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As the job market continues to evolve, it’s important for job seekers to stay up-to-date on new job market trends in order to remain competitive. While companies continue to lean into remote work and flexible work options as we enter a post-pandemic market, this year has seen other key market trends that are important for job seekers to be aware of, including an emphasis on soft skills, networking, and more. Keep the following trends in mind as you prepare to find your next great position. 

Pay attention to growing industries

Rapidly growing industries such as logistics and transportation, healthcare, e-commerce, and AI will be desperate for talent, so pay attention to industry trends, especially if your skills and experience align with one of these industries. This will help you to identify career paths to consider.  

Even if these fast growing industries aren’t appealing to you, recognizing job trends that align with your own interests can help to focus your job search and create a plan to obtain a position in that field. 

Skills over school

While a degree is always going to be an asset to your job search, college degrees are not as important as they have been in the past. Focus on both hard and soft skills and consider upskilling to give yourself an advantage in the market.  


While it’s still productive to search for a new career on job boards, networking in your own field is increasingly becoming more important than applying to jobs online. Utilize LinkedIn to your advantage and reach out to personal and professional connections to find job opportunities. If you’re looking to switch fields, consider holding informational interviews to help learn more about positions and organizations to gain a better understanding of what you are looking for in a new career. 

Be flexible

In recent years, there has been a shift away from a typical 9-5 office work and towards a more flexible working arrangement. This trend is here to stay as more companies adopt remote or hybrid work policies. If you are open to a flexible schedule, such as working from home, freelance, or a hybrid work schedule, you will have more options for finding employment. With this shift to remote work, you will have access to positions that are virtually anywhere in the world, exponentially opening your job search prospects! 

A tighter market requires recruiter assistance

The current job market is experiencing a slowdown in new jobs, so it’s important for job seekers to utilize all the help available to them and collaborate with a recruiting company such as Orion Talent. Here at Orion Talent, we are able to offer you exposure to a diverse portfolio of job opportunities with top-tier companies seeking to hire military veterans and top talent. Working with Orion Talent can ease the stress of looking for a job by presenting you with positions that are a good match with your background, skill set, and preferences, helping to take a lot of the work out of the process. 

If you’re ready to start working with Orion Talent to help find your next career, register here

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