Recruiters share how post-pandemic job expectations have changed

The coronavirus crisis has triggered the so-called “great resignation,” with workers ditching and shifting their jobs in record numbers. But as the war for top talent rages on, spare a thought for the recruiters, and human resources professionals tasked with attracting and retaining the best in the business — all remotely.  

It’s been a transformative 20 months for everyone, and recruiters have had an arduous time matching employees’ newfound job expectations with the right employer, amid skills shortages.

In the U.K., recent research from HR tech firm Employment Hero revealed 77% of millennials are actively looking for fresh starts and predicts that 2.5 million executives and managers will quit within the next six months. Replacing them collectively cost businesses £34 billion ($47 billion), according to the same report.

Meanwhile, 63% of U.K. business leaders are struggling with recruitment as candidates lack specialist skills and experience, particularly in digital and tech, according to The Open University’s annual Business Barometer 2021 report, published in October. And 24% of employers said this skills shortage will be the biggest challenge facing businesses in the next five years.

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How Recruiters Can Capitalize On The ‘Great Resignation’

Employees are quitting their jobs in record fashion this year. In August, 4.3 million Americans put in their two-week notice marking the highest rate since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tallying staff turnover in 2000. 

The desire for change has been a response to the paradigm swing of work norms over the past year and a half. Some left the workforce without a contingency plan in place. Others have switched career paths in search of more stable employment that better aligns with their passions, values and long-term goals. 

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This year, Maryland has been taking considerable steps towards reaching its previous employment rate. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, preliminary survey data shows that as of August, Maryland has reached an unemployment rate of 5.9%, which is the lowest since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the labor force participation rate and the employment-population ratio are still lower than pre-pandemic levels, a sustainable positive trend is already showing on the charts. Furthermore, as the Maryland Reporter has previously shown, for the first time since the fiscal year 1999, the state is expecting a $2.5 billion budget surplus. This spells new opportunities for working families.

However, even though job growth has generally been consistent across all sectors of the economy, we have researched official data for Maryland from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and compared it with corresponding search results from job aggregator Jooble, to understand which particular jobs seem to currently benefit from the fastest growth rates. Furthermore, we have broken down the top 10 results into two subcategories, by required education. Here are the results, from lowest to highest job growth:

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If you’ve been ghosted after a job interview, use this simple email template to chase a recruiter or employer

While preparing for a job interview, candidates can spend so much time crafting the perfect answers that they don’t think of questions to ask the interviewer. Interviews are a two-way street, and candidates should feel empowered to pose questions that will help them better understand the company’s culture and responsibilities of the role. 

Asking the right questions can also help an applicant stand out among their competition. Amazon senior recruiter DJ Cabeen tells CNBC Make It that one question in particular will make a lasting impression on any interviewer. 

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