What is considered to be the norm for the workplace is harder and harder to define by the day, mostly because of the fast technological advancements that are changing our workplace environments as well as the process of finding and applying for a job. If you are looking to find a new job in the upcoming year, here are some predicted trends to keep in mind that can play into how and when you sign your next contract.
The best offers may come in when you are already employed.
If you are currently employed but are either searching for a new job or are open to one, you have the upper hand in the global market. As people commonly wait to find the right fit before signing a contract, in terms of corporate culture and the benefits, satisfaction levels at work are improving. At the same time, people are commonly willing to speak with a recruiter to see if another job and company could potentially be a better fit. To recruiters, these people are referred to as “passive candidates”. Since it is currently a job seeker’s market, the best offers may come when you already have a job.
Transparency is key.
Job seekers are now demanding more transparency from employers. Thankfully, employers are meeting these demands. Whether you want to know more about the company culture or compensations and benefits, getting answers to these questions can save the time of both you and the employer. Sometimes it is more beneficial to find out if a position is a good fit before spending more time and energy on the application process.
Social media is more important than ever.
Social media is more important (for finding a job) than it ever was before. Classic social media channels, such as LinkedIn, are a great way to network and express what you bring to the table beyond what a resume allows you to do. Some job seekers (depending on the industry) even use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to connect with potential employers, and if the connection is right it can often lead to a job interview. But it’s not necessarily all about the big social networks.
There are many other sites like uk.jobrapido.com, for example, that can be very helpful with finding a job. By using sites like this, you can reduce your stress levels and time invested into looking for job openings, and instead take advantage of the technology and let it provide you with job offers according to your preferences in terms of profession and location, which can be as broad as "all engineering jobs in the UK", to highly detailed searches for specific jobs in smaller cities like Dundee.
The hiring model is completely digital.
Though it used to be common to swing by an office and drop off your resume, nowadays everything is digital. Resumes are submitted online and preliminary screenings are often done prior to even starting the interview process (through submitted video recordings), while the initial interviews are often completed via webcam.
Your location might not be as important as it once was.
Employers used to be much more strict about the location of new hires. Now, they are happily offering more flexible options. In case you find a job that you are interested in but which is in a completely different location, dig a little deeper and you might end up finding the same job with the work-from-home possibility.
For those who are looking to find a job in 2017, working with (and understanding) these trends can make a big difference in your job hunt. Then it’s just a matter of finding the right fit!