What Top Talent Are Looking for in Their Post-Pandemic Careers

Today’s Covid environment has made top talent reassess their job needs and goals. With so many requirements and environmental changes taking place over the past year, many have adapted to working from home and have new expectations for how work looks in 2021 and beyond.

Here are some of the top requirements job seekers are looking for in their 2021 careers.

The Number One Priority Has Changed For Job Seekers For 2021

Today’s top talent is ranking the safety of their families as their number one priority for the job they accept. Prior to 2020, they used to rank financial providing for families as number one.

This is no surprise as we see how the pandemic has brought families closer to home, focused on health, and debating what safe measures they can make to protect those they love.

If you are looking to attract the top talent right now for your open position, health and safety must be first and foremost in your discussion and job listing. Does your website’s employer page discuss how you are keeping your employees safe? Have you outlined your health guidelines for all team members to follow? Stating information like this for your candidates to view during their research will help you move to the top of their career consideration.

Increased Hiring For Top Industries

There’s a big surge for top talent in certain industries during this post-pandemic period. Health education, public health, industrial, retail, and technology are all seeing a massive jump in demand and there aren’t enough qualified candidates for the jobs.

Top candidates in these areas are deciding carefully which companies they want to partner with. Some of the main requests in the post-pandemic 2021 career include remote work, babysitting care for children, flexible hours, and a competitive salary.

With more than 68% of workforce managers stating they will be likely to hire over the next few months [Source: Staffing Industry Analyst], now is the time to look at what factors you can build into your job packages to attract your ideal candidate.

Fast Movement Towards Hiring & Onboarding

There are big changes happening in many industries right now. With that comes the need to fill positions now. The need to connect with more candidates than ever is crucial for finding the right talent. With so much virtual interaction, companies are seeing how necessary it is to expand their demographic pool and invite a wider set of candidates into the interview process.

Top candidates are also on the look out for better opportunities if they are not in an ideal situation for their future career. They’re looking to leverage their current work experience for a better and healthier position right now. If the right offer comes along, they’re looking to move fast and aren’t afraid to cut ties with old toxic work environments.

“The ability to move quickly from sourcing, to resume selections, to phone screen, and multiple rounds of virtual interviews means there needs to be more candidates coming into the top of the funnel, and at a high quality.” Says Jeff Naugle, Catalyst Career Group, Co-Founder.

Ultimately, these 2021 job seeker trends are pushing hiring companies to be as efficient as they can. Leveraging technology and sourcing a wider range of talent into their interviewing pool is key to successful job fulfillment. It also means companies need to have a consistent and trustworthy process for sourcing top candidates.

That’s where Catalyst Career Group virtual job fairs, virtual private hiring events, and make-your-own virtual events make the difference! Our 12+ years of recruitment experience means we know how to find the best group of candidates for your exact position. We can also deliver them pre-screened to your private event to take the stress out of filling your specific need. Schedule a 20 minute phone call with Catalyst Career Group to discuss which virtual job sourcing option is best for your environment!

Catalyst Career Group provides Diversity Job Fairs and Diversity Private Hiring Events that take the guess work out of candidate sourcing and hiring. Contact us today to discuss your diversity initiatives and how we can help you go farther in your inclusion practices!


At a Catalyst Career Group Job Fairs, quality and value come together to help employers find the right hires and fill open positions fast!

We work hard to provide a comfortable and professional environment for you to meet with prospective candidates. You will find that the candidates that attend our Job Fairs are dressed professionally, have their resumes ready, and are ready to put passion into working for your company.

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