Finding a job in 2020:
What's next?

High-tech industries have strengthened their market position. These include: pharmaceutics, e-commerce, ed-tech. The blockchain industry, robotic engineering, VR, ML, AI, and IoT are growing in popularity as well. Obviously, IT specialists, analysts and all Big Data professionals don't have to worry: the demand for them is just going up. Firstly, companies are interested in process automation and distant working solutions. Secondly, everyone is focused on a data-driven approach, and even if you made up your mind to work for a startup company that has not set up a full-fledged analytics department, it does not mean there's no place for an analyst. So don't hesitate to send your CV and enquire if the company is willing to hire new staff for a specific area of business activity. The attractiveness and competitiveness of our oil and gas, on the contrary, is giving ground: in the long run investment in this industry is going to decrease. But there's good news, too! Competent professionals are very much needed when a company chooses to change it strategy, review opportunities in the industry and reorganise all processes — and here's your chance! Global advice for you would be to avoid looking for a specific position, but have a broader view of the things and choose an industry where your skills can be of value.

Staff no longer have to work from offices. IT teams demonstrate high productivity working from home. And employees look for ways to save rent expenses. In the future, 20−50 % of employees will not return to offices.

Competition among applicants has grown. The requirement for new staff is currently declining, companies find it more important to retain the existing staff. As a result, the chance for getting a cool job falls by 30 %. Employers are more careful about hiring people and select high-potential candidates only. So your CV must hit the target and your skills must demonstrate your benefits for the company. Soft skills are just as important as hard ones. An independent project you have implemented at your own initiative (even if it has not paid off yet) may make you win the recruiter's favour more than your formal educational records.

More caution should be used when selecting an employer. Don't agree to employment with a company you know little about. Check out the employer's behaviour in a crisis — it's just the right moment to do it. Take note of how the company looks in the media space. New about financial instability, massive layoffs, and the general mood of employees — all of these characterise the employer better than a nice vacancy. To understand your own motivation and choose the best company, use a matrix.
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Make a simple table: choose the industry and list your employers of choice in a line (use a big sample rather than 1-2 employers). Write down the selection criteria in a column:

career expectations (promotion rates, salary, corporate training);
industry expectations (company ratings, employment conditions, social security);
personal expectations (your interest, the balance of work and life).

Now analyse each company using the criteria you find critical and put the scores from 1 to 5 in the cells. This way, you will have a clear view of the company that suits you the best.