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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.Looking for a job? No luck? Review the #jobsearch trends for 2018 so you can adjust your strategy and land the job. Click To Tweet
Job Search Trends 2018
Personality (and human contact) matter
Send a thank-you letter/note/email after the interview.
In your interview thank you note, recap what you discussed and how you can help the organization solve its problems! #interviewtip
— Write Step Résumés (@WriteStpResumes) October 18, 2017
Even when doing phone interviews, it’s important to be energetic, approachable, and engaged.
#InterviewTip: Stand-up during phone interviews. Come across more energetic & engaged. And smile. It makes a difference, even on the phone.
— Jon Rosser (@RosserJobs) November 6, 2017
Don’t be late. Simple. Leave yourself plenty of time for near-apocalyptic scenarios like traffic jams and getting lost.
Don't be late. Don't be late. Don't be late. #InterviewTip
— Hello.Expert (@toastjobs) November 8, 2017
Your presence, interactions, and rapport mean more than your prepared comments.
— Wollborg Michelson (@Wollborg_Jobs) October 17, 2017
Don’t do these things during an interview:
— CareerBuilder (@CareerBuilder) October 23, 2017
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.
— Nexxt (@NexxtJobs) November 8, 2017
Tailor your resume to the job, culling information that that specific employer doesn’t need to know.
#Resumetips: Don't list all your achievements. Select those that are most relevant to the target job.
— Resume Right (@ResumeRightAU) November 8, 2017
Don’t overuse text emphasis.
— KGWorkforceSolutions (@kgworkforcesoln) November 7, 2017
Don’t lie! Even white lies.
— Resume Buffalo (@ResumeBuffalo) September 25, 2017
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:
— Glassdoor (@Glassdoor) November 5, 2017
Use your cover letter to introduce yourself.
— CareeResource Inst🔥 (@CareeResourceIn) November 3, 2017
Tailor your cover letter (noticing a trend, here? Tailor, tailor, tailor.) to the company.
Keep in mind exactly who you are addressing your letter to and address it to them by name. #CoverLetterTips
— MT Career Coaches (@MTCareerCoaches) October 18, 2017
If you’re struggling, think of your cover letter as an email to the hiring manager.
— XTech Staffing (@XTechStaffing) October 17, 2017
Don’t forget that your cover letter should be company-centric.
— Laurie Berenson (@LaurieBerenson) November 2, 2017
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:
— Write Step Résumés (@WriteStpResumes) March 25, 2017
Publish professional content (articles, blog posts, videos) and share across social media so that’s the stuff that comes up when recruiters Google you.
— Start (@Start_Profile) October 27, 2017
Keep that LinkedIn profile updated and snazzy. (And maybe lose snazzy from your vocabulary like I’m about to.)
— CareeResource Inst🔥 (@CareeResourceIn) October 28, 2017
A well-written profile is just the beginning. https://t.co/8pveAHVOQw
— The Muse (@TheMuse) November 7, 2017
Learning new skills and forward-thinking are key to this rapidly-changing world we’re in.
Skills you’ll probably need:
— CareerBuilder (@CareerBuilder) October 25, 2017
Look at real-life examples of people learning new things and pivoting (it’ll inspire you to try it out for yourself).
— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) October 20, 2017
It’s all about stackable skills and soft skills.
The future of the workforce is about the future of continuum education and renewed skills. The future of the workforce is a collaborative future of pathways to learning. The new workforce skill is stackable skills
— Arturo E. Osorio (@ArturoEOsorio) November 8, 2017
Human skills (so-called 'soft' skills) are vital for whenever you have to work as a team. Which is always. #CommvaultGO
— Justin Warren (@jpwarren) November 8, 2017
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.
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.