Every year that passes brings about new changes to the hiring landscape. While most employment and hiring processes generally stay the same, the speed of technology seems to keep everyone hopping on the hiring and recruiting side. With more automation and technology based recruiting tools, we’ve come a long way since the days of mailing paper resumes. It’s a whole new world out there!

In the spirit of keeping current, we thought it might be fun to present some trends to watch for in the hiring space for 2017.

The need for skilled management is on the rise.

Got skills? Improve them. There are plenty of strong individual contributors on the market, but a real shortage of leaders, leadership, and management talent with strong industry specific skills. Do whatever you can to make the leap into management if you want to bring your career to the next level.

Jobs may take longer to fill.

Even though things are moving at a rapid pace, the trend appears to be a slightly longer time-to-fill rate on jobs, especially in the full-time arena. Because there is a notable shortage of workers with specific skills available, the market is tight, and companies are taking their time to look for the right fit. What this means to the employee is that a resume and a career path should be very clearly focused on an end goal and supplemented with as much specific education and training as possible. It could prove more frustrating to wait, but the result is (hopefully) a better candidate to employer ‘fit.’

Employees want more development and training opportunities.

See above! Employees are also looking for a longer-term approach to thinking about working. Instead of just taking a job, they are seeking to get as much out of the experience as possible, and trust that employers are also trying to develop their employee’s skills from within.

More employers are paying attention to issues related to work-life balance.

As life gets busier and more stressful, there is a demonstrated need for some level of flexibility toward employees of all industries. While in some jobs flexibility is simply not possible, many employers are recognizing that by offering wiggle room to handle life – family emergencies, time off for holidays, and a more personal connection to employees – they find happier, more productive workers.

Value driven workers.

Many workers, especially in the Millennial generation, are choosing employers that reflect their personal values. Companies are hard at work building their corporate identity regarding value-driven business practices, and it does not seem to be going away. Anyone can make a widget, but not everyone can allow their company a day to do volunteer work and do good in their community. Employees are beginning to find themselves seeking out employers with similar personal values.

As we know, trends are just predictions – they may or may not materialize as reality, but keep these things in mind when you begin your next job search. Be sure to explain things like your home-life scheduling constraints, and be sure to define your personal values when meeting with our recruiters so we can pair you with employers that provide the best fit – based on both skills and personality. We are here for you – lean on us, and let us help you find a job – or an employee – that is right for your needs.