Most job seekers are finding it hard to keep up with the trends of the job search game. One reason is that employers are finding new ways to exclude and filter candidates from the race. The onus is on the job seeker to present his or her best, and the advantage is on the employer side. So what must you do to get noticed?
There are many sources to find the answer, but I will share this infographic from CareerShift to find some of those answers in one place. Here are some of the highlights:
- 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in recruiting efforts
- 78% of recruiters hire through social media
- 72% of active job seekers use mobile devices in their job search
- Employee referrals account for 40% of all hires
What does this mean for you? Well, here are some things you should be doing now:
- Your social media accounts are assets showing value
- You are participating in the “social” by connecting, adding to conversations, and practicing tact and respect at all times
- Do you have a mobile version of your resume? That’s how many recruiters and employers are viewing them
- Getting referred is the most effective way to get an interview. Consider all of your social network contacts/followers/readers as potential referrers. Of course, you’ll do your homework first right?
- Keep your references apprised of your progress good or bad. They will be helpful, and they will provide useful information when they are contacted about you.
- Your references will be inspired by your resilience and perseverance, and may go the extra mile in helping you succeed. All the more reason to keep him or her in the loop.
- Your network includes people who are not online at all. Don’t discount the value they offer