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Changes in hiring trends post Covid-19

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As Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, corporates are changing their strategies to ensure that their employees stay productive during the pandemic. Work from home, digital adoption and contactless processes are now the new trend in the post-Covid-19 era. Industry experts believe Covid-19 will have a long-lasting effect on corporate recruitment and lead to new industry norms. Right from hiring talent, to retaining employees, everything has found a new normal.

Data scientists will be in demand: With the Covid-19 pandemic, the internet is something we now depend on whether for entertainment, education, or work. As more employees work from home, there has been an increase in data usage across the world. With this growth, the tech industry will witness a rise in the number of tech opportunities for network engineers, tech engineers and in data science areas. Job opportunities for data engineers, data scientists, data analysts, etc. will see growth.

Digital marketing will grow further: Covid-19 led to a rise in digital marketing. While several players in the print media had shut down, people were dependent more on online content even while cooking, exercising, or working from home. Digital marketing has helped CMOs to cut down in marketing spends, leading to a growth of digital.

Cybersecurity analysts will be in demand: Today, as the world struggles with an unprecedented pandemic, hackers are attacking with various viruses in forms of ransomware, data stealers or banking malware, such as Mustang Panda, Kimsuky and many others. The remote setting has invited a lot of cybersecurity threats. The rise in demand for Cyber Security Analysts or Chief Information Security Officer is another hiring trend post-Covid

The hiring process will go virtual: We already see a shift in the working culture as work from home and social distancing become the norm. Corporates are changing their entire recruitment strategy. Virtual interviews via MSTeams, Skype, zoom calls or phones are taking place instead of in-person interviews.

Soft skills the need of the hour: Employability of fresh graduates has become the need of the hour of every institutes. B-Schools across the globe are asserting the importance of soft skills like communication, leadership, creativity at work, critical thinking, empathy, adaptability & time management skills and has now become the heart of the debate in the field of employability. Such candidates are being preferred by most of the employees and adds to the workplace efficiency in a remote environment.

Flexible candidates will be preferred: A 9-to-5 job is now passé. Work is more about flexibility now. It is all about being available and staying connected to ensure the given task is completed within the stipulated time. It is bringing about a significant change in the way people collaborate and get work done. People need to understand this sooner rather than later as in the light of Covid-19 pandemic, remote working is here to stay.

The hiring trends will now continue to go virtual in the coming years as Covid-19 has shown us a different working lifestyle. On the work front, the shift towards digital is going to be complete and immediate. While there are certain industries, which are at significant risk due to economic downturn, digital and tech jobs will continue to grow.

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