Job Trends in 2019

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Original article: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-job-trends-to-watch-in-2019/

The year 2018 put the spotlight on AI and workplace diversity, changing how the job market will run in 2019. Here are five shifts to keep an eye on.

With 2.27 million new roles added as of November, the year 2018 hosted a very strong job market, according to Glassdoor’s annual Job Market Trends report, released on Tuesday. Companies invested in artificial intelligence (AI) and workplace diversity in 2018, and these trends will continue to be develop in 2019, the report found.

SEE: Hiring Kit: Chief diversity officer (TechProResearch)

“After nine years of steady growth, 2018 saw one of the strongest job markets in a generation,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain in a press release. “However, the world of work is forever changing. We’re witnessing a power shift as job seekers leverage their market position and employees make an impact with their voice. Plus, as technology matures, it’s changing how we work and the variety of jobs available.”

Here are the top five job market trends Glassdoor identified for 2019:

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1. Tech will change job search methods

Previous methods for hiring focused on job searches and applications using online job boards and email submissions. The year 2019, however, will build off of the AI developed in 2018, with machine learning-assisted job matching, according to the report. Rather than just aggregating job postings, sites will leverage machine learning technology and big data to generate job recommendations tailored to each candidate.

This way of hiring will prove beneficial for both candidates and employers, according to the report, by matching candidates with a job faster, and giving companies better quality applicants.

2. Focus on non-tech workers will increase

A trend that was already underway in 2018, tech companies will continue to hire more non-technical roles to develop their teams in 2019. Previously, tech companies and startups were focused on back-end development, hiring software engineers, data scientists, and developers to build organizations’ infrastructures. In 2019, the focus will be shifted to the front-end, with tech companies hiring account executives, project managers, operations managers, financial analysts, human resource representatives, and more. These jobs will help boost revenue and improve operations, the report found.

3. Job seekers and employers will face an economic recession

While the job economy was strong in 2018, the 2019 economy may be slowing down, according to the report. The odds of a full-blown recession in 2019 are low, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see one after another year.

4. The aging workforce will bring a talent shortage

There are currently more than 7 million job openings in the US, with not enough workers to occupy them, the report found. A big reason for this shortage is America’s aging workforce: The first wave of Baby Boomers reached retirement age in 2011, and millions more are expected to follow in the coming years. The result will be a smaller pool of experienced workers, and a complete overhaul of what American consumers will look like, according to the report.

5. Diversity will be supplemented with inclusion and belonging

While many companies highlighted and addressed gender and racial diversity in 2018, there is still a long way to go. While adding women and underrepresented groups to the payroll is a good start, in 2019 companies will place the focus more on making sure these people feel included.Inclusion and belonging is vital for a healthy corporate culture, the report found. Without these components, diversity programs will not succeed.

Whether it means making sure all employees are included in company events, are on the right track for a promotion, are represented for leadership, and more, organizations will be making inclusion a primary goal, according to the report.


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How To Hunt For Jobs In Silicon Valley In 2018

Silicon Valley Job Trends

There are a lot of dynamics involved when looking for a job, especially in Silicon Valley.  This article looks at job positions in demand, salaries for popular jobs and which companies are big players.  As we stress, it is always important to prepare yourself for any type of career transition.

Original article click here.

Silicon Valley is the dream for thousands of tech professionals. Big companies, high salaries, great perks, and California weather make it an attractive place to imagine living and building a career.

That said, it’s not easy, either. High cost of living, fierce competition for work, and often penchants for workaholism are the usual trade-offs.

For those who decide the pros of Silicon Valley outweigh the cons, job-seekers in certain careers will have better luck than others. These key findings from an Indeed study on the state of hiring in the Bay Area in 2018 illuminate which careers are most in-demand and which companies are looking for applicants.

1. Overall job postings are down in the Bay Area.

Job growth in Silicon Valley has been on a steady decline since 2015, meaning that there are less overall open roles available there than in the past.

 Based on their data, Indeed postulates that the tech jobs could be going to other cities. Seattle in particular has experienced growth, and D.C. and Baltimore listings have increased as well. “There are now more tech job opportunities in other locations such as Austin or Seattle where there weren’t as many before,” says Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at Indeed. “Or it could be due to the high cost of living, as the San Francisco Bay Area is noted to have some of the highest housing rental costs in the US.”

So as far as locations go, Silicon Valley is still the tech king–but the competition is rising.

