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5 Job Search Trends to Watch for in 2014

If you’ve decided to take your job search to the next level this year, then you should be aware of some of the trends that are going to impact your search. The only way you’re going to land your first job or even your dream job is by staying ahead of the latest job search trends and understanding what qualities employers are looking for. Here are 5 Job Search Trends to look for in the new year…

This is going to be the year when your online presence will be screened by employers and baby boomers will continue to retire. Not only does this mean you’ll have to manage your reputation, but you’ll have to show employers that you’re serious about your career.

If you’re hoping this will be the year you land the job you’ve always wanted, check out these 2014 job search trends:

1. You’ll need to become more tech-savvy.

We’re not just talking about updating your LinkedIn profile or tweeting a few times a day. This year the job search is going to become more digital than ever. In 2013, we saw the rise of the mobile job search, and it’s only going to take off from here. Make sure you have perfected an electronic version of your resume that can be easily submitted to employers. This will ensure that you’re prepared for any opportunity that comes your way.

2. Freelancing and working remotely will be normal.

Employers are beginning to discover that talented employees don’t necessarily have to work in a traditional work setting. Companies are recruiting people from all of the world and are also giving them the option to work from home.

In addition to working remotely, more people will choose to freelance their services. Currently one-third (17 million) of American workers freelance, and within the next 10 years, 40 percent of American workers are going to be freelancing. Whether it’s freelancing full-time or supplementing full-time work, this type of work is going to be a popular choice of employment for American job seekers.

3. There’s going to be a shift in the workplace.

The workforce has finally reached the point where many baby boomers are retiring and Millennials are filling their positions. Within the next five years, 18 percent of baby boomers will retire, which will have a major impact on the workforce. As a Millennial job seeker, you’re going to have to focus on your reputation and what you can bring to the table as a young employee. You already have the skills, experience, and drive to break into your career; now you may have to convince baby boomers that you do have the ability to fill their shoes.

4. Your electronic footprint will determine your employment.

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