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6 Tips About How To Source Passive Candidates

If you are a recruiter or works in the staffing industry, I’m sure you know that passive candidates are usually the best candidates. But passive recruiting is often easier said than done. You’ll have[...]

November 13, 2018

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Job Search Trends for 2018 (And What They Mean for Recruiters)

If you’ve been in the recruiting game for a while, you may have noticed that the job market starts to buzz this time of year. Statistics show that January is the most popular month for job hunting. It’s a great time to look at job trends from the previous year and make some predictions as to where they’ll be going in the future. What does this mean for you, recruiters? Keep reading, and you’ll find out.

Blockchain, Hashtags, and Hurricane Relief – Interesting Finds From New Job Search Study

Thanks to awesome technology like big data, gaining insight into the job market isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Today, we can look at everything from general industry information to specific search terms to find out what kinds of jobs people are after. And that’s exactly what a recent Indeed study did. By aggregating data from millions of searches, they were able to analyze job search trends not just in the United States, but across the globe. Let’s take a look at some of the findings:

  • In the United States, work-from-home searches are up by 385%. In India, “work-from-home” is the most popular job search term. Canada, Ireland, and Germany also ranked work-from-home jobs among their most popular. Clearly, flexibility in the workplace is a priority these days.

  • “No experience required” is up by an impressive 1140% in the U.S., which might indicate a strong labor market. Millennials are ready to get out there and get to work!

  • Tech jobs still top the charts in many countries, including the U.S., Canada, and India. Other countries are more specific about their tech terminology, like the U.K., where “blockchain” is the most popular search term.

  • Hurricane relief was the most popular job search trend in the United States. Obviously, this was in response to the devastating storms we had across the country this year, though it might also hint at a larger trend of job-seekers wanting to work for employers with charitable cultures.

  • The hashtag trend has left the job market. Well, almost; it’s down by 90%. I guess people just aren’t using hashtags to look for jobs anymore.

What Do All These Job Search Trends Mean?

First off, maybe stop using hashtags in your job descriptions. Just kidding; keep doing it, if you want. In all seriousness, though, these are valuable insights that you, as a recruiter, can use to get a leg-up over the competition. Trends like this show us a prediction of where the job market is heading, and how company culture preferences are changing. Here’s how you can leverage this info to update your sourcing strategy for candidates and clients:

  • The desire for remote work isn’t going anywhere soon. People all over the world are sick of commuting, polluting, and paying for gas. Studies show that 92% of millennials want the ability to work from home, even if it’s just a couple days a week. Flexible work is a priority for many job-seekers, so you should make it a top criterion when looking for clients.

  • Job-seekers looking for “no experience necessary” positions are flooding the market. Look for entry-level positions and employers that value an eagerness to grow and learn over industry experience. These days, lots of employers are willing to train workers on the job, or help employees get certified in industry-specific skills.

  • Tech jobs are always trending, it seems. This year, in-demand jobs include AI engineering, data science, blockchain development, and more. The trick to recruiting tech talent in such a highly competitive market is truly understanding your targets - and knowing where to find them. Stay tuned, as we’ll be covering this in an upcoming post!

  • Recruiters should expect to see a shift in company culture soon. As evidenced by the Indeed study, job-seekers want to work for businesses that are altruistic and socially responsible. Transparency, innovation, and accountability will become some of the most sought-after company values in 2018.

A Bigger, Better Bag of Tricks

January is a big month for job-seekers, and as such, it’s the perfect time for you to start tweaking your sourcing strategy. Using these job search trends from last year, you should be able to develop a picture of what the job market – and your client base – will look like this year. It’s a helpful practice that you might want to consider doing on a regular basis. And, of course, read our blog often for new tips and ideas!






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