Future Jobs Megatrends
The job search today is completely different to five years ago. Both recruiters and applicants now have equal connectivity. Any candidate can know about any company much before his or her interview. Paper resumes are almost obsolete.
Today Job blogging, video resumes, social networking, resume optimization, web portfolios and behavioral interviewing are just a few of the changes to job search practices. Changing job search technologies and employment trends has armed the job seekers in a better way.
These days candidates have strong personal marketing opportunities and able to specify their employment value. Newer technologies have evolved the presentation of application materials. Resumes can now be re-designed within few minutes to suit specific jobs. They are now more scanner-friendly and optimized. Further issues such as Telephonic, online chat or videoconference interviews and online applications have also become crucial for job seekers. The most significant change to job hunting has definitely been the explosion of online opportinities. Recruiters frequently exploit social online networking for picking up suitable candidates. On the other hand Facebook and Myspace have dramatically increased opportunities for job seekers. Video resumes and web portfolios are being used to deliver more impact to application presentations. With changing technology it’s hard to imagine exactly what the face of job-hunting will look like within ten years time.
Future Job Markets
Patricia Aburdene declared recently, in her bestselling book, Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, that very soon entire world will witness unprecedented changes in the business and society. These megatrends are expected to change the future job market scenario radically. Briefly, these changes will be:
• Power of spirituality spilling into business
• Top companies will re-invent free enterprise to honor stakeholders and shareholders
• ‘Ordinary’ managers will take the lead and replace CEOs everywhere
• Consumers will dominate the corporate world and brands that embody positive values will attract them
• 50% of business will soon be home based
• There will be a socially responsible investment boom throughout the world.
Changing Job Scenario
Aburdene analyzed that very soon LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) trend will change the corporate operations. Presently the LOHAS market is comprised of five sectors: Sustainable Economy (green buildings, renewable energy, socially responsible investing); Healthy Living (natural and organic food, nutritional supplements and personal care); Alternative Healthcare (wellness, complementary and alternative care like Yoga; Personal Development (mind, body, spirit products and services from CDs to seminars) and Ecological Lifestyles (ecological or recycled products, ecotourism and travel).
Job Trends and Job Hunt Tricks
By understanding the major trends that affect jobs you will be able to make better career decisions for yourself. Some trends last only a few years while others go on seemingly forever. Just like waves, the job trends change everything they come in contact with. If you aren’t prepared for the changes then you will soon be in trouble. Initially, trends start off so small that most people don’t notice them. Eventually trends build up to a crescendo. Somewhere in between they make the evening news.
The trick is to spot trends just as they begin, so that you have time to take action and change your life. An even better trick would be to predict the trends before they start.