It's a whole new ballgame when it comes to job hunting. If you are unaware of what has changed and the new rules of the game, you will lose! Let's break down some of the more obvious changes:
Recruitment methods: Recruiters are trolling job boards, Linkedin, Facebook and other social media websites for qualified candidates. We are also seeing a jump in the employee referral program (aka networking). Some companies will post a job opening just to build a database of qualified applicants and many companies are utilizing temporary agencies.
Job application processes: It seems that paper job applications have gone the way of the horse and buggy. Paper applications have been replaced by automated applicant tracking systems. You are now applying for jobs via Internet postings and by e-mail.
Resume formats and how to submit them: There is no such thing as a one size fits all resume. Not only does the resume need to be customized for each job opening, they need to include keywords and you will need a word doc, pdf and/or a plain text version of your resume ready.
Keyword searches: HR departments are utilizing software that is programmed to filter the keywords and skills that relate to the job posting. In fact, it is a good idea to include at least half of the keywords in the job description in your resume!
Pre-employment screening: Hiring managers are starting with a phone interview to help weed out individuals who are not a good fit for one reason or anther.
Pre-employment testing: Before the job offer comes, be ready for any one of or possibly all of the following checks: background check, credit check, aptitude test and personality test. Even then, you are not a sure thing!
Interview content and methods: Interview styles are moving toward structured and behavioral based scenarios that require preparation and practice. The psychology behind the behavioral interview is to evaluate how you have applied the skills required in the new job to how you managed similar situations in your work history. How you have handled things in the past is a pretty good indicator of how you will perform in the future.
If you are having more misses than hits, it is time to attend the Virginia Employment Commission/Winchester Workforce Center re-employment workshops! There are not just new rules, it's a whole new game in a brand new stadium!
Workshop schedule for Nov 15-19, 2010
Tuesday, Nov 16 @ 8:30 a.m. - Networking Job Club
Tuesday, Nov 16 @ 9:30 a.m. - Finding the Hidden Job Market (Did you realize 80 percent of job openings are never posted?)
Thursday Nov 18 @ 1:30 p.m. - Marketing Yourself in a Highly Competitive Job Market
Please let me know if I can assist you with your personal employment related situations. The best way to contact me is via e-mail: Samantha.Greenfield@vec.virginia.gov