The job search of the 21st century

01.18.2013


Times have obviously changed in the last few decades, but what may be more alarming is the rapid changes that have taken place in the business and hiring world in just the last few years. To stay current in your job search, it will be crucial to look at the top hiring trends, and how you can use them to your advantage to get that long-sought new job.

According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, there are a few tips job seekers can put to use that could really help you bring your job search up to speed.

Anyone can update a resume, but what will be helpful in 2013 is updating your entire job search process. The most obvious place to start your job search overhaul - and to stay in line with what is trending the most - you should take a look at your social media profiles.

According to the news source, Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, recently wrote in his new book that all it takes is 170 connections on the website to create more than 26,000 connections via primary connections. Extrapolate this to a third-degree connection, and you're looking at a network of more than 2 million people. That's a lot of eyes on your social media page.

Hoffman said the best way to take advantage of LinkedIn is to make it a point to get to know the right people that are in your target field. Still, despite the services incredible ability to put you in touch with millions of people, it shouldn't just be about how many connections you've made.

"Building relationships is the thrilling if delicate quest to at once understand another person and allow that person to understand you," he wrote in his book.

Given the weight of online profiles in modern times, if you need to upgrade your job search, start here. Recruiters usually search for people who have a job, or have worked at a job before, in a certain industry. So be sure your profile reflects which industry it is you're trying to break into.

The media outlet pointed out that it is also a good idea to stay away from posting any political or other sensitive opinions on your social network sites, which could give a hiring professional an image of you before ever meeting you.

"If you wouldn't do it in front of an employer," said Bukola Stewart, an HR employee at tech services firm Ascendum, "don't do it on social media."

Another sign of the changing times is the accepted length of resumes. You may have heard all your life that a resume should never exceed one page, and anything that can't fit onto one sheet is probably superfluous. This, according to the Lexington Herald, has changed.

Most of the time, allowing your resume to spill over into a second page is acceptable, and may be necessary to include everything you believe is pertinent to grabbing the attention of a recruiter. Don't take too much liberty though, as your resume should never go too far into a second page or beyond it - unless you have decades of experience and are applying for an upper level position.

It is also good to consider that there is no need for complete sentences on your resume. Naturally, you will want to focus smaller grammar issues, but this does not include complete sentences. With so many people applying for jobs in the current labor market, having an outstanding resume will help set you apart from other candidates.

It's a new year, and now could be a great time to upgrade how you are searching for a job.

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