Job Search Advice for 2017

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Author: Maximillian Specht
Source: Jobacle

Are you preparing to start 2017 looking for job search advice? Most people assume that figuring out how to look for jobs is the main component of the job search – but it’s so much more! There are so many trends, best practices and other factors shaping the job search market, it can almost be overwhelming at times. The best job searching tips are the ones that come from experience, though, and we’ve got advice for those heading into the New Year looking for a change of professional scenery.

The Best Job Search Advice: start with a blank canvas!

Dig up your old resume, dust it off and throw it in the trash – you won’t be needing it where we’re going. The best job search advice we can give is that if you’re starting off the New Year looking for a new job, start things off with a big-picture approach to your career goals. This means ditching your old “tried and true” resume, and writing something completely new. Perspective is key, though, so think back to all you’ve done in the previous years, and craft a resume which really speaks to your abilities. Your resume is going to be the foundation for your job search in 2017, so it better be good. Make sure that you include:

  • Impact statements: detailing what you’ve done, who it affected and to what degree it changed their lives
  • A breakdown of achievements, promotions, certificates and awards that you enjoyed at your last job (this is especially important if you’ve been working somewhere for a long time).
  • A full timeline of where you’ve been, professionally-speaking. The last thing a potential employer is going to want to see is gaps in your resume – that’s a big no-no.

2017 Job Trends

As the years go by, new ways to job search become more and more prevalent. In 2017, in particular, we’re expected to see a rise in online tools and resources for people to source candidates, conduct interviews and train potential employees. To find out how to look for jobs, and what to expect, pay attention to these trends:

Social Sharing

Companies are becoming smarter with leveraging how much they advertise positions, and what only gets internally posted. Thanks to sites like Facebook, companies can use employee’s social profiles to help them share job postings. This means that you should be active and listening on multiple social media sites, like Facebook, which feature job boards across the world. Employees are now the ones posting jobs, on behalf of their employers, to give their employers that “human touch” that they need to get exactly the right candidate in through the door.

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