As the hiring environment evolves and matures we are seeing more jobs that require a constant increase in technical skills of some type.
Employers are focused on candidates who are flexible in numerous categories such as travel, remote work, future promotion with relocation, taking classes, ability to train others, and strong interest in the entire company process.
Employers are targeting subject matter experts.
In the past, hiring was all about the over-all skills, ability to promote, excellent communicator, and team player. The exact job or industry match was not as important in the past. Now it is all about the alignment of your skills and experience with the employers current needs and environment. Many times the direction is to find an employee from a competitor.
We are seeing a revival in American manufacturing after many years of plant closings that went to other countries. New graduates should have a strong track record of on-site co-op work with a manufacturing employer to add to your hands-on knowledge base.
With this American manufacturing revival related to experienced candidates, it is still all about the alignment and experience with the employers industry and/or processes. What requirements follow are successful track record, positive personality, team-work abilities, engendering trust, communication, and leadership. Targeting manufacturing employers who use similar processes will get the desired attention from most employers.
Many job movements during your over-all career path are frowned upon. The red flag is employment tenure of less than 36 month. If you have employment tenure of less than 36 months numerous times in your career there are definite red flags.