Nov 07, 2017

Job Search Trends 2018 (Plus Tips)

You’ve probably noticed that the job market is an ever-evolving organism. How folks got jobs in the 60’s is very to different to how folks get jobs now. And things aren’t going to be the same year over year, especially with the rate of technology growth. Companies are able to contact even more qualified candidates much more easily, all around the world. Job search trends 2018 are increasingly focused on online presence, accessibility, and personality.

You might be thinking that competing in a global job market is a negative for you as an employee. Don’t be so glass-is-half-full, my friend. This is a big plus for you. You can find the perfect employer, the perfect job, in the perfect place if you’re willing to do a bit of the (outside of the job) legwork.

If you’re looking for a job (or might be looking for a job) in 2018, you’ll need to know the top job search trends so you can stay competitive and land your dream job.

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Job Search Trends 2018

Personality (and human contact) matter

Send a thank-you letter/note/email after the interview.

Even when doing phone interviews, it’s important to be energetic, approachable, and engaged.

Don’t be late. Simple. Leave yourself plenty of time for near-apocalyptic scenarios like traffic jams and getting lost.

Your presence, interactions, and rapport mean more than your prepared comments.

Don’t do these things during an interview:

Resumes are getting cleaner and more concise

Even more so, I should say. Everyone’s heard the statistic that recruiters spend less than 6 seconds looking at individual resumes. There’s debate over the accuracy of this statistic, but the point stands that you don’t have a lot of time to impress recruiters. This means long resumes that are cluttered and include useless information have no place in the modern job search.

Here are a few tips to help you clean up your resume from resume experts on Twitter:

Get rid of the “Objective Statement” section that comes standard with many resume templates.

Tailor your resume to the job, culling information that that specific employer doesn’t need to know.

Don’t overuse text emphasis.

Don’t lie! Even white lies.

 

Cover letters still matter.

Unless the recruiter or job posting specifically tells you not to include a cover letter, you should include one every time. They’re a little annoying to write, and you definitely shouldn’t write one generic letter and use that for every job (please, don’t do that!), but a great cover letter can make the difference between you getting an interview and your resume going in the shredder.

Here are some tips from experts on Twitter.

Here’s how to craft the perfect cover letter, according to Glassdoor:

Use your cover letter to introduce yourself.

Tailor your cover letter (noticing a trend, here? Tailor, tailor, tailor.) to the company.

If you’re struggling, think of your cover letter as an email to the hiring manager.

Don’t forget that your cover letter should be company-centric.

Your social media presence matters

You probably know by now that you need to clean up your social media presence when you’re job hunting. You can adjust privacy settings, delete posts, etc., but having a presence is an important part of the career search. 70% of employers screen candidates via social media, and a large 57% said they are less likely to interview someone if they can’t find them on social media at all (source).

Read my article, 5 Tips to Clean up Your Social Media When You’re Job Searching to make sure you’re presenting yourself online properly.

So, you need to be on social media (at least according to 57% of hiring managers surveyed), but you need to make sure it’s a professional presence. Here are some tips:

Watch your language, and (duh) don’t post pictures of you doing illegal things:

Publish professional content (articles, blog posts, videos) and share across social media so that’s the stuff that comes up when recruiters Google you.

Keep that LinkedIn profile updated and snazzy. (And maybe lose snazzy from your vocabulary like I’m about to.)

Learning new skills and forward-thinking are key to this rapidly-changing world we’re in.

Skills you’ll probably need:

Look at real-life examples of people learning new things and pivoting (it’ll inspire you to try it out for yourself).

It’s all about stackable skills and soft skills.

Conclusion

Job and career search trends for 2018 (and beyond) focus on personal branding, social media and web presence growth, soft skills, continued learning, and increased ability to quickly show employers how you can help them.

Do you have any great tips to share with our readers? What does the future of job search, career growth, and employment look like to you? Let’s chat about it in the comments or on social media.


Morgan MyersABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m Morgan, the copywriter and content strategist for businesses and entrepreneurs looking to position themselves as industry experts. I live in the Northwest and enjoy 90’s alternative music, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, and drinking too much coffee. Learn more about me and the services I provide by visiting my website.

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