Is your resume good enough to get you a new job? Are you wondering where to go to find open positions? There are more than six million open jobs in the United States, so why is it so hard to attract employers’ attention?
What you may not know is that the job market has changed profoundly over the past few years. Nowadays, a great resume just isn’t good enough. You have to understand that new recruiting methods use artificial intelligence to “read” your resume – and track you on social media.
We’ll clue you in to some new recruiting trends and explain why they’re great for your job search. Once you start optimizing your resume, you can start to reach out to potential employers.
1. Social Media Recruiting
Almost 90% of all job seekers say that they use their mobile phone to look for jobs. What you may not realize, however, is that employers look at your social media profiles. They factor that information into their hiring decisions.
You might want to review the way that your social media profile represents you. If you can, make your pictures and posts private. Your potential bosses will see what you want them to see. It’s a good idea to keep your profiles private in general, and to limit what people can access.
Often, employers will request your social media links. Don’t feel like you have to provide all of them. You should always share your LinkedIn profile, but are Twitter and Facebook really necessary for employment? It’s okay to limit the access your boss has to your social life.
2. Artificial Intelligence
One of the newest recruiting techniques involves using AI to scan resumes for keywords. If you don’t have the skills that an employer is looking for, they may not even review your resume and application.
Websites like Glassdoor and Indeed can be helpful for job seekers. Take the time to input your resume and highlight your portfolio and relevant skills. If your resume matches with a job, you can receive email alerts straight to your inbox.
If you’re wondering which skills to put on your resume, do a search for “hard skills” and your desired job. You’ll be able to find a list of skills that employers — and resume scanners — are looking for. Make sure to put these skills at the top of your resume. Companies are always looking for accomplished team players, and you can read more here.
3. Automated Applications
You should always be trying to further your education when it comes to your job. There are so many free courses online and resources about how to become a better manager or team member.
One way that employers test your dedication is to use automated recruiting methods. They will have you take a test online or write a sample essay. Before you talk to anyone in recruiting or HR, you’ve already taken a personality test, written an essay, and filled out a multiple choice quiz.
The reason that so many companies are turning to automated applications is that it helps screen out people who are unqualified. The average cost of onboarding and training a new employee is about six month’s worth of salary. If your position pays $80,000, it will cost at least $40,000 to get you up and running.
Do your best to stand out during the first, less personal phase of recruitment. Make sure that you return all tests on time and that you perform to the best of your ability.
4. Employer Branding
One of the most positive trends in recruiting is that companies really care about how they’re represented online. A negative review on Glassdoor could cost them a great candidate, so businesses are striving to maintain a positive image with their employees.
About 75% of all job seekers report that they research companies before they apply. If you’re looking for a new position, definitely check out reviews and salary information. Why waste time with a company that treats its employees badly?
The current job market definitely favors employees. There are so many open jobs, especially in tech, that companies are competing to attract new workers. Budget at least three months for any job search: it might take a little bit longer, but you want to make sure you’re working for a great company.
5. Distributed Workforce
If you want to work at home, you should make that clear to your employer before you accept your new job. More businesses are embracing work-from-home options because it cuts down on the rent they’re paying for office space.
Usually, companies state in their advertisement that they’re open to home-based workers. If you don’t see that option listed, take the time and ask whether they would allow you to work from home.
There are more than 35 million home-based businesses in the United States and they generate more than $400 billion per year. If you don’t find a home-based opportunity at first, keep looking. You’re bound to find one, even if you work in tech or in a creative field like writing or graphic design.
The Future of Recruiting Trends
Businesses are going to incorporate automated recruitment methods, and recruiting trends are going to go even more digital in the next decade. There are millions of jobs out there: it’s just a matter of optimizing your resume and using all the recruitment websites out there.
Take the time to improve your LinkedIn profile, because a lot of companies like to network on there. Make sure to include profile links and keep a current picture on file.
It’s a buyer’s market, and job seekers should be aware that recruitment trends are evolving in their favor. Companies want to be seen in their best light and are working harder than ever before to retain workers and make them happy.
Don’t be discouraged if your job search is taking a while. Just continue to improve your resume, reach out on social media to brands that you admire, and attend in-person hiring events in your local area. And remember, there are thousands of jobs in healthcare and tech. Maybe it’s time for a change?