The Process of Searching For a Job in 2016 May Take on A Different Look


2016 job hunting will mean applying over social media, breaking down location barriers, and creating your own position

According to Fast Company, 2016 is shaping up to be a year of hiring for the workplace, with 78% of hiring managers anticipating more hiring in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of 2015. What does this mean for all the job applicants out there, and how will technology affect the job search as we know it now?

Finding and applying for jobs in 2016 is going to have a different look. For example, the Boston Consulting Group and Recruit Works Institute surveyed 13,000 individuals from 13 countries and found that 55% of searches globally happened through Internet job sites. Mobile searching for jobs also increased by 35%.

In addition to these trends, here are a couple more ways that finding a job in 2016 will look different than ever before:

  1. Social media will become your go-to platform for jobs. With it’s expanding reach into every facet of our lives, it’s not surprising that social media will affect the job search process as well. Social media has become a more popular place to search for and apply to jobs.
  2. You’ll perform reverse-reference checks. Employees aren’t just looking at the job description anymore- they’re checking out different social media platforms to beta feel for what the culture of the company is like, and if they’ll make a good fit.
  3. You’ll have a lot more informal conversations. Having conversations outside of the interview sphere can show more about an applicant’s personality than just a resume, and companies understand that.
  4. Traditional resumes and job postings won’t matter as much. Companies want to know about your experience, but they also want to know your passions, and what drives you.
  5. Location will no longer be a deal breaker. Clients’ flexibility will be key in 2016, especially when applying to companies that have multiple locations.
  6. Video will be important for both your resume and interview. Video platforms give applicants an opportunity to give a better picture of their interpersonal skills than a traditional resume can.
  7. You’ll be able to BYOP- Build Your Own Position One way to effectively build your own job is to form a relationship with companies and people within companies before you even apply. Learning the culture of a company will help the resume process.