JOB SEARCH / SEP. 08, 2014
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7 Insightful Changes to the Job Search Process

It is no secret that job hunting has undergone tremendous changes with the passing of time. It’s no longer enough to just drop your resume and cover letter hardcopies in the human resource department of your preferred company. There is more to it that simply having your CV ready for a job application as soon as a vacancy presents itself.

Hiring managers are looking to hire only the best staff because it is too costly to recruit an employee who will leave after three months. It is said that if a new employee leaves the company within the first three months, the company loses one and half times the employee’s annual salary. This is to say that job seekers need to be better from other applicants and do things with a difference. So what has changed exactly?

1. Summarizing work history is now a plus

You know by now the kind of tasks hiring mangers go through during the hiring process. They read resumes upon resumes of potential employees hoping to get the best people for the job. It is approximated that recruiters take only 30 seconds per resume hence the best way to ensure your complete resume is read is to minimize words on the work history. Pick on the most important things you want the recruiter to go through.

2. Resume has been replaced by Google

Instead of paying for databases or job boards, hiring managers have now resorted to using LinkedIn and Google searches to identify the best talent. Most companies have actually made it a mandate to have all their job applications go through a Google screening process. This means that it is highly important that you appear on the first page of the Google search results. Why don’t you make use of how to increase your rank in Google and be on your way to getting your dream job?

3. Going digital is mandatory

If you still expect hiring managers to read your cover letters or resumes on paper, it is time you changed your thoughts completely. The computer screen is now what is highly used to peruse through the documents. After all, why waste time printing papers when you can get the information without having to do so?

4. Social Media is a big win

I know this has become a cliché but it is necessary to address the importance of social proof during the job search process. Companies have goals of reducing mistakes made through hiring new employees. As a result of this, social media has become such a useful tool in evaluating abilities and talents of the applicants. Therefore be sure to create a profile on social media and throw in your recommendations and endorsements.

5. Hiring managers have become specific

Gone are the days when employers focused on the needs of the job seeker above those of the company. The new recruiter has eyes for only what is necessary and relevant for the company. While making an application, be sure to write only what the employer wants from you.

6. Resume gaps aren’t such a problem anymore

A while ago, gaps in your CV, was recipe for trouble as far as hiring was concerned. However, the new hiring managers understand the factors that lead to the gaps. They know the difficulty of finding a dream job and keeping it. What is of importance to them is initiative of trying to do something productive while unemployed.

7. Typing isn’t a skill anymore

You’ll bear me witness that not long ago, typing was an extraordinary skill that needed to be highlighted on the CV. This is not the case anymore. What you need to stand out is your preparedness for the job, not typing skills. Who doesn’t know how to type anymore anyways?

Getting a job today takes effort and determination from the job seeker. You are better off sending a few targeted and well-structured applications than spraying everywhere with irrelevant resumes that have no impact at all. Best of luck with job seeking!

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