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Here's what your boss is looking for in 2020

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It seems like jobs are harder to get these days. With an increasingly competitive job market, a surplus of university graduates and a rapidly transforming technologically-driven world, it’s important to stay up-to-date with what employers are looking for.

Every organisation requires candidates to hold a specific skill set but regardless of the industry, we are noticing a recurring theme in what all employers are looking for.

To ensure applicants know what employers want and maybe even score the job of their dreams, Kris has put together the top five trends in recruitment for 2020.

1. Improved candidate and job matching

Employers have started using algorithms to filter out job applications that don't mention keywords, a trend that will only get more common next year.

This means it's more important than ever for job seekers to fill their resume with words relevant to the industry, organisation and the job ad itself.

By creating accurate and detailed applications, you are likely to be in a better place for the recruitment process.

2. EQ will become more crucial to finding the ideal applicant

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a measure of a person's social and emotional skills, and it's something HR teams are starting to place a higher value on when hiring.

Long gone are the days where technical skills are all you need to get the job. Scandinavian nations pride themselves on their ability to create happy and productive workers through a cultural focus on EQ. This is something more workplaces are now trying to model themselves on.

Today, being able to perceive, use, understand and manage emotions is something that can make you stand out in a large pool of candidates.

3. Get ahead of the game with digital upskilling

Upskilling is considered a necessity these days in the ever-evolving technology landscape. It's a great way to not only future proof your career but can also lead to promotions.

A report by Manpower Group estimated that by 2022, over half (54 per cent) of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling.

Emerging technologies like AI and cloud computing are dominating the workplace, so it is easy to get left behind if you don't take charge of your skill-set.

4. Think of your socials as your own personal shop window

Recruiters are increasingly focused on marketing their company and brand through social media. This means you need to treat your social media accounts like organisations treat theirs to sell yourself as the ideal candidate.

After all, you don't want to miss out on job offers all because of an out-of-character photo on Facebook.

5. Show you can maintain a work-life balance

The world is getting faster, busier and more overwhelming, with fewer opportunities to switch off. So, it is highly valuable for employers to see that you have interests outside of the job description, whether it's a sport, a hobby or volunteer work.

It not only shows employers that you are a well rounded person, it helps to form deeper relationships with potential bosses and colleagues.

Kris Grant is the CEO of Canberra-based recruitment consultancy ASPL.

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