21 Job Search Tips and Trends

By Giselle Mazurat.

I love trend research because without it we wouldn’t have a clue about where the world is going.

As career practitioners, if we don’t know where things are going, we might share outdated information with our clients, leaving them improperly equipped to compete in the marketplace. We need to see the coming trends so we can position our clients to find the greatest opportunities. And then there are the solid job search tips that seem timeless.

Here are 21 job search tips and trends that will help you help your clients:

  1. A client’s knowledge about the job search process and the quality of his or her own job search will influence the type of employer chosen and ultimately the career trajectory achieved.
  2. Managers are fearful of making a “bad hire” so the screening process is increasingly tough and more candidates might be disqualified. For this reason, there may be more hidden job openings than we believe.
  3. Recruiters are increasingly turning to their networks to find the best candidates. This is why expanding into new networks is so important for clients.
  4. People hire who they like and trust. Clients who present a high degree of likability and rapport will do better in the job search process. Candidates who target like-minded companies with values close to their own and a culture that matches their preferred environment will excel in the job search process.
  5. Opportunities for working remotely continue to grow and clients are no longer limited by their geographical area. People who live in the country can find remote opportunities in the big city without leaving home.
  6. Part-time work is also on the rise due to employers cutting salary and benefits costs. The workforce is increasingly comprised of consultants, contractors, freelancers, and outsource providers.
  7. Clients who understand and effectively communicate their value proposition in a variety of mediums – in-person networking, social media, resume, etc. – will be effective job seekers.
  8. With technology such as job boards and online applications on the rise, the job search process is becoming longer, more impersonal, and complicated. It will be harder to get job interviews if clients don’t understand Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), the technology behind the recruitment and hiring process.
  9. Social media is increasingly becoming a job search tool. Many clients are still behind in this area. LinkedIn’s blogging feature now offers clients a platform where they can establish their brand and become thought leaders – raising their Google ranking and gaining more attention from hiring executives and recruiters.
  10. Resumes will become an aggregate of social media with more links to work, social media, video bios, etc. Keeping up with advances in modern, creative, technology-enhanced resume development will be important.
  11. Mobile applications are quickly becoming a medium for job application. Job-search related communications are expected to be clear and to the point. Wordy cover letters and resumes will not be effective.
  12. Informal networking is on the increase. Clients who are uncomfortable in stiff, formal events can network with their colleagues over a quiet lunch or coffee.
  13. Emotional Intelligence (EI) will become increasingly important for effective networking and relationship building. Therefore, we must teach clients how to enhance their soft skills.
  14. Hard and soft skills are becoming just as important as experience and education. Employers are looking at how clients will use their skills in the position.
  15. Using the phone for follow-up calls is gaining importance once again. The client who follows up with the recruiter by phone is often the “gem” that the employer is seeking.
  16. With remote working on the rise, video communication is also trending, giving people opportunities to conduct video interviews or meetings. Recruiters are increasingly using mobile applications to interview candidates.
  17. More companies are interviewing candidates in groups rather than one-on-one sessions. Clients will need to become comfortable interacting with interviewers and candidates in small groups.
  18. Companies are asking candidates for writing samples where they introduce themselves in an email or present what they will accomplish in their first few weeks on the job. Job search document preparation will expand into new areas.
  19. Job seekers are doing reference checks on companies. Known as reverse reference checks, rather than taking the company’s word as to how great it is, job seekers are asking former or current employees if the company is true to its word.
  20. Job seekers can design their own careers that suit their values and personality while adding balance to their lives. Companies that don’t heed this trend will lose out on talented employees.
  21. Some job seekers are beginning to outsource portions of their job search to private on-shore and off-shore services. This is a pricey option, and if the service does not produce results, some job seekers will not be able to spend on this type of service long-term.

As the old saying goes, “Knowledge is power.” The more we know about job search trends, the more empowered we become to help our clients shorten their job search and increase their career success.

Helpful Resources

7 New Job Search Trends You’ll Want to Know

10 Emerging Job Search Trends, Tips and Tactics

Emerging Trends in Job Search for 2016/2017

Four New Job Search Trends

How You’ll Search for a Job in 2016

The Evolution of Social Recruiting

The top 8 Job Search Trends for 2015

Comments

  1. Jobseekers needs to be informed of all the fractions of a job search process in order to formulate and conduct to an productive and effective job search strategy. Thanks for the great information Giselle!

  2. Sincere thanks for your LMI updates and trends.
    I am able to share this info with my employee team.

    thanks again.

    Eva

  3. Thanks for sharing and reminding. This is a great list. I would add something about the power of networking.

  4. Great information and validation of understanding the Labour Market and Trends. Thank you for sharing.

    Laura

  5. Remote employment and consulting/contract/freelance/outsourcing employment opportunities may provide a good way of gaining experience and developing potential for people who have barriers to employment, such as people with disabilities. In one way it’s a good opportunity to level the playing field; on the other hand, it could evolve into another class of the working poor.

    The longer, impersonal more complicated job search process creates barriers to employment for people with disabilities at the initial phase of the hiring process.

    I like the idea of candidates doing reference checks on employers. It equalizes the power imbalance and generates a sense of self efficacy and internal locus of control.

    • Giselle Mazurat

      I agree Denise on the internet leveling the playing field. It’s about time that everyone gets an equal chance to opportunities.

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