Top Job Search Trends For 2016

With each New Year come changes and new developments. Recruiting, hiring, and job seeking are certainly not immune to this. Everything from economic shifts, changing cultural attitudes to new technology can impact the way job seekers look for jobs and the way are recruited and hired. Here are a few of the biggest job search trends that are emerging in 2016.

Skill Set Trumps Education More Than Ever

Today, more hiring managers are skimming past the education portion of your resume, and spending more time examining your skill set. In fact, many hiring managers will hit ctrl F upon opening your resume so that they can find the keywords that match the skills they are focused on. The primary reason for this is that colleges are no longer the only option that people have when it comes to developing in demand skills. Online learning has virtually exploded with free and low cost courses being offered on a variety of subjects, especially technology. While many of these are offered through colleges and universities, there is no enrollment requirement.

Job seekers who need to update their skills should definitely look into MOOCs as an alternative to pursuing a degree.

Online Job Searching is Becoming Increasingly Mobile Friendly

Now that Google has modified its search algorithm to favor mobile friendly websites, employers are doing what it takes to ensure that their recruitment pages meet those criteria. This means job seekers will be able to do their job searching on the go. In addition to this, apps such as Jobr provide an almost Tindr like experience where you simply swipe left or right depending on whether a job opening interests you or not.

Companies who fail to update their recruiting websites will likely be ignored in favor of those who do.

Millennials will do More Hiring Than Ever

With the oldest millennials approaching their mid-thirties, it is becoming increasingly commonplace for millennials to be in middle and upper management positions. This, combined with the fact that so many millennials are opting to start and operate their own companies means that job seekers should expect to face millennials in the hiring process more and more.

Job seekers who are unfamiliar with the motivations and values of members of the millennial generation may want to bring themselves up to speed. The typical questions asked in interviews and the desired answers may begin shifting to reflect those traits.

Recruiters Will Use Video More Often

Recruiters and hiring managers have figured out that video is the perfect medium to not only provide details about a particular job, but also to give job seekers immediate insight into company culture, work environment, and values. In order to give these videos a realistic, in the moment feel, many of these videos are being shot on mobile devices. Job seekers find this attractive because it appeals to the desire to get a bit of an ‘unauthorized’ sneak peek.

Companies adopting the use of video in recruiting may see less turnover as new hires won’t be as likely to suffer from buyer’s remorse because they don’t fit in with the company culture.

More Companies and Jobseekers Are Embracing Digital Nomadism

Until recently, most digital nomads were freelancers who specialized in writing, tech consulting, web design, and other similar careers. The option of location independence simply was not available on a large scale to people in careers that require frequent contact and collaboration. Today, that is shifting quite a bit as new apps and tools are emerging that make long distance collaboration easier and more effective.

Companies who embrace digital nomadism may have to deal with some additional complexities when it comes to managing a remote workforce. However, if they can overcome those challenges, they open themselves up to a wider and much deeper pool of talent. Job seekers who have the self-motivation to succeed as location independent workers (for example, writers) will benefit from a wider selection of jobs once geography is no longer an issue.

Job Seekers Will Get Better Results From Participating in Talent Communities

Job seekers are frequently frustrated by the user experience on generic boards. They complain that the job descriptions lack detail, and that they must sift through too many irrelevant listings no matter what keywords they use. Because of this, talent communities are becoming a more popular job search resource than in years past. Talent communities are online communities of individuals with similar skills and career goals and the hiring managers who are interested in recruiting in that niche.

Both job seekers and hiring managers benefit because nobody’s time is wasted on poorly qualified candidates or throw away job listings.