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Top 10 Job Search Trends of 2014

Have you decided to take your job search to the next level this year? Then you should know these latest trends that will have an impact on your job search in 2014!  Improve your job search game by staying ahead of the latest trends and understanding what employers are seeking.  Check out these job search trends of 2014 and hopefully you will land the job you’ve always wanted!

BE TECH-SAVVY

In 2014 you’ll need to become more tech-savvy.  We saw the rise of the mobile job search in 2013 and we’re not just talking about your LinkedIn profile or tweeting several times a day.  Ensure you have perfected an electronic version of your résumé so that it can easily be submitted to hiring managers.  By doing this, it will ensure you’re prepared for your next opportunity that comes along your way.  Hold on to your pants, because this year the job search will become more digital than ever. 

MOBILE APPS

This trend is already here and will continue to rise!  Mobile Apps seem to be the wave of the future for applying for jobs!  Careerbuilder.com has a free iPhone app, where users are able to perform a search for jobs available by using keywords, salaries and descriptions.  Another free app available is The Career Search by LinkUp.  This app allows users to perform a search of job available and research careers. 

TELECOMMUTING

Working remotely will be the norm.  Talented employees don’t have to work in a traditional work setting and employers are beginning to notice.  Agencies are recruiting people and extending them the option to work from home. 

FREELANCE

In addition to working remotely, more jobseekers are choosing to become freelancers.  There has been an increase of workers deciding to freelance their services.  This trend will only increase in numbers over the next 10 years.  Freelance work is becoming a popular trend of employment for job seekers. 

ONLINE PRESENCE

This seems to be another trend there is going to be more emphasis on.  Recruiters are continually checking social media to research candidates.  Ensure you are presenting oneself on these platforms in a good light, as it may affect your job search.  Companies are also taking advantage of video interviews via Skype to screen the best candidates for their company.  Not only is your online presence going to matter during your job search, but the way you utilize technology will as well.

LINKEDIN

Don’t just copy and paste your résumé into LinkedIn.  Your LinkedIn profile should be a complement to your résumé. Your profile is used to connect with people in your network and that is how they will find you on LinkedIn.   Your profile should be more engaging than a résumé and therefore should be more personal.  Don’t forget to be creative in your summary and show passion, motivation and personality!

TWITTER

Ensure to utilize Twitter for following companies you’re interested in with job opportunities.  You can locate job postings and follow companies to learn more if you would like to pursue opportunities with them. Unlike other websites recruiters can post job announcements on Twitter for free!

WRITING SAMPLES

Hiring Managers are requesting writing samples for most professional jobs.  Employers are placing a high value on written communication as they screen candidates.  Candidates are required in some instances to submit writing samples even for internships. In addition, they may be asked to send a writing sample in addition to a résumé or bring with them in a job interview. 

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TIME

Recruiters are plagued with an assortment of technologies and crunched for time.  The standard résumé review was roughly 20 seconds, now 5 seconds is the norm.   It’s imperative to match your résumé to each job announcement to connect with the employer and the position. Hiring managers have more candidates to evaluate in their search for the perfect employee to their need for talent. Your goal is to reach the top of the candidate list, not get your career document thrown in the trash pile.

POST INTERVIEW LETTER

Follow-up letters are becoming more common sent via email, typically within 24 hours of an interview.  Candidates that want to stand out and be remembered should reference key points uncovered during their interview.  The idea is to stand out from the hundreds of candidates applying for the same position.

A candidate’s job search will continue even if they are gainfully employed.  A job seekers job search doesn’t end after they land a job.  Regardless of your current status, your job search will continue.  A great candidate is continually seeking new positions and opportunities, regardless if they are happily employed. We don’t know what opportunities will present themselves in 2014, so candidates need to be open to opportunities.  So keep these trends in mind when searching for your next dream job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF A JOB SEARCH

COMMANDMENT I: Now is not the time to take a vacation.  Don’t take an extended vacation from your job search.  Searching for a full time job is a full time job.  Do not miss out on employment opportunities by taking a break.  You are only harming yourself and your chances to find work when you extend the time between your last job and your next.

COMMANDMENT 2: You will be disappointed.  Expect disappointments and turndowns. You cannot be offered every job you apply for and not every applicant can be hired for the same job.  Your job search is a competition, be competitive!

COMMANDMENT 3: Have a plan.  Establish a daily job search plan.  Know what you are going to do every day to apply for jobs.  Have a schedule of where to look, who to talk to, and what applications you need to call back on.

COMMANDMENT 4: Network, Network and Network.  Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job and what job you want.  Networking is one of the best ways to find employment.  Wherever you go, mention that you are looking for a job.  You never know who may know of a job opening, works for a company that is hiring, or will pass the word along that you are looking for employment.

COMMANDMENT 5: Budget yourself.  Put yourself on a budget.  If you do not have an income, you need to know how to make your existing money go further in order to get you by temporarily.  You also need to know what your living expenses are and what kind of salary you will need once you are employed, as not to live beyond your means.  Spending more than you earn is the quickest way to get yourself in financial trouble.  Know how much money it takes to support yourself and your family.

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COMMANDMENT 6:  Keep up your appearance.  You never know when you will meet a potential employer.  You must present yourself appropriately at all times during your job search.  You are making your first impression the moment you attend a networking event.  You must also be prepared for on-site interviews in case an employer is able to meet with you immediately.

COMMANDMENT 7: Don’t stop applying until you get an offer.  Do not stop your job search while waiting to hear from an employer.  Just because you have a good feeling about one employment possibility does not mean that you got the position.  Keep all of your options open, no matter how badly you want a certain job.  Do not count on any lead completely until you have actually been offered employment with a set start date.

COMMANDMENT 8: Keep in touch.  Stay in touch with family and friends.  Now is the time you need a good support group to help you with a job search and to stand behind you.  Let those you are close to know how your search is going, what disappointments you have faced, and what you are striving for.

COMMANDMENT 9: Don’t forget to follow up.  Follow up on each contact with a phone call.  Let each company you have applied to know that you are interested in the open position.  Keep your name in their head as someone they need to consider for employment.  Ask if the position has been filled, when they are hoping to fill it, and if you can get an interview.

COMMANDMENT 10: Always say Thank you and express gratitude right away.  By showing gratitude it makes people want to assist you in landing a job or even hire you.  Gratitude will help you in your career and will also make you a happier person.