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How To Transition To A STEM Career

With over 10 million job openings, companies are hiring and looking for people eager to work. This is especially true in the STEM field. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) positions are in high demand, and the room for innovation is endless. Women in particular, are pursuing this field at a rapid rate. In fact, according to a survey by MetLife, of women who’ve been pushed out of the workforce due to COVID-19 and are planning to return, 8 in 10 say they specifically want to move into a STEM job. If you have ever thought about transitioning your career, now is a great time to do so. Here are four things you can do to transition to a STEM career, starting today.

Do Your Research

Many people are surprised at the wide variety of specializations and jobs within the STEM field. From Zoologist to Computer Network Architects, there is a job for almost anyone in STEM! Do your research to find which specialization and position would best fit your career goals and existing experiences.

Be Willing To Start Over

As with any career transition, you must be willing to start over as you pursue a job in STEM. However, STEM employees are in high demand, and many employers are offering competitive salaries and aggressive career advancement to attract candidates. Be prepared to head back to school, pursue certifications, and take an entry-level job. Then, you can work up the career ranks as you excel!

Learn How To Transition Your Skills

If you have an established career in a different field, undoubtedly, you’ve acquired a wide variety of skills. Some of these skills will transfer easier than you think! Possessing creativity, analytical abilities, flexibility, and curiosity will go far in your pursuit of a STEM position. Think of these and other tools you have in your toolbox that could transfer over. Then, in your resume and cover letter, write a compelling story of how these skills transcend jobs and industries to contribute to overall success.

Complete Industry-Recognized Certifications

We mentioned it above, but industry-recognized certifications are an integral part of the STEM world. Additionally, it’s easier than ever to gain access to these certifications and quickly become an expert on any particular topic. Explore sites like Coursera or LinkedIn Learning to discover courses relevant to your field of study. Depending on the specialty you’re seeking, you can also pursue sites dedicated solely to that field, like Google Certifications in data analytics, project management, and user experience design.

If you’re ready to transition to a STEM career, there is no time like the present. Explore our open positions here!

6 Hiring & Staffing Trends On The Rise In 2018

2018 Hiring & Staffing Trends

We’re in a new year which means new goals for candidates and companies alike. Many organizations are desperate to boost their talent by hiring employees poised for growth and advancement. Candidates, however, have a wealth of options in today’s candidate-driven market. Here’s a look at the staffing and hiring trends that will drive the job market in 2018.

Hiring Will Increase

Hiring was strong in 2017, the year ending with around a 4% unemployment rate. This push for hiring will continue to grow into 2018, with 61% of companies expecting to hire more talent in 2018 than the year previous. The best part? Companies are hiring to support growth – with 56% of employers aiming to use fresh talent to push growth agendas, and only 13% hiring to backfill open positions. (Source: Indeed)

Competition Is Hot

With the unemployment rate being so low, competition for hiring top talent is at an all-time high. 42% of employers are concerned about finding the candidate’s they need to fill new and existing positions.

The U.S. Tax Reform Bill

Whether you are for it or against it, the U.S. Tax Reform Bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 22. The tax reform will provide a whopping $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and businesses. These reductions in taxes may result in a boom in the economy and companies may look to create more jobs with their tax savings.

Increase In Contract Work

“In 2018 we expect to see a continued imbalance between a tight labor supply and fairly robust demand,” says Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “And with such low unemployment, you tend to see more churn.” (Source: Monster) Rapid turnover in a candidate-driven market often increases the demand for temporary or temp-to-perm hiring. In 2018, employers will be eager to hire employees and train as they go in an effort to fill critical needs quickly.

Tech & STEM Will Lead The Way

2018 will continue to be a year of technological advancement and companies who want to stay competitive will be looking to hire top tech talent. Other STEM positions will also be in high demand as drones, streamlined product development, and data analysis become more and more prevalent in business operations. Between now and 2022, over one million new STEM jobs are expected to be created, with about half not even requiring a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, 93% of STEM occupations boast wages above the national average and these numbers are expected to continue rising as competition for this skilled talent increases.

Healthcare is Now the U.S.’s Largest Employer

Due to the escalation of medical spending and the inevitable aging of the U.S. population, the Healthcare industry just surpassed the manufacturing and retail markets as the largest source of jobs in the United States.