If you’re looking for a job, you want to make the most of every resource available. The Simply Hired Job Trends tools can give you information that can help you determine how to focus your job search. The data we gather from job postings in Simply Hired job database—job type, industry, location, etc.--can provide valuable insight into what’s going on in the job market and help you find your next job opportunity.
Here are five ways you can use the Simply Hired Job Trends tools to inform your job search.
1. Keyword trends.
Simply Hired Trends allows you to enter a specific job-related keyword (ex. social media, nurse, java, vision benefits) to view the trends in how often that keyword has appeared in job descriptions. If the keyword is on a downward trend, then it might not be the best job to pursue, or you might want to consider other related areas on which to focus your search.
By entering multiple keywords, separated by commas, you can compare the volume of jobs containing those keywords. You can also discover trending keywords that would be beneficial to add to your resume or areas you may want to study further.
2. Determine where to look for jobs.
If you are willing to relocate for a job, there are a few different trends tools available to assist you. First, check out the metro areas with the top job opening growth. This will give you a good idea of where the hiring is happening. If you're willing to move to a different area, then target those locations with the largest increases in job openings.
Then look at the metro area job competition trends. Competition data allows you to compare the job growth to demand for jobs. Locations that have a high job growth rate and less competition are good places to look for jobs. Conversely, if a particular location has high job growth and high competition, then you may want to consider another location.
The occupational trend data will give you an idea of which types of jobs are growing and which are not. If you're not sure which occupational area you’d like to focus on, this can be a great resource. Combining the occupational data with the location information discussed above will give you a better idea of what type of jobs are most likely to be available in different locations.
4. Find the top hiring companies for a metro area.
Once you have selected a metro area of interest, Simply Hired allows you to see which companies are doing the most hiring in that location. By clicking on the company name, you can see all the jobs available at that company.
5. Find the top hiring cities for an occupation.
The occupational trends section allows you to review the metro areas that currently have the most job openings for a specific occupation. This information can give a good idea of whether or not you are looking for employment in the right place. If the top metro areas for a specific job are in the same geographic area, then it’s a good idea to look for jobs in that location. Likewise, if metros in your area do have a concentration of the particular occupation of interest, then perhaps consider a different occupation or location.