We’re a month into the new year—and many job seekers are already deep into their hunt for a new job. But not all are aware of what hiring trends are on the horizon. From increased remote work opportunities to rethinking the importance of having a college degree, learn about these hiring trends for 2019, according to Fast Company.
Job seekers may be tested before an interview
Imagine that you apply for a job, and after a few interviews, are asked to take a series of tests. Typical, right? Well, in 2019, more job candidates might be asked to take tests—such as personality, functional, or writing exams—before they get to interview with a potential employer. That way, it saves both employers and candidates time, energy, and frustration to go through the entire job interview process only to find out that they lack the skills in order to do the job.
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More candidates might be vetted virtually
Forget about multiple in-office interviews to meet with a prospective boss. Qualified candidates might be invited to interview with companies virtually to start. For remote positions, this makes sense, but this hiring trend will also apply to in-office positions, too. This is a win-win situation for both you as a job seeker and employers as well, since it will save you time (and money) commuting in for interviews. Plus, having a virtual interview can help you determine if you really want to work for the company without investing too much emotionally in a job that might not be right for you.
Social media may become the new way to recruit
By now, you probably know that your LinkedIn profile can be a key contributor to helping you attract the eye of a hiring manager. But what about your other social media profiles? The vast majority of employers research potential candidates by perusing their online profiles, so it’s important to make sure that yours are as professional as possible. In 2019, though, more employers will actually be using social media as a way to attract new talent—and not just a way to dig for some dirt on a would-be new hire. So be on the lookout for employers who use social media as a method in which to find their next new hire.
Competition will likely increase
While low unemployment rates are a sign of a healthy economy, it also means that there could be greater competition in the workplace. That can be a good thing, though, as increased competition means that employers will have to think outside the box to find the best talent possible. They’ll most likely turn to the usual suspects that many job seekers are looking for, such as offering a competitive salary, great benefits, and flexible work options to attract fresh talent. A new trend for 2019 will be to also offer the non-financial factors that job candidates want, such as a strong company culture, mentorship, skills development, and other certifications that can make them more marketable in the future.
Take up the tech
If you thought that you didn’t have to worry about tech because your job isn’t technically a “tech job,” think again. Almost every job has some component of tech involved in it, and those who learn how to handle tech might fare better than others. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 69% of employers said that every job is a tech job. So being adept in a wide variety of tech skills will allow candidates to be more competitive and be able to apply for many different types of jobs.
Companies might begin to care more about potential than degrees
Sure, having a sweet degree might make your resume seem a little shinier, but according to experts, it might not help you snag a job. In fact, it’s predicted that employers will care more about what a potential candidate could do rather than what school they graduated from (if they did at all). With a push towards competency-based training, employers will invest in employees by offering opportunities to improve skills and mentor them to bring out their best right away, rather than waiting months or years after they’ve been hired.
This article originally appeared on FlexJobs.