The world has changed. Our personal and work lives will continue to look much different from those in 2019. So what does this mean for hiring in 2022? There are a few trends you should be on the lookout for. 

Find your style: One of the great things that has come out of the pandemic is remote work, but it’s not for everyone. The good news is that not every company is remote. That means that the job seeker can decide which working style works the best for them. I firmly believe the split of in-office, remote, and hybrid work environments will stick around for a while. Now is the time to pick which one works for you. 

Extend your search area: In the past, if there were no jobs in your local area, you had two choices. You could stay with your current employer, or you could move. But remote work breaks down the barrier of distance. If you’re in a small market, you can now fish for jobs anywhere in the country, opening up possibilities.

In some cases, it can also mean a salary increase. If you’re looking for remote opportunities, look beyond your local market. Also, just because a job posting has a city attached to it does not mean there’s no chance of remote work. 

Try new roles: The job market is tight right now. Companies are having a tough time finding talent. That means that when a company tries to find a perfect candidate, they very likely will come up empty-handed. For the job seeker, this is great. If you’ve thought of trying a new career field, this is the time to do so. Hiring managers are more likely to give an underdog applicant a shot when it’s hard to find the perfect candidate. 

Remote learning: For years, companies have expected their employees to take charge of their education. When employees stay at an organization for fewer years, the company has less incentive to invest in training. They expect you to show up ready to work. In a remote world, the problem is that it can be hard to increase your skills and knowledge. You’re on an island, focused only on your current work. There are many free online courses available. Use them to keep yourself up to date while growing your career. 

Whatever you do, don’t sell yourself short in 2022. I know that the last two years have been scary. We’ve faced a lot of unknowns together and in quite an isolated fashion. But companies are still hiring, and you are still valuable. Accept that what is normal has changed. Make a new set of goals for the new year, and let’s move forward together.