2. The high cost of living requires a career with a high salary.

The housing market in the Bay Area is notoriously brutal–which means that while a $120,000 salary may be impressive elsewhere in the country, it’s downright average in the Valley.

That’s why it’s typically only worth it to make the move if you’re in a high-salaried line of work. According to Indeed’s survey, these are the top ten roles with the highest annual pay in Silicon Valley:

  1. Product development engineer ($173,570)
  2. Director of product management ($173,556)
  3. Data warehouse architect ($169,836)
  4. DevOps manager ($166,448)
  5. Senior architect ($161,124)
  6. Principal software engineer ($160,326)
  7. Senior solutions architect ($158,329)
  8. Principal Java developer ($156,402)
  9. Senior software architect ($154,944)
  10. Platform engineer ($154,739)

Perhaps interestingly, it’s not the straight technical roles that take the top spots. Rather, it’s those who combine specialties: product know-how with programming or management, technical knowledge with big-picture vision and leadership.

3. These are the titles with the most job openings available.

If you’re pursuing one of the following careers, you’ll have a much greater chance of landing a role in Silicon Valley. These are the top ten jobs with the highest amount of openings:

  1. Software engineer
  2. Front-end developer
  3. Full-stack developer
  4. Product manager
  5. Development operations engineer
  6. Software architect
  7. Java developer
  8. Software test engineer
  9. Senior product manager
  10. Engineering program manager

Sadly, none of these overlap with the highest-paid roles–but you can always pursue promotions and work your way up. In this case, having those hard technical engineering and development skills will pay off.

4. Big companies dominate in job openings.

It’s up to every individual whether they feel more drawn to small, exciting startups or big, established companies. But the numbers don’t lie: the big companies are where the bulk of open jobs are.

These are the top ten companies with the most job openings in the Valley:

  1. Apple
  2. Amazon
  3. Cisco
  4. Oracle
  5. Google
  6. Facebook
  7. Salesforce
  8. Intel
  9. GE Corporate
  10. Intuit

Of course, there are new startups every day in the area as well, so you’re not limited to the behemoths. That said, five of these companies are also on Indeed’s list of best places to work in the Bay Area, so weigh that as you will.

If you’re ready to make the move to Silicon Valley, it can certainly be rewarding for your career, finances, and life. But make sure to go in with your eyes open and your skills polished.

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7 Stats You Should Know About Hiring and Recruiting Millennials

Millennials and hiring trends

As the baby boomer generation eventually moves on to retirement the millennials will be filling in the ranks.  This article shares some insight into how the influx of millennials is changing the employment landscape.

 

Original article from Huffington Post click here.

Millennials in the workforce has been such an overhyped subject of late that it was tempting to write about something else. However, this new generation of the American workforce makes up an increasing part of it with each passing year. So, in the hopes of dispelling a couple myths and lending some insight to employers and hiring managers, here’s a list of 7 (actually quite a few more) statistics that you need to know before hiring and recruiting millennials.

40-50% of millennials don’t plan on spending more than 3 years with their employer.

The number varies depending on the source, but it’s apparent that at least close to half of all millennials have no intentions on sticking with their current job, and it shows – the most recent Gallup poll reports 21% of millennials have changed jobs in the past year and 60%are open to new job prospects. The numbers may lead you to believe this generation doesn’t want to remain at one company and move up the ladder, unlike generation X, but neither of those statements are entirely true.

To begin with, gen X isn’t what it used to be. The baby-boomers have grown up and yes, they are now statistically more likely to remain with their employer and seek out long-term or permanent positions than their younger counterparts. However, when you compare gen X in its youth to the millennials, the numbers start to look surprisingly similar. And when it comes to millennials not wanting to find a lasting position within an organization…

83% of millennials say they would prefer to work for one company for a long time.

That number is courtesy of EdAssist and to add to it, Boston College reports that just 26% of millennials feel job hopping is the best way to further their career. To put it simply, our young workers don’t want to job hop, they just don’t have a compelling enough reason to stay where they are.

64% of millennials say they’d rather make 40k a year at a job they enjoy than 100k at one they don’t.

– according to Intelligence Group. And a quick glance at the Gallup poll will show you an overwhelming 71% of millennials do not feel engaged at work.

