Trend Report: What Hiring in 2016 Will Look Like

As more millennials enter the workforce and companies loosen their belts, trade in suits for jeans, and hire more people they may never actually meet in person, the next few years should be interesting in terms of hiring.

Good News For Jobseekers

According to a recent report in CareerBuilder, companies are offering a bigger starting salary to attract the best possible candidates. Lowballing an attractive hire could be a bad move with so many successful startups and more people realizing the value of a smart and ambitious employee.

Startups Are Growing

Not only are employers offering more money up front, they’re hiring more people. The study showed that the “E” word is big in small business this year. That is – expansion. According to the report, 27% of businesses with less than 50 employees will hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 20% last year. While 33% of businesses with 250 or fewer employees plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, that’s 29% more than in 2015.

Here are some other trends to keep an eye on.

Figuring It Out


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Working Yourself to Death at Your Startup

Amazon got a bit of a kick in the teeth this week from the NY Times. A well-researched article painstakingly detailed the exciting/deadly working conditions at the company that wants to deliver everything to everyone all the time. Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with Amazon? I know I do. Love the access to books and other stuff I want. Love creator-centered platforms like Kindle. Love the company culture that pushes to the edges of innovation. Hate the hubris. Hate the idea that it’s okay to work employees in 100-degree heat with an ambulance outside to cart them away when they drop. (True story.)

All company culture is top-down. Amazon is an expression of the brilliant/crazy mind of Jeff Bezos, who believes in tracking everything, intense competition, and the positives of a negative work environment. Zappos is an expression of the brilliant/quirky mind of Tony Hsieh, who is trying to remove the hierarchy in his corporate structure. (It’s not going so well.)

People like Bezos and Hsieh are like you: intensely focused on a world-changing idea, drinking their own Kool-Aid and trying to …

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