Great Expectations – 7 Hiring Trends for 2017

Do you have great expectations for 2017? Are you looking to make that career move? Yes!? You’ve come to the right place! This Q&A Wednesday we’ve shortlisted some of the key candidate trends for the coming year.

Nope, trends aren’t just for fashion. Arming yourself with up and coming trend knowledge means you can position yourself in the place of greatest opportunity.

So, what does 2017 have in store for the aspiring job hunter? Our Angel consultants let us know.

1. The Brexit Effect

Brexit. Not a trend, so much, as something that’s likely to have an impact on businesses, jobs and hiring.

The PM, Theresa May, is set to trigger Article 50 – the UK’s EU departure negotiations – in March 2017.

Impending Brexit means UK recruitment is in a state of uncertainty, although the CIPD says:

“Any future impact is more likely to show up through a gradual slowdown, rather than a dramatic decline, as employers become more cautious about hiring.”

Although October’s REC Magazine said:

“25% of employers intend to hire permanent staff in the medium term (4 – 12 months).”

2. Applications Get Easier But Candidate Competition Rises

ZenithOptimedia believe global mobile ad spend will have overtaken newspaper ad spend by the start of 2017, outstripping desktop by 2018.

That means already easy-to-make online job applications will be made ever more mobile friendly – meaning more candidate competition.

So, it’s time to make sure you really stand out from the candidate crowd – for all the right reasons! Tweet: Make sure you really stand out from the candidate crowd – for all the right reasons! https://goo.gl/0oCRMA @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel

3. Your Application Might Not Be Read By a Human

The downside of online application processes is that they encourage every Tom, Dick and Harriet to apply! Tweet: The downside of online application processes is that they encourage everyone to apply! https://goo.gl/0oCRMA @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel
​So, in 2017 broader use of applicant tracking software and screening is likely. That means a human might not be viewing your CV or application form for quite a while. So, it’s vital to make your application ‘machine-ready’ Tweet: So, it’s vital to make your application ‘machine-ready’ https://goo.gl/0oCRMA @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel

​4. Tailor, Tailor, Tailor Your Application!

Applicant tracking software aims to select candidates with the key attributes the job requires. So candidates must answer the employer’s candidate specification and use keywords from the job description.

If you don’t show exactly how you’re cut out for the role, your application is likely to be trashed. Tweet: If you don’t show how you’re cut out for the role, your application is likely to be trashed https://goo.gl/0oCRMA @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel

5. Good Connections Means Better Recruitment

In our interconnected age the referral or recommendation is no longer limited to restaurants or consumer purchases. Recruitment trends show recommendations are now key to the hiring process. Tweet: Recruitment trends show recommendations are now key to the hiring process https://goo.gl/0oCRMA @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel
​That means you must ensure your social media profiles are up to scratch and on message – after all they represent you online. [Find our social media profile tips here.] Then, make sure you’re making effective sector connections.

6. Employers Want Employees With EI

Stephen Moulton, CEO of US-based Action Insight Inc. says Emotional Intelligence (EI) – essentially, the ability to recognise your emotions and understand what they’re telling you – will become increasingly important to employers as they become ever more focused on cultural fit.

Candidates with high EI skills are usually more adaptable – meaning they’re more likely to ‘fit in’. Tweet: Candidates with high EI skills are usually more adaptable – they’re more likely to ‘fit in’ https://goo.gl/0oCRMA @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel
​What’s more great EI skills make you a better relationship-builder, meaning by making more key sector connections [trend 5, above] you’ll be demonstrating your capabilities. [For more on EI check out our James Bond-theme blog here.]

7. Knowing + Communicating Your USP is Key

You’ve stood out from the application deluge by making sure you answer the employer’s candidate spec. You’ve got the EI to fit in. You’re on the candidate short-list…

Now it’s time to show what makes you a must-have candidate above and beyond the rest by effectively communicating your USP.

From your CV to LinkedIn to that networking gathering candidates must showcase their USP (unique selling point) in a short, sharp and memorable way.

Talk about your core skills, what you do well and how you’ve made an impact. [For more on USP building check out our short blog here.]

Of course these are just the tip of the trends iceberg! So, if you want to set yourself apart from the candidate competition with advice and guidance tailored to you and your sector of interest then our Angel consultants are perfectly positioned to help you make the right career moves this year.

Now over to you:

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