In any endeavor, it’s always wise to arm yourself with information about the challenges you’ll face and the steps needed in order to succeed. It’s no different when it comes to your career and a job hunt.
So what are the defining trends for 2013?
Human Resource professionals were recently polled by Refresh Leadership. The blog asked, “What’s your number one source to find job candidates?”
Who You Know May Get You In
According to the poll, employee referrals ranked 24% in answer to the question about where employers found candidates. Next were staffing firms with a total of 22.5%. Job boards came in at 18%. Surprisingly, social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook accounted for only 7% of the total.
However, there’s another way to read the numbers, especially when it comes to LinkedIn. It’s the premier business networking site for professionals. It’s where you get noticed, recommended and endorsed by your colleagues. Those networking connections could very well lead to your next job. When you interact with others in your industry on LinkedIn and they discover you’re looking for your next opportunity, they may know of one at their company. What’s more, they may recommend you for the position based upon your LinkedIn profile and endorsements. Therefore, a robust LinkedIn presence, via your profile, could very well get you an employee referral – where 24% of the polled employers found candidates.
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However, you need to also be aware of how social media could keep you from getting that next opportunity.
Tread Carefully on the Internet
Too often people lose their good sense when they’re no longer interacting face-to-face with others, but via the Web. It’s so easy to rant about a lousy day at work, what you believe is a horrible boss or coworkers. You vent and you feel better. However, you’ve also left a permanent record of how juvenile you may have behaved that day while you were keying away.
Employers are savvy. Many Google potential candidates to determine if they’re a suitable fit for the company. CareerBuilder did a recent survey on the topic. Of those hiring managers responding, 39% indicated that they research candidates on the Internet. Let’s face it, with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites, researching a person’s background is easy and free. What’s more, candidates are doing all the heavy lifting, so to speak, by putting themselves out there – warts and all. Unfortunately, the warts are winning because a whopping 43% of hiring managers surveyed did not consider candidates who had questionable or troubling data posted online.
Be careful what you post. It will come back to haunt you.
Acquire Needed Skills to Compete in Today’s Market
According to a July 2013 post on Express Employment Professionals, current unemployment is at a stubborn 7.6%, yet many jobs are in need of workers. Qualified, educated workers. These positions pay $11-$30 hourly. The fields? Engineering. Manufacturing. IT. Medical Services. Accounting. Sales. And administrative. The article quoted Bob Funk, CEO of Express and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He said, “Despite the high unemployment rate, there are still good, high paying jobs that remain unfulfilled due to the lack of available people with the right skills.”
The article further stated the cities where these skills are most needed: Nashville, TN; Napa Valley, CA; Dallas, TX; Eau Claire, WI; Oklahoma City, OK; Portland, OR; Austin, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Tacoma, WA; and Terre Haute, IN.
Although the above are stated as hiring trends for 2013, they’re really no different from times past, except for the inclusion of social media. Networking will always accelerate your job search. One of the best ways to do that now is via LinkedIn. The reach is wide. Making certain that your online profile is professional, not juvenile, is akin to not telling off-colored jokes in the office or at professional gatherings. And finally, educating yourself to meet the demands of today’s job market is something that has never gone out of style.
Prepare yourself with the above tips to shorten your path to success.