3 Reasons Why 2017 Is a Great Year to Make a Career Change

January 13th, 2017

Contract Recruiter Toronto Priscilla Poirier
By Priscilla Poirier, Toronto IT Recruiter

If you are thinking about making a move, there is no better time than now to make a career change, and 2017 is looking like a great time to take that leap. 2017 projects to be a good year for job seekers, particularly for the following three reasons:

1. It’s a Job Seeker’s Market

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It’s no secret that we are amid a job seeker’s market. Digital recruiting has put the power in the hands of talent.

“Finding great talent, regardless of which industry or discipline, is one of the biggest challenges organizations face today. Every hiring decision you make will have a direct impact on your company, and online or digital recruiting has only made finding great talent even more challenging. Companies are not only competing locally with competitors but nationally and even globally in some cases,” says Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter at IQ PARTNERS, in Has Digital Recruiting Put the Power in the Hands of the Talent?

Social media and the internet has made recruiting more competitive, and it has allowed talent to learn more about companies and brands, and make better-informed decisions before job hopping.

2. Switching Jobs Pays Off

One of the main reasons why people make a career change or switch jobs is to get an increase in pay, and now is the best time to capitalize on a pay increase.

“People are leaving because there are better alternatives,” says Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist at Glassdoor. “And generally, when people leave a job for a pay raise, it can be significant—10% to 20%.”

Even if you don’t plan to leave, Mercer finds that pay is forecast to rise by 3%, and up to 4.9% for top performers, indicates Kristen Bahler on Time.com.

3. Finding Positions Has Never Been Easier

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Pounding the pavement is a thing of the past. With so many online job boards, LinkedIn, websites, and recruiters today, it has never been easier for you to explore the job market, see what is out there and connect with a recruiter or hiring company to enquire about a position.

Get More Career Change Tips

Ready to make a move? Here are some more great blog posts that will provide you with invaluable information about making a career change:

5 Potentially Career Changing Job Search Resolutions

3 Great Books to Read When Considering a Career Change

5 Steps to Making a Career Change

How to Effectively Change Career Paths

4 Ways to Seamlessly Jump Back into Your Career After Time Off

 

IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Priscilla Poirier

Priscilla is a Recruitment Consultant whose primary focus is recruiting for contract positions within the IT, Finance, and HR functions. With more than four years of experience as a specialized contract recruiter, within the IT & Finance sectors, Priscilla truly enjoys what she does. She loves that recruitment allows her to meet amazing new people every day, and is thrilled when she can make someone’s day by letting them know they GOT THE JOB!