If you’re looking for a new job in 2017 here are a few trends to keep in mind:
It’s an Employee’s Market
The labor market is tight with unemployment lower than it’s been since 2007. We’ve been on the longest streak of positive job gains on record with 74 months of job growth. Now is a good time to be looking for your next job if you’re interested in a change in employment. Finding good candidates has become a difficult task for many employers which puts you, the job seeker, in the driver seat.
The Blended Workforce Gains Strength
Over the course of the last 5 years or so the gig economy has become a major trend. The ‘blending’ of freelancers or contractors working side by side with permanent employees is becoming more common. This is especially true for creative agencies and smaller companies where there tends to be a greater fluctuation in the amount of work needing to get done. Astudy exploring the gig economy found that 93% of companies already identify the blended workforce as they’re seeing freelance workers teaming up with employees to work on projects together. So, if you prefer a non-employee work status for greater flexibility you’re in a good spot.
Technology and the Application Process
From a technology perspective, resume screening using on-line questionnaires is growing in popularity, especially for high volume roles or where there is a stronger pool of candidates. Applications are increasingly being received and sent on smart phones and instant messaging, rather than emailing. This will of course continue to evolve as technology changes, but this is a big step from where we were just 5 years ago.