The good news is companies are hiring! The hard part is, we are seeing more willing applicants than ever. 2020 significantly changed the hiring landscape, and we are seeing those effects play out in the hiring market now. In light of this competitive job market, I wanted to share some of the latest interviewing and hiring trends and best practices to navigate seeking employment.
2021 Job Market Trends
First, we need to talk about the job market. More jobs open up every day, with states across the country reopening at an increasingly faster pace and mandates being rolled back or removed. Many of these jobs are backfilled with candidates laid off or furloughed in 2020 and are nearly filling themselves. However, there is a tremendous number of new jobs opening as well. This can result in candidates not returning to previous employers, changes in the companies hiring needs, and numerous other company-related factors. As a result, people are ready to get back to work and even confidently changing their careers. Overall, there is a sense of urgency and excitement amongst candidates and hiring managers.
While a competitive job market is a good thing for employers, it can create challenges for candidates seeking employment. Finding a way to stand out is critical. First, you have to always assume you are in competition for the position you are pursuing. There are generally several strong candidates and many unqualified candidates applying for the same position as you. Just browsing LinkedIn, many of the job posts have hundreds of applicants in the first few days, resulting in a talent acquisition professional qualifying the resumes. The best and easiest way to stand out is having a recruiter represent you for the position.
The Benefits of Partnering With A Recruiter
Working with a recruiter to find your next job will do several things. A recruiter will have already done an initial screening with you to ensure your qualifications, experience, location, and desired compensation align with the company’s needs. Secondly and most importantly, a great recruiter will already have a relationship with the company. This essentially can result in you “skipping the line.” (The line being those other 100 applicants currently waiting for a response!) Suppose you are not working with a recruiter. In that case, I recommend connecting with some of the company’s hiring team on LinkedIn. Then, ensure your resume is incredibly clear and concise with directly related experience to the job listing.
Navigating the job market is tough for anyone. If you are a company looking to hire, I strongly recommend connecting with a recruiting agency specializing in your industry for the best and quickest result. If you’re on the job market, make sure to do significant due diligence on the company you are applying for. Partnering with a recruiter to represent you and share new opportunities with you may be your quickest way to landing new employment in a competitive job market. Reach out to me, let’s work together.