2014 Trends in the Job Search Process
Technology and its offspring, social media, continue to impact the way people look for jobs. Not only are recent graduates competing for jobs but also mid-career job seekers and, yes, even baby boomers are all in the job market.
No matter your age or experience level, Arnie Fetig, who is head coach at JOBHUNTERCOACH.COM, offers readers some valuable advice on how to make the most of the job search process. He offers 10 important job search tips that job seekers should definitely keep in mind.
1. Consider the use of both online and offline tools to help create a “best fit” for prospective employers and yourself. Realize that you must stay actively engaged with today’s employers through the use of social media and mobile apps. Using friends to help boost your visibility and availability is also a great “offline” strategy.
According to career adviser Hannah Morgan and the web site Jobvite, personal job referrals accounted for 40 percent of the job seekers finding their best or favorite job. On the other side of the coin, the employer side, 64 percent of the job recruiters rated referred candidates as those of the highest quality—so personal contacts DO matter!
2. Get yourself acquainted with mobile apps and realize the role they play in looking for employment. Understand that mobile apps will continue to be BIG in the job search process, and the use of these tools will only expand.
3. Vary your communication types. While older job seekers still tend to use paper resumes to present themselves to employers, younger people are a lot more comfortable with video and online forms of communication. Older workers will need to consider more flexibility by incorporating newer communication types into their job search.
4. Present your material in a manner that is clear, short, and targeted! According to Fertiz, job recruiters use to spend roughly 20-30 seconds reviewing each resume. Well, folks that review time is now down to 6 seconds!
5. Make your information engaging. Become savvy at using links, video bios, infographics as part of the job search process and as part of the resume as well. There are a number of helpful online resume tools. These tools, which can help you build your online presence, include Resume.com, CV Maker, and LiveCareer among others.
6. Become part of the LinkedIn community, if you haven’t done so already and create a LinkedIn profile that shows more of your personal side (yet presented in a professional manner). Also, use the LinkedIn tool “Who’s Viewed Your Profile,” to help you use the analytics collected by LinkedIn for making your profile more appealing to potential employers and to engage with them. This tool is available to free users (some limitations) as well as to paid users.
7. Follow companies of interest on Twitter.
8. Prepare for group interviews. This interview process is being used increasingly by employers. You need to be ready for the prospect of being interviewed by a team as well as the possibility of being one of several job candidates being interviewed in the same session.
9. Make sure your written communication skills are up to par. The use of “hard copy” may be on the decline, but good writing skills are very high in demand. You need to (a) be flexible, (b) have good grammar skills, and (c) be sensitive to and aware of the right tone and style needed for various communication platforms used today.
10. Follow up your interview with a polite thank you message. Use this opportunity to get your name across the interviewer’s screen/desk again by highlighting the key points of the interview and how your skills can benefit the company.
For more details on Arnie Fetig’s job suggestions, visit his web site.
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