The jobs market has been constantly evolving. In today’s post (25/03/2019) we take a look at trends involving how people get jobs, job hunting and being headhunted to name a few.
If you have been happily employed for the last 10-20 years, you would be in for a massive shock if you tried to look for a job these days. How people look for jobs, what’s required and what employers look for during interviews has all become more competitive.
- Finding Your Dream Job
Originally people had to personally know someone in the line of employment they were looking for. Or had to bump into someone who was well connected.
In the last 20 years online job postings were the next big thing. Not only were more postings available to a wider range of people, but more companies and locations become available. It was easier to see salary sizes, company sizes and locations too.
LinkedIn also replaced the need to be well connected in person. It provided an easy way to know people in your industry. Recently a new development and one that is new-year-new-markets certified are companies which connect employers with employees. One example is Empiric. They are the new middle man in getting the dream job.
- Transparency Is a Priority
2017 proved to be a popular year for whistleblowing at the largest companies. This might not seem completely relevant, but we ensure you, the spirit of transparency absolutely applies to finding a job.
A likely trend we will see in the coming years is, more business’ beginning to apply transparent hiring processes to allow potential employees to feel more aware and less in the dark during the hiring process.
It goes without saying, transparency therefore expected from candidates.Candidates who should be comfortable explaining their reasons for looking for a new job and the challenges they have faced in previous employment. And while lying in your resume was never exactly a best practice, it’s an especially poor decision to try that tactic given today’s climate.
- Being Well-Informed Is Crucial
Another recent trend is that employers are really looking for candidates who have researched the business and are up to date about the role, responsibilities and the industry they’re applying to work in.
One Glassdoor survey found that employers prioritised informed candidates above all others, and that being a high-quality candidate essentially means being an informed one. How does this translate? Use your application and resume to show how much you know about your industry and the job roles you’re applying for, and you’re more likely to see heightened interest in your applications.
- You Can Job Search (& Apply) Right on Your Phone
Yes, it can really be that simple. That means you can work on your job hunt while you’re standing in line at the grocery store or during your train commute. Five minutes here and there really add up, so this can work to your advantage if you’re searching for a job but have limited free time.
If you have your profile complete on Glassdoor, for example, you can utilise the Easy Apply feature, which allows you to submit an application without leaving the site or even uploading additional documents — a feature that isn’t available on all job sites. And research suggests that mobile job searching will be even hotter in the years to come. One 2015 Pew Research survey found that 28 percent of Americans have used their mobile phone for job searching.
- Last but not least, there are people on services like fiverr which you can pay to apply for jobs on your behalf. So if you really are wanting to be lazy about it, you have that option too. Although we recommend you don’t go this route, we can see why some people might.