • Plan your parking. Hopefully if you are headed to the race, when you bought your tickets you also bought a parking pass. If not, fear not, there are plenty of places to park, but leave with PLENTY of time to get there.  Prepare for traffic to be like driving in the slow lane on 465 in rush hour traffic.  Other transportation options include race day shuttle buses or you could bike to the 500.
  • Pack your patience. It may be slow heading to the Speedway, but it will definitely be slow as you leave. Use the time to tailgate after the fun, see the winner and ceremonies and soak up the final minutes before next year!

After your race day fun – take the next day off.  We will too as TGHR offices will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.  We’ll back in action on Tuesday – well rested from a great race!


Summer Fun in Indy 2017

Staci Upmeyer
June 29, 2017

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Indy, and its surrounding areas, is full of special events, outdoor dining options and ways to experience the arts! With so many choices, you have no excuse to not go out and live it up this summer. We’ve rounded up some local seasonal happenings and destinations hand-picked for you!

    1. Fresco Italian Café on the Canal. Experience outdoor, casual dining along the canal. Enjoy Italian fare like pasta and sandwiches plus to-die-for sweet treats. Perfect place for a romantic date night. 310 W. Michigan St.
    2. Indianapolis Jazz in the Park. Enjoy the smooth styles of both touring and local jazz musicians as you relax in a serene outdoor setting. Mark your calendars for July 9 and August 13. Watkins Park, 2360 Dr. MLK Jr. St. Family friendly and free.
    3. Art of Wine. Live music, wine tasting, art abound at this one-of-a-kind festival. July 15, 5-10 p.m. in the Carmel Arts & Design District. $15 wine-tasting for the 21+ crowd.
    4. Arts for All Fest. Stroll through the gallery and enjoy artwork from local Hoosiers at this mid-week festival. July 26, 4-7 p.m. at Artmix Studio and Gallery, located inside the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St. Family friendly and free.
    5. Indiana Microbrewers Festival. Sample 100+ Hoosier microbreweries plus local food, vendors, and entertainment in Military Park in White River State Park. July 29, 3-7 p.m. $10-60.
    6. Devour Indy. Sample a three-course, value-priced menus from more than 200 restaurants around town.  Grab your friends and make plans for August 21-September 3.  Pro tip: make reservations at your preferred place!
    7. Wide Eyed Music Festival. Explore the eclectic sounds of local musicians, featuring a wide range of styles and bands from rock to big band. July 28-29 at Fountain Square Brewery, 7-11:30 p.m. $7-18.
    8. Carmel Porchfest. It’s the ultimate porch party! Stroll along and hear a variety of musical acts from acoustic to rock performed live on neighborhood porches in the Carmel Arts & Design District. September 17, 1-5:30 p.m. Family friendly and free.
    9. IndyFringe Festival. The Mass Ave theater district comes alive with a diverse line up of live theater during this annual festival. Be entertained by music, magic shows, Shakespeare, live animals and more. August 17-27, Various times. $15 adults, $12 students, and $8 children 12 and under.
    10. Brics, Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station. Sundaes, shakes, malts, and more. Pile on the toppings or fill up a waffle cone. Indoor seating is available, but for the best seat in the house, grab an outdoor table and people watch on the Monon. Or take a stroll yourself! 901 E. 64th St.

    One thing’s for sure, Indy offer no shortage of summer fun. Art, music, food, and more are waiting for you this season. And while our passion is placing people in the right job, summer is a great time enjoy life outside of work. Go play!