Signs that 2015 will be a good year for job seekers abound. Employment and wages have risen beyond economists’ expectations. However, even with the labor market improving after a long period of sluggishness, getting a job will require you to be at the top of your game. If you’re seeking employment in 2015, you should look to capitalize on the following trends:
More and more employers are using social media to augment their knowledge of job candidates. According to a recent survey, 93 percent of them review social profiles before hiring and 73 percent of them hire via social media. To give yourself the best chances of landing a job, you should cultivate a positive, professional social presence online. A LinkedIn profile is a must, but Twitter and Facebook can be useful as well.
Mobile devices are playing an increasingly large role in the job-search process, and employers are looking to capitalize on that. Look for more employers to develop mobile-friendly websites for job applications as they look to reach the 90 percent of job seekers who use mobile devices to help them. And don’t forget that you can use your own mobile device to augment your search.
As older workers retire, younger generations are seeing greater career opportunities. Millennial workers are increasingly taking on management roles, and those with leadership training may be able to outcompete their peers who lack that background. Members of Generation Z, whose oldest workers are just about ready to finish college, may find increased internship opportunities as companies look to connect with new talent.
As many as a third of U.S. workers might already be freelancers, and as employers adapt to working with contract employees, they may seek to hire more of them. Employers interested in staffing flexibility are especially likely to offer freelance positions.