5 HIRING TRENDS OF 2016, AND WHAT WE SHOULD EXPECT IN 2017

1- HYBRID TALENT

In 2016, there was a wealth of new start-ups created. $11.3 billion in venture capital was invested in US startups in the fourth quarter of 2015 alone. In the SF Bay Area, industries such as fintech, AI, VI, and cyber security are seeing more and more players in the field each day, and promising to grow bigger in 2017.

With all these start-ups, one of the biggest trends of 2016 has been an increased demand for hybrid talent from the hiring managers. Hybrid candidates who can wear multiple hats has been high on demand. Start-ups that have limited funds now look for talent such as hybrid marketing managers for instance, who has product experience, who can also run search and display advertising campaigns, has experience with email marketing, can run social media, can pitch in to content and writing, and the list goes on. This hybrid all-doer talent demand can be seen in almost every field and is expected to continue throughout 2017.

2- INCREASE IN JR HIRES

Similar to the reasons of increase demand for hybrid candidates there has also been a significant increase in demand for junior candidates in 2016. A lot of companies initiated college recruiting programs, internships, and also intern-to-hire programs. On job description requirements, years of experience demanded were slashed by a bit over 20% compare to the previous 3 years. Whether this trends continues in 2017 or not is still unknown. However, it is a fact that more and more clients are investing in finding, hiring, and training junior candidates.