Finding a job in today’s economy can be a bit challenging, especially with the rapid increase in technology and the decline in more traditional jobs. As time passes and technology continues to be the major platform of work and social interaction, knowing how the job market will be different in 2020 can help you to better prepare your own career and yourself professionally. There are a few ways the job market will be different in 2020 that will change the way we conduct business today, providing new jobs and eliminating positions become no longer necessary.
Going digital in the future as early as 2020 is sure to happen in nearly all industries around the world. Understanding how to file and document records of patients, clients and customers will be required rather than keeping traditional records on paper, ultimately saving time and space. Most businesses have already gone digital, but by 2020 you can expect more automation and computer programs helping you to checkout in stores, online and even handle your finances without the use of traditional paper and pens.
Focusing on niche markets that you are familiar with is another job market change to be expected by 2020. Many jobs will require you to have experience and education in specific niche markets depending on needs of customers and the demand of the type of content, products or services you are capable of offering. Researching market trends will also help you to predict the most viable option for your career in the future beginning now.
Many people will begin to work more remotely utilizing their smartphones and other devices including tablets and laptops to easily travel while providing completed work to employers around the world. Working remotely will help to save on transportation and in-house costs for all business industries. For this reason, it’s important to familiarize yourself with understanding how to utilize online tools, applications and software available for working and productivity. Working online can cut costs and allow employees more creative and operational freedom from the traditional workplace environments that are most commonly found in offices today.
Online Breadcrumbs Over Resumes
By 2020, resumes may become more obsolete than an online portfolio and list of online breadcrumbs about you professionally and in some cases, even personally. If an employer is interested in knowing more about you, using a search engine is the next step to confirming you are who you say you are and you are qualified or have experience for the position. Building an online portfolio and appealing to potential employers will be a necessity in most industries in the future, as it allows them to know more about you without conducting multiple in-person interviews beforehand. Setting up a personal website that represents you professionally including your portfolio is vital and can help you now to get ahead in any type of career you are interested in for yourself.
Increase in Freelancing and Contractual Work
When 2020 arrives, you can expect that contractual and freelancing work will be on the rise, as it is much easier to work from home or on a project to project basis for employers who are looking to save money and work with a variety of employees. Finding contractual work allows you to work for multiple companies at once while even offering the services or skills you have to international companies. Working as a freelancer is ideal if you are self-motivated and involved in the marketing, design or even writing industries. Freelance work can be found through 3rd parties or even by directly obtaining clients on your own.
There are a few things you are able to do now to prepare yourself for the direction that the job market is heading in the future. Establishing your online presence and keeping up with technology will boost your ability to get employed or remain employed. Examine the line of work you’re now in and determine the likelihood of technology rendering it obsolete. Consider how your job will be changing and what you can do to remain essential to your employer. Keeping up with changes in the job market as they happen will allow you to smoothly transition by the time 2020 arrives.
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Career counselor Nathan Cooper enjoys helping people find the career best suited for them. He often writes about different careers and, of course, the job market. Nathan is also happy to share 10 great careers for the future with people who want to be sure their job has the longevity they desire.