As technology continues to progress, it finds its way into our lives in many different ways. Technology has greatly changed the hiring process, and also the way in which we find jobs. Job boards, LinkedIn, applicant tracking systems, and more innovations have changed how employer hire. Knowing how to make yourself marketable and accessible with all of these changes will help you land your next job. Today’s link roundup gathers articles that will help you better understand the modern hiring process, and the mindset behind it.
This intriguing article examines the modern hiring environment through the lens of Hollywood. The author, Ryan Craig, notes that much like in Hollywood, when it comes to most modern job postings, everyone thinks they have talent. Job postings receive a crazy number of applications, and it’s getting increasingly challenging for managers to weed through them. Craig believes that this dilemma may give rise to talent marketplaces and greatly alter how hiring is done. It’s an interesting glimpse into the possible future.
When Glassdoor hit the scene in 2008, it began putting the power back into the hands of the employees and job candidates. Armed with the power of reviews, it has tipped the scales at some organizations. While some employees may not feel confident to speak up to management out of fear for losing their job, they could go anonymously to Glassdoor and leave a company review. This has lead many companies to realize problems within their corporate structure, and set out to fix them. However, there is also the problem of overly biased reviews disparaging companies. No matter how you feel about Glassdoor, this makes for an interesting read. Just keep in mind, it’s a long article, so be prepared to invest some time!
Applicant tracking systems have changed how resumes are processed by the HR department at most organizations. It allows for quick, easy, and indexed processing of hundreds of resumes. They make it much easier for recruiters to compare experience, education, and skills by automatically parsing the content out, and entering it in a database. If you truly want to have the best chance in your job search, you should optimize your resumes to take advantage of these systems. This article is a quick and easy guide to doing just that.
Continuing on the topic of resumes, expectations have shifted from only a few years ago. Career objectives and summaries aren’t expected to be at the top of every resume anymore. If you only updated your resumes a few years ago, it may already be out of date with current trends. This blog is a quick but comprehensive list on some of the most popular resume trends right now. Recruiters have certain expectations when they look at a resumes. Meeting those expectations will help your chances of getting hired. Check it out!
This Forbes article gives an interesting perspective from a hiring manager who is shaking up the interview process. Instead of asking the typical questions, they are asking atypical ones designed to bring up red flags. These were suggested by business coach Cameron Herold. Instead of answering softball questions and moving onto the next round, candidates have to answer real questions that speak to their strengths, weaknesses, and ability. Whether you’re asking the questions or answering them in your next interview, this will be an enjoyable read.
Online presence plays an important role in a modern job search. Especially if you’re going to be conducting a passive search, which can be done in addition to an active search. A passive job search just means making yourself easily accessible to anyone looking to hire. One of the best ways to do this is to network. Having a powerful network is also an incredibly valuable tool when it comes time to begin actively searching. There are a number of ways to grow your network online, and this article is a great introduction if you are looking to start.
One of the most frustrating parts of a job search is not hearing back after applying. However, what if recruiters were contacting you even before you applied? It would give your job search a boost, and also make it easier to land interviews! If you want to expand your online presence, this article presents a few great ways to do so. Some of the advice here will also help you generate opportunities in person. So whether you’re looking to find opportunities in person or online, this link contains some good advice.
This last article is included because I believe it’s a very important subject. If you’re not moving forward in your career, you’re moving backwards. You should always be working in a job that challenges you and allows you to grow. If you don’t have that experience, it’s limiting your potential. Similarly, if your job is stifling your growth and overworking you, you’re going to get burnt out pretty fast. If you think you may be close to burning out, check out this article. It includes some questions that will help you do a self diagnosis. If you are getting burnt out, it may be time to consider moving on.
The way employers hire, and the way job seekers find jobs will continue to change and evolve. However, if you stay on the cutting edge of the trends and tech, it will give you a leg up on other qualified candidates. We hope you found this week’s collection of links informative, and hope you check back next week for a new set of links with career and job search advice!