Old is New and Technology is Crucial for Job Hunting in 2014
& Taylor Reveals 11 Game Changing Job Hunting Trends for 2014
26, 2013) - One of the many resolutions people make for the
New Year is to find that perfect job.
fact, a recent study by Right Management, the talent and career
management folks, indicates approximately 83% of the North American
population may be searching for a new job in 2014.
that staggering number in mind, Allison
& Taylor has
identified the top 11 employment trends that job seekers should keep
in mind when beginning the hunt for that new position in the New
Technology plays an even bigger role in the hiring process. Continuing
on trend, job seekers will see an online application process for most
mid to large size companies. One of the reasons this is so popular is
that most companies are now using applicant tracking software - the
computer simply sifts through information in the system for résumés
whose contents meet the current job opening's criteria.
for online applications to replace papers completely in the very near
future - this application process is gaining momentum. As an
example, LinkedIn recently integrated an “apply now” option into
their job listings; you simply click the button and the system sends
your profile to a potential employer.
electronic résumé is about to become more important than ever.
What's Old is New. Yes, technology rules. You may
be able to counteract this to some degree. When you do not have a
job, sitting at your computer all alone for 8 hours may become very
depressing. There is an old fashioned way to get that job. Target where
you want to work, dress in your finest clothing, print out on linen
that résumé and visit that company, plus go door to door to other
companies where you may wish to work. That receptionist may take pity
on you, and actually hand deliver your résumé the old fashioned way to
the hiring manager. (Yes, 3 of our clients recently told us they found
the job of their dreams this way and although they had applied online
no one ever responded that way). So pound the pavement - it's
invigorating and who knows you will meet along the way.
consumers are finding assistance from employment-related organizations
Fairness. Workplace Fairness creates and maintains
the most comprehensive, online one-stop-shop for free information about
workers' rights. Resources on the site capture the power of technology
to educate workers, employers, legal services and community
organizations; foster a community of advocates who believe that
fairness works; and promote the fair treatment of workers through
remotely and freelancing become the norm. Many employers have
discovered the way to get the best talent is open up the employment
pool to candidates all over the nation, and the world. The world is
shrinking due to technological advancements, and the savvy employers
(and employees) are taking advantage of the fact that you can live in
one time zone and work in another.
be screened through social media, video interviews and electronic
reference systems. Your electronic footprint is becoming
critical. Employers now routinely run a Web search on candidates,
looking at social media accounts and professional affiliations online.
So take care about what you post to your accounts, and evaluate them
from a professional perspective to make sure the content is appropriate.
aware that many employers are also utilizing electronic reference
systems, which rank an employee's performance on a scale. While it is
comprehensive and factual, it has the downside of limiting the
opportunity employers have to favorably assess a candidate. Make sure
the terms of your reference upon
departure from any company to insure the right information comes
take the time to practice your on-camera interview skills; live video
interviews are becoming more of the norm, at least for introductory
Your references will become more, not less, valuable.
Though many people treat their reference list as an afterthought, it is
of the utmost importance. Your résumé will get an interview, but it's
the report your references provide that will win you the job in a close
race with another qualified candidate.
Although the job market is poised to grow, hiring managers generally
have a surplus of eligible candidates and will take the time to
carefully examine candidate's credentials. It has become critically
important that your reference list is well thought out, with full
contact information, and presented as a matching and professional
addendum to your résumé.
in the workplace are shifting. Many people in upper-level
management are “boomers,” meaning they are now hitting retirement age.
This means more employment opportunities on lower levels as
mid-management moves up and their jobs (and entry level positions) open
up. Bear in mind, however, that this means keeping in close contact
with your references becomes very important. If that key reference
retires, and you don't have his or her current contact information, it
could be very detrimental to your job seeking process.
sure you keep in close contact with your references. Click
see some tips on managing your references.
“Boomerang” hiring intensifies. It pays to stay in touch
with former employers. The employment market is shifting again, and
employment rates are on the rise. Companies that may have had to lay
workers off in recent years are now looking to increase their numbers,
and many are more than willing to rehire old employees. This is true
for a number of reasons: the employers know what type of employee they
are getting based on past experience, and that rehire may have learned
some new skills in the interim. Plus, an old employee can jump
right back in the fray, since they already know the company's
philosophy and the employer's expectations.
new way to leverage your references where savvy job seekers
are now modernizing their reference lists to make a powerful statement
of their qualifications for the new position. An effective reference
list will identify those attributes the references can attest to, an
approach that offers several benefits to the job seeker. See examples
on Allison Taylor here.
LinkedIn may be your best avenue. Not being on LinkedIn can be
detrimental to your search. Employers and recruiters regularly search
LinkedIn's database of information for people with relevant skills sets
and experience pertaining to their requirements for open positions.
process is not the only reason to keep in touch with old employers!
why it makes sense to stay connected.
professional image is absolutely critical when searching for a new
job, so make sure that your résumé and references portray you in
the best possible light. For more information on honing your résumé
and references, please visit http://www.allisontaylor.com/.
its principals have been in the business of checking references for
corporations and individuals since 1984. AllisonTaylor is
headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and
procedures please visit http://www.allisontaylor.com/.
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