It’s a new year, and perhaps you’re looking to find a new job or career path. You’re doing your initial research because you’ve been out of the job market for quite some time — or you’re just beginning. And it’s a good time to do it, according to a CareerBuilder report cited by Fast Company which reports that 78 percent of hiring managers expect hiring to increase in the first half of 2016 from the second half of 2015. And you probably should be cognizant of trends in the hiring process in the coming year, whether that means hiring managers are completely nixing the resume or a putting a stronger focus on soft skills.
Here’s an effectively curated list of hiring trends you’re going to want to know in 2016.
1. Soft skills will matter a whole lot more
A growing emphasis on soft skills shouldn’t surprise you. More than ever, businesses are finding that personal touch is what separates them from the rest of the pack. Sales members and business development professionals are more likely to close the sale after developing strong relationships with their clients, only necessary with the knowledge of how to treat people. Humanity fosters creativity, something that is indispensable in today’s competitive landscape.
Video will also play a significant role in highlighting a candidate at a personal level. As the Fast Company article says,
“For recruiters, platforms such as HireVue can accelerate the interview process. For example, Jim Oddo, the senior vice president of HR at Frontier is in charge of hiring over 1,000 new employees and took the “video-first” approach to vetting talent. So far, it’s given Frontier access to talent pools that are marginalized by traditional hiring methods, such as veterans. Frontier increased veteran hiring from 7% to 10.4% using digital interviewing.”
A likely consequence of this is that jobs not requiring strong “human” skills will be automated, and no longer exist. As this Fast Company article states:
“Hiring for potential and culture is becoming more important that hiring for experience and skill set.”
2. It’s who you know
Dawn Rasmussen, president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, makes the bold but inevitable claim that, with the volume of job applicants, it’s going to come down to your existing professional and personal relationships. People are always going to hire someone they know over someone they don’t know.
As Rasmussen puts it:
“At the end of the day, you can try and go through the ‘front door’ of formally applying online, but people hire who they know. That’s where a cultural and chemistry fit happens.”
This is also why LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends report for 2016, the result of surveying 4,000 talent decision-makers, stated employee referrals will grow in the long-term. Above all though, social professional networks stole the #1 spot for finding quality candidates, with job boards taking #2.
What does this all mean? Informal conversations will become a must. Strive for quality connections where your job search may not even be the topic of conversation. Build a relationship with the company first. Those conversations will often be more revealing for both you and a potential employer.
3. Location, location, location… doesn’t matter
Working remotely is all the rage nowadays. But it’s actually great because it allows you to expand your job search to other remote work opportunities. It’s also going to be important for employers that have multiple locations and wouldn’t be able to decide where you’d be based from the get go. That added flexibility puts you at top of mind. In a world where people are highly mobile, this trend is sure to persist.
4. Social media will have a purpose for both sides
On the company-side, hiring managers are going to be able to see your social media profiles and paint a better picture of who you are. In some ways, this isn’t new.
What IS new is increased transparency from employees at companies for whom you want to work. LinkedIn and Glassdoor, for example, will allow job seekers to gauge company culture aside from the description companies include in the job posting. Even Twitter and Facebook will serve as platforms that paint of picture of working at a company, whether it’s about how they treat their customers or, more illuminating, how they treat each other.