The Boston College Center for Works and Family(BCCWF) tells us that 82% of millennials view the opportunity to take on increasingly challenging tasks as one of their main career goals. Likewise, an article in the Harvard Business Review points out that millennials are 50% more likely to desire feedback on their work than previous generations. Finally, a survey by Workplace Trends tells us that millennials view “growth and development” as the best reason to stay at a job.

66% of millennials prioritize life outside work over their careers.

Another stat from BCCWF. Millennials have grown up in the ago of YOLO and FOMO – “you only live once” and “fear of missing out” – so it should come as no surprise that they put their personal lives first. Employers who recognize that, offer a reasonable amount of flexibility and take a healthy interest in their millennial employee’s personal lives will find it much easier to keep them around.

77% of millennials say that a company’s sense of purpose is an important factor when comparing jobs.

That number comes from Deloitte. Our youngest generation has grown up hearing about the importance of climate change and corporate social responsibility. Your financial bottom line doesn’t relate to their bottom line – your “social bottom line” does.

Almost 37% of the US workforce works remotely

That number increases when you focus solely on millennials according to an article in Fast Company. That shouldn’t be a big surprise, we’re living in a digital age and millennials have it mastered.

An international survey by PWC found that over 50% of millennials used digital technology at work and 75% believe that access to technology at work makes them a more efficient employee. More importantly, millennials want to work from home if at all possible.

That same survey found that 64% of millennials would like to work from home(at least partially) and 60% felt they’d be more efficient if they could work from home(whether or not that’s true). Regardless, employers can use remote workers to their advantage to both attract young talent and reduce brick-and-mortar costs.

82% of millennials believe it’s easier than ever to start a new business.

– according to UpWork. Additionaly, 79% of millennials would leave their job if they saw a real opportunity to go into business for themselves. Employers, especially startups, should take note of those numbers. If you offer the necessary tools and training your employees need to start a business of their own once their time with you comes to a close, you’ll have your pick of motivated millennials.

In conclusion, millennials are expected to make up 75% of the American workforce by 2025. Employers who start making the necessary changes now to attract and retain millennials will be at a major advantage in the years to come.

Article by Casey Wright, Contributor

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Top 4 Business Trends That Will Drive Success In 2017

Article originally posted on Forbes.com

Each year I have the honor of observing business trends as a keynote speaker and business advisor. For the fourth consecutive year, I am pleased to share the top business trends that leading companies embrace to drive success. Some trends are in their infancy, and others have become part of the mainstream. These patterns emerge regardless of company size. Feel free to take a look at my past predictions using the links at the bottom of the article. Here are my predictions for the Top 10 Business Trends That Will Drive Success in 2017.

 

  1. Subject Matter Experts Become The New Rainmakers

 

Subject matter experts who understand and can help guide the sales process drive growth in top performing B2B companies.

 

Consider three different buying personas: an order taker, a salesperson, and a subject matter expert (SME). The order taker merely takes an order, and provides a price and delivery schedule. That function can be easily performed by Amazon (often with better results).

 

Of the remaining two personas, which one would you want to encounter as a customer? Would you want the person with a mission to sell something to you, or the expert who you might be willing to pay to meet with because of their deep expertise?

 

  1. Crowdfunding Validates New Products

 

When you think of crowdfunding, you might envision films or artisan leather wallets. To the surprise of many, globally crowdfunding is trending to surpass venture capital by the end of this year.

 

According to crowdfunding and marketing expert Clay Hebert, “Smart companies are using crowdfunding to not only raise capital, but to validate products before making substantial investments in product development.”

 

Smith & Bradley, Ltd., a U.S.-based tactical watch manufacturer has launched seven Kickstarter campaigns to validate new designs for their line of watches. Five of the campaigns received market validation. The other two didn’t make the cut.

 

“When we wanted to produce our first watch, we used crowdfunding to raise the funds needed to go to market,” co-founder Ryan Bradley said. “What we didn’t realize was that we had also discovered a way to validate the market for a product before we went into production. Now, each new product idea has a crowdfunding component to validate the market. Based on the velocity or success of the crowdfunding effort, we shift our resources to meet market demand.”

 

Bradley still spends his days as an attorney, so staying focused on the right designs keeps their business operating at peak efficiency.

 

Big companies are capitalizing on this trend as well. GE Appliances created and funded FirstBuild, a “global co-creation community and microfactory” in Louisville, Kentucky to “harness the brainpower of the maker movement to change the way major home appliances are conceived, designed and manufactured.” FirstBuild uses crowdfunding to validate new home appliance product ideas. They’ve already successfully crowdfunded Opal, a nugget ice maker and Paragon, an induction cooktop, on Indiegogo, both of which you can now buy through their website.

