Eight New Trends Every Job Seeker Should Know About

Job Seeker The Career Thought Leaders, a think tank for career industry leaders, recently released a career trends white paper that was the culmination of dozens of brainstorming meetings held across the world to identify and discuss trends and best practices in multiple areas of the job search.

According to Wendy Enelow, executive director of Career Thought Leaders, "the findings of the Career Thought Leaders' first global brainstorming event even surpassed my expectations -- and that's not an easy thing to do!

The depth and richness of content -- across a vast range of topics related to careers, employment, job search, social media, personal branding, resume writing, and the like -- was phenomenal!" Here is just a sampling of some of the top career trends.

Resume trends

Keep it short. Ten years ago, resumes were two, three, or four pages long, showcasing a candidate's qualifications, achievements, and more. Today's resumes, however, must be short and should only span one or two pages. Yet, the modern resume must still incorporate all of same elements as longer resumes -- qualifications, successes, value, and accomplishments; it's simply written tighter, cleaner, and leaner. Shorten two sentences to one. Eliminate an extra bullet point. Summarize all of the tech skills into one line. You can do it!

Google has replaced the resume as the preferred introduction to job seekers. Dick Bolles, author of 'What Color is Your Parachute?' and a true pioneer in the employment industry, was recently quoted as saying, "Your Google results are the new resume." Today's recruiters are using Google searches and LinkedIn to source candidates instead of trolling job-board databases

Social media trends

Twitter is an interesting and advantageous technological innovation. Job seekers who are active on Twitter can use Twitter to display their resume. All they need to do is upload a copy of their print resume and it will appear as the background on their Twitter page. This is a great tool especially for younger job seekers.

Online identities are more important than ever before. Your online identity used to be something that you could worry about later. Not now! The time to be concerned about your online identity is today, as the vast majority of recruiters and companies will Google potential candidates or look them up on LinkedIn before initiating contact. Every single person -- job seeker, happily employed worker, entrepreneur, CEO, consultant -- must be dedicated to building a strong online presence and doing it now.

Job search trends

Vocational and skilled trades jobs are in demand. There is a huge market today for plumbers, electricians, welders, and other skilled trades people. Unfortunately, there still exists a stigma that those types of careers are not "enough." As we continue to move through this economic recession, we hope that the perception of these careers will change to more accurately reflect the high pay scales, great benefits, and other perks of these professions. College isn't for everyone, and that's OK!

Master job applications are a valuable tool in today's job search market. A "master job application" includes all of the data that job applications require: job titles, employers, dates of employment (months and years), locations, phone numbers, contact names, salary, reasons for leaving, and more. This comprehensive document will be your single source for all online job applications. Do it once, do it right, and you're all set.

Networking trends

Networking skill leads the way. CareerXRoads publishes an annual Sources of Hire survey of Fortune 500 companies. Their 2010 study showed that, of all external hires, 26.7 percent came from referrals, 22.3 percent from employer career sites, 13.2 percent from job boards, and the remainder from other sources. As in years past, the largest number of new hires came from referrals.These are today's results and what we anticipate for tomorrow.

LinkedIn is THE online networking place to be seen.The consensus of career coaches, career counselors, resume writers, recruiters, outplacement consultants, and others is that LinkedIn is now the No.1 online networking platform for job seekers, both active and passive. It is essential that job seekers devote the time necessary to write well-branded and comprehensive LinkedIn profiles, because these sites are used daily by recruiters and hiring managers to find quality candidates.

To find out more, you can download your own free copy of the findings of the 2010 Global Brainstorming Day.

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