CareerGlider’s Job Trends for 2015
Every year the way we find employees, hire, and discover new opportunities changes. In order to find the position that’s right for you, it’s important to stay on top of the latest job trends. We reached out to our panel of experts with the question, “What do you think will be the most important job trend of 2015?” and their answers will surprise you. Read through their predictions below, and then head over to our Career Pages to find detailed career information for your industry.
“I think the most important trend of 2015 will be for job seekers – both experienced and new graduates to remain relevant in the workplace. There is a growing skills gap, which means that companies are searching for the talent, but they are unable to identify the resources with the appropriate skills. Job seekers will need to continue to develop the right mix of skills and competencies to ensure alignment with the job market. Continuing with training and educational efforts, both in the classroom and via practical experiences will allow job seekers to develop and advance the skills necessary to be successful into the future”.
Debra Wheatman is an experienced human capital management strategist and the founder and president of Careers Done Write, a career management and branding firm. Debra, who possesses both Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) designations, is globally recognized as an expert in advanced career search techniques. She has been featured in numerous leading online, print, and trade publications. You can follow her on twitter @DebraWheatman.
“At this point – most job seekers know that applying to a job ( and actually hearing a response) has the same odds as winning the lottery. What’s a jobseeker to do? Build their network and reverse engineer their job search. They will focus on the companies and industries they want to work for. Log into LinkedIn and see who they might know in their network with a connection or even create a new connection with the hiring manager. Alternatively, jobseekers can also create a relationship with companies they’d like to work for by following and engaging them on social media. A consumer who was amazed by Warby Parker’s customer service created a YouTube video, shared it on Twitter and tagged the brand. A month later he was hired. Companies are looking for really passion and interaction in 2015”.
A former associate editor and on-air reporter for financial news website Minyanville, Jill hung up her finance hat to help young women – like herself – find career success. Jill loves traveling around the world and hopes to visit every country on the map – next stop Brazil. When home, she’s in New York City and enjoys relaxing by the city’s riverfront, doing yoga and watching her gulity pleasure on Bravo. She is the Millennial career contributor for AOL Jobs and the Millennial Ambassador for Bentley PreparedU Project. She is on the NYC Board for Taglit Birthright. You can check out more of her advice at JillJacinto.com
“The most important (and game-changing) job trend in 2015 will be something called Employment Branding. This is a cutting-edge recruitment strategy that showcases each company’s unique story and why it’s a great place to work. Job seekers will now have the power to compare companies to see which one is the best fit for THEM based on their culture, values, and employees. This will disrupt the recruitment process, giving job seekers the upper hand. Job seekers have always been told they must fight to impress employers in order to be considered for a job. Now, employers must fight to impress the job seekers.”
Ariella Coombs is the managing editor for CAREEREALISM.com. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2012, Ariella became a full-time member of the CAREEREALISM team. In addition to managing the blog, she loves finding new ways to make career more fun. She enjoys writing about general career advice, specifically for recent grads and young professionals. Things she loves: sunglasses, 90s sitcoms, the color pink, & margaritas. Follow her @AriellaCoombs.
“2015 will continue to be the year of the story. Careerists who want to propel their goals forward must not only become intimate with the nuances of their achievement details, but they must also be able to colorfully and pragmatically translate these details into a story that melds with the needs of their employer audience.”
Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW), is Founder and Chief Career Strategist for CareerTrend.net. Jacqui writes and designs game-changing career stories — nuanced resumes, LinkedIn and biography content and interview strategies that help propel your job search.
Since 1997, Jacqui has collaborated with professionals in career transition, or those individuals who have a desire to ignite their existing careers. One of only a handful of CMRWs in the world, Jacqui holds a BA in Writing and 15-years’ corporate experience.
Jacqui hosts her own blog at CareerTrend.net/blog, is a regular blogger for Glassdoor and formerly at US News and has been interviewed and/or featured by major media such as FOXBusiness, the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, Yahoo!, Business Insider and more. She is listed on many “Best People to Follow on Twitter” lists for jobseekers.