It’s a new year and there are plenty of new opportunities to look into and resolutions to be made. If changing jobs is in your future, it’s a good idea to be aware of the ever changing job search trends.
If you’ve been out of the job seeker game for a while or need to brush up on the job market, career expert Hannah Morgan of U.S. News & World Reports shares some job search trends to be aware of in 2016.
Look into careers with mobile, analytics, automation, and/or health care technology as these industries will continue to grow. While there are areas of decline within the tech sector, there is plenty of room for tech innovation within the industries mentioned. Anything in healthcare related will continue to flourish due to America’s aging population.
College degrees are still an essential part of landing a job according to Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite “as time goes on, we will see increased acceptance of grads from modest, more inexpensive schoolswho have the key skills needed.” Essentially this means, you have more control over developing your skills. Take some online classes and intern when you can to build the skills necessary to land the right job.
Broaden your job search reach by joining talent communities. These “interactive discussions between human resources, employees and potential employees where real questions get asked and answered,” as Morgan writes are often accessible via mobile and provide a better user experience for job seekers while staying up-to-date on new opportunities. More importantly, companies using talent communities are seeing better hiring results, in a shorter amount of time. Two examples of established talent communities are Dice for IT professionals and Mediabistro for communications professionals.
Mobile job search solutions are continuing to grow for job seekers. We rely on our phones to stay connected so it’s only expected to see mobile job seeker apps continue to grow. Apps like Jobr and Switch mirror the dating app Tinder, where you can swipe through jobs of interest. These apps cater to more of “the instant-gratification generation” but as more become available, apps will be used throughout the general population.
Another popular trend is “virtual work.” More companies are embracing the virtual workforce and offering flexible job options. Geography is becoming less of a factor now that technology is available for many people to work remotely.
The best thing you can do for your career is to stay up-to-date on job search trends and research as much as you can about the field you’re interested in. Good luck and happy New Year!