In today’s fast moving world, like everything else job searches too have evolved. With the increasing importance of technology and social media, job searches are gradually converging onto attractive tech platforms.
But have we completely done away with those old modes of looking for a job? And if new job search systems are finding their place, how should we equip ourselves for these fast-changing scenarios. Let’s find out!
- The Resume has Changed..And How
To begin with, time spent on resumes today is maximum 30 seconds, as opposed to the good 3-5 minutes managers used to spend on applications earlier. Recruiters are pressed for time. The need of the hour is crisper resumes. A summary of experiences rather than its detailed account is preferred. So compared to how a ‘good’ resume looked few years back, the ‘ideal’ resume today has a completely different look and feel.
Also seldom would you find a hard copy of a resume being accepted these days. Further, even a decade back the .doc format for resumes was common — in the past five years however the PDF format has become more important. This is simply because PDF files can retain their original format irrespective of the software used on the computer, which unfortunately .doc files are incapable of.
Likewise the well-written cover letter which so-long was a potent tool to making recruiters sit up and take note has lost its sheen — more often than not these letters are just discarded without a glance.
- Networking is Not Merely Good…It’s Essential
Networking with recruiters and industry peers is no longer considered an ‘underhanded’ way to get a job. The kind of importance networking has achieved today far exceeds the role it played even a decade back.
In fact, hiring managers say that it works better when colleagues, friends or family recommend candidates – as it reduces their time in conducting elaborate background checks. It also becomes easier to find out about the candidates’ employment history from the common acquaintance.
- Social Media
No one thing has changed the parameters of job search as much as social media.
Hiring managers are actively researching how potential candidates score on their social networking profiles. Your pictures, what people say about you, what you read, like or dislike – everything can impact your chances of getting hired.
While social profiling is important, HR managers point out it is yet not a critical tool. In fact social profiling has its downside too and companies have to careful that they do not get into legal trouble for discriminating against candidates based on their social media profile information.
Click here to read how HR managers are using social media.
- Candidates Can Seek More Information Now
The traditional concept of the recruiter being at a higher position of power (as compared to the candidate) no longer exists.
Experts say that hiring is actually a two-way process where both the recruiter and the candidate are screening to find out what suits them best. More than ever before, candidates today enjoy the power of learning as much as they can about the company they want to work with.
Thus while applying for jobs, candidates seek out as much information as possible about the company, its workforce and their backgrounds from social media. Companies need to pay attention to their reputation management because bad reviews from ex-employees, trainees, interns etc. online can affect their chances of attracting good people.
- Online Job sites and Freelance Platforms
Online job sites and platforms for freelancers have assumed much greater importance today. They are like a one-stop-shop option which allows candidates to achieve a lot more at one go – launch their online resumes; research on the job market and find employment that suits them perfectly.
- Niche Specific Recruitment Consultants
Cold calling on prospective employers is all but dead. Several companies advertise vacancies on their social media pages to reach out to potential candidates. And online job portals and freelance platforms are helping candidates and recruiters meet. Yet recruitment consultants are important in the job search market. Employers turn to niche specific consultants for filling certain vacancies. Several recruitment consultants are offering specialized services in screening social media for potential candidates.
The trends in today’s globalized world are fast and dynamic, and no single trend works for a job seeker or for recruiters either. A judicious use of the best of what the old and new systems offer assures success in the job market for both.