Let’s take a quick moment to reflect on how late in the year it already is. 

The New Year is right around the corner. With that, comes resolutions. New year, new you, right? 

Are you planning on switching positions or careers in the new year? If so, read on to discover 5 trends in the job market for 2023.

Hybrid Schedules are In

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times by now. Covid-19 changed basically everything. 

One of the most obvious changes has been how, and where, people work. 

There has been a lot of pushback about returning to the office, and rightfully so. There are plenty of pros and cons to working at home vs. returning to the office.

The top 10 Fortune 500 companies have come to a compromise. Positions that did not go remote during the pandemic will, of course, remain on site. Those who went remote during the lockdown are now being asked to adhere to a hybrid schedule, returning to the office at least 3 days per week.

Regardless of what leaders are wanting, you still have a say in the matter. If your company is fighting for a full return to the office and you don’t want that, communicate your concerns. 

Keep in mind, though, that there is no legally defensible excuse to refuse to return to the office due to personal misgivings regarding Covid. 

That being said, a good company will listen and take your opinions into consideration before moving to disciplinary action. Termination should be the last resort.

According to an article by Allen Smith, J.D., there are Covid related reasons you may be eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Do your research first, though, as some states withdrew themselves from participating.  

Soft Skills Dominate

A study performed over 100 years ago by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford University is still relevant today. 

You read that right, 100 years ago.

The study concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills.

more recent study from 3 years ago, now indicates 93% of employers want you to have the soft skills necessary to thrive.

Make sure you are showing off your soft skills on your resume!

To help you get started with that, here is a list of the top 10 soft skills:

  1. Communication
  2. Organization
  3. Teamwork
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Emotional Intelligence
  6. Creativity
  7. Collaboration
  8. Flexibility/Adaptability
  9. Time Management
  10. Curiosity/Continual Learning

Connections are Key

Per a study conducted by LinkedIn in 2020, companies are indicating approximately 27% of new hires are from referrals

This is one thing Covid-19 actually didn’t change. 

It’s been proven that hiring from employee referrals is less expensive for the business, it produces a better hire, and retention improves. 

LinkedIn is one of the best places to reach out to make those connections. You don’t have to be close to someone to get a referral. 

Take a look at this post on how to use LinkedIn to help you make those connections.

Another option is to talk with your friends and family. Where are they working? What openings are at their company? Do they enjoy the people they work with and the culture they work in?

Don’t be afraid to reach out. The worst you will get is a no.

It’s Trendy to Work with a Recruiter

Recruiters have dedicated their careers to matching the right talent with the right companies. They have connections beyond social media and take a lot of the job-hunting stress off your shoulders.

Even better, recruiters are free for candidates. 

Here is a list of the top 5 executive recruiting firms in Austin:

  1. TruPath
  2. Murray Resources
  3. Stanton Chase
  4. The Adkins Group
  5. Salvator Balistreri Executive Search

Consider giving them your resume to see what sort of magic recruiters can do.

Employers Have Upped Their Game

Once upon a time, when you applied for a job, you’d sit and hope they’d hire you. It was a one-sided event and the goal was for you to dazzle them!

That is an old, outdated fairy tale. 

The hiring process is now a two-way street. Employers are just as responsible to wow you as you are them. 

There is a lot to consider, too. They have to establish a solid work-life balance, competitive wages, superior benefits, economic responsibility, and more. 

With such a highly competitive job market for employers, you don’t have to settle and there is more room for negotiations. On the flip side, though, there are more candidates for employers to choose from with remote work.

Are you ready for a new career and want to take advantage of some of these trends? We’d love to help. 

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