Even if you’re an experienced job searcher, entering a 2021 job search may have you asking: What’s going on in the job market, anyway? After a lot of uncertainty, the job market in 2021 is completely different than anything we’ve seen before. As a result, it’s important to approach your job search with as much information as possible.
Here are the market trends you need to know for your 2021 job search—and how that may affect the opportunities you’ll encounter:
You’re in control
After a long period of high unemployment, the market has begun to turn around as business has picked back up and companies have adjusted to new ways of working. With hiring on the rise, employers are suddenly unable to find the talent they’re looking for. For job seekers, this means you may find several available opportunities that fit your experience and career goals. Plus, employers will be excited to hire you.
With more available opportunities and scarce competition, this means that job seekers have the power to dictate their terms for the next career opportunity. If you find yourself in a situation with multiple employers making offers, you’ll want to be sure that you ask for everything you want out of the role.
As you prepare for your 2021 job search, consider making a list of what you’d like to get out of your next role, including pay, development opportunities, and culture. When you know what you’re looking for, you can better evaluate potential employers during the interview process and ask for more should you receive an offer.
Remote work is booming
While employers realized that they don’t have to sacrifice productivity for flexibility, many employees would like to continue working at home. As a result, many of today’s job opportunities may have the option to be remote and work from anywhere.
Not only does this offer you more flexibility on a personal level, but this can open your job search up to more employers in different markets. With access to opportunities that may not have been an option before, remote work opportunities can change your job search—and potentially your career.
As you prepare for your 2021 job search, remember that remote interview processes are also becoming as common as remote work. Be sure that you’re properly prepared for video interviews, including working computers, microphones, and cameras.
Consider contract opportunities
With so many job opportunities, this is a great time to try new things in your career. Whether you may be interested in a career change or you’re interested in building your skillset, contract roles can be a great way to achieve those goals.
When you open your 2021 job search to contract or temporary jobs, you may be surprised to see the types of opportunities available. From high-level specializations to expanding your network, there are several ways that contract work can transform your career. Additionally, you may get the chance to experience different employers, giving you a better idea of what you want out of your work.