Monthly Archives: November 2016

5 Job Search Trends To Be Thankful For

1) Thanksgiving CelebrationSoft Skills & Social Media Messaging Matter
According to Jobvite’s 2016 Social Recruiting Survey,  78% of recruiters cite enthusiasm as influencing their hiring decision, followed by a command of requirements (76%) and conversation skills (73%).

It’s not just how strong your qualifications are on paper, it’s how you communicate those in the interview and online.

In addition, recruiters and hiring managers are  increasingly using social sites to vet candidates.  It goes both ways as well. Besides LinkedIn, savvy job seekers know they can research and reach out to companies via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – even Snapchat. If you aren’t maximizing your presence on social media, you’re missing out on potential opportunities.

Did you know?  

Posting “selfies” is now considered less controversial. 18% of recruiters view them negatively (compared to 25% in 2015).

59% of job seekers use social media to research companies

67% of job seekers use Facebook in their job search*

2) The power of the passive candidate
Good employees currently employed are highly sought after by other employers. If you’re one of these employees, you’re already at an advantage during the job search process. Use this edge to seek out a better role, title or more pay in the new year.

58% of recruiters report that prospective employees were more likely than last year to negotiate for increased salaries – Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016

3) The importance of the high touch candidate experience
Think about your last interview experience – from initial phone contact to interview to offer packet to first day. How do you feel it went? A goal should always be to find companies that value new hires and treat them accordingly. The way a candidate is onboarded, from beginning to end, is critical. Companies who understand this, and implement processes that show they welcome and care about their candidates, have greater long-term employee satisfaction and retention.

“We have opportunities each day to show each candidate that we are a quality organization and, for those who decide to accept an offer with us, reaffirm that they are coming to work for a great company.  Companies need to seize those opportunities and provide that “WOW” experience.” – Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting, Oldcastle (Rochester Recruiting Office)

4) Continued emphasis on mobile search and apply
55% of companies don’t have mobile career sites, yet job seekers now expect to be able to apply to jobs via their phones. Companies need to make sure this process is an intuitive and seamless experience. Candidates also need to be aware that online applications are also on the rise. This means that you must use the right keywords on your resume and in your cover letter to stand out against other qualified candidates. It’s not easy or an exact science, and the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) isn’t perfect. However, you can differentiate yourself from your competition by branding, employer research and connecting with recruiters and hiring managers at your target companies.

 * Where do mobile job seekers look for jobs?
52% – in bed, 37% at their current job (tsk, tsk), over 10% – in the restroom (TMI!)*

5) Employment Branding Has Never Been More Important
Just as job seekers need to brand themselves, employers need to showcase that they are an employer of choice. You’ll see continued emphasis on up-to-date websites, social media and other channels (newsletters, Talent Communities, blogs) as employers invest in promoting their brand to candidates.

51% – Recruiters who say that employee branding is the #1 investment they will increase
50% – Recruiters who cite social media as a close second for investment*

These are just a few job search trends on the radar as we head towards 2017. What other trends have you seen – as an employer or job seeker? We would love to hear about them!

* Source – Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016

Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

Photo Credit: DepositPhotos

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Should You Keep Up Your Job Search Over The Holidays?

availableforworkWith the holidays looming, it can be easy to postpone your job search. Many people do just that, for numerous reasons including:
1) Why bother? No one is hiring now
2) I might as well enjoy the festivities
3) I’ll make a fresh start in January
While these sentiments are commonplace, they aren’t doing you any favors. Adjust your thinking and activities to give  you the best chance for job search success.

Hiring activity may slow during the fourth quarter, but it doesn’t stop.  Employers are still actively looking for employees.

Don’t be scared to continue your search in November and beyond. While some managers may be off for vacation, others are available. Schedules slow down, allowing you a better opportunity to connect with them over the phone or in person. Take advantage of that lull.Amy Keenan, Corporate Recruiter, Allied Building Products

While other job seekers postpone their search, you put yourself at the forefront.  You want to be in the front of the line  – not playing catch up in January. Put yourself ahead of the competition! Even unhappy employees often hold off on their job search until they receive that raise or bonus in the New Year. If you’re in that category, don’t do it – that puts you even more behind.

No matter the month, employers still have positions to fill. Even cyclical businesses that aren’t hiring now are open to building a pipeline of candidates for when they’re needed. Your goal is to make sure your name and resume are at the top of that pile. Job openings don’t take a holiday. People quit, resign or are fired no matter what month is on the calendar.

No one is asking you to skip that holiday party or time with family.  What we are saying however, is to continue working on your resume, researching companies and applying for openings. Alter your schedule to coincide with the festivities.  Make time to fit in job search activities. You don’t have to put in the hours you put in before towards your search, but don’t abandon it completely. Even one hour a week is better than nothing.

Take advantage of informal networking opportunities. You hear it all the time – it’s all about who you know. Mix and mingle at those holiday parties! Networking isn’t just limited to formal, business related events. You’re also apt to catch people more relaxed. Who knows – your next job could come from a tip from your sister in law’s best friend. You just never know. Of course, this also comes with a caveat – this is not the time for the hard sell. However, be open and willing to engage with people.

Step up your social media game
Are you posting helpful links related to your industry? Have you given LinkedIn self publishing a try? People on LinkedIn are eager for content to like, share and comment on. You should also be active on that network. Think people don’t check LinkedIn over the holidays? Think again. Social media activity often increases when people need need a break after a little too much family time.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude. We couldn’t close this post without reflecting on what the holiday season is all about. Gratitude does play a part in the job search. A good attitude, combined with hard work, luck and a little timing will be what it takes to land a new job.

Thank YOU for reading our posts this year!

P.S. If you have any requests for future blog post topics, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Have a wonderful and productive holiday season!

Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

Photo Credit: DepositPhotos

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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