So if youa��re among the 40% of workers who are actively looking for a new position or planning to hunt in 2017, here are some things that will play into how you find and land that new job.
YOU MIGHT GET YOUR BEST JOB OFFERS WHEN YOUa��RE NOT LOOKING
In a job market that favors the seeker, the old adage that ita��s best to look for a job when you already have one has never been more true. According to aA�LinkedIn report, 85% of peoplea��known in HR parlance as a�?passive job seekersa�?a��are employed and satisfied with their position. Yet nearly half (45%) say theya��d be willing to talk to a recruiter about a potential opportunity.
If youa��re among this group of not-so-active seekers and have tech talent, there are a burgeoning number of platforms designed to help connect you with your next job. The likes of Woo, Jobr, Switch, and Anthology let employed workers post what it would take to get them toA�switch jobs anonymously. That includes requests forA�flex work, relocation, and the size of theA�company, in addition to salary and benefits requirements.
EXPECT TO TAKE ASSESSMENTS
According to theA�Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 13% of U.S. employers utilize personality assessments. About 2.5 million peopleA�take the Meyers-Briggs testA�each year, and ita��s used by 89 of the Fortune 100 companies. Nick Shaw, managing director of CEB Talent Assessment for the U.K. and Ireland, says that cognitive and behavioral assessments are designed to find the right person with the right skills that will best fit into an organizationa��something thata��s in the candidatea��s best interest, too, because therea��s nothing worse than learning that yourA�a�?dreama�? job is actually a nightmare.
Shaw recommends trying to be as open and honest as possible to avoid creating the illusion that youa��ll fit in if you wona��t. a�?In advance of an interview process, candidates should reflect on successful outcomes that they have achieved, the behaviors they demonstrated, and how these relate to the role for which they have applied,a�? Shaw says. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the test, and practice similar questions in advance to ensure that they are not fazed under the time pressure of the test, he advises.
CONSIDER CAREER COACHING OR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
a�?In 2017, we predict a rise in pre-hire coaching and skills development as employers and people look to find the perfect fit,a�? says Jonas Prising, chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup. The company currently partners with LearnUp, a pioneering pre-hire coaching platform, to help get entry-level candidates work ready.
a�?This approach toA�coaching people into roles rather than screening them out offers short online assessment, coaching, and real-life scenarios connected to open positions,a�? he explains.A�a�?Ita��s a win-win, helping individuals develop important skills and matching employers to ready-to-succeed workers who start strong, develop skills, and stay longer.a�?
EXPECT TO RELY (EVEN MORE) ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Seventy-nine percent of job seekers use social media in their job search. This figure jumps to 86% forA�younger job seekers who are in the first 10 years of their careers,A�.
LinkedIn may seem like the obvious choice, but dona��t just farm your first-degree connections. Data from the platform suggests that a�?weak connectionsa�? can be key. Thata��s because people are more likely to be referred for jobs by theirA�second- and third-degree connections. Similar findings came out of aA�study of Facebook users.
And therea��s a lot to be said for applying for a job using aA�creative approach on Snapchat. Last summer, we reported on how one college student landed a coveted spot at a media agency, simply by doing his homework and crafting a clever geofilter for the company.
EXPECT TO INTERACT WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
AI is becoming more prevalentA�in all areas of our work this year. So ita��s no surprise that advancements in machine learning and chatbots are going to play a part in the job search. For example,A�Mya is a chatbotA�that walks candidates through the application process and a�?helpsa�? them get better positioned for making it to the interview stage. Mya asks questions about the applicanta��s experience and gives them a chance to sell themselves in a way that just providing their resume doesna��t.
LOCATION MIGHT NO LONGER HOLD YOU BACK
As weA�discovered last year, where you are located isna��t necessarily a deal breaker for an employer anymore. So plan to cast the net wider when job hunting. As FlexJobs recently revealed byA�cross-referencing the listA�of U.S. News List of 100 Best Jobs with employer listings in its database, more than half (56) of the jobs listed regularly offer flexible work options.
Positions included everything from accounting to administrative assistant, art director to biochemist. Health care jobs such as pharmacist and anesthesiologist were included, as were tech positions such as IT manager, software developer, and information security analyst.