According to a recent survey by economists, the labor market outlook assumes steady employment growth. The recruitment consultant CareerXroads reports that 28 percent of their hiring for new companies comes from referrals. Job boards represent one in five applicants, or 20 percent. And career websites, about 10 percent. For job seekers or those considering changes in their careers, such statistical information is relevant so that they know how to spend their time looking for that new job.
The most efficient way to search is through a job search aggregator such as Indeed.com or SimplyHired.com. Both search engines crawl all jobs at once, pulling results from job boards, newspaper job sections, corporate career pages, recruiter sites, and more. Instead of searching through many job boards, these aggregators save a lot of time, but often show duplicate results. Even so, they are still efficient and very helpful. But do not ignore individual job boards and especially those that specialize in your industry. To find the ones that are in your industry, google them.
But as the cliché goes, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” You have to work your way through several Channels. Almost a third of the positions are filled through referrals, and many LinkedIn connections could come in handy for that. Once you have targeted a few companies and found a job, it is imperative that you reach out to the hiring manager. Getting your resume in front of that person, and possibly having a phone chat, can make the difference between getting a quote and sending your resume nowhere.
Why are you looking for a job?
But let’s consider for a moment why it is necessary to look for a job: because the economy is very different from economies we remember from the past. In today’s economic climate, people are expected to change jobs and, occasionally, careers. The stability of the workplace is simply no longer guaranteed. So what should be done now? Further education and training are more important than ever, because in this rapidly changing job market, all that remains is your professional experience, newly acquired skills and certificates that you cannot lose.
In summary, one cannot expect the future to remind us of the past, but to resemble a chameleon in that it is constantly changing and transforming into new norms with new needs. Only those who can adapt and accept this future will be successful. The rest becomes obsolete and left out.