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Good news, jobseekers: A recent study found that 78 percent of hiring managers expect there to be more hiring in the first half of 2016 than there was during the same period in 2015.

There’ll be lots of new opportunities for workers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and that makes this a great time to think about how jobseeking is going to work in the coming year. In a terrific Fast Company posted titled “How You’ll Search for a Job in 2016,” Lydia Dishman looks at seven of the major trends predicted by experts. Read on and strategize accordingly. And good luck!

1. It’ll be all about social — In 2015, 10 percent of all job applications were submitted with social media profiles. That number is sure to increase in 2016, as more companies post positions online and jobseekers use tools like Facebook and Twitter to search for opportunities and learn about organizational culture.

2. You’ll do reference checks, too — Thanks to websites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn, it’s possible to read up on companies the same way they’re doing their homework on you. Never mind what the job posting says — what’s it really like to work Company XYZ? Finding out is easier than ever.

3. Things won’t be so formal — More and more, employers are meeting with candidates in informal settings, such as coffee shops or casual (no suits!) networking events.

4. Old-school resumes and job postings? Out! — Well, they won’t be gone entirely, but they’ll matter less, as employers stop using educational background and qualifications as the key considerations for hiring. It’ll be more about skill and drive, and that means age, gender, and where you went to school will become secondary to your talent.

5. Location will matter less, too — The name of the game in 2016 will be flexibility. Companies with multiple locations will be looking for employees willing to relocate when necessary — which it won’t always be, since technology has made it possible for many people to work remotely.

6. Video will matter a whole lot more — Thanks to platforms like CareerSushi and ClincHR, jobseekers can upload videos that give potential employers a better sense of their interpersonal skills. Digital interviewing will also become more common, as recruiters use video to vet pools of applicants that might have been excluded through traditional interviewing.

7. You’ll BYOP ’til you drop — Wouldn’t it be great to “build your own position” rather than apply alongside thousands of other people for one whose parameters have already been clearly defined? For some folks, the answer is yes, and as more and more jobseekers build relationships with companies through networking and referrals rather than by applying for jobs on boards, the BYOP phenomenon will become more widespread.


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