 

Before launching Paragon, FirstBuild assumed the killer feature was sous vide, a popular method of immersion cooking at a specific temperature. But as they engaged their community, they found a significant group of passionate consumers who also wanted to improve how they cooked using other methods, from warming to deep-frying. So they pivoted to include these features in the product design, positioning and marketing. When they launched on Indiegogo, Paragon was almost 600% funded, raising over $360,000. More importantly, they validated the product with over 2,100 backers.

 

From watches to washing machines, using crowdfunding for product validation allows any company to engage and learn from a small and passionate user community earlier in the process, speeding up time to market, and reducing both the cost and risk of new product innovation.

 

As Hebert often reminds companies and startups, “The best focus group in the world is the market itself.”

 

  1. Sales And Content Marketing Become Fully Integrated

 

As customers and buyers continue to do more online research, top performing organizations continue to integrate sales and content marketing. The goal is to ensure that when customers search for risks, challenges, and implementation strategies associated with your solutions, they will find your content to address their questions.

 

When I purchased my Tesla, I did research online, and scheduled my test drive the same way. The Tesla consultant coordinated the test drive and helped me select the right options (in many cases talking me out of features I didn’t really need). I then completed the purchase form online using a tablet in their store in a shopping mall. Ultimately, I placed the final order via Internet browser, from home.

 

Tesla provided articles and videos to help educate me as a consumer, and build trust surrounding the purchase. Through its marketing, Tesla established an innovative brand that helped me conclude that they have a long-term vision and position for the company.

 

As Marcus Sheridan teaches, top companies engage their front-line sales teams to identify topics for content marketing, and the content marketing team helps sales professionals to effectively use content in the sales process.

 

The people at SalesMango also have an interesting take on this concept.

 

  1. Video Becomes Essential

 

According to a recent Forbes study, video is becoming a critical source of information for executives:

 

  • More than 80% said they are watching more online video today than they were a year ago.

 

  • Three-quarters (75%) of executives surveyed said they watch work-related videos on business-related websites at least weekly; more than half (52%) watch work-related videos on YouTube at least weekly.

 

  • Overall, 65% have visited a vendor’s website after watching a video.

 

Hubspot’s Consumer Behavior Survey confirms this trend. Over half (55%) of users say they consume an entire video, compared to 29% for blogs and 33% for interactive articles. If you want your entire message to be consumed, video tends to be the preferred medium.

 

Early in the days of television, advertisements were highly effective because the platform was relatively new. Using video to run ads today is a waste of effort. However, providing video as a source of valuable content to address issues or answer questions helps the consumer to feel like they know you better than if they had just read an article.

Thanks for reading and wishing everyone a wonderful and prosperous 2017. Cheers!

Seasonal Hiring Trends

Seasonal Hiring Trends

Understand Recruitment Cycles to Give Your Job Search an Edge

Does hiring actually slow down during the holiday season in the US?

Based on our experience as a resume writing company, yes.

Seasonally, professionals tend to stop thinking about resume updates this time of year, and start focus on the fun stuff…like holiday shopping, cooking delicious food, family, and friends.

But what happens come January?

BOOM!!!!!!

We are bombarded with a million requests for urgent resume updates that are needed yesterday and need done ASAP.

It’s a great time to plan in-advance for this. Whether you think you may possibly look for a new job, get recruited, have been actively looking for a while, or are considering applying for a better paying, higher up position… we suggest you get your resume professionally updated now… instead of waiting for the rush.

You never know when your resume will be needed for a potential opportunity. Prepare, plan, analyze, strategize, and get it done ahead of time.

This seems to happen every year, and honestly, we love January, because we are busy non-stop for the entire month… but we love our clients even more and would love to see them be prepared for this surge of recruitment and new hiring activity, which we KNOW will come.

Do you know someone who needs a resume update? Do you know someone who is looking for jobs, but not having any luck with callbacks?  Do you know someone who is a professional seeking greater opportunity? Do you know someone re-entering the job market? Do you know a college graduate who just got their degree in December?

What a better gift than a new, fresh, compelling, updated resume

Give the gift of opportunity. Call or email now… before the rush in Jan. We will be booked solid. 

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