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The Future of Job Searching

The Future of Job Searching

Looking for a job is a lot different now than it was even a few years ago, and things aren’t looking great. The number of job vacancies is increasing every day, while the number of jobless people remains constant.

Despite a recent decrease in the unemployment rate in 2019, there are still 6-million open job vacancies, according to a 2020 report released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This imbalance in job demand and supply is due to the fact that job searching has fundamentally changed. Candidates no longer look for openings in newspapers, or by emailing resumes to employers.

They have it all at their fingertips now—from online applications to getting shortlisted through online recruitment tests and interviews.

The incorporation of technology into the job search process has also made it possible for employees to find top-talent much more easily. To find balance in this dynamic job landscape, it’s important for both companies and the job seekers to evolve with new trends and practices.

Here’s how employers and candidates can prepare themselves for the future of job search, as explained by some members of the Forbes Coaches Council: Jean Ali Muhlbauer and Kathleen Houlihan.

The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Recruitment

Hiring and recruitment are becoming more automated every day. Many companies are already using Artificial Intelligence (AI) Interviews. And according to Jean Ali Muhlbauer, AI is expected to grow, making recruitment easier for employers to manage.

However, candidates will have to work harder on their interview skills to deal with high-stress scenarios, because giving a job interview to a machine is no less of a challenge that a conventional interview.

Look for Career Opportunities During School

Kathleen Houlihan: soon-to-be graduates who’re already looking for jobs will soon realize that they will have to spend more time at school working toward their ideal career path.

Many business tycoons are now aligning with schools to develop case-based scenarios and business-led programs to prepare students for their professional lives.

These programs are mostly free of cost and lead to students making career decisions based on their skills and aspirations, rather than degrees and pay.

Transparency in the Hiring Process

Companies that choose to keep their hiring processes secret don’t realize the damage they’re causing to their brand.

As much as a social media presence is beneficial for companies, it can also ruin a company’s reputation if a job seeker vocalizes their negative experience. Lakrisha Davis predicts that it’s best for employers to inform candidates about where they stand in the hiring process after they’ve submitted their job applications and after they’ve given the interview or test.


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