Is Your Job Search (and Career) Prepared for 2014?

2014We’re not too far into the new year… this is still a great time for resolutions and setting goals we want to achieve in the coming year. It’s also a time for predictions regarding changes and trends we expect to materialize.

I have some predictions regarding the workforce, hiring and recruiting for this next year. (I also list some predictions from others that I found interesting. You’ll find them at the end of this post.)

Here are the noteworthy trends/predictions for 2014…

The Paper Resume Falls Flat

The boring paper resume has severe limitations. It is, however, still a requirement for ATS systems, so we’re stuck with it for some purposes. Think social resume. Think portfolio. Think Infographic. Think interactive! Visual content is on the rise! Create and master the art and science of using visuals.

Referrals Reign Supreme

We’ll continue to see a rise in referral hiring this year. Why? Because it is cost-effective and there are better systems and tools to keep track of referrals. This means, if you have plans to change jobs, you should invest in rekindling your contacts. This was my favorite post of 2013 from The New York Times “In Hiring, A Friend In Need Is A Prospect, Indeed.

Self Awareness Is Critical

Do you really know what your future employer is looking for? Just read the Career Advisory Board’s 2013 Job Preparedness Indicator and you see there’s a mis-match.  Analytical and strategic thinking are must-haves. So is breadth of abilities (think cross-functional). But it doesn’t stop there. From knowing how to create a vibrant community to mastering the art of small talk. Interpersonal communication (across all mediums) will be increasingly important! Be able to prove your success in smoozing and measuring engagement! Learn to tell your story and sell your ideas!

Multiple Income Streams Is the New Norm

Yes, we’ll probably continue to see down-sizing or right-sizing. We most definitely will not see an increase in hiring as we knew it. Contract and temporary hiring will increase. This means you’ll need to future-proof your income with side gigs or creative ways to generate income. Check out CareerBuilder’s Job Forecast for 2014.

You Are Already Thinking Local

The virtual workforce and buying local will continue influence how and where people work. We don’t need to move according to this Princeton study. We are more likely to find opportunities in our own backyard, or create our own opportunities. Quality of life is important to the Boomers and Gen Y, the two largest generations of our population.

More Predictions You Should Review

Everyone has their own spin/angle! So, I encourage you to read some of these predictions I found to be interesting and/or thought-provoking.

Getting caught flat-footed, without a network or current understanding of today’s recruiting techniques and trends wastes time and cuts confidence. If you have just one resolution for the new year, make it about increasing your understanding of how to manage your career and future job hunt!

 

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HannahAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!

 

 

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