Hiring lately has been happening everywhere and at a fast pace. Manufacturers are taking orders and hiring production, operations and engineering people; retail and service businesses are hiring, too. The employment agency where I spend my time sees new jobs every day. Good times.
If you want to know why you got a new position and the guy next to you did not, here’s the answer: I wanted to hire you.
I wanted to hire you because you called me and asked about the job. You followed my instructions about applying online, and you followed up with a very brief message to let me know you were ready for next steps.