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5 trends every job seeker should know from CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast

CareerBuilder | January 6, 2017

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The hiring outlook for 2017 is the best the U.S. has seen in a decade, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast.

Keeping some New Year's resolutions can be hard — sticking to a healthy diet, vowing to watch less television or restrict your incessant social media use, planning to visit the gym at least once more often — but you know it's good for you, so you at least try. For those of you resolving to land a great new job this year, we've got good news.

The hiring outlook for 2017 is the best the U.S. has seen in a decade, according to CareerBuilder's annual job forecast. That's right — as many as 2 in 5 employers say they will hire full-time, permanent employees this year, while 3 in 10 intend to hire part-time, permanent staff. Meanwhile, if you are looking to join the temporary/contract workforce, you're also in luck as half of all employers are looking to hire this segment of the workforce in 2017.

We're making it easier for you to achieve your professional goal by offering up five key trends and takeaways from the job forecast you should be aware of as you apply for jobs.

1. Expect wages to be a bit higher. As many as 2 in 3 employers said they intend to increase salaries when extending initial job offers — nearly a third of them said it would increase by 5 percent or more. That's good news for all you job seekers out there. For those of you on the lookout for minimum-wage jobs, there is good news for you, too: Nearly half of employers say they will raise the minimum wage at their organizations.

2. Get ready to play up your soft skills. That's because most employers (62 percent) say that a candidate's soft skills — such as positive attitude, team-oriented nature or dependability — are very important when they look to hire candidates in 2017.

3. You've got text! This may come as a bit of a surprise, but more than 2 in 5 employers (41 percent) say they want to communicate with candidates like you via text messages, especially when it comes to tasks like scheduling interviews.

4. Brush up on your social media skills. The majority of employers (62 percent) say they expect some social media proficiency from employees regardless of job function. For starters, look through your social media profiles and do some cleaning up and fine tuning if needed. Remember: If there's something on there that's public, it's likely a potential employer will stumble upon it.

5. Don't have experience? Some employers are willing to overlook that. That's right — more than half of employers (55 percent) say they are open to training candidates with less experience to get them up to speed.

Want to learn more? Download the full report.

Tweet at @CareerBuilder: Are you looking for a new job in 2017? Which of these trends do you find most useful to know going into your job search?