What You Need to Know to Get Hired This Month: September 2020

September 16, 2020

As we head into Fall, there are still a lot of questions on everyone’s minds about what comes next, but one thing is certain: for many, finding a new job has gone fully virtual. 

Hiring in the US took a slight dip in August, but the good news is that job opportunities on LinkedIn are growing month over month. If you’re on the hunt for a new role, or just looking for the latest work trends, here’s what you need to know this month.

Registered Nurses, Salespeople, and Delivery Drivers are still in high demand

Since the pandemic began, registered nurses, retail jobs, and delivery drivers have been in incredibly high demand as the economy shifts to serve the various social distancing measures in place around the country. Jobs in tech dominate the list of in demand remote jobs, and hiring in the tech industry rose 7.5% last month.

Most In Demand Jobs

  1. Salesperson

  2. Software Engineer

  3. Registered Nurse

  4. Food Delivery Driver

  5. Cashier

  6. Store Associate

  7. Tax Associate

  8. Driver

  9. Financial Advisor

  10. Project Manager

Most In Demand Remote Jobs

  1. Frontend Developer

  2. Account Manager

  3. Full Stack Engineer

  4. Sales Specialist

  5. Solutions Architect

  6. Product Manager

  7. Sales Manager

  8. Salesperson

  9. Data Engineer

  10. Account Executive

The #1 skill people wanted to learn this year was how to effectively work from home

This year has been challenging for everyone, and the top LinkedIn Learning courses of 2020 reflected our changing world. Research from Stanford found that 42% of Americans are now working from home full-time. For many people, this meant juggling the responsibilities of home and work life in a whole new way or learning new skills to communicate digitally. 

The top 10 courses of the year are:

  1. Time Management: Working from Home by Dave Crenshaw

  2. Strategic Thinking by Dorie Clark

  3. Remote Work Foundations by Mike Gutman

  4. Learning Python by Joe Marini

  5. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence by Gemma Leigh Roberts

  6. Excel 2016 Essential Training by Dennis Taylor

  7. Excel Essential Training (Office 365) by Dennis Taylor

  8. Communicating with Confidence by Jeff Ansell

  9. Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP) by Sandra Mitchell

  10. Project Management Foundations by Bonnie Biafore

Read the full list and learn more on the LinkedIn Learning blog.

Hiring slowly bouncing back as states reopen 

On a local level, LinkedIn data shows hiring starting to rebound as states relax social distancing protocols. States like Georgia, Florida, and Nevada which have fully reopened are seeing the largest hiring upticks, albeit with corresponding high rates of coronavirus, while states that have more cautiously reopened like New York, Washington, and California are seeing slower improvement. 

However, with more remote job opportunities available, job seekers aren’t necessarily confined to looking for roles in the city that they live in.

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Make your profile stand out to recruiters interested in remote candidates

Your LinkedIn profile is one of the first things hiring managers look at when evaluating potential candidates for the job, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

  1. Show that you’re open to remote work. Your LinkedIn profile is an opportunity to show who you are and what you’re looking for. Update your Open To Work settings to indicate you’re open to remote job opportunities and include in your profile summary or headline that you’re interested in working remotely.

  2. Highlight your skills or learn something new. Skills are one of the key ways hiring professionals find the right person for the job, having just 5 skills on your profile helps you be found up to 27X more by recruiters. Take advantage of LinkedIn Learning, where there are more than 600 free courses available to learn some of the most in demand skills such as remote working foundations, critical thinking or communications skills

  3. Update your experience. If you have remote work experience already, even if it was part-time working from home, make sure you note that in your work experience. Include keywords in past job titles so you show up more frequently in recruiters searching for remote talent, and make sure any skills you have related to remote working are reflected on your profile.