How to stay up to date with hiring trends

  • Hiring
  • By Aleks Szymanski
  • Published on February 13

As the job market continues to evolve, so too do the hiring trends among employers. Companies are now being more strategic and looking to attract people with specific skills to help propel their businesses forward. For candidates looking to stay ahead of the game, keeping up to date with the latest developments in the sectors they are targeting for work is essential. 

Here are Workarma’s top tips to help job seekers keep up to date with hiring trends:

Follow industry experts

This may seem obvious, but social media remains the best way to stay informed. It offers insights and perspectives you can look to research more thoroughly if relevant to your target industry or role. LinkedIn is a good place to start, as it is full of knowledgeable people and influential companies. Of course, platforms such as Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram are also full of potential experts to follow.

Subscribe to industry publications, blogs and podcasts

In addition to social media, an industry magazine or trade paper is the most traditional way to keep your knowledge up to date. However, in this digital age, you’ll also find blogs covering many industries and niche topics - you may have to do some research, but it will be worth it! Finding these pearls of wisdom will help you obtain a fresh perspective and help you tailor your job search accordingly.

Join online communities

Another way to stay informed about the latest hiring trends is by joining relevant online forums and communities. Doing so will allow you to participate in discussions, share experiences, and gain insights from fellow professionals and recruitment experts. You’ll also be able to network with industry peers, expanding your knowledge while staying on top of the latest trends.

Attend conferences and network

If you prefer a more face-to-face approach, one effective approach for staying informed about hiring trends is attending conferences or networking events. Conferences can educate you on what’s going on in your target industry while presenting opportunities to develop new ideas and speak to interesting people. They also allow you to grow your professional network and draw on the knowledge of recruitment experts regarding emerging trends, strategies, and technologies.

Take online courses

Sometimes, simply reading and speaking to people is not enough, as the level of detail and understanding required to remain current and progress is greater. In these circumstances, the best way to improve your expertise is to take an online course; this could be simply watching some videos through to taking a full certifying program. As well as keeping up to date, further education always improves your skill set and increases your value to potential employers, either directly or indirectly.

Seek professional support

Looking for a job can leave you feeling overwhelmed. If this is the case, consider investing in a few sessions with a career coach. They can provide valuable feedback and professional guidance on adapting your approach to meet current standards. This could include tailoring your resume more effectively to beat the applicant tracking systems or making adjustments to your interviewing style. Even the smallest changes can help with your job search, so if you feel stuck in a rut, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Experiment with new tools and methods

Finally, an effective method of keeping up to date with hiring trends is to experiment with new tools and methods that can improve your efficiency, quality, and job search results. For example, the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has led to personalized job recommendation platforms and virtual assistants offering advice on resume writing, interview preparation, and career advice. It can even be used to optimize your resume or LinkedIn profile for better visibility, attracting potential employers. 

Plus, don’t forget to check out the latest job boards - such as those on Workarma - to see the candidates employers are looking for. It could be you!