Job hunting has evolved drastically over the last decade — primarily due to the fast changes in technology. The interview process, the way people look for jobs, and what employers are looking for now are all much different now.
So, if you’re back in the job market, your time-tested soft skills, experience, and interview skills will still serve you well, however, there are a few things that you need to be aware of to help you make the necessary shifts that will work to your advantage.
- Pass the ATS Hurdle
Previously, a well-written resume was absolutely necessary to get your foot in the door. While it is still an important aspect of job hunting, the way it needs to be written and formatted has tremendously changed over the last decade. If you’re applying to jobs online, employers now hunt for your resume with keywords pertaining to the essential skills they are looking for and this screening is done via an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). In order for your resume to reach the hands of the hiring manager make sure your resume is formatted for the ATS.
- Optimising LinkedIn
If you have been in your current position for a long time, chances are that you might not be actively using LinkedIn. Well, it’s time to start working on your profile and a bare bones profile will not do the trick. You need to work on your personal brand to make an impact. Start by adding an encompassing summary that showcases your personality along with your professional history. Share industry related information, increase your connections, and get recommendations. Doing all of this adds credibility and can help you connect with leaders in your industry.
- Go Beyond Technology
While a decade ago it appeared as if the internet and AI would make traditional jobs redundant, it’s also true that healthcare and other supporting service industries are steadily increasing. So, don’t hold on to the mindset that you have to be a complete computer whiz or IT nerd to find a meaningful position. Keep a lookout for new trends and be open to learning new skills that are pertinent to your related industry in order to keep you relevant.
- Understanding Screening Practices
While a staggering percentage of jobs are still found the “old-fashioned way” – through who you know – some aspects of how you get your resume in front of the right people have changed. You cannot randomly drop by an office with your resume and expect to be entertained. Companies now have gatekeepers that make sure the right people are seeing the right candidates for the right positions.
The best way to get an interview is to increase your online presence, gather social proof, connect with more people (both online and in person) and have better relationships. Do your research about the company and be prepared for their screening process which could either be an online, over the phone, or through a video conference. Rarely does the screening process involve an in-person meeting.
- Employment Shifts are Acceptable
Companies have a solid understanding of how a good candidate can be laid off, especially during the economic downturn. Additionally, employment gaps are more acceptable than before since hiring managers appreciate candidates who have shown an initiative to start their own business, take up a side hustle, or spend time with their kids or ailing family member. A good employer will understand your situation however, you must show through your career documents that you utilized your time well.
Job search has seen a large number of changes in the last decade. It is imperative to keep up with the altering times and embrace the change. Showcasing yourself as a candidate with skills and experience as well as the ability to adapt to the changing corporate culture will be key for you to land your next exciting role!