Six New Job Search Trends for the New Year

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With every New Year comes new trends in the way job searches are conducted and the way employers are recruiting. If one of your goals for 2016 is to find a new job, or if you’re in the middle of a job search that has carried over into the New Year, here are a few trends to keep in mind. 

Location isn’t as much of a factor when it comes to hiring. A flexible workplace is a valuable benefit to employees, and employers are realizing this in increasing numbers. Working remotely continues to grow in popularity as more employers realize that location doesn’t negatively impact productivity and it increases employee satisfaction. Many companies are designing positions that can be filled remotely, a trend that benefits employers by increasing their candidate pool and benefits job seekers by providing new opportunities that are not limited by their geographic location. 

Traditional resumes are no more. Online resumes and applications have taken over and gone are the days of adjusting fonts and spacing to get your resume perfectly formatted. Now, you should spend your time keeping your resume up to date and consider storing it in the cloud so you have access to it from multiple devices and can use it to submit an application no matter where you are.

Cover letters are changing, too. No one has the time or patience to read through the traditional cover letter anymore- a text-heavy page full of paragraphs where you introduce yourself, explain why you like the position, why you think you’d be a good fit for the position, and then summarize your resume. Today you need to keep it short and to the point. With online applications taking over, you may not even be provided enough space for a cover letter when submitting an application. Employers don’t want to have to do a lot of scrolling, either, when reading through your cover letter. Keep it short and to the point: You want the job. You’re a good fit. Here’s why.

There is a continued increase in the use of mobile devices. In addition to using mobile devices as networking tools through social media, job seekers are moving their searches into mobile applications as well. While more job seekers are looking and applying for jobs using mobile devices as a matter of convenience, more employers are becoming aware of this trend and are making their job advertisements and applications more mobile-friendly.

Talent communities are on the rise. Made up of people with shared interests, talent communities connect people who are interested in collaborating in discussions to share ideas or build a network. Joining a talent community and becoming an active member will help get you recognized among hiring managers or recruiters as well as other members who may be able to help in your job search.

Employee referrals are becoming a more popular way for companies to find new hires. What does this mean for you? Network, network, network! Instead of focusing your energy searching through job boards and having no real connection to the places you’re applying to, spend your time cultivating relationships you have with others who know you are a qualified candidate and could lead you to your next position.

The New Year can be the start of many new and exciting things. If getting a new job is one of your goals for 2016, staying on top of the latest trends will help give you an edge in making your search as successful as possible.