Recruiters and hiring manager are constantly adapting new tactics to revolutionize the hiring process. To stay competitive, candidates also need to understand how that process is changing, and what they can do to stay up to date. Today’s Link Roundup features plenty of actionable advice you can use in your job search regarding resumes, interviews, networking, and your online presence. Start preparing for your modern job search here!
The job market has continued to push along strongly, with fewer and fewer US citizens filing for unemployment. Also, the unemployment rate has reached a 17 year low at 4.1%, signaling what economists consider ‘full employment’. Economists are also hopeful that this will also inspire more wage growth, although the pace of wage growth hasn’t quite been in step with that of employment. For a full update on the current state of the job market, check out the full article!
The unfortunate thing about most interview mistakes is that they are easily preventable, but they end up costing you the job opportunity. So instead of making a simple slip up, check out this list! It describes a few of the most common mistakes, even if they may not be immediately recognizable as such. For instance, not sending a thank you note may not seem like an ‘interview mistake’, but doing so should be a part of your interview process. This article has some great tips to keep in mind the next time you are in the hot seat.
You may have seen a few similar resume checklists that take you step by step to update the document. However, I believe it’d be challenging to find one that is more comprehensive than this one from HubSpot! It has a number of points to check off among many different sections like contact information, formatting, editing, and even industry specific items. Best of all? You can actually check the items off on the article’s page. So it’s both helpful and satisfying!
To truly ace an interview, almost everything has to go as well as it possible could. While it may seem like making a good first impression may not be something you can control, there are a few steps you can take. Some of these suggestions are fairly straightforward, but it can be easy to forget when you are stressed out for the interview. All together, they increase the likelihood that you leave a positive impression with the company. If you have an interview coming up, this is a great quick read.
Are you someone who feels perpetually tired at work, despite getting enough sleep? That lack of energy may be due to something else entirely, having nothing to do with sleep! While it certainly could be tied to your diet or level of activeness, it could be something much less obvious. Instead, it could be physiological cause. Stress, lack of control, and lack of direction can all lead you to feel tired and sluggish. If you constantly feel like this at work, this list may be able to help you self diagnose.
For some people, networking comes naturally. For most however, it takes some work to get you approach right, even if you are comfortable talking with new people. Knowing what to say, and how to approach certain situations takes time to understand. You also have to have the right mindset if you’re going to make any progress at your next networking opportunity. It’s certainly not the easiest thing to do, and there are a number of mistakes you can easily make. If you want to avoid those mistakes, check out this list from Inc.com.
If you’ve been looking for advice on how you can prepare for a modern job search, any good blog or article would mention social media. Social media is utilized by most people, and recruiters have realized it’s value as a recruiting and screening tool. So if you’re going to be looking for a job, it’s absolutely something you have to factor into your search. If you want to update your profiles, but you’re not sure where to start, this article is a great help. It explains what specific parts of each platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) recruiters will scrutinize the most, so you know what to update.
Looking for some inspiration? Book are always a good source of it, and there are plenty of great books out there that can help you find your path in your career. If you have some extra time during or before a job search, consider checking out one of these great books. This list has some of the classics, like How to Win Friends & Influence People, but it also features some newer great additions like The New Rules of Work by Alex Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, co-founders of the job search and career site The Muse.
We hope the combination of advice given in the links above helps you feel more confident, and motivates you to take the right steps in your career. Keeping up with all of the new expectations throughout the application and hiring process can be tough, but it will all be worth it when you finally land that new job!