Job trends: How software is shifting the employment landscape
Remember the days when job hunting meant circling adverts in the back of a newspaper? Back then, many companies relied on traditional recruitment agencies to get them the right candidates – often a lengthy and expensive exercise that produced limited results.
Enter the digital age: the employment landscape has shifted in huge ways thanks to the development of software and web tech that makes it easier, quicker and cheaper for employers and employees to connect. Here we look at three key names that are reshaping the employment industry today.
This platform allows companies of all sizes – from start-ups right through to mega multi-nationals – to source talent across a wide range of career fields by tapping into the online labour pool in the global digital marketplace. It’s basically a huge database of professional freelancers who can be hired on a short-term or ongoing basis and paid per hour or by project. Upwork is home to everyone from web developers to content writers and accountants, and companies can recruit them into virtual teams if necessary.
People from all over the world can also start companies on Upwork and advertise their skills as a ready-to-go team. Upwork provides cloud-based tools to allow members to track work progress and collaborate from anywhere they like.
Similar to Upwork, Fiverr allows companies to source virtually any skill – from architectural design to karma cleaning – from anywhere in the world. Services start at $5 and go up from there, with “sellers” setting the price for the “gigs” they offer. Generally, relying on Fiverr is a very affordable way for companies to get projects done. They can outsource just about all of their tasks while seriously slashing overheads.
It’s a revolutionary concept; companies can leverage the growing gig economy to support new models of doing business. Offices can be moved online, and managers can access the top talent they need even if it falls beyond national borders.
Then there’s InteriMarket – a unique hybrid platform focussed on the mid-senior longer term contractors and Interim gig seekers, currently focused on UK&I. This website makes it easy for interim workers to build their careers, network with likeminded individuals (often tricky when you are working on your own), and develop long-term strategies around their choice to operate as interim professionals. InteriMarket’s mission to help interims eliminate loss of earnings and gaps between employment by providing all jobs in the same place truly becoming “hub” of jobs.
InteriMarket showcases the hottest interim jobs on the market and uses “smart jobs advertising” (relying on intelligent data matching) to connect candidates with employers who are the perfect match for their skills and goals. Recruiters and employers benefit from month long free trials, full data base access and easy to use job postings with email and social media boost.
Jobseekers don’t need to worry about time-consuming registration processes – they can use their existing Google or LinkedIn account to get going in a matter of seconds. Profiles punt their core competencies and feature a one-minute video to enhance impressions. To explore the latest jobs, connect with other interim gig seekers, and start using the other useful features of InteriMarket, sign up for a free account here.