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Looking for a job in 2018? Here are some things to take into consideration.

As many as 68% of employed job seekers believe the types of jobs that are posted today, are better than what was available before. We can conclude that people are either actively looking for a new job (because how would they know if the jobs look better?), or if one is presented to them, they may jump ship to explore this new and attractive opportunity.

 

Since employers in North America are looking to add staff in the New Year, as opposed to reduce staff due to automation or other reasons, things will start to heat up soon. It’s time to dust off the resume!

 

So, how do you nail down that ideal job? There are a few things to consider:

 

 

HOW TO MARKET YOUR SKILLS

We always brought LinkedIn to the forefront of our job search and securement strategy, because it’s important to properly optimize your profile and integrate it with your resume. It’s even more important to maintain your profile and keep up-to-date on the new features and trends. LinkedIn has recently added a cool feature related to skills. Essentially the system will suggest some skills that you may want to add to your profile, and you can also find out more about the skill and how it will benefit your profile.

 

Another recommended strategy we suggest is to familiarize yourself with STEM abilities. This could take the form of completing a course in statistics, watch a tutorial on argumentation, or find a technical project to do in your spare time (because we all have some time to spare if we really want to find some!).

 

There is also a trend (that we focused on many years ago) relating to showcasing one’s creativity. It’s really important to demonstrate the ability in order to show that you can think about problems in new and unique ways, repurpose products, or come up with a new and great idea. This can also be applied to a micro level, and one can think of a new way of organizing their filing system, creating a template, fixing a billing process problem, or anything that demonstrates the ability to identify an opportunity and provide a solution.

 

 

INTERVIEWS, WILL THEY CHANGE?

Probably not significantly as most companies are super slow to adopt new recruiting strategies, and we still see strategies used 10+ years ago, still being applied today. Some outlier companies may be quick to adopt the newest (and strangest) formats, but for the majority of people, we will probably see some more of the following types of interviews below:

 

Video Interviews

These are gaining popularity. Employers are realizing that most people have some kind of video conferencing software available to them. FaceTime, Skype, and other platforms make it easy for people to conduct interviews remotely. What does this mean for job candidates? Fundamentally the process will be similar to a phone call or face-to-face meeting, but there are some nuances that you will need to focus on, including where to conduct one of these meetings? (ie. Are you taking the call in a coffee pub?) What to wear? (should you bother wearing socks and shoes, or pants?).

 

Exercise-Based Interviews

No, not doing squats, or deadlifts, we are talking about practical elements built into the interview. We are a big fan of this type of interview setup, and instead of asking a lot of clichéd questions, one can determine job-fit with some testing, scenarios or other hands-on type of assessments. So how do you prepare for this setup? Review the job posting and look at what it’s focusing on; the software, perhaps some other clues that you can pick up and take the initiative to study before attending the interview. Studying could mean just watching a YouTube video.

 

 

A WORD OR TWO ON TECHNOLOGY

We see a lot of candidates who have some kind of experience with technology, and there are some that are unfamiliar with the basics of emailing, attaching files, using Word, or Excel, or navigating the Internet. It’s really important to pick up some basic skills and showcase these on your resume, and LinkedIn profile. There are many avenues to pick up some of these skills, including YouTube tutorials, College courses (distance and in-person), and paper or e-based books. Not having technology skills in today’s job market is a serious deficiency, and should be a top priority to resolve in 2018.

 

 

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Well, we hope you enjoyed this article, and if you are new to our blogs, we focus on a number of different topics and range in length, and complexity. If you liked the article please share, and if you have questions feel free to leave a comment below, or send us an email at info@resumescanada.ca.

Happy job hunting!

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