The new job hunt is a big one.
And it requires big amounts of data.
“What we are looking for are people with high-level skills and experience, people who have a passion for this,” says Michael Gazzaniga, vice president of HR at software giant SAP.
He adds that the best companies will take a different approach to their HR.
“We’re looking for people with a love for the work and a passion about the company, who are going to work really hard and really, really hard, and we want them to be able to do that and be paid a decent wage,” he says.
But for many, a job is just a job.
That’s why some employers are starting to embrace the idea of a career, and in turn, offering more flexible work schedules.
It’s a strategy that’s gaining traction in the tech sector, as well.
The shift is being seen in the form of companies like Amazon, where many people are being hired on the basis of whether or not they can make a good living on the side.
For example, one-third of the Amazon workforce has an entry-level job and another third has a senior-level role, according to a study from research firm Towers Watson.
The average pay for a senior engineer is $140,000, and for a one-year entry-to-level engineer, it’s $200,000.
In addition, an Amazon engineer is expected to have at least five years of experience.
The company’s new CEO, Jeff Bezos, is a huge fan of this strategy.
“The most important thing to do is get to a point where you are comfortable and confident that you have the skills, the background, and the experience,” he told CNBC in an interview last year.
Bezos has also recently opened a training center for Amazon’s engineering team, and he’s even given away free gear to some of the company’s engineers who want to learn how to code.
“I think that the more experience you have, the better prepared you are to take on a new challenge,” he said.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, that’s what the engineers want to do.”
Amazon’s move to embrace a more flexible career model is no surprise.
As technology becomes increasingly prevalent in our lives, the number of people with varying degrees of technical skills has skyrocketed, and there’s growing concern about the future of the human workforce.
The new hiring season will likely see more companies looking to hire more flexible workers.
In a recent survey, McKinsey found that 40% of large companies are looking to increase the number or diversity of employees.
Some companies are even considering offering paid internships or even career development opportunities to help their employees stay up to date.
It all sounds great, but some are worried that this trend could lead to a situation where a large company like Amazon might not be able find the right people for the job they want.
“There’s no doubt that we’re moving into a world where the human brain is going to become ever more highly integrated with the machine,” says Mark Boulton, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.
“If you think about it, we’re going to be working ever more closely together and in more ways than we’ve ever worked before.”
So what do you do when you’re looking to move into a new career?
It can be tough, but here are some tips for those considering a career change.
Consider yourself a team player When you’re deciding whether or how to change your career path, it can be helpful to know how your current organization works, Boulson says.
If you have an employee, you might want to consider whether that person can provide the same kind of team-building and collaboration skills that you’ll need to succeed in your new role.
Be realistic You should know that there are going be different kinds of careers out there.
“You don’t need to be in the corporate world to be successful,” Boultons said.
He also said it’s important to know that your experience with the company will be invaluable.
“As you’re moving out of your current role, you’re going be working more closely with your team, your colleagues, your suppliers, your clients,” he adds.
If there’s one thing that all HR experts agree on, it is that people need to have a clear idea of what they’re going into.
“Everyone is different and you can learn so much from the people you work with,” Gazzani says.
“It’s important that everyone has a clear picture of what kind of job they’re working for.”
Consider the people around you If you’re hiring for a new job, you should also consider the people working in the organization you’re considering.
You might also want to take a look at how many people there are in the company who are part of the same team, Boudsier says.
And even if you’re just looking to expand your role