5 Job Trends to Look Out for in 2017

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There is always a level of uncertainty when it comes to looking for a new gig, but having the information you need to make the right decision is key.  A great resume will also help!


To that end, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, job-hunting platform Glassdoor’s chief economist, recently released a report detailing his predictions for the factors that will shape hiring practices and the job market in 2017. Read on for the five trends that emerged from his research.


  1. Data science will find its way into human resources.

Many companies have hired data scientists to better streamline the way they approach things such as marketing and logistics, but in the year ahead, Chamberlain expects that more HR departments will take that tack when they are dealing with employee engagement, from utilizing A/B testing to tracking their feelings.


  1. Automation will be everywhere.

While technology won’t make jobs disappear entirely, multiple industries including retail, finance, transportation and, of course, manufacturing will see automation augment existing roles. To offset these changes, Chamberlain recommends professional development — on both a personal and a company level — focusing on building skills that will be complementary and separate from the machines that will become an integral part of the work.


  1. Say farewell to ostentatious office perks.

In critiquing the startup world, there is often the concern that companies that provide cushy perks — ping pong tables and video games, catered lunches, on-site spa treatments — are more style than substance. In the year ahead, Chamberlain sees those kinds of bonuses beginning to recede from view in lieu of more of an emphasis on things such as paid leave and comprehensive healthcare packages.


  1. There’ll be efforts to close the gender pay gap.

In 2017, Chamberlain predicts that companies will be more transparent about what they pay their employees, and armed with that knowledge, there will be an uptick in businesses working to ameliorate wage inequality. In a Glassdoor survey earlier this year, 67 percent of American employees said that they were not likely to apply for a position at a company known to pay men and women differently for the same work.


  1. The idea of the “gig” economy will be reshaped.

In the coming year, Chamberlain writes that while Airbnb and Uber are widely known, the reality of the gig economy is that it likely won’t expand beyond the current task-oriented phase it is in now. However, the ethos of the gig economy, especially with regard to flexibility in making your own hours and working from anywhere, will become more prevalent in more established fields.

Credit to Nina Zipkin, staff writer at Entrepreneur.com.

Blending your Job Search and the Holiday Season

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We wanted to share a personal blog today, contrary to the usual, and address some questions and concerns from recent clients about how to best handle the challenges of blending your job search and celebrating the holidays, guilt free. 

  1. If I have been out of the job market for a short while (6mo – 2 yrs) what is the best approach to re-enter? Does this lapse in work history make me less hireable? 

Lately, many of our mid to late career clients have at least a small gap in their employment, so this is not uncommon to see on a resume anymore. There are so many reasons as to why you stepped out… family illness, childbirth, adoption, health, or just wanting a break from it all. Regardless, with the extensive and frequent communication we keep with clients, we cannot report an increase in trouble landing interviews & jobs. This is good news! In fact, a good sign that employers are more open to understanding, circumstances, and life all together. Things happen, right?

However, if you’re an entry-level/recent grad who has 1 to 2 years of employment history on your resume (perhaps your only jobs) and then a big gap of 2-3 years again, this would be questionable to some. When you’re in your early to mid twenties, you are probably expected to work, or go to school, one or the other, so a large gap would need to be addressed. I would suggest using a chronological resume to clearly show that those 2 years without work were filled with degree-earning activities and education. If you were not in school, and have no other reason besides not wanting to work, then you may have to start at a very entry-level position and work your way back up. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and we have all been there. Be strong. Be committed. Be professional.

  1. If I am currently employed, but looking for a new company, when is the best time to start my job search?

We have found that companies tend to interview and hire less frequently than in the start of a year, or even mid-year. Our busiest times of the year are Jan and July, which tell you more people are actively looking for change during these times, and tend to land more interviews, faster, than at other times of the year. Plus, who wants to miss out on holiday bonuses?

  1. What is the most professional dress code during an interview?

What to wear for an interview? That really depends on where you are at in your career. Are you applying for a leadership position (manager/supervisor/director)? Then you’ll want to portray that image. I always say “dress as if you already got the job”. Act as if you are the one so that you become the one. Be confident. Professional dress is 100% necessary and can be a determining factor to hire someone, especially if you are majorly underdressed.

If you’re stepping into a more hands-on role, like Laboratory Technician, Mechanic, Laborer, etc, then jeans and a collared shirt may be acceptable, it really depends on the feel and tone of the interviewer. It is better to overprepare than to underprepare.

Remember, it is OK and ACCEPTABLE to ask. When that person calls you to schedule an interview, ask him/her! That way, there are no surprises.

Thanks again for all the questions!


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Executive Interview Questions You WILL Be Asked (not directly, however…)

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I found this article particularly interesting, because at an executive level, it is assumed you already have a certain handfull of skill sets, like program development and management, corporate leadership, answering to a Board of Directors, managing and improving KPI’s, and meeting corporate goals and objectives. So how do you land that CEO/COO/CFO role? Below are 5 key questions you need to answer, without directly addressing it.

Here are five key questions almost every chief executive needs to have answered in the interview. They may not ask them out loud, but you can be sure they’re thinking of them.

Are you commercial?
Your technical skills may have got you to this stage in your career, but unless you have well-rounded commercial skills and business acumen, you are unlikely to progress further. To shine in the interview, talk numbers and results. Show that you understand what’s going on in the business outside the confines of your own department and show financial intelligence.

Tip: When preparing for your interview, go back through your key achievements in your career and find out what the numbers were. It’s not enough to say the work you did resulted in improvements – prove it. Show the return on investment for the projects and activities you led.

Are you strategic?
You may be fantastic operationally – and this is a good skill to have – but to bring in someone at a senior level, the chief executive needs to be satisfied that you can think and behave strategically. They are looking for someone who thinks further ahead than next week or next month. They want a person who understands the organisation’s vision, mission and goals. If they don’t have them documented, they may want you to help create the vision, mission and goals, so you need to show you’re up to the job.

Tip: Think about examples when you have behaved strategically and practise talking about what you did. You probably won’t be asked this question outright so you need to weave your strategic abilities into the answers to other questions – make sure you use the word “strategy” at several points in the interview. Look at the organisation’s website to research their vision, mission and business goals and make sure you refer to them in the interview.

Do you understand our culture?
Every organisation’s culture is unique. Even when you’ve worked at a very similar organisation, there will be differences in the way things are done. This is as much about understanding the organisation’s values as the personalities within it.

The chief executive needs to be satisfied that you are going to fit in and not rock the boat too much. This isn’t about being a “yes” person; more about how well you will work with the other senior executives.

Tip: You can get a good feel for the culture from the website. Look at how they present themselves to the world: go through with a fine-toothed comb to see what they say and how they say it. Also look at how they have photographed the senior people in the organisation. These portraits can be very telling and also give you a good indication of the dress code.

Do you respond well to being challenged?
At a senior level, you are likely to be challenged on your decisions and the work of your department. Will you run out of the office in tears, explode in rage or deal with it calmly in an appropriate manner? You might be asked this question or, more likely, the chief executive will be challenging in the interview to test how you respond.

Tip: Be ready to back up anything you claim in the interview. Avoid giving vague answers as these are likely to be challenged. Deal with any challenging comments assertively but not aggressively – after all, this person could be your next boss.

Can I trust you?
As they say, it’s lonely at the top and the chief executive is well aware of the political games played at work. It can take a lot for the chief executive to open up about any development issues they have or any decisions they are struggling with. They need to trust that anything they discuss with you will be confidential and handled discreetly. Do you want to be seen as their right-hand person or the gossip who goes blabbing to the rest of the executive team?

Tip: Demonstrate that you have a trusting relationship with your current boss by not being drawn into any discussions about what you like or dislike about working with them. If you have been a sounding-board to a senior person in the past, you let them know this is the case without divulging any confidential information.

To perform well in an interview with a chief executive, you need to think like a chief executive. If you were in their position, what would you be looking for?

More related executive search tip links:

13 Questions to Ask When Interviewing Executive Candidates



Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWUSA is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!