Sure, it might seem early to start making predictions about 2016 before we’ve even hit the holiday shopping season, but savvy job searchers know the value of staying on top of trends in the ever-evolving world of hiring and recruitment.
1. Millennials taking leadership
A new study from Upwork, the company created by the merger of Elance and oDesk, found out that 27% of millennials are managers, with 5% of them in senior management and 2% working as executives. The study also revealed that in 10 years’ time, 47% of millennials want to be managers or senior managers, 7% want to be executives, and 15% want to be business owners.
Even the tried-and-true professional services firm Ernst & Young reported that 59% of their managers — and 18% of their senior managers — are millenials.
As the ratio of companies’ employees continues to switch from predominantly older to predominantly younger, be prepared for the millenials-in-charge to profoundly alter their companies’ internal cultures and external communications. This will likely include your interactions with recruiters.
2. Data-based decision-making by recruiters
Almost every decision-making section of a company relies on data and metrics. The HR department will finally embrace this trend in 2016, when we’ll see more and more recruiters choosing data-driven hires over the instinctive assessment of candidates that was used in years past.
Recruiters will even be able to take advantage of impressive real-time and predictive analytics to support their hiring decisions.
What does this mean for you, dear job seeker? It means that if you aren’t offered an interview, you don’t have to take it personally. Instead, you can assume that the analytics algorithm wasn’t in your favor and tweak your resume for the next time.
3. Mobile recruitment
If the 2014 Jobvite survey is any indication, a majority of recruiters will use smartphones for everything from posting job listings and researching candidates to forwarding resumes to colleagues and contacting candidates.
So why not meet recruiters right where they’re hunting? Extend your job search to innovative digital technologies and make sure you have a presence on mobile platforms.
4. Hiring via social networking
In 2014, more than 70% of recruiters used social media to hire candidates, according to a Jobvite survey. That number will only continue to rise as recruiters use more and more social media platforms to create relationships with candidates.
Take your social networking seriously. Strive to add real value to the online communities you’re a part of. Share interesting articles, voice your opinions, and provide helpful answers to people who have questions.
Also, don’t be afraid to network with recruiters directly. They want to hear from you, and the people who are comfortable enough to reach out will be a step ahead of the social media wallflowers.
5. Facebook stalking and more
In 2016, the number of recruiters who don’t check candidates’ online profiles will probably be able to fit in New York City’s tiniest micro apartment.
Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration. The point is that almost every recruiter will be checking your online profiles to make sure the details there line up with your resume. They’ll also be looking for similarities among your various profiles. If they spot differences, they’ll be less likely to trust you and your qualifications.
Present a consistent brand across all your profiles. For example, use the same profile picture everywhere. But remember that casual photos aren’t appropriate for every company; the same goes for formal photos.
6. Companies will seek more outsourced talent
2016 will be the year when a major global shift in employment will pick up steam: More companies will start to look for outsourced talent in the form of consultants, freelancers, outside providers, and contractors.
This trend is a real opportunity if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at one of these independent positions. Market your professional experience to date as consulting or freelancing, and have a go in this new section of the job market.
7. Blogging to establish thought leadership
If you want to be recognized as a thought leader or key influencer in your industry, you must find a channel of expression, preferably a blog. Even LinkedIn has a special blogging platform that makes it easy for professionals to share their expertise and promote their personal brands.
Writing blog posts is a great way to drive more traffic to your LinkedIn profile. The beauty of this is that LinkedIn content usually ranks very high on Google, so by posting and sharing relevant and interesting articles full of keywords recruiters that look for, you’ll attract the attention of the whole industry — including hiring managers and business owners looking for fresh talent.
8. Passive recruitment numbers will rise
In 2016, recruiters will be more determined than ever to hunt for passive candidates. This means that even if you’re already working your dream job, you should be ready to jump ship if a great career opportunity presents itself at your doorstep.
Have your resume ready at all times, not just when you decide to quit your job and start looking for new opportunities. A resume that showcases your achievements and reflects your personal brand will serve as a crucial element in passive recruitment. After all, maybe someone is already checking your profile, and you just don’t know it yet.
9. Paying people to job search for you
It sounds surprising, but industry experts are convinced that 2016 will be the year of job search outsourcing. This means that an increasing number of job seekers will resort to hiring private services in their country (or even on an international scale) to manage aspects of the job search, such as company research, social media networking, and relationship management
10. Video recruitment
Companies have been using video in their recruitment process more and more, and 2016 will be no exception. In fact, this is the year when video recruitment will mature.
What does this mean for you? Two words: video resumes. If you want to create a video resume, find a way to sound authentic and original. Focus on one accomplishment and show in detail why it was challenging for you, what you did, and what the results were. Also, be sure to offer something different from other candidates.
When your video is complete, you can attach it to your LinkedIn profile, where it can further showcase your professional experience and personal brand.