There are many exciting developments in the job market. Staying on top of the information about the latest trends helps you prepare during your job hunt. Knowing what to expect lets you target the position or company you want and move more quickly through the recruiting process.
Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first role or a seasoned professional seeking your next career move, these are some job search trends to pay attention to.
Point Out Your Work Experience
Employers are more interested in your previous experience than ever. Along with your diploma, certificates, and related education, managers want experienced candidates who need less time to be trained. If you’re a recent graduate, mention internships, volunteer experience, or part-time jobs where you performed tasks similar to what the job posting calls for. Include on your resume transferrable skills you picked up along the way.
Prepare for Remote Work
The number of roles offering remote work is on the rise. You may secure a position and be able to work from anywhere at least one day per week, if not completely. This can open up opportunities in other cities, states, and countries. You gain a greater work-life balance, which is vital to employee happiness.
Expect to Interact with Artificial Intelligence
You’ll most likely come across artificial intelligence (AI) in the initial stages of the recruitment process. AI typically sorts resumes and screens applicants for competency, job knowledge, and technical skills to determine which candidates get called for interviews. With biases removed from the recruiting process, applicants have a fairer opportunity to receive a job offer. Be sure to include in your cover letter and resume keywords from the job posting. This helps your application get past the applicant tracking system (ATS).
Look for Additional Benefits
Employers are offering additional benefits to attract and retain top talent. Transportation reimbursement, student debt repayment, paid medical leave, family planning services, and pet insurance, and other in-demand benefits are becoming popular.
Anticipate Finding a Job Through Social Media
Social recruiting is becoming more commonplace. Companies use their LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts to attract talent. Be sure you follow the companies you want to work for. Learn all you can about job openings and requirements. Find out about the culture and what a typical day may be like. Read employee reviews to see why people enjoy working there.