Career Advice

Job Trends To Look For In 2018

Hired People December 13, 2017

We live in a fast-paced, high-tech world where social media is used to find goods, services, dates and jobs. Aside from the ever-changing economy, employment rate and job trends, it's worth mentioning how getting hired is changing. Not too long ago, you either looked in a newspaper or you applied online for a specific job from a company that was hiring right now.

So What's Changing In 2018?

Perhaps not changing dramatically, but definitely evolving. For example, while it's been quite some time since people opened up the paper to look for a job, using online services to search for employers is still the norm. Today, though, it's less about scrolling for open positions and more about positioning yourself as a prime candidate for employers who may be searching for you.

Keeping your resume up-to-date and concise is important, but it's just as important to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is strong, current and contains keywords that enable you to be found by potential employers and colleagues.

One interesting trend is employers looking for potential candidates before they even need them.

What Kind Of Jobs Are Growing?

Jobs in the health field are always growing, but now more than ever there is a need for more preventative and holistic care. Physical therapists are in high demand, as are massage therapists and home health aides.

Construction is booming, and as always tech jobs are plentiful.

When it comes to benefits, more and more employees are looking for flexibility. Employers who offer remote positions or partial remote positions, or offer generous vacation time or flexible workweeks are highly sought-after as more and more people are choosing time freedom, often over salary.

It's more important than ever to be visible, to have a professional online presence and to be sure you are prepared to pitch your skills to potential employers at a moments notice.