While the world’s politics and technologies are always advancing and transforming our job markets, now is a particularly interesting time. Workers rights are being challenged; different industries are being championed; and with the current changes due to Trump’s tax plan, making a true middle-class living is becoming less possible. Additionally, the last 15 years have seen social media take shape in a way that airs people’s lives out for everyone to see.
With these cultural shifts come adaptive practices within the workforce and job market. Technology is a changing part of most job descriptions, which makes it an important part of the interview process as well. And with the changing political climate, it’s possible that employers will try to stifle you on benefits as a new hire.
These shifts lead to different trends in the interview and hiring process. Employers adapt practices to their culture and the legislation affecting their own operations, and they influence their peers within their respective industries to do the same. This can cause different industries to thrive over others. If you’re on the job hunt, it’s important to know what these trends are and to stay on your toes.
It’s important to stay aware of the industries that need new blood in their workforce. For instance, the public health industry is experiencing work shortages due to the increasing amount of people aging into retirement who will soon be entering care facilities. So if you’re interested in medical work, now may be a good time for you to explore that field.
Additionally, with the aforementioned digital age changes, jobs are opening up to work within this new technological paradigm. Search engine optimization (SEO) which you may have heard referred to as SEO, is a relatively new digital marketing that works to ensure companies are found by potential customers through search engines. Because of the digital age, a lot of companies are competing for the top results on search engines; otherwise they may get drowned in the sea of their countless competitors.
Now, these are just a couple examples, and none of this is to defer from the fact that the millennial struggle is real, even when young adults are entering STEM fields and setting themselves up for success. It can be difficult to get a job even in a field that’s hiring.
If you don’t use technology to connect with your potential employers, you are completely underutilizing our culture’s most available asset. For one, technology allows for more networking opportunities than ever before. Two easy ways you can take advantage of this are through connecting with potential employers on LinkedIn and engaging with companies on social media.
It goes beyond this, however. While companies are now generating leads through their live chat systems, there may be a pathway between employers and soon-to-be employed in the same way. It’s important to use tools like this and always keep your eyes open for something that may come up, because you never know what corner you’ll get an opportunity from.
Additionally, it pays to discover a way for you to make a name for yourself — even if it’s small — in the industry you want to be a part of before you even start working there. A popular way of doing this is through guest posting, a practice that involves you sharing knowledge and information across other people’s blogs in your field. Through this, you’ll gain traffic to your own website, network with industry professionals, and earn credibility within the job market you want to make a mark in.
It’s important, however, that you make an in-person reputation for yourself as well. If industry heads within your area aren’t hiring, try reaching out to them about informational interviews in order to learn what professionals look for in new hires and to network with them. Lastly, any local conference or event that you can attend within your industry is worth going to for the purpose of meeting new people and creating recognition for yourself.
There’s always new blood in the job market, with people coming out of school or previous jobs, and a lot of this new blood is eager to learn and make a name for themselves. All of these options can be overwhelming for hiring committees who get sometimes hundreds of resumes per day. As a result, some have been looking internally for recruitment suggestions. Often, the best hiring resources for them are the people who know the job best.
That said, employee referrals are becoming increasingly popular among employers looking for new hires. This is because the people who work the jobs often come from communities that possess similar skill sets and hobbies. At the very least, they may have former classmates who went to school for the same programs.
So if you know anyone who works somewhere you might want to join, don’t be afraid to reach out. Employee referrals often get hired faster on good faith, which could be a great opportunity for you. However, make sure to not let down your new employer if you do get hired. Give it your best — tackling the job half-heartedly will look bad for both you and your friend who referred you.
The Best Benefits
Within the Trump administration, benefits we took for granted are being challenged more than ever. This isn’t necessarily new — generally speaking, the United States as a nation has some work to do before they can truly say they champion worker’s rights and benefits. But without proper regulation and legislation, employers have more agency to take advantage of their employees. Currently, the progress we could be making is under attack by the administration.
There is, however, a lot of power in the employer’s hands, which means you need to be on the lookout for an understanding employer. Companies are increasingly listening to the requests of workers on important benefit issues. For instance, there are medical facilities that offer tuition reimbursement for new nurses as well as their children — before pay is even discussed! And with the limit on contributions to retirement funds being raised recently, it’s possible to find an occupation with understanding higher-ups who want to help you contribute to these funds as much as possible.
But on the other hand, there have been strong efforts against unions recently. And in the name of the “free market,” there have been pushes against legislation that were originally put in place to halt employers from taking advantage of their workers. So it’s important to discuss benefits during the interview process, because corporations may soon be able to get away with some pretty shady actions if this administration gets their way.
Understanding what direction the job market is headed should be major for you in a job search, and understanding what you need out of it is equally important. Knowing how companies are looking for new hires and using the resources at your fingertips is necessary, and knowing what you need out of an employer as well is always a good thing